to register your business will now be explained in a step by step format.
1. Name approval:
The first step to register your business is
to get a business name reserved.
Please note, sole proprietorship or
partnership name are not protected and can be used by other businesses.
Sole proprietorship and partnership names cannot use any form of corporate designation,
for example Limited, Ltd., Inc., Corporation.
Fill out a Declaration for Proprietorship or Partnership - registration form:
Ensure all appropriate areas are completed and information
3. Submit your declaration and fee:
for name reservation and $30.00 for filing your declarations.
note you must have a name approved prior to filing your declaration.
Forward the completed form and fee to the Corporate Registry office in Victoria.
Your declaration must reach the Corporate Registry prior to your name expiry date,
if not, you will have to reapply for the name and pay another $30.00.
Processing of your declaration:
Once your request
reaches the Corporate Registry office, it normally takes seven working days to
process your declaration. A certified copy of your declaration will be returned
to you by mail. If you do not receive your certified copy within four weeks, please
contact the Corporate Registry office.
Partnership Act regulates how sole proprietorship and partnership are registered.
You can order a copy of the act by calling Crown Publications in Victoria at (250)386-4636
or International Travel Maps & Books in Vancouver at (604)687-3320.
of Business Registration Offices
in British Columbia
list available at:
Island locations of
Business Registration Offices:
115 - 1180 Ironwood Road
Phone: (250) 286-7555
Futures Development Corporation of Strathcona
2 - 920 Alder Street
Phone: (250) 830-1141
Community Futures Development Corporation
2270 Cliffe Ave
5785 Duncan Street
Phone: (250) 746-1400
343 Lower Ganges Rd
Phone: (250) 537-5414
460 Selby Street
Phone: (250) 741-3636
Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce
Suite E - 777 Poplar Street
Phone: (250) 753-1191
Futures Development Corporation of Alberni-Clayoquot
4757 Tebo Avenue
Phone: (250) 724-1241
8755 Granville Street
Phone: (250) 949-6323
Futures Development Corporation of Mount Waddington
8 - 311 Hemlock Street
Phone: (250) 956-2220
Saanich Municipal Hall
770 Vernon Avenue
Phone: (250) 475-1775
Suite G7 - 1001 Douglas Street, Sussex Place
Phone: (250) 356-7915
770 Vernon Avenue
Phone: (250) 475-1775
Ministry of Finance, Corporate & Personal Property Registries
Blanshard Street, Second floor
Phone: (250) 387-7848 or (250) 387-4471
Ministry of Finance and Corporate Relations - Consumer Taxation Branch
1802 Douglas Street, Third floor
Phone: (250) 387-0636
site accepts ONLY cheque or money order for name registration payments.
with Starting Up Small Business
Canada / British Columbia Business Service Centre is jointly operated and
funded by Western Economic Diversification
Canada, and the provincial Ministry of
Small Business, Tourism and Culture
website address is:
Interactive Business Planner online
Interactive Business Planner (IBP) is the first business planning software product
designed specifically to operate on the World Wide Web.
The IBP uses
the capabilities of the Internet to assist entrepreneurs prepare a 3 year business
plan for their new or existing business.
With the IBP, you will:
guided through each section of your business plan using a question and answer
definitions and tips, and view sample business plans to help you to write your
financial projections prepared for you, based upon the information you provide;
- and use the
power of the Internet to assist you in researching your business plan
Their most requested business activities are available as Small
Business Sourcing Guides. The Guides contain trade shows, associations, books,
magazines, videos, government services and more.
Business Connects (OBC)
OBC Start Up Info:
Business Planning Information:
Site includes the following topics:
a Business Plan
Prepare a Business Plan
a Business Plan
Site includes the following topics:
a marketing plan
Government Programs in British Columbia
Advanced Systems Institute
in the development, commercialization and use of advanced systems technology,
including information systems, telecommunications, microelectronics and robotics.
Tel: (604) 689-0551 or
Toll free: 1 800 501-3388
Systems Institute (ASI) Industry Support Programs Information on the ASI Advisory
Board, ASI Exchange (high-tech expo), business advice and seminars.
Subscriber service providing online access to government databases
pertaining to business and property registry.
Purchasing Commission & BC Bid
Information for suppliers to the public
sector. Provides online tender and bid results.
Offers occupational Safety & Health Programs.
Tel: (604) 214-7433
Technology Industries Association
Links BC technology companies with
each other and those in other sectors to stimulate strategic alliances, business
opportunities and growth. Publishes a journal 6 times a year.
Columbia Institute for Studies in International Trade (BCISIT)
courses, seminars and programs for exporters including training on international
trade in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, logistics, distribution, research,
Tel: (604) 412-7686
Provides information, organizational structure, and
funding for businesses to establish revitalization, promotional, and marketing
programs to improve the commercial viability of an urban neighborhood. Tel: (250)
Law clinic operated by the University of Victoria's Faculty
of Law to give small businesses low-cost legal advice on such matters as tax,
financing, zoning, legal protection of intellectual property, etc.
Sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations must
register with Corporate Registry, Ministry of Finance and Corporate Relations,
940 Blanshard Street, 2nd Floor, Victoria, BC V8W 3E6.
Tel: (604) 775-1041
Columbia Business Service Centre
Offers information on all levels of
government services, programs, and regulations including business startups, exporting,
taxation and statistical information. Centre representatives can tailor an information
package on specific industry needs.
