Corporate Registry Overview

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Corporate Registry Overview

Corporate Registry is different things to different people. To businesses, it is a place where they can obtain limited liability for business ventures. For societies and other non-profit groups, it is a place to get official recognition for their organizations. For sole proprietors and partnerships, it is a place to register the name of their business. For the general public, it is a vast repository of information on all of these organizations.

If you are starting a business and are not sure how to begin, contact one of the following organizations for help or advice.


Corporate Registry office does not act as an enforcement agency, provide legal counseling services, supervise the conduct of corporations or non-profit organizations, nor act as a mediator in the case of internal disputes.


On October 5, 2015, the following Corporate Registry fees will increase.

  • Incorporations and amalgamations of Alberta corporations will increase by $25 to a total of $275

  • Registrations of extra-provincial corporations and amalgamations will increase by $25 to a total of $275

  • Filing annual returns for Alberta and extra-provincial corporations will increase by $20 to a total of $50

  • Searches of Alberta and extra-provincial corporation will increase by $4 to a total of $5

  • Certified copies of information or transactions for Alberta and extra-provincial corporations will increase by $4 to a total of $5

If you have any questions, please contact Service Alberta at 780-427-7013

The Chartered Professional Accountants Act will be proclaimed on July 1, 2015

As of July 1, 2015, articles for 'accounting professional corporations' that have been endorsed by the former accounting organizations (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, Certified General Accountants of Alberta, and Certified Management Accountants of Alberta) can no longer be accepted for incorporation, revival, amendment, etc.  This also applies to limited liability partnerships.  If your articles or limited liability partnership registration have been approved by one of these professional organizations, you must submit the information to an authorized service provider by June 30, 2015. 

For more information about changes to the accounting profession, visit the CPA website or call the toll-free phone number 1-800-232-9406 .

How to Incorporate/Register a Business or Non-Profit Body

The process of incorporation depends on the type of entity you want to incorporate.  There are specific incorporation forms and fees for each type of entity.   Read more

Dissolve or Revive a Legal Entity

Alberta corporations and other legal entities may dissolve voluntarily if they no longer conduct business in Alberta. Entities can also be "struck off" Corporate Registry's active records if they do not file their required annual returns.

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New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA)

The New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) enables streamlined registration of your Alberta corporation, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Read more

Obligations and Responsibilities After Incorporation or Registration

Once incorporated or registered, a corporation, extra-provincial registration, society or non-profit company must conduct business in Alberta according to the provisions set out in various pieces of legislation.
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Service Providers

The majority of Corporate Registry services are performed by authorized service providers whose services are categorized into four service levels: basic, level 1, level 2 and level 3. 
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