Although many of these use the term "Partnership," you can use them for Sole Proprietorships and Business Names too. (Remember: A Sole Proprietorship is a "Partnership of one") Please check the definition to ensure it's appropriate for your business.
A co-operative is a user-owned and user-controlled business with a minimum of three founding members. It can be either for-profit or non-profit. It is a separate legal entity from the members so that liability is limited to the amount a member contributes to or invests in the co-operative. Use the Co-operative Update Form to make changes (address, directors, etc.) at any time.
We recommend that you see your lawyer to arrange incorporation in Nova Scotia. Some, but not all, necessary forms are available below.
Societies are non-profit groups that use democratic principles to achieve their objects. This is the most common way to incorporate a non-profit group. However, non-profit businesses should consider incorporating as a non-profit co-operative. Forms for co-operatives are immediately above.
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