Register a sole proprietorship

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

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.

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. 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. 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 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 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.