To open a corporation in British Columbia as a foreigner, you will need to complete a series of steps and provide various documents. Keep in mind that the information provided here is for guidance only, and you should always consult with a legal professional or relevant authorities for the most up-to-date information.
1. Choose a name for your corporation: Perform a name search and reserve the name through the BC Registry Services’ Name Requests Online system. You’ll need an approved Name Reservation Request to proceed with the incorporation process.
2. Prepare incorporation documents: You’ll need to prepare the following documents:
a. Incorporation Application (Form 1)
b. Notice of Articles c. Articles of Incorporation
3. Appoint a registered office address and records office address within British Columbia.
4. Appoint directors: British Columbia does not require a Canadian resident director, allowing non-Canadian residents to incorporate a company without needing a Canadian resident as a director. The minimum number of directors is one, while the maximum is unlimited.
5. File your documents: Submit your incorporation documents and the applicable fee to the BC Corporate Registry online through BC Registry Services’ Corporate Online system.
6. Obtain a Business Number (BN): After successful incorporation, you’ll receive a Certificate of Incorporation. You will then need to apply for a Business Number (BN) with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
7. Register for other taxes and accounts, as applicable (e.g., GST/HST, payroll, import/export).
Once your corporation is registered, you can open a company bank account in Canada. To do so, follow these steps:
1. Choose a bank: Research and select a Canadian bank that best suits your business needs.
2. Gather required documents: Each bank may have specific requirements, but generally, you’ll need the following documents:
a. Certificate of Incorporation
b. Articles of Incorporation
c. Notice of Articles
d. Business Number (BN) issued by the CRA
e. Two pieces of identification for each signing officer (one must be government-issued with a photo, like a passport or driver’s license)
f. Proof of Canadian residency for your resident partner
3. Set up an appointment: Contact the bank to set up an appointment with a business banking representative. Be prepared to provide the documents mentioned above.
4. Open the account: At the appointment, the bank representative will guide you through the account opening process, which typically includes providing details about the corporation, the signing officers, and the nature of your business. The bank will then open your company bank account.
Keep in mind that requirements may change, so always check with the relevant authorities and banks for the most accurate information.
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