Register a partnership (general)

A partnership, also called a general partnership, is the most common type of partnership formed in Nova Scotia. Most partnerships need to register with Registry of Joint Stock Companies to operate in Nova Scotia.

Register your partnership.

Most partnerships need to register to operate in Nova Scotia.

You don’t have to register your partnership if you’re:

  • a partnership registered in New Brunswick
  • partners using only your personal names (for example, John Smith & Jane Smith don’t need to register, but John Smith & Associates needs to register)
  • a partnership that has the sole purpose of farming or fishing

A partnership, also called a general partnership, is the most common type of partnership formed in Nova Scotia.

A partnership doesn’t have a separate legal status from its owners. All profits go to the partners, but they alone are responsible for any losses, liability and taxes. Profits are taxed as personal income.

All of the partners have unlimited liability in a partnership. In most circumstances, each partner can bind the whole partnership to a contract or business deal.

Public record

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

Eligibility

Most partnerships need to register to operate in Nova Scotia.

How to register

  1. Reserve a name for your business (Registry of Joint Stock Companies needs to approve name).
  2. Register online.
  3. Include payment with your application.
  4. Submit your completed application and payment.
  5. If you meet all the requirements, Registry of Joint Stock Companies issues a Certificate of Registration and Business Number.

How long it takes

It should take 1 to 2 weeks to get the Certificate of Registration and Business Number if you register online or in person. You should get the Certificate of Registration and Business Number right away if you register in person . 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, Interac® Online, 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 name for your partnership from Registry of Joint Stock Companies
  • name and address of recognized agent
  • all partners available to sign the form, including an officer or director on behalf of each corporate partner

Register online

When you apply online you need to create an account or sign in.

After you submit the completed application form and pay the registration fee, you need to print the form and return a signed copy to Registry of Joint Stock Companies by mail, email, fax or in person.

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Other ways to register

You can use the Application for Registration of a Business Name, Sole Proprietorship or Partnership in Nova Scotia Form (PDF 380 kB) if you’re unable to apply online. Send your completed application and payment by mail. Or visit Registry of Joint Stock Companies or Access Nova Scotia.

Renewal

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