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Sunday: 12:00PM – 4:00PM


16658 109 Ave NW‎, Edmonton, AB T5P 1C2

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Please note All Registry Offices will be CLOSED on the 2nd Sunday of every month due to mandatory Government system upgrades. Our regular hours resume on Monday!

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Incorporate A Business in Alberta

Incorporating a Business in Alberta

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An Alberta corporation is a legal entity created by the filing of certain documents. Being a legal entity, a corporation has an individual’s rights, powers and privileges. A corporation is a legal entity separate from its shareholders, and it also has certain tax and financial advantages. Any business carried on for profit can become a corporation.

At Registrations Are Us, we can guide you through the process of incorporating your business, ensuring your documents are complete, and all information is entered into the system.

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What you need to register a corporation in Alberta

Once you decide to incorporate as a named company, you will have to purchase a NUANS report from Registrations Are Us. (If you are going to be a numbered company, you don’t need a NUANS name search.) The NUANS will show you all existing corporations with names similar to your suggested name, as you cannot use a name that is identical to that of another corporation.

To incorporate your business, you must complete the forms below:

You also need to bring:

  • One piece of acceptable personal identification
  • The original NUANS report (less than 90 days old; if incorporating a named corporation)

Questions? We have answers!

When you’re ready to incorporate your business, we’re here to clarify any details you may need assistance with and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you smooth out the process and ensure you meet all of the regulatory requirements.

Need more information? Contact us at : 780-448-2233

A NUANS (Newly Upgraded Automated Name Search) search is a comprehensive search that compares a proposed Alberta or extra-provincial corporation name or a proposed non-profit name to a database of Alberta and federal corporation names.

  • The person who ordered the report uses it to decide whether they should proceed with their proposed name for an Alberta or extra-provincial corporation.
  • In the case of a non-profit organization, Corporate Registry will examine the report to decide whether or not the proposed name can be used in Alberta.
  • In most cases, a NUANS report is required for incorporation, amalgamation, name change, or revival of an Alberta corporation or non-profit organization and for registration, amalgamation, name change, and reinstatement of an extra-provincial corporation.

The following situations do not require a NUANS report:

  • When the proposed name is a ‘number name’ for an Alberta or extra-provincial corporation.
  • When the proposed name is for a federal (Canada) corporation that is extra-provincially registering in Alberta.
  • When the proposed name is for an Alberta corporation that is reviving within three years of its dissolution.

The NUANS report reserves the proposed name for 90 days. The complete report, whether an original or fax copy, must be submitted with the incorporation/registration details and must be less than 91 days old.

Another type of report, the Business Name Report, focuses on Alberta partnership and trade names (business names) and does not reserve the proposed business name. Corporate Registry recommends this report be purchased and reviewed prior to registration of a business name.

You can get a NUANS and Business Name Reports through us at Registrations Are Us.

Yes, non-Canadian citizens and non-residents can incorporate a business in Alberta. However, you will need to appoint a Canadian resident as an agent or director who can legally represent the corporation within the province. Additionally, there may be specific requirements or considerations based on your immigration status and the type of business you intend to operate.

The time it takes to incorporate a business in Alberta can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of your business structure, the accuracy of your documentation, and the workload of our office. In general, it can take up to a few business days.

Federal incorporation falls under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) and allows your corporation to operate across all provinces and territories. Provincial incorporation in Alberta, under the Alberta Business Corporations Act (ABCA), limits your corporation’s operations to Alberta. The decision between federal and provincial incorporation depends on your business’s expansion plans and whether you intend to operate solely within Alberta or across Canada.

However, a federally incorporated business would have to provincially register in Alberta to do business in the province, such as registering vehicles in the company name.

Incorporating your business in Alberta offers several advantages. It provides name protection in Alberta and limited liability protection, separating your personal assets from business liabilities. This means your personal assets won’t be at risk if the business faces legal or financial issues. Additionally, incorporation can enhance credibility and attract investors, as it portrays a more professional image. Tax benefits and potential access to certain government grants and programs are also possible as an incorporated entity.

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Revenue Canada

To obtain a GST number, call 1-800-959-5525

Workers Compensation Board

To set up a Workers Compensation account, call toll-free in Alberta 1-866-922-9221

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