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Registry of Joint Stock Companies

Business Incorporation and Registration

Who Needs This Incorporation?
  Anyone who wants to incorporate a business in Nova Scotia.
Issuing Department / Agency:
  Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies
Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Incorporation and / or further information?
  Contact: Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies
Service Nova Scotia

902-424-7770 or the Access Nova Scotia toll free number: 1-800-225-8227 (All office locations)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (except holidays)


Any Access Nova Scotia Centres
Head office location:
Maritime Centre, 9 North
1505 Barrington Street (at Spring Garden Road)
Halifax, N.S. B3J 3K5
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (except holidays)

  Write: Registry of Joint Stock Companies
Service Nova Scotia
P.O. Box 1529
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y4
  Fax: 902-424-4633
Application Forms & Process:
  1. Before actually applying for incorporation, each applicant must have their business name approved for use in this province. (See Business Name: Search and Reservation.)

    Note: Numbered names (eg. 1234567 Nova Scotia Limited) are available without a name search if incorporation is required quickly. The name can be changed later or a business name registration made by the company (Change of Name fees are applicable).

  2. After Name approval, the applicant must then file an application for incorporation of the company. Incorporation forms are difficult to get, except from a lawyer; however, there are some private-sector firms which sell precedent documents (model forms).
If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the incorporation Certificate (which includes the Business Number) will be sent to the applicant by mail.
Waiting Period:
  3 business days

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

Expiry & Renewal:
  The Certificate of Incorporation itself does not expire. Corporate existence is perpetual unless a surrender application is submitted, or strike-off procedure is initiated. However, the related Certificate of Registration (required under the Corporations Registration Act) must be renewed annually. (See Business Registration: Corporations.)
Price: (No tax is charged)

Initial Application: $200

Annual Renewal: $118.35

Note: Fee must accompany application.

Related Requirements:
  Some or all of the following may be required:
  1. If the business will be retailing taxable goods or services, they will need an HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) Registration with Canada Revenue Agency.

  2. If the business hires any employees, it is responsible for deducting and remitting personal income tax, unemployment insurance premiums and Canada Pension Plan deductions to Canada Revenue Agency - Taxation.
Additional Information:
  Legal advice is recommended for preparation of incorporation documents.

When businesses are incorporated in Nova Scotia, they are automatically registered under the Corporations Registration Act (See Business Registration: Corporations).
Legislative Authority:
    Companies Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 81

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