How to Extra Provincially Register a BC Corporation in Ontario?

To extraprovincially register a British Columbia (BC) corporation in Ontario, you will need to follow certain steps and fulfill specific requirements. Here’s a general outline of the process:

  1. Name Approval: Ensure that the name of your BC corporation is available for use in Ontario. You can conduct a name search through the Ontario Business Name Search tool to verify its availability.
  2. BC Extra-Provincial Registration: Confirm that your BC corporation is in good standing and up to date with its filings in British Columbia. If not, you may need to resolve any outstanding issues before proceeding. Contact the BC government’s corporate registry to obtain a “Letter of Good Standing” or similar document.
  3. Hire an Ontario Agent for Service: An Ontario-based agent for service is required to accept legal documents on behalf of your corporation in Ontario. You can hire an individual or a service provider who meets the necessary criteria.
  4. Prepare Required Documents: Gather the necessary documentation, which typically includes:
    • Completed Ontario Extra-Provincial Corporations Form 1, available from the Ontario government’s website.
    • Certified copy of your corporation’s current articles of incorporation.
    • A copy of your corporation’s notice of articles as filed in BC.
    • A current “Letter of Good Standing” or similar document from the BC corporate registry.
    • A copy of any bylaws or unanimous shareholder agreements your corporation has adopted.
  5. Submit the Application: Submit the completed Ontario Extra-Provincial Corporations Form 1, along with the required supporting documents and the applicable fee, to the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. The fee can vary, so consult the Ontario government’s website or contact their office for the most up-to-date information.
  6. Await Confirmation: The Ontario government will review your application and supporting documents. Once approved, you will receive a Certificate of Registration or a Letter of Authorization confirming your BC corporation’s extraprovincial registration in Ontario.

Remember that the steps outlined above provide a general overview of the process. It is crucial to consult the official websites of both the BC and Ontario government, or seek legal advice, to ensure you follow the latest requirements and procedures specific to your situation.

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