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Simplify Your Business Journey: A Guide to Incorporating in British Columbia

Are you ready to turn your business idea into a reality? Incorporating your business in British Columbia is a crucial step toward establishing a legal entity that can operate, grow, and thrive in the competitive market. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps of business incorporation and introduce you to our professional services designed to make the process seamless.

Choosing the Right Name

The first step in the incorporation process is choosing a unique and memorable name for your business. Our lawyers can assist you in conducting a thorough name search to ensure that your chosen name is available and compliant with the regulations.

Registered Office Address

Identifying a registered office is a requirement for incorporation in British Columbia. Our firm can be your registered and records office where official documents can be received.

Selecting the Business Structure

Deciding on the right business structure is crucial for legal and tax considerations. You might be leaning towards a sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation. The choice of a business structure will depend on a variety of factors: the nature of your business, the number of owners, liability considerations, tax implications, and future growth plans.

Articles of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation are foundational documents that outline key details about your business. Our team will assist you in preparing and filing these documents accurately with the British Columbia Corporate Registry, saving you time and ensuring compliance.

Incorporation Fee

Understanding the incorporation fees is essential for budgeting purposes. These fees are typically payable to the British Columbia Corporate Registry and will depend on the business structure and the services you choose. For a detailed list of incorporation fees, you can visit

Obtaining a Business Number (BN)

In Canada, Business Number (BN) is a unique identifier assigned to businesses and other entities for tax purposes. It is used by various federal, provincial, and municipal government agencies to identify and track business activities. The Business Number is part of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) efforts to simplify and streamline the way businesses interact with government authorities.

When a business is incorporated or registered in British Columbia, it will typically obtain a Business Number from the CRA. The BN is a unique 9-digit identifier. It is composed of a 9-digit identifier, with the first two digits representing the geographic location where the business is primarily operating.

Provincial Taxes and Other Registrations

Navigating through the registration process for provincial taxes, such as PST and GST, can be complex. Our team will guide you through these requirements.

Corporate Records Book

Maintaining a corporate records book is a legal requirement. Our services include providing you with a comprehensive guide on how to organize and manage these records, whether it is digital or physical, keeping your business compliant.

Business Licenses and Permits

Understanding your industry’s specific licensing requirements is crucial. We can assist you in identifying the necessary licenses and permits for your business operations and where you can get it.

Ongoing Compliance Support

Our commitment does not end with incorporation. We offer ongoing compliance support, reminding you of important deadlines, filing annual reports, and updating corporate information as required by the British Columbia Corporate Registry.

Why Choose Northam Law for Business Incorporation?

At Northam Law, we understand that the journey of incorporating a business can be overwhelming. Our professional team is dedicated to simplifying the process for you. From name selection to ongoing compliance, we provide comprehensive business incorporation services tailored to your unique needs.

Ready to take the next step in your entrepreneurial journey? Contact us today to explore how we can make the process of incorporating your business in British Columbia smooth, efficient, and hassle-free.

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Melissa has 8+ years of combined Commercial, Business and Contract Law experience as In-House Counsel in manufacturing, health, real estate development, and broadcast communication industries. She is instrumental in developing strategies to minimize legal risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

She has 6+ years of Human Resources Management experience and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Her practice includes Family Law, Civil Litigation, Wills & Estates and Real Estate & Conveyancing.

For fun, she visits ancient sites and ruins and belts out popular Broadway tunes.

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Northam Law is a boutique law firm offering advisory services in Real Estate Law and Conveyancing, Business Law, and Human Resources. Our practice areas also include Wills & Estates and Family Law. Notarization services are also available.

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