Incorporate a business or organization

How it works

There are several ways to set up the legal structure of your business or non-profit organization.

Alberta corporations

Incorporating a corporation creates a legal ‘person’ that’s separate and distinct from its individual owners.

Out-of-province corporations

If your corporation was formed in another province or country, it must be registered to carry on business in Alberta.

Non-profit companies

Organizations can choose to incorporate a non-profit company when they want a legal structure that is similar to the structure of a for-profit corporation.

Religious societies

Religious organizations and congregations can incorporate so they can own the land where their house of worship or cemetery is located.

Societies

Similar to non-profit companies, organizations can incorporate a society for social, recreational and other useful purposes, but not for carrying on a business.

Cooperatives

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 and share in any profits the business makes.

Provincial trade agreement

This agreement streamlines the registration process for Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan corporations and partnerships when they carry on business in the neighboring provinces.