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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.
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.
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.
All this for Only $795.00 CAD (taxes included!).
Extras not included in the above price (but please ask):
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.
We can help. Just ask about incorporating in Alberta.
An Alberta corporation must have a Registered Office within Alberta. Offices must be accessible to the public during regular business hours.
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INC Business Lawyers will guide you through the steps to Incorporate your business in Alberta, Canada.
Alberta has some of the lowest tax rates in Canada
for standard Canadian incorporations