Incorporate a business or organization

Cooperatives

How to form an Alberta-based or out-of-province cooperative.

A cooperative is a business organization started by people who want to:

  • use services or buy goods as a group
  • have an equal say in how the business is run
  • share in any profits the business makes

Alberta-based cooperatives must be incorporated and out-of-province cooperatives wanting to do business in Alberta must be registered under the Cooperatives Act.

Alberta-based incorporation requirements

Read the Articles of Incorporation Requirements (PDF, 8 pages) before starting. The Articles of Incorporation is a separate document that the cooperative must prepare.

Step 1: Fill out the forms

Affidavit of Execution (PDF, 1 page)

Summary of Articles of Incorporation and Statutory Declaration (PDF, 6 pages)

Notice of Address/Change of Address (PDF, 1 page)

Notice of Directors/Change of Directors/Change of Director’s Address (PDF, 2 pages)

Step 2: Get a NUANS report

You’ll have to get an Alberta Name Search (NUANS) report from a certified NUANS member. The report shows similar registered business names based on your proposed name.

  • a cooperative name must meet specific legislative requirements
  • once applied, the Director of Cooperatives must approve the proposed cooperative name

NUANS members by region

Step 3: Submit your information

Mail or deliver the Articles of Incorporation, forms, NUANS report, and a $100 registration fee to:

Service Alberta
Director of Cooperatives
3C, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4

Make cheques payable to the Government of Alberta.

After you apply

Once the documents comply with the legislation, and after they are processed, the Director of Cooperatives will issue a Certificate of Incorporation providing the authority for the cooperative to begin operation in the Province of Alberta. The Director will also send the certificate and a filed copy of the registration documents to the applicant.

New West Partnership Trade Agreement – Alberta Cooperatives

The New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) is a comprehensive trade relationship between Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan that fosters interprovincial collaboration. The agreement makes it easier for cooperatives to operate across provincial borders by simplifying registration and reporting requirements. To learn more about NWPTA refer to their website at http://www.newwestpartnershiptrade.ca/.

If you have an Alberta cooperative and want to conduct business extra-provincially in British Columbia and/or Saskatchewan, complete the appropriate NWPTA form below and send to the Alberta Director of Cooperatives at:

Service Alberta
Director of Cooperatives
3C, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4

Forms for extra-provincial registration in British Columbia

New Extra-Provincial Cooperative Registration (PDF, 6 pages)

Change of Attorney Information (PDF, 2 pages)

Notice of Change of Attorney (PDF, 4 pages)

Change Registration Statement (PDF, 3 pages)

Notice of Change of Directors (PDF, 3 pages)

Notice of Voluntary Cancellation (PDF, 2 pages)

Forms for extra-provincial registration in Saskatchewan

New Extra-Provincial Cooperative Registration (PDF, 4 pages)

Amendment of Extra-Provincial Cooperative (PDF, 4 pages)

Cancellation of Extra-Provincial Registration (PDF 3 pages)

Name search (NUANS search)

An Alberta cooperative must reserve a name for use in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. This can be obtained through:

Bylaws

This information doesn’t apply to extra-provincial cooperatives registering under the Cooperatives Act. The bylaws in their own jurisdictions apply.

The Cooperatives Act doesn’t have standard bylaws. The Act and the regulation identify what must be and what may be included in the bylaws.

Bylaw Requirements (PDF, 11 pages)

Within 180 days of the issuance of the Certificate of Incorporation, the directors must hold a members' meeting to make the bylaws. These bylaws come into force on the day they are made or on any later date specified in the bylaws or in the resolution adopting them.

Filing bylaws

Bylaws must be filed with the Director within 60 days of the date they come into force. They must be signed by the directors and have an attached Affidavit of Execution verifying the signatures.

Out-of-province registration requirements

Step 1: Fill out the forms

Statement of Registration Extra-Provincial/Foreign Cooperative and Statutory Declaration (PDF, 4 pages)

Notice of Attorney for Service/Change of Attorney/Alternative Attorney (PDF, 1 page)

Step 2: Get a NUANS report

You’ll have to get an Alberta Name Search (NUANS) report from a certified NUANS member. The report shows similar registered business names based on your proposed name.

  • a cooperative name must meet specific legislative requirements
  • once applied, the Director of Cooperatives must approve the proposed cooperative name
  • the cooperative may have to use an assumed name in Alberta

NUANS members by region

Step 3: Get charter documents

You’ll need to get certified copies of your cooperative’s charter documents from your home jurisdiction.

Step 4: Submit your information

Mail or deliver the forms, charter documents, NUANS report, and a $100 registration fee to:

Service Alberta
Director of Cooperatives
3C, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4

Make cheques payable to the Government of Alberta.

After you apply

Once the documents comply with the legislation, and after they are processed, the Director of Cooperatives will issue a Certificate of Registration providing the authority for the cooperative to begin operation in the Province of Alberta. The Director will also send the certificate and a filed copy of the registration documents to the applicant.

New West Partnership Trade Agreement

The New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) is a comprehensive trade relationship between Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan that fosters interprovincial collaboration. The agreement makes it easier for cooperatives to operate across provincial borders by simplifying registration and reporting requirements. To learn more about NWPTA refer to their website at http://www.newwestpartnershiptrade.ca/.

If your cooperative’s home jurisdiction is British Columbia or Saskatchewan, and you want to conduct business in Alberta, there are special streamlined processes for you. Contact your home jurisdiction registry office for information and forms.

BC Corporate Registry: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/managing-a-business/permits-licences/businesses-incorporated-companies/new-west-partnership-trade-agreement

Saskatchewan Corporate Registry: https://www.isc.ca/CorporateRegistry/RegisteringaBusiness/RegisteryourBusiness/RegisteraNWPorEPBusiness/Pages/default.aspx