Business Registrations

The following registration options are available online:

Your business may be required to complete registration applications other than those currently available at OneStop. To find out what registration applications you will need to complete contact Small Business BC toll free at 1 800 667-2272, or visit http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca.

Registration of a Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership

Who Should Register

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 BC Registry Services within three months of your business start 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 BC Registry Services (in fact, BC Registry Services will not approve your name as a business name), but you may still have to register with other agencies.

If you require business advice about starting your business, you are urged to contact a lawyer and/or an accountant.

How to Register

Once your business name has been approved, you have 56 calendar days to register your business with the Province of BC.

To register your Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership online you will need:

  • the Name Approval Request number found on your approved Name Request results.
  • business and partner(s) address information.
  • the existing Business Number, if applicable.
  • the start date of business in British Columbia.
  • to pay $40.00 online using Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, or American Express or pay by cash, cheque or debit card at one of the Service BC Centres located throughout BC.

Note: If you need to dissolve or change your business please use the dissolution or change form listed below for your business type.

If you are ready to proceed with your registration of a Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership click here to continue.

Questions? Contact the OneStop Help Desk toll free 1 (877) 822-6727 in Canada; or in the Greater Victoria area, call (250) 370-0332.

Additional information can also be found on the BC Registry Services website.

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Provincial Sales Tax (PST)

Who Should Register

If you sell or lease taxable goods or services, or offer 4 or more units of accommodation, as described on the Ministry of Finance website.

How to Register

To register a business for PST, you will need the following handy:

  • Your business number if you have one
  • A copy of a recent GST return (if registered) to verify information about your business
  • Your incorporation number if your business is incorporated
  • Your driver's licence number or BC ID number if you are a sole proprietor, or for all partners in a partnership
  • Your liquor licence number (for each location) if you sell liquor
  • Your motor dealer number if you sell or lease motor vehicles
  • The addresses of all your business locations if you sell liquor or accommodation
  • The amount of your total annual sales within Canada or the estimated amount if you have been in business less than 12 months
  • The amount of your anticipated monthly taxable sales/leases
  • The date your business will start/started making taxable sales/leases

If you are ready to proceed with this registration click here to continue.

Questions? Contact the Ministry of Finance toll free within Canada at 1 877 388-4440 or email CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca.

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WorkSafeBC

Who Should Register

Virtually all employers in British Columbia are required to register with WorkSafeBC - Workers' Compensation Board of B.C. as soon as they hire workers. Individuals who are not automatically covered by WorkSafeBC (a partner in a business, a proprietor, or the spouse of a proprietor) can apply for optional coverage through Personal Optional Protection.

The benefit of completing a WorkSafeBC registration is that as an employer, you cannot be sued for the costs of a work-related injury or disease. If a worker is injured while on the job during the course of employment, WorkSafeBC pays for the worker's entire medical and wage-loss costs. A full list of registration benefits can be found here.

How to Register

To register with WorkSafeBC, either as an employer or for Personal Optional Protection, you will need:

  • Your incorporation number, date and jurisdiction if you operate a limited company.
  • Your business number from the Canada Revenue Agency, if you have one (limited companies must have one before registering).
  • The make and model of your major equipment that you use to generate revenue (e.g. a backhoe operator who uses a backhoe).
  • An estimate of your payroll, if applicable.
  • The start date of operations and, if applicable, of your first worker.
  • An e-mail address.
  • The names, birth dates, and contact information of proprietor, or of all partners, or of all active shareholders.
  • Contact information for your business.

If you are ready to proceed with your WorkSafeBC registration click here to continue.

Questions? Contact the WorkSafeBC Employer Service Centre toll free at 1 888 922-2768 or within the Vancouver area at 604 244-6181 or visit WorkSafeBC.com

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Canada Revenue Agency Registrations

Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) Account

If you sell or provide goods and services in Canada and your annual, world-wide GST/HST taxable sales, including those of any associates, are more than $30,000.00 you will need to register for a Goods and Services Tax / Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) Account with the Canada Revenue Agency.

You will need to provide the following information to complete this registration:

  • name and Social Insurance Number of at least one owner
  • the existing Business Number, if applicable.
  • an estimate of GST/HST taxable sales
  • the GST/HST registration effective date (this date establishes when you become eligible for any credits and liable to collect GST/HST)

If you are ready to proceed with this registration, click here to continue.

Payroll Deductions Account

If you are an employer and pay salary, wages, bonuses, vacation pay or tips to your employees; or you provide a benefit, such as board and lodging, to your employees you will need to register for a Payroll Deductions Account with the Canada Revenue Agency.

You will need to provide the following information to complete this registration:

  • name and Social Insurance Number of at least one owner
  • the existing Business Number, if applicable.
  • how often you pay your employees
  • the date of first payment to employees

If you are ready to proceed with this registration, click here to continue.

Import/Export Account

If you are a commercial importer and/or exporter you will need to register for a Import/Export Account with the Canada Revenue Agency.

