Change the sole proprietor or partner in a business or non-profit

Sole proprietorships and partnerships need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies when the sole proprietor or partner changes. Businesses and non-profits that have a registered business name (operating name) need to notify the registry of changes to their incorporated partners.

Use the Change Owner/Partner Form to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies of changes to the sole proprietor or partners.

Types of changes

Use this form to:

  • replace a sole proprietor with a new sole proprietor
  • remove a partner
  • add a partner

Public record

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

Registry of Joint Stock Companies is currently experiencing processing delays. It may take longer than usual to process your request.

Who can use this form

Sole proprietorships and partnerships need to use this form to make changes to the sole proprietor or partners. Businesses and non-profits that have a registered business name (operating name) need to use this form to notify the registry of changes to their incorporated partners.

What you need to do

  1. Complete the Change Owner/Partner Form online.
  2. Check the form for details on all required supporting documents.
  3. Submit your completed form and supporting documents.
  4. Registry of Joint Stock Companies updates your records.

How long it takes

It should take 1 to 2 weeks to update your records. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly.

It may take longer than usual to process your request.

Cost

There is no cost to submit the form.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • all new, departing and remaining sole proprietors or partners available to sign the form for a sole proprietorship or partnership
  • officer or director on behalf of each corporate partner available to sign the form for a business or non-profit that has a registered business name (operating name)

Online

When you file online you need to create an account or sign in. You need to be an authorized filer for the business or non-profit. You also need to upload any supporting documents in PDF format, including required signatures.

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Other ways to submit the form

You can use the Notice of Change in the Proprietor or Partners Using a Business Name Registered in Nova Scotia Form (PDF 984 kB) if you’re unable to file online. Send your completed form by mail. Or drop it off at Registry of Joint Stock Companies or Access Nova Scotia.