Register a sole proprietorship

Most sole proprietorships need to register with Registry of Joint Stock Companies to operate in Nova Scotia.

Use the Sole Proprietor Registration Form to register your sole proprietorship.

Most sole proprietorships need to register to operate in Nova Scotia.

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

  • a sole proprietorship registered in New Brunswick
  • an individual using only your personal name (for example, John Smith does not need to register, but John Smith & Associates needs to register)
  • a sole proprietorship that has the sole purpose of farming or fishing

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.

Eligibility

Most sole proprietorships 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. Complete the Sole Proprietor Registration Form online.
  3. Check the registration form for details on all required supporting documents.
  4. Include payment with your registration.
  5. Submit your completed registration, supporting documents and payment.
  6. 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. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your registration hasn’t been filled in correctly.

It may take longer than usual to process your request.

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 register.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • approved name for your sole proprietorship from Registry of Joint Stock Companies
  • name and address of recognized agent (not needed for sole proprietors who live in Nova Scotia)
  • sole proprietor available to sign the form

Register online

When you register online you need to create an account or sign in. You also need to upload any supporting documents in PDF format, including required signatures.

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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 614 kB) if you’re unable to register online. Send your completed registration 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 by mail or email before the renewal date. It’s your responsibility to renew on time.