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Service Nova Scotia - Co-operatives Branch

Co-operative: Incorporation (Both Profit and Non-Profit) (Approval and Registration)

Who Needs This Approval?
Any group wishing to incorporate a co-operative in Nova Scotia must be approved by the Nova Scotia Inspector of Co-operatives.
Issuing Department / Agency:
  Co-operatives Branch
Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Approval and Registration and / or further information?

Inspector of Co-operatives
Co-operatives Branch
Location: 9th Floor, Maritime Center
1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1529,
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y4

Tel: 902-424-7770
Toll Free: 1-800-225-8227
Fax: 902-424-4633


Application Forms & Process:
Articles and by-laws must be completed (model forms are provided by the Co-operatives Branch) and forwarded to the Inspector of Co-operatives for approval. When approved and filed a certificate and copy of the approved documents are returned to the registered office of the co-operative by the Co-operatives Branch.

You can download forms from the Registry of Joint Stock Companies website.
Waiting Period:

10 business days for Certificate

Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)

Expiry & Renewal:

This registration is valid for one year. Co-operatives are required to submit an Annual Renewal form, annual financial statements and a renewal fee of $33.00 (made payable to the Inspector of Co-operatives).

Price: (No tax is charged)
  $133.35 plus Related Requirements fee (see below)
Related Requirements:

Appropriate fee for the NUANS System name search ($53.09 + hst = $61.05 for an Atlantic Provinces' search or $66.30 + hst = $76.25 for a Canada-wide search)

Additional Information:

Incorporation of a co-operative requires articles of incorporation and by-laws:

  • be signed by at least 3 people or 2 associations (called subscribers)
  • indicating whether the co-operative will function as a for-profit or nonprofit business
  • indicating that members join by purchasing a share or paying a membership fee
Information on how co-operatives operate, and free assistance in preparing the necessary documents is available from the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council.
Legislative Authority:
Co-operative Associations Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 98, amended 2001, c. 41, ss. 1-23.  

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