Change the name of your co-operative

A co-operative can change its name by passing a special resolution and filing the Special Resolution Change of Name Form with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Use the Special Resolution Change of Name Form to change the name of your co-operative. Your new name needs to follow the rules for co-operative names.

Passing a special resolution

This change can only happen by special resolution. To pass a special resolution, you need to comply with the Co-operative Associations Act and your by-laws, including:

  • ensuring the name change complies with the Co-operative Associations Act
  • notifying members of the time and location of the meeting and the intention to vote on a proposed change
  • having a quorum (minimum number of members necessary) at the time of the vote
  • having at least two-thirds of members who are present (in person) at the meeting vote in favour of the change
  • having the secretary complete and sign the Special Resolution Change of Name Form
  • filing the Special Resolution Change of Name Form with Registry of Joint Stock Companies within 15 days of passing the special resolution

The secretary who signs the form needs to be listed with Registry of Joint Stock Companies as an officer or director of the co-operative.

When your name changes

Your co-operative name changes when Registry of Joint Stock Companies registers it.

Public record

Information you file with Registry of Joint Stock Companies is available to the public.

Who can use this form

Co-operatives need to use this form to change their name.

What you need to do

  1. Reserve a new name for your co-operative (Registry of Joint Stock Companies needs to approve name).
  2. Pass a special resolution to change the name.
  3. Complete the form.
  4. Include payment with your form.
  5. Within 15 days of passing the special resolution, send your completed form and payment by mail. Or drop them off at Registry of Joint Stock Companies or Access Nova Scotia.
  6. If the Inspector of Co-operatives approves the special resolution, they file it with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.
  7. You can use the new name once Registry of Joint Stock Companies updates your records and sends you a Certificate of Name Change.

How long it takes

It should take 1 to 2 weeks to get the Certificate of Name Change. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

Activity Fee
Certificate of Name Change $62.30

Payment options

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, debit card, cheque, money order, cash. A cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. Payment options may vary depending on how you submit the form.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • approved name for the co-operative from Registry of Joint Stock Companies
  • passed a special resolution to change the name
  • total number of members in the co-operative
  • total number of members in attendance for the special resolution vote, including the number of votes in favour and votes against

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