A corporation is an independent legal entity that exists separate and apart from its owners (shareholders). Basically, the corporation acts as a ‘person.’

1. As a ‘person,’ a corporation can:

  • buy, sell and own assets, including land
  • make contracts
  • sue
  • be sued

You do not need to be a large business to register as a corporation. A small business with only one owner can register as a corporation.If you need help deciding if a corporation is the best form of business, we highly recommend you get legal advice.

2. Cost

The service provider that processes your application will charge a government fee and a service fee.

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How to apply
Step 1. Choose a name

3. An Alberta corporation name consists of 3 elements:


‘ABC Building Supplies Ltd.’ is an example of a corporation name that contains all 3 elements.

4. Accepted legal elements

The following legal elements are permitted by the Business Corporations Act:

  • Limited
  • Limitee
  • Ltee
  • Ltd.
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Incorporee
  • ULC
  • Unlimited Liability Corporation

5. ‘Professional Corporation’

The ‘Professional Corporation’ element can only be used for one of the following types of professions:

  • Chartered Professional Accountants
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Optometry

Your corporation can also use a ‘number’ name, such as ‘785843 Alberta Inc.’

6. Get an Alberta NUANS report

You need to get an Alberta NUANS report and review it to make sure there is no other corporation with an identical name or a name that is too similar to your proposed corporation name. Unlike business names, identically named corporations are not allowed

7. Record your corporation’s address

The registered office needs to be a physical location in Alberta, so that the corporation can get legal documents delivered. The records address, if not the same as the registered office, also needs to be physically located in Alberta.

8. Elect a director

Elect or appoint at least one director for your corporation and record that information on the Notice of Directors.

9. Appoint an agent for service

An agent for service is an individual located in Alberta who can accept notices and documents in person or by mail on behalf of the corporation. The agent for service does not need to be a lawyer.

10. Submit your application package

You need to take your forms to a registry agent or authorized Alberta service provider. You will need to bring:

  • your incorporation information forms:
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Notice of English/French Name Equivalency (optional)
  • Notice of Address
  • Notice of Directors
  • Notice of Agent for Service for an Alberta or Extra-Provincial Corporation
  • NUANS report
  • valid ID
  • fee payment

If your information meets requirements, the service provider will enter it into the Corporate Registry computer system and give you a certificate of incorporation. You will receive an email when your federal business number is issued.