Tel: (604) 775-5525 or
1 800 667-2272
Columbia Fishing Schedules and Locations
Provides commercial fishers
with information 24 hours a day on BC fishing times, areas, tolls, and closures.
Tel: (604) 666-2828
On-line business planning information incorporating
Internet resources to assist new businesses in preparing a three-year business
Futures Development Corporations (CFDC)
Offer a variety of entrepreneurial
programs, business counseling, loan programs and business information to community
members interested in expanding or starting their own businesses.
Business Management Information Network
Commodity, resource, and business
management information for BC farmers.
Agents in Communities
Operate in 60 communities in British Columbia providing
the public with information on Provincial Government Programs and can also help
you with inquiries concerning Federal, Regional or Municipal Government Services.
Each location provides an outlet for payment of most Provincial Government services,
supplies, numerous applications or forms, and sells a wide range of publications,
etc. Services include accepting payment for company name reservation and registration,
performing and a accepting payment for BC Online Searches, providing forms and
Tel: (250) 356-2038 or
Toll Free: 1 800 667-2272
of Agriculture and Food Publications
of Exploration & Mines Exploration Opportunities
Information on current
opportunities for mining exploration.
Tel: (250) 952-0471
Small Business Forest Enterprise Program provides opportunities
for loggers, small sawmills, re-manufacturers or specialty wood product manufacturers
to buy Crown timber for their operations. Opportunities available to forest industry
consultants and contractors in planning, timber cruising and layout, engineering,
road construction, silviculture, and forest protection activities. Refer to the
blue pages of your telephone book under Provincial Government - Ministry of Forests
for your regional office.
of Small Business
On-line Small Business Workshop
on starting up a business, including planning, financing, marketing, basic regulations.
Tel: (604) 775-5525 or
Toll Free: 1-800-667-2272
Sites for Small Business
Links to information on business start-up, import/export,
government programs & services, companies & market information in BC and
Municipal governments have jurisdiction over certain
zoning bylaws, business licenses, permits, and taxation. Contact your local municipal
government office for more information.
Advocate for Co-Operative Development
Mandate to guide individuals in
the development of co-operatives to provide members with goods, services, and/or
employment at a savings. Offers a variety of publications on the subject.
Tel: (250) 356-9786
Council of BC
Provides financial support for applied research and development
projects. Helps BC's science, technology and business communities build networks
and make contacts and partnerships.
Tel: (604) 438-2752 or
for Small Business Series
A series of online or print books containing
information on almost every aspect of researching, starting up, and running a
small business in BC. URL: http://www.sbtc.gov.bc.ca/smallbus/publications
A partnership of public and private sector organizations offering
trade-related services to active and potential exporters including export preparation
services, market information and intelligence, export counseling, and international
Tel: (604) 844-1900
Office for BC Firms
Support office in Seattle to assist BC businesses
in obtaining US market information, business contacts, and resources. For businesses
that do business in the US but do not want to set up an office there. Set up by
the British Columbia Trade Centre.
Tel: (206) 628-3024
Some businesses must register for a vendor permit. To determine
if your business requires a permit, contact your local Consumer Taxation Branch
Tel: (604) 660-4524 or (250) 387-0656
Videoconference-equipped rooms located in Victoria, Nanaimo,
New Westminster, Nelson and Kamloops. Provided by the Ministry of Transportation
Economic Diversification (WD)
Western Economic Diversification (WD) provides
information and financing to small businesses in Western Canada through partnerships
with the public and private sector. WD programs and services are available through
Community Futures Development Corporations, Women's Enterprise Initiative offices,
Canada Business Service Centres, and WD offices throughout Western Canada. To
find the nearest centre providing WD services, call:
Toll Free: 1 888 338-9378
Offers training and support in business planning, development
of export markets, selling to government markets.
Information on selling to government markets in Canada &
abroad, help in developing export plans, links to government & industry support
Information on setting up for exporting with links to sites
providing information on international business opportunities.
Supplier Development Advisory Services
Provides contact information for
marketing goods and services to the public sector and arranges participation in
seminars organized by government agencies on selling to government
Will discuss business ideas, review financing options, and help
eligible business put together a financial proposal for an appropriate Western
Economic Diversification loan program.
Alliance for Western and Northern Canada
Western and Northern Canadian tourism industry in co-operative marketing, aboriginal
tourism, eco-tourism, and developing effective applications of computer, telecommunications,
and multi-media technology.
Canadian Aerospace Industry Capabilities Guide
Guide to potential subcontractors,
partners, and/or strategic alliances among aerospace and aerospace-related companies
in western Canada.
Enterprise Society of B.C. (WESBC)
Provides women entrepreneurs with
business financing, counseling, mentoring and information.
Tel: (250) 868-3454
Toll free: 1-800-643-7014
Enterprise Society (WESBC) Starter Kit
Information for women starting
up or carrying on a business, including information on financial assistance and
Business & Training (YouBET)
Training workshops and a web-site for
youth between 18 and 24 who own or are interested in starting up a small business.
Affiliated with the Youth Mentorship Program.
Toll free: 1-800-672-0103 (Lower
Toll free: 1-888-731-1101 (Vancouver Island);
Toll free: 1-888-696-8238 (Thompson-Okanagan);
1-888-377-9675 (North-Central BC);
Toll free: 1-800-556-5539
Toll free: 1-800-347-9704 (Kootenays).