Sole Proprietorships are formed in Canada by filing a statement of sole proprietorship registration with the registry office of the desired jurisdiction of registration.
The Registration Process
Sole proprietorships are registered in Alberta by filing a Declaration of Trade Name with the Alberta registries office.
Step 1: Choose a business name
Although there are few restrictions on a business name, you should choose your name carefully. Business names:
don’t have to be unique; duplicate business names may exist
however, if you choose a name that is the same as, or similar to, an existing business name, corporation name, or trademark, the owners could take your business to court; you may have to change your name or pay damages to the owners
cannot use the words ‘limited’, ‘incorporated’ or ‘corporation’ at the end of the business name, since that would imply you are running a corporation
cannot use the abbreviated forms of these words (such as Ltd., Inc., or Corp., or the French forms/abbreviations of those words)
if you’re registering a limited liability partnership, will need to include ‘limited liability partnership’ or the abbreviation ‘LLP’ at the end of the name, or the French terms ‘Société à Responsabilité Limitée’ or ‘SRL’
Step 2: Get a Business Name Report
This step is recommended, but not mandatory. The report contains registered business, corporation and trademark names that are similar to your proposed business name.
Step 3: Fill out the form
The third step is to prepare and complete the “Declaration of Trade Name” form.
Step 4: File the Form and Pay the Fees
The four-step is to file your “Declaration of Trade Name” form with the Alberta registries office and pay the government fees.
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