Can Foreign Residents Open a British Columbia Corporation?

Introduction: British Columbia offers a favorable business environment that attracts entrepreneurs and investors from around the world. If you are a foreign resident considering establishing a corporation in British Columbia, you may wonder about the eligibility and requirements for non-residents. In this blog post, we will explore whether foreign residents can open a British Columbia corporation and shed light on the process. For personalized guidance and assistance, contact Falcon Law PC at 1-877-892-7778 or via email at

Understanding the Eligibility: British Columbia allows foreign residents to open a corporation under certain conditions. The eligibility criteria for non-residents are as follows:

  1. Appointment of a Registered and Records Office: To form a British Columbia corporation, you must appoint a registered office and records office in the province. These offices serve as the official locations for receiving legal notices and maintaining corporate records.
  2. Appointment of an Attorney for Service: Foreign residents must appoint an attorney for service who is ordinarily resident in British Columbia. The attorney for service acts as the corporation’s representative for legal matters and must have a physical address in the province.
  3. Compliance with the Business Corporations Act: Foreign residents must comply with the requirements outlined in the Business Corporations Act of British Columbia. This includes providing accurate information, paying necessary fees, and adhering to corporate governance obligations.

The Process of Opening a British Columbia Corporation: To open a British Columbia corporation as a foreign resident, follow these general steps:

  1. Name Reservation: Choose a unique name for your corporation and submit a name reservation request to the Corporate Registry. The name reservation ensures that your chosen name is available and can be used for your corporation.
  2. Incorporation Documents: Prepare and submit the necessary incorporation documents, which include articles of incorporation, notice of registered office, notice of records office, and appointment of attorney for service. These documents outline important details about your corporation, such as its purpose, share structure, and directors’ information.
  3. Filing and Fee Payment: File the incorporation documents with the Corporate Registry and pay the required fees. The fees typically cover the initial incorporation, name reservation, and any additional services requested.
  4. Certificate of Incorporation: Upon successful review and approval of your incorporation documents, the Corporate Registry will issue a Certificate of Incorporation. This certificate confirms the legal existence of your British Columbia corporation.
  5. Post-Incorporation Obligations: After incorporation, ensure compliance with ongoing obligations such as filing annual reports, maintaining accurate records, and adhering to corporate governance requirements. It is advisable to seek legal guidance to understand and fulfill these obligations effectively.

Seeking Legal Assistance from Falcon Law PC: Navigating the process of opening a British Columbia corporation as a foreign resident can be complex. Falcon Law PC can provide valuable assistance in the following areas:

  • Eligibility Evaluation: Falcon Law PC can assess your eligibility as a foreign resident and guide you through the specific requirements and obligations.
  • Document Preparation and Filing: They can assist in preparing and filing the necessary incorporation documents, ensuring accuracy and compliance with legal requirements.
  • Compliance and Corporate Governance: Falcon Law PC can provide ongoing support and guidance to ensure your corporation remains compliant with British Columbia laws, annual filing requirements, and corporate governance obligations.
  • Legal Representation: If you encounter legal issues or require representation, Falcon Law PC can provide professional legal services tailored to your needs.

Conclusion: Foreign residents can open a corporation in British Columbia by meeting specific eligibility criteria and complying with the Business Corporations Act. Seeking professional guidance from Falcon Law PC is highly recommended to navigate the process smoothly, ensure compliance, and receive personalized advice. Contact Falcon Law PC at 1-877-892-7778 or via email at

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