Do I need to register my business Name in British Columbia?
If you choose to carry on a business under a name other than your own personal name and are engaged in business for trading, manufacturing or mining purposes, you must register with the British Columbia Registry Office within three months of your business start date.
Note: Registration does not provide protection for the name and does not mean that the name will be available if you decide to incorporate a company using this name at a later date.
If you establish a business in your own name, without adding any other words (e.g. “and sons/daughters” or “and associates”), you are not required to register the business with the British Columbia Registry Office.
Sole proprietorships are registered in Alberta, according to the provisions of the British Columbia Partnership Act. Registration is completed by Filing a Statement of Registration Sole Proprietorship with the British Columbia Registries Office.
Registration places your business name in the public record maintained by the British Columbia Registries Office. This allows consumers and business people to find the owners or the principal behind a business name.