Overview

Once your business or organization is incorporated, you can change the legal structure of your organization through an amend notice.

Cost

Service providers will charge a service fee for filing amend notices for Alberta and out-of-province corporations.

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Alberta corporation

Amendment or amalgamation

Amendment

A corporation can change its name, share capital and other parts of its legal structure. These changes are made by way of amendment, arrangement, reorganization, or restated articles of incorporation. Arrangements and reorganizations also require a court order to authorize the change to the corporation's legal structure.

Amalgamation

Two or more Alberta corporations can join together (amalgamate) to become one new corporation. Amalgamations can also happen by court-ordered arrangement.

Continuance out of Alberta

Alberta corporations may continue out of Alberta to become a corporation in another province or country.

Amendments, amalgamations, and continuances must be registered with Corporate Registry before they take effect.

Seek legal advice if you are not sure which registration is best for your situation.

Step 1. Get an Alberta NUANS report

You need to get an Alberta NUANS report for most name change amendments, amalgamations and continuances into Alberta to make sure there is no other corporation with an identical name or a name that is too similar to your proposed corporation name.

You do not need a NUANS report when:

  • the corporation is changing its name to a "number name" assigned by Corporate Registry (for example: 9999999 Alberta Ltd.)
  • the new amalgamated corporation's name is identical to the name of one of the amalgamating corporations names or the new corporation's name will be a number name assigned by Corporate Registry
  • the corporation will use a number name assigned by Corporate Registry

The NUANS report reserves the proposed name for 90 days. The original report must be submitted with the forms and be less than 91 days old.

Find a NUANS service provider

Step 2. Fill out the forms

The forms you fill out depend on what kind of change you are making.

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Amendment

Amalgamation

Continuance out of Alberta

Put your request in writing.

Step 3. Take your information to a service provider

You need to take your form to an authorized Alberta service provider. You will need to take:

  • your articles
  • NUANS report
  • valid ID
  • fee payment

You may also need other documents, such as a court order, amalgamation agreement, or authorization to continue into Alberta, depending of the type of registration you need.

If your information meets requirements, the service provider will enter it into the Corporate Registry computer system and give you a certificate for the registration.

You also need to register your corporation's name change and other events in British Columbia or Saskatchewan if your corporation is doing business in those provinces.

Out-of-province corporation

If your corporation's home province is British Columbia or Saskatchewan, there are special streamlined processes for you. Contact your home jurisdiction registry office for information.

BC Corporate Registry

Saskatchewan Corporate Registry

If your corporation is from another province or country, you must submit changes to your legal structure to Corporate Registry within 30 days of the change. This includes:

  • changing your corporation's name
  • changing your corporation’s charter/articles of incorporation
  • changing your home jurisdiction
  • amalgamations

Step 1. Get an Alberta NUANS report

You will need to get an Alberta NUANS report if your out-of-province corporation has changed its name:

  • in the home province or country
  • because of amalgamation with a new name
  • because of continuance from another province or country with a corporation name that has not been registered in Alberta previously

This report shows if the new name can be used in Alberta.

You will not need a NUANS report when the new name is a number name assigned by the home province or country or when the out-of-province corporation is incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act.

The NUANS report reserves the proposed name for 90 days. The complete report must be submitted with the forms and must be less than 91 days old.

Find a NUANS service provider

Step 2. Fill out the forms

The forms you fill out will depend on what kind of change you are making.

Amendment

Notice of Cancellation of Assumed Name (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Amalgamation

Continuance into Alberta

Step 3. Take your information to a service provider

You need to take your form to an authorized Alberta service provider. You need to take:

  • your forms
  • NUANS report
  • valid ID
  • fee payment

You will also need to provide certified-true copies of the updated or new charter documents and certificates from the home province or country.

If your information meets requirements, the service provider will enter it into the Corporate Registry computer system and give you a certificate or proof of filing for the registration.

Alberta cooperative

Amendment or amalgamation

Amendment

A cooperative can change its name, share capital and other parts of its legal structure. These changes are made by way of amendment, arrangement, reorganization, or restated articles of incorporation. Arrangements and reorganizations also require a court order to authorize the change to the cooperative’s legal structure.

Amalgamation

Two or more Alberta cooperatives can join together (amalgamate) to become one new cooperative.

An Alberta cooperative can also amalgamate with an extra-provincial cooperative. Amalgamations can also happen by court-ordered arrangement.

Continuance out of Alberta

Alberta cooperatives may continue out of Alberta to become a cooperative in another province or country.

Amendments, amalgamations, and continuances must be registered with Corporate Registry before they take effect.

