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Registering a Business

RCR logo on building

Register your business with the province of BC. You need to register to get proof of your business number, to open bank accounts, apply for loans, and accomplish many other business start-up and business building activities.

Business registration process

Follow the 2 steps to register your business:

1. Submit Your Business Name Approval Request

The first step in registering your business is getting the approval of your chosen business name. Name approval prevents duplication of named companies and provides a record of ownership of companies.

Submit a name approval using one of the following services:


2. Register Your Business

Once you've been notified that your business name has been approved, you have 56 calendar days to register your business name or complete your incorporation process.

Registering as a sole proprietorship or partnership

BC Corporate Registry
PO Box 9431 Stn Pro Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9V3

  • Register in person at:

          Small Business BC
          82 – 601 West Cordova Street,
          Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6B 1G1
          Phone: 604-775-5525

          Surrey Board of Trade Business Resource Centre
          Surrey Board of Trade
          #101-14439 104th Ave, Surrey, BC 
          Phone: 604-581-7130     


Registering a corporation


Registering a society or co-operative