Registry of Joint Stock Companies forms and documents

Collection of forms and documents that businesses and non-profits need in order to file information with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Legislation requires each legal structure to provide specific business information to Registry of Joint Stock Companies. This collection provides the forms and documents businesses and non-profits can use when providing Registry of Joint Stock Companies with the required information.

Reserving a name for your business or non-profit

Choosing a name for your business or non-profit: guidelines

Guidelines you need to follow when choosing a name for your business or non-profit.

Reserving a name for your business or non-profit: guidelines

Process of reserving a name for your business or non-profit with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Reserve a name for your business or non-profit

Businesses and non-profits need to apply to reserve a name before they register, incorporate or change an existing name.

Sole proprietorship

Register a sole proprietorship

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

Appoint or change a recognized agent for a business or non-profit

Appoint or change the recognized agent for your business or non-profit. Or change the recognized agent’s address.

Change the sole proprietor or partner in a business or non-profit

Sole proprietorships and partnerships need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies when the sole proprietor or partner changes. Businesses and non-profits that have a registered business name (operating name) need to notify the registry of changes to their incorporated partners.

Change the address for a sole proprietorship, partnership or business name (operating name)

Sole proprietorships and partnerships need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies of changes to the business location, mailing address and residential address of the sole proprietor or partners. Businesses and non-profits that have a registered business name (operating name) need to notify the registry of changes to the business location or mailing address.

Change the name of your sole proprietorship

A sole proprietorship can change its name by filing the Change of Business Name Form with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Dissolve a sole proprietorship

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

End a sole proprietorship: request for revocation

Sole proprietorships need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies if their business is no longer operating.

Partnership

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 a limited partnership

A limited partnership has at least 1 general partner and at least 1 limited partner. A limited partner has only limited liability. Limited partnerships need to register with Registry of Joint Stock Companies to operate in Nova Scotia.

Register a limited liability partnership

Limited liability partnerships need to register with Registry of Joint Stock Companies to operate in Nova Scotia. The liability of partners in a limited liability partnership is limited to some degree.

Appoint or change a recognized agent for a business or non-profit

Appoint or change the recognized agent for your business or non-profit. Or change the recognized agent’s address.

Change the address for a sole proprietorship, partnership or business name (operating name)

Sole proprietorships and partnerships need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies of changes to the business location, mailing address and residential address of the sole proprietor or partners. Businesses and non-profits that have a registered business name (operating name) need to notify the registry of changes to the business location or mailing address.

Change the sole proprietor or partner in a business or non-profit

Sole proprietorships and partnerships need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies when the sole proprietor or partner changes. Businesses and non-profits that have a registered business name (operating name) need to notify the registry of changes to their incorporated partners.

Dissolve a partnership

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

End a partnership: request for revocation

Partnerships need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies if their business is no longer operating.

Company

Incorporate a limited company

Incorporate your limited company by filing the required documents and forms with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Incorporate a company limited by guarantee

Incorporate your limited by guarantee company by filing the required documents and forms with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Incorporate an unlimited company

Incorporate your unlimited company by filing the required documents and forms with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Statutory Declaration Form: incorporate a company

If you’re incorporating a company, you need to file a Statutory Declaration to confirm that the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association comply with the Companies Act.

Register an extra-provincial, federal or foreign corporation

Register a corporation that was incorporated in another jurisdiction and wants do business in Nova Scotia.

Notice of officers and directors for an incorporated company

Incorporated companies need to file and change the officer or director information with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Appoint or change a recognized agent for a business or non-profit

Appoint or change the recognized agent for your business or non-profit. Or change the recognized agent’s address.

File or change your registered office address: incorporated companies

Incorporated companies need to file and change their registered office address information with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Change the name of your company

A company can change its name by filing the Special Resolution Name Change and Certificate Form with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Co-operative

Incorporate a for-profit co-operative

Incorporate your for-profit co-operative by filing Articles of Incorporation and by-laws with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Incorporate a non-profit co-operative

Incorporate your non-profit co-operative by filing Articles of Incorporation and by-laws with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Change co-operative by-laws and make other changes

Co-operatives can change their Articles of Incorporation and by-laws or do something out of the ordinary by filing a special resolution with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Update the address, officers or directors of your co-operative

Co-operatives need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies of changes to their civic address, mailing address and list of officers or directors.

File your co-operative’s financial statements with Registry of Joint Stock Companies

Co-operatives need to file financial statements with Registry of Joint Stock Companies each year.

Change the name of your co-operative

A co-operative can change its name by filing the Special Resolution Change of Name Form with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Wind-up forms: co-operatives

Co-operatives can wind up and dissolve by filing wind-up forms with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Society

How to incorporate a society: overview

How to incorporate a non-profit under the Societies Act.

Incorporate a society

Incorporate your society by filing the required forms with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Notice of officers and directors for a society

Societies need to file and change the officer or director information with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Appoint or change a recognized agent for a society

Appoint or change a recognized agent for your society. Or change the recognized agent's address.

File or change your registered office address: societies

Societies need to file and change their registered office address information with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Change society by-laws

Societies can change their by-laws by filing a special resolution with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Change your society’s Memorandum of Association

Societies can change their Memorandum of Association by filing a special resolution with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

File your society’s financial statements with Registry of Joint Stock Companies

Societies need to file financial statements with Registry of Joint Stock Companies each year.

Change the name of your society

A society can change its name by filing the Special Resolution Name Change and Certificate Form with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Wind-up forms: societies

Societies can wind up and dissolve by filing wind-up forms with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Business name (operating name)

Register a business name (operating name) on behalf of a business or non-profit

Most businesses and non-profits need to register their business name (operating name) with Registry of Joint Stock Companies if it’s different than their legal name.

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.

Change a business name (operating name) on behalf of a business or non-profit

A business or non-profit can change its business name (operating name) by filing the Change of Business Name Form with Registry of Joint Stock Companies. The business name is different than the legal name.

Change the address for a sole proprietorship, partnership or business name (operating name)

Sole proprietorships and partnerships need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies of changes to the business location, mailing address and residential address of the sole proprietor or partners. Businesses and non-profits that have a registered business name (operating name) need to notify the registry of changes to the business location or mailing address.

Dissolve a business name (operating name) on behalf of a business or non-profit

Businesses and non-profits need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies when they dissolve their business name (operating name).

End a business name (operating name) on behalf of a business or non-profit: request for revocation

Businesses and non-profits need to notify Registry of Joint Stock Companies if they’re no longer using the business name (operating name).

Copies of documents

Get copies of documents on file with Registry of Joint Stock Companies

Request copies of documents that are on file with Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

Fees

Registry of Joint Stock Companies fees

Fees for Registry of Joint Stock Companies transactions, including registrations, filings and updates to your business or non-profit information.