Register a business name (operating name) on behalf of a society

Societies need to register their business name (operating name) with Registry of Joint Stock Companies if it’s different than their legal name. A business name, also called an operating name, is an additional name that your society can operate under.

Use the Statement to be Used for the Registration of a Business Name for a Society Form to register your business name (operating name).

In addition to the legal name of your society, you can also operate under a registered business name. A business name is also called an operating name or ‘doing business as’ name. For example, the legal name of your society is ABC Helping Society of Nova Scotia and you’ve also registered ABC Helpers as your business name (operating name).

Societies need to register their business name (operating name) with Registry of Joint Stock Companies if it’s different than their legal name.

If Registry of Joint Stock Companies approves and registers the business name, you need to pay annual fees to renew the society, as well as pay annual fees to renew the business name (operating name).

Once you register a business name (operating name), you can carry on activities using the society name or the business name. Registering a business name doesn’t create a separate legal entity or a separate board of directors. All the funds that you raise when using the business name need to go towards promoting the society’s objectives.

Public record

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

Eligibility

Societies need to register their business name (operating name) to operate under a name that’s different than their legal name.

An officer or director of the society needs to complete the form.

How to register

  1. Reserve a business name (operating name) for your society (Registry of Joint Stock Companies needs to approve name).
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Include payment with your application.
  4. Send your completed application and payment by mail. Or drop them off at Registry of Joint Stock Companies or Access Nova Scotia.
  5. If you meet all the requirements, Registry of Joint Stock Companies issues a Certificate of Registration.

How long it takes

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

Cost

Activity Fee
Registration $68.55
Renewal $68.55

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 apply.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • approved business name (operating name) for your society from Registry of Joint Stock Companies
  • full legal name of the society
  • civic address and mailing address of the society
  • name of recognized agent
  • civic address and mailing address of recognized agent
  • officer or director of the society available to sign the form

Registration form


Renewal

You need to renew your registration every year. You should get your renewal notice in the mail before the renewal date. It’s your responsibility to renew on time.