Formation of a new company in British Columbia

One or more persons may form a new company in the province of British Columbia by

  • (a) entering into an incorporation agreement,
  • (b) filing with the registrar an incorporation application, and
  • (c) complying with the British Columbia Business Corporation Act.

British Columbia Incorporation Agreement

To incorporate a company in BC, the Business Corporations Act states that one or more persons may form a company by entering into an incorporation agreement, establishing articles for the company which sets out its rules for conduct and by electronically filing with the Corporate Registry an Incorporation Application.

An incorporation agreement must

  • (a) contain the agreement of each incorporator to take, in that incorporator’s name, one or more shares of the company,
  • (b) for each incorporator,
    • (i) have a signature line with the full name of that incorporator set out legibly under the signature line, and
    • (ii) set out legibly opposite the signature line of that incorporator,
      • (A) the date of signing by that incorporator, and
      • (B) the number of shares of each class and series of shares being taken by that incorporator, and
      • (c) be signed on the applicable signature line by each incorporator.

Incorporation Application

An incorporation application referred to in subsection (1) (b) of the British Columbia British Columbia Corporation Act must

  • (a) be in the form established by the registrar,
  • (b) contain a completing party statement referred to in section 15,
  • (c) set out the full names and mailing addresses of the incorporators,
  • (d) set out
    • (i) the name reserved for the company under section 22, and the reservation number given for it, or
    • (ii) if a name is not reserved, a statement that the name by which the company is to be incorporated is the name created,
      • (A) in the case of a limited company, by adding “B.C. Ltd.” or, if the company is a community contribution company, “B.C. Community Contribution Company Ltd.”, after the incorporation number of the company, or
      • (B) in the case of an unlimited liability company, by adding “B.C. Unlimited Liability Company” after the incorporation number of the company, and
    • (e) contain a notice of articles that reflect the information that will apply to the company on its incorporation.

British Columbia Incorporation Service

Company Formations Canada provides fast and easy British Columbia Incorporation Service to Canadian residents and non-Canadian residents wishing to start and operate a new business in British Columbia and Canada:

British Columbia Incorporation service for Canadians
British Columbia Incorporation Service for Non Canadians residents

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