A Step-by-Step Guide to Registering a Corporation in Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia, with its vibrant economy and business-friendly environment, offers a promising landscape for entrepreneurs looking to establish a corporation. Registering a corporation in Nova Scotia involves a series of legal and administrative steps to ensure your business operates within the framework of provincial regulations. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive step-by-step guide to registering a corporation in Nova Scotia. If you have questions or require legal assistance during this process, please contact Falcon Law PC at 1-877-892-7778 or email us at info@falconlawyers.ca.

1. Choose a Business Name:

Select a unique business name for your corporation and ensure it complies with Nova Scotia’s naming regulations. You can check name availability through the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

2. Determine the Type of Corporation:

Decide whether your corporation will be a business corporation, a not-for-profit corporation, or a cooperative. Each type has its own legal and operational requirements.

3. Articles of Incorporation:

Prepare and submit the Articles of Incorporation to the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies. These articles contain essential information about your corporation, including its name, registered office address, share structure, and directors’ details.

4. Registered Office:

Your corporation must maintain a registered office address in Nova Scotia where legal documents can be served. This address must be a physical location and not just a P.O. box.

5. Directors and Officers:

Appoint the initial directors and officers of your corporation. Ensure they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in Nova Scotia’s Business Corporations Act.

6. Share Structure:

Determine the share structure for your corporation, including the number of authorized shares, their classes, and any special rights or restrictions.

7. By-laws:

Draft corporate by-laws that outline the internal rules and regulations governing your corporation. These by-laws should address matters such as meetings, voting procedures, and the appointment of officers.

8. Corporate Seal:

While not mandatory, you may choose to have a corporate seal, which can be used to authenticate corporate documents.

9. Register for Business Number and Taxes:

Obtain a Business Number from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for tax purposes. This number is essential for filing taxes, payroll deductions, and other government requirements.

10. HST/GST Registration:

If your corporation’s annual revenue is expected to exceed a certain threshold, you must register for the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) or the Goods and Services Tax (GST), depending on the nature of your business.

11. Payroll Deductions:

If you have employees, register for payroll deductions with the CRA to handle income tax, Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and Employment Insurance (EI) deductions.

12. Licensing and Permits:

Depending on your industry and location, you may need specific licenses or permits to operate legally. Research and obtain the necessary approvals.

13. Ongoing Compliance:

Stay informed about changes in Nova Scotia’s business regulations and ensure ongoing compliance with all legal requirements, including annual filings, taxes, and reporting.

14. Legal Assistance:

Consider engaging a legal representative with expertise in business law to guide you through the registration process, review legal documents, and ensure full compliance with Nova Scotia’s regulations.


Registering a corporation in Nova Scotia requires careful attention to legal and administrative details. By following this step-by-step guide and seeking expert advice when needed, you can establish your corporation on a solid legal foundation and embark on your business journey with confidence. If you have questions about registering a corporation in Nova Scotia or require legal assistance, please contact Falcon Law PC at 1-877-892-7778 or email us at info@falconlawyers.ca. We are here to provide expert legal support and help you navigate the complexities of corporate registration in Nova Scotia.

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