Read this IMPORTANT INFORMATION before you begin:

Who should use this service?

Why do I need approval for my name?

How much does it cost?

Does the approval of my name mean no one else can use it?

How long does it take?

What is the process?

What if my name is not approved?

How long will my name be reserved?

What are the next steps after my name is reserved?

Doing Business in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan (NWPTA)

Why do you ask the question about "registering under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement" in Alberta and Saskatchewan?

What is a NUANS search report and how much does it cost?

What is a Saskatchewan name search report and how much does it cost?

I want to get the NUANS search report myself instead of using the Name Requests Online system.  Can I do that?

I want to get the Saskatchewan name search report myself instead of using the Name Requests Online system.  Can I do that?

What is the process if I ask the Names Unit staff to obtain the NUANS report?

What is the process if I ask the Names Unit staff to obtain the Saskatchewan name search report?

What if the name I want is not available in BC?

What if the name is approved in BC but is not available in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan?

Do Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships require a NUANS search report before they can register in Alberta?

Do Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships require a name search report before they can register in Saskatchewan?

Do BC Cooperative Associations that do business in Alberta require a NUANS search report before they can register in Alberta?

Do BC Cooperative Associations that do business in Saskatchewan require a name search report before they can register in Saskatchewan?

 

Before you begin, you should do the following:

  1. Ensure the name has one distinctive element and one descriptive element.

  2. Decide what kind of business structure you need.

  3. Research your choices to see if your name already exists.