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Alberta Incorporations

Incorporating in Alberta:

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We offer Alberta incorporations because Alberta offers some of the lowest corporate income tax rates in Canada. There is no provincial sales tax, though federal GST does apply, and many filing fees are lower than elsewhere in Canada. Alberta has low provincial debt, so it is unlikely that any other province in Canada will be able to offer a more competitive tax environment. The main downside to Alberta is that at least one quarter of the corporation's directors must be Canadian residents.

5 Easy Steps to Incorporating in Alberta:

  1. Proposed corporate name: Choose three alternate names for the corporation with first, second and third choices. Except for number name corporations (such as 453236 Alberta Ltd.), a valid Alberta-biased NUANS name search report must be obtained before an application for an Alberta named corporation is filed. Take some time to think here, and be sure to do your own searching for availability first, through Google and even phone directory searches. Unique, uncommon names are more likely to be approved. Common or popular words are often rejected.
    • In Alberta, a three-element name is usually the safest choice: distinctive element / descriptive element / legal ending; such as Smith Enterprises Inc.

    • There are three choices of legal ending: Limited (Ltd.), Corporation (Corp.) or Incorporated (Inc.). The designations all have the same meaning: that the entity is a corporation with limited liability for its shareholders.

    • Note: You may choose a numbered name for your corporation for faster filing results. The government automatically assigns the next corporation number on filing that kind of application. Then later, at some extra cost, you can change to a named corporation.

  2. People: For each person who will be a director, officer or shareholder in the corporation, supply the full name (first, middle, last -- just as printed in a person's birth certificate or valid drivers licence or passport) and full street address (not post office box). Directors and officers must be legal adults, and at least 25% of the directors must be "Canadian-resident," meaning a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who in fact usually lives in Canada (there are exceptions for those on active military or government service). One person corporations are allowed in Alberta, and are common.
  3. Share structure: Decide upon a simple or complex share structure with common or preferred shares (Class "A" or "B" shares). We can help you select what are the best choices for you.
  4. Province for registered office location: Provide the street address in Alberta for the corporation's registered office. Post office box numbers are not allowed. Please tell us you need this service, when you order your Alberta corporation. We can refer you to a suitable provider based in Alberta.
  5. Go ahead: Lastly, confirm with us that you wish to go ahead with your incorporation. The easiest way is to fill out and send us the incorporation instructions form.

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How long will it take to Incorporate in Alberta?

Incorporating will take (usually) three or four business days, once we have full information and payment from you. (As with federal or Ontario corporations, because only one name choice can be reserved at a time, if the name you choose runs into trouble at the name reservation stage, the process can take a little longer.) The Alberta Corporate Registry provides only PDF files of the incorporation documents. After the date of incorporation, allow an extra week or two for creation and shipping of the corporate records book.

Our standard Alberta Incorporation Package includes:

  • An Alberta corporation.
  • Complete Corporate Records book with corporate tabs, certificate of incorporation, articles of incorporation, corporate by-laws, registers of shareholders and directors, share certificates, director and shareholder post-incorporation resolutions, director's consents and share subscriptions.
  • Legal advice with respect to forming your Alberta corporation.
  • Choice of corporate structures designed to suit the needs of the corporation.
  • An Alberta-biased NUANS search to ensure that you do not infringe on someone else's name from elsewhere in Canada. Infringement can result in a lawsuit against your corporation for damages or cause you to lose the right to use the name you chose for your corporation. For federal corporations, we recommend that the free federal name pre-approval be obtained (which we handle for you).

All this for Only $699.00 CAD (taxes included!).

Extras not included in the above price (but please ask):

  • registered office services (for Alberta, provided by a third party)
  • shipping corporate records book outside Canada or the continental USA
  • ordering and shipping a corporate seal (usually not needed, but useful particularly if the corporation will buy land in Alberta)
  • extraprovincial registration outside Alberta, if your purposes so require
  • for non-Canadians, help with filings under the Investment Canada Act

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Attention Residents of the US:

For residents of the United States who will be carrying business in Canada, ask us about forming an Alberta unlimited liability corporation (ULC). The incorporation process is the same, but the resulting corporation will have unlimited liability (instead of the usual limited liability a corporation gives). An Alberta ULC can have tax benefits where circumstances merit using them. The ULC costs an additional $200 CAD plus applicable tax.

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Incorporating can improve your business image.