Dissolve a sole proprietorship

Sole proprietorships need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies when they dissolve.

Use the Dissolution Form to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies that your sole proprietorship has dissolved.

You need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies that your sole proprietorship has dissolved or is no longer operating (request for revocation). If Registry of Joint Stock Companies doesn’t receive notification and you don’t pay your renewal fee by the date required, the registry revokes (cancels) your Certificate of Registration and changes the status of the registration to ‘revoked for non-payment’.

Public record

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

Who can use this form

Sole proprietorships need to use this form to dissolve the business.

What you need to do

  1. Complete the Dissolution 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 cancels the Certificate of Registration. The registry also changes the status of the registration to ‘dissolved’.

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:

  • notary public, commissioner of oaths or lawyer available to swear the form
  • sole proprietor available to sign the form

Online

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

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Other ways to submit the form

You can use the Dissolution of Partnership Form (PDF 747 kB) if you’re unable to file online. Send your completed form by mail. Or visit Registry of Joint Stock Companies or Access Nova Scotia.