You will need to provide the following information to complete this registration:

  • name and Social Insurance Number of at least one owner
  • the existing Business Number, if applicable.
  • type of account required (importer, exporter or both)
  • type of goods exporting
  • annual value of goods exported

If you are ready to proceed with this registration, click here to continue.

Corporate Income Tax Account

When you incorporate with the province of British Columbia your business will automatically be registered for a Business Number (BN) and a corporation income tax program account.

Questions? Contact Canada Revenue Agency toll free.

English: 1 800 959-5525 or visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-e.html

French: 1 800 959-7775 or visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-f.html

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Business Licence

Who Should Register

Most municipalities require the licensing of business premises. A list of municipalities that accept business licences completed through the OneStop Business Registration service can be found on our web site.

Business licence applications are also available from the municipal office. Fees and types of licences are determined by municipal bylaws, and vary from one municipality to another. At present, business licences are not required in most non-municipal areas of the province.

You may also be required to contact municipalities in which you conduct business but do not maintain premises to determine whether or not a business licence is required. Some municipalities have an intermunicipal licensing agreement allowing mobile businesses (those businesses based in one municipality and providing services in multiple municipalities such as general contractors and landscapers) to operate in all participating municipalities.

If your business falls into this category and you plan to apply for a business licence in multiple municipalities, check first to see which municipalities offer an Intermunicipal or Inter-Community Business Licence (IBL/ICBL)

In addition to business licences, municipalities administer the licensing of commercial vehicles.

How to Register

You will need the following information to apply for a Business Licence:

  • the business name, address and phone number
  • the start date of business
  • the type of business (commercial, industrial, home based, other)
  • the total floor area of business (for farms, this does not include total acreage)
  • the municipalities in which the business will operate
  • to confirm your Municipality is a partner with OneStop by reviewing the list of municipalities.

If you are ready to proceed with your Municipal registration, click here to continue.

Questions? Contact the individual municipality. Visit CivicInfo BC for contact information.

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Business BCeID

Who Should Register

You will need a Business BCeID if you:

  • Would like to apply for a Restaurant Liquor Licence or Transfer the Ownership of a Restaurant Liquor Licence.
  • Would like to renew any Liquor Licence.
  • Would like to submit a catered event.
  • Plan to access other government e-Services regularly.

For a complete list of government e-Services that use BCeID, visit the Online Service Directory.

How to Register

You will need to provide the following information to obtain a Business BCeID:

  • Proof of the unique identity of the business (legal name, operating name, address, and so on) via an authoritative source (for example, BC Registry Services or OneStop Business Registry). By registering a business through OneStop, you are able to register for a BCeID as an additional step, no other information is required.
  • If a corporation requires a BCeID, the company password or Access Code and incorporation number is required.
  • If a society requires a BCeID, the Annual Report Access code and society number is required.

If you are ready to proceed click here to continue.

Questions? Contact BCeID toll free at 1 888 356-2741.

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Industry Canada

Industry Canada's Canadian Company Capabilities Database is a centrally maintained current searchable database of 60,000 Canadian businesses. It includes hundreds of specialized manufacturing, service and product specific business directories.

Benefits of Registering

Those who register with Industry Canada will be able to:

  • Find Canadian suppliers with national and international import/export experience
  • Connect to buyers, distributors or partners
  • Increase the visibility of your company to government and private sector procurement professionals
  • Receive business opportunities posted by both the public and private sector
  • Gain free access to hundreds of domestic and international business opportunities.
  • Exhibit your products and services to a global audience.

If you are ready to proceed click here to continue.

Questions? Contact Industry Canada toll free within Canada at 1 800 328-6189.

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Incorporate Your Company

How to Register

Note: The first step is determining if you require a business name. If you choose to use the company’s incorporation number followed by "B.C. Ltd." as the name of your company, Corporate Online will generate your company name for you at the end of the incorporation process and name approval is not required.

If you wish to use a specific name for your company please click here for information on submitting a business name for approval.

Once the company name has been approved and you have a signed set of Articles for the company along with a signed Incorporation Agreement, you must file an Incorporation Application to incorporate the company in BC. This application is filed electronically over the Internet in the Corporate Online system. Clients who do not want to file electronically can send the completed form to Dye & Durham, the BC Registry Services's preferred service provider. For more information on filing through Dye & Durham, click here.

Before you begin to file the Incorporation Application, you must:

  • know your Name Approval Request number found on your approved Name Request results.
  • know your company name exactly as it was approved by the Registrar of Companies.
  • know and understand the prerequisites and responsibilities of incorporating a company and that a company must have a set of articles and an incorporation agreement, signed by all of the incorporators.

To start the incorporation process, click on the button below.

Start Incorporation

For more information on incorporation and other company filings, go to http://www.corporateonline.gov.bc.ca and click on the "Need Help?" button near the top right corner of the Corporate Online welcome screen.

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