Corporate Registry

The Corporate Registry provides the legal framework within which all businesses, not-for-profit societies, cooperative associations and financial institutions operate in British Columbia and files documents for the incorporation, registration, maintenance and dissolution of these entities. This information is made available to the public. The oldest, still active, domestic corporation was incorporated in November of 1860.

The Corporate Registry administers all matters related to approximately 325,000 active domestic corporations; 25,000 not-for-profit societies; 479,000 partnerships and proprietorships; and 550 cooperative associations. It also registers and keeps a record of 23,000 entities incorporated elsewhere but doing business in the province, referred to as extraprovincial companies.