BC Corporation Naming Requirements: A Guide by Falcon Law PC


Naming your corporation in British Columbia (BC) is an important step in the business registration process. The name you choose for your corporation not only represents your brand but must also comply with BC’s naming requirements and regulations. At Falcon Law PC, we understand the significance of selecting the right name for your business, and we’re here to guide you through the process. For expert legal assistance or specific inquiries regarding BC corporation naming requirements, please contact Falcon Law PC at 1-877-892-7778.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding BC Corporation Naming Requirements
  2. Key Naming Regulations
  3. Tips for Choosing a Corporation Name
  4. Checking Name Availability
  5. Reserving a Name
  6. The Role of Falcon Law PC
  7. Conclusion

Understanding BC Corporation Naming Requirements

Choosing a suitable name for your BC corporation involves more than just creativity. It must adhere to specific naming regulations set by the British Columbia Registrar of Companies. These regulations are designed to ensure clarity, transparency, and legal compliance in the corporate sector.

Key Naming Regulations

Here are some key naming regulations to consider when naming your BC corporation:

  • Distinctiveness: The name must be distinctive and not resemble the name of any existing corporation in BC.
  • Legal Elements: The name must contain a legal element such as “Corporation,” “Incorporated,” “Limited,” or their abbreviations.
  • Restricted Words: Some words are restricted and may require special approval, such as “bank,” “trust,” or “university.”
  • Prohibited Words: Certain words and phrases are prohibited due to their potential for misleading the public.
  • Numbering: Sequential numbering is not permitted (e.g., “Corp. 1234567”).
  • Geographical Names: The use of geographical names is generally restricted unless special permission is granted.
  • Uniqueness: The name should not imply a false sense of government affiliation or endorsement.

Tips for Choosing a Corporation Name

When selecting a name for your BC corporation, consider these tips:

  • Uniqueness: Ensure the name is distinct and not in use by any other BC corporation.
  • Relevance: Choose a name that reflects your business’s nature or services.
  • Simplicity: Keep the name clear, simple, and easy to remember.
  • Availability: Verify the name’s availability before making a final decision.
  • Legal Compliance: Ensure the name complies with BC’s naming regulations.

Checking Name Availability

Before finalizing your corporation name, it’s essential to check its availability with the British Columbia Registrar of Companies. This step helps you avoid potential conflicts and ensures that your chosen name meets the necessary criteria.

Reserving a Name

If you’ve found the perfect name for your BC corporation but are not yet ready to register it, you can reserve the name for a specified period. This prevents others from using the name while you prepare your incorporation documents.

The Role of Falcon Law PC

Falcon Law PC specializes in corporate and business law in BC. Our experienced lawyers can assist you in selecting and verifying a suitable name for your BC corporation, ensuring compliance with all naming regulations. We also provide guidance on the name reservation process and handle the necessary paperwork.


Selecting the right name for your BC corporation is a crucial step in establishing your business’s identity and ensuring legal compliance. Falcon Law PC is here to simplify this process and help you navigate the intricacies of BC corporation naming requirements. Contact us today at 1-877-892-7778 or info@falconlawyers.ca for expert legal assistance and guidance in naming your BC corporation.

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