Corporate Registry

Partnerships / Proprietorships

From this page you can download and print, to your own printer, Partnership Act forms and information packages.

Forms on this page are available to fill in online. For those forms which can be submitted to the Corporate Registry on paper, complete the form online, download to your printer, sign and date the form and then forward to our office, along with the required fee. Note that some forms have an instruction page(s) which should be printed and referenced during completion of the form online.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Sole Proprietorship

The simplest form of a business is a sole proprietorship. One person performs all the functions required for the successful operation of the business and assumes all the liabilities. The proprietor is said to be self-employed.

Partnership

When two or more people or corporations arrange to carry on business together they can decide to form a partnership. The Partnership Act describes two main types of partnerships - general partnership and limited partnership. In a general partnership the partners are responsible for all aspects of the business including the debts of the partnership. In a limited partnership there are two types of partners - general and limited. Each type of partner has different rights and responsibilities. Generally speaking, there is a limit on the liability of a limited partner, while the general partner's liabilities are not limited.

Miscellaneous

The Partnership Act regulates how sole proprietorships and partnerships are registered. You can order a copy of the Act by calling Crown Publications in Victoria at 250 387-2432.

You do not need a lawyer to register a sole proprietorship or partnership with us. We do suggest you get legal advice if you are not sure if you should have a sole proprietorship or partnership registered or incorporate a company. It is important for you to know your legal rights and liabilities. Our staff cannot provide legal advice.

You can change your sole proprietorship or general partnership address online at www.addresschange.gov.bc.ca

REGISTRATION

Information Packages:

Note: Once you have received your name approval and NR number, and have met any and all conditions required on the Name Approval form, you can instantly register your proprietorship or partnership online on the OneStop Business Registry website. Submitting your form by mail will add two weeks to the registration process.

Step One:

Name Reservation:

The first step in registering your partnership / proprietorship is the approval of the name through the Names Section of the Corporate Registry. Once your name is approved, it is reserved for you for a period of 56 calendar days. Any renewals of the reservation period will require payment of another reservation fee.

A name will not be available if it is similar to the name of an existing company. This is so the public is not confused or mislead by similar corporate names.

Please note, registration of a firm name does not provide any protection for that name and does not mean that the name will be available if you decide to incorporate a company using this name. Sole proprietorship and partnership names cannot use any form of corporate designation, for example Limited, Ltd., Inc., Corporation.

Refer to the Information on Reserving Your Corporate Name information package for procedure to apply for your name approval.

Step Two:

Once you have received your name approval and NR number, and have met any and all conditions required on the Name Approval form, you can instantly register your proprietorship or partnership online on the OneStop Business Registry website. Or, if you cannot register online, then follow Step A and Step B below. Note that submitting your form by mail will add two weeks to the registration process.

Step A:

Fill out a Statement of Registration Sole Proprietorship or Statement of Registration General Partnership - registration form. Ensure all appropriate areas are completed and information is correct.

Step B:

Submit your statement of registration and fee. Fees - $30 for name reservation and $40 for filing your statement of registration. Please note you must have a name approved prior to filing your statement of registration. Forward the completed form and fee to our office in Victoria. Your statement of registration must reach the Corporate Registry prior to your name expiry date, if not, you will have to reapply for the name and pay another $30.

Once your request reaches our office, it normally takes five working days to process your statement of registration. A certified copy of your statement of registration will be returned to you by mail. If you do not receive your certified copy within four weeks, please call our office.

Form - paper version for your use prior to completing an online filing:

Note: Once you have received your name approval and NR number, and have met any and all conditions required on the Name Approval form, you can instantly register your proprietorship or partnership online on the OneStop Business Registry website. Submitting your form by mail will add two weeks to the registration process.

Form - paper filing:

CHANGE

Form - paper filing:

DISSOLUTION

Form - paper filing:

REGISTRATION OF A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP FORMED OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE

Information Package:

"DOING BUSINESS AS" NAME

Registering a “doing business as” name allows you to legally operate your business under a new or additional name. This business structure is known as a sole proprietorship or general partnership. 

There are two steps to register a "doing business as" name. The first step is to have the business name approved and the second is to complete a Statement of Registration. Refer to the Information on Registration of Proprietorship package for the procedure. When completing the Statement of Registration form, complete section B of the form with the “doing business as” name and complete section C of the form with the name of the corporation that will be using the “doing business as” name.

CHECKLIST

  1. Name Reservation
    • Has the name of the business been approved?
    • Is the reservation number quoted on the statement of registration? Note: Once you have received your name approval and NR number, and have met all conditions required on the Name Approval form, you can instantly register your proprietorship or partnership online on the OneStop Business Registry website. Submitting your form by mail will add two weeks to the registration process.
  2. Statement of Registration
    • Is the statement of registration legible?
    • Have all applicable sections of the statement of registration been completed?
  3. Fees
    • Are the correct fees enclosed?