Seek legal advice if you are not sure which registration is best for your situation.

Contact the office of the Director of Cooperatives for specific instructions and forms.

Email: sa.businesslicensing@gov.ab.ca

Mail or drop off address:

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

Out-of-province cooperative

If your cooperative's home province is British Columbia or Saskatchewan, there are special  streamlined processes for you. Contact your home jurisdiction registry office for information.

BC Corporate Registry

Saskatchewan Corporate Registry

If your cooperative is from another province or country, you must submit changes to your legal structure to Corporate Registry within 30 days of the change. This includes:

  • changing your cooperative's name
  • changing your cooperative’s charter/articles of incorporation
  • changing your home jurisdiction
  • amalgamations

Contact the office of the Director of Cooperatives for specific instructions and forms.

Email: sa.businesslicensing@gov.ab.ca

Mail or drop off address:

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

Non-profit organization

Cost

You will have to pay a fee for the following types of amendments:

  • Amalgamation: $25
  • Change of name: $25
  • Change of memorandum (objectives/capital): $25
  • Change of articles: no charge

Step 1. Pass a special resolution

To change your company’s name, memorandum, or articles, or to approve an amalgamation, your company must pass a special resolution. 
If your company is amalgamating with another non-profit company, you will also need have an amalgamation agreement.

Step 2. Get a court order

You will need a court order for an amalgamation or change of company objectives. You may need a court order for change of capital.

Get legal advice if you are not sure how to apply for a court order.

Step 3. Get an Alberta NUANS report

If you are changing the non-profit company's name or picking a new name for an amalgamation, you will need to include an Alberta NUANS report to make sure the new name can be used in Alberta.

You will not need a NUANS report when the new name is a number name assigned by Corporate Registry (for example: 5551212 Alberta Ltd.).

The NUANS report reserves the proposed name for 90 days. The original report must be submitted with the forms and must be less than 91 days old.

Find a NUANS service provider

Step 4. Fill out the forms

Fill out 2 copies of the following:

Step 5. Send or deliver the forms in person

Send or drop off the forms, any applicable fee, and NUANS report at Corporate Registry. Make your cheque payable to the Government of Alberta.

Mailing address:
Corporate Registry
Service Alberta
Box 1007 Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4W6

In-person:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)
South Counter
Mezzanine Floor, John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3W7

Religious society

A religious society can change its name, constitution and bylaws.

Step 1. Pass a resolution

To change your religious society’s name, constitution, or by-laws, your group must pass a resolution.

Use the Sample resolution (PDF, 27 KB) for guidance on how to fill out and pass a resolution.

Step 2. Get an Alberta NUANS report

If you are changing the religious society's name, you will need to include an Alberta NUANS report to make sure the new name can be used in Alberta.

The NUANS report reserves the proposed name for 90 days. The complete report must be submitted with the forms and must be less than 91 days old.

Find a NUANS service provider

Step 3. Fill out the forms

Fill out 2 copies of the following:

Step 4. Send or deliver the forms in person

Send or drop off the forms and NUANS report at Corporate Registry.

Mailing address:

Corporate Registry
Service Alberta
Box 1007 Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4W6

In-person:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)
South Counter
Mezzanine Floor, John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3W7

Society

A society can change its name, objectives and bylaws. Two or more societies can amalgamate and carry on as one society.

Societies can transfer themselves into another province or country. This is known as continuance. Non-profit organizations formed outside of Alberta can transfer into Alberta as societies

Cost

You will have to pay a fee for the following types of amendments:

  • Amalgamation: $50
  • Continuance: $50
  • Name change: $25
  • Change of objectives: $25
  • Change of bylaws: no charge

Step 1. Pass a resolution

Society members must pass a special resolution authorizing any change to the society’s objectives or by-laws, to amalgamate with another society or to continue to another province or country.

Use the Sample resolution (PDF, 47 KB) for guidance on how to fill out and pass a special resolution.

Step 2. Get an Alberta NUANS report

Most name changes, amalgamations and continuance into Alberta require a NUANS report to make sure your society’s new name can be used in Alberta.

You do not need a NUANS report when the proposed name is a number name assigned by Corporate Registry (for example: 5551212 Alberta Society).

The NUANS report reserves the proposed name for 90 days. The original report must be submitted with the forms and must be less than 91 days old.

Find a NUANS service provider

Step 3. Fill out the forms

The forms you fill out depend on what kind of change you are making.

Fill out 2 copies of all the forms you need for your change.

Service Request Form (PDF, 193 KB)

Amalgamation

Application for Amalgamation (PDF, 181 KB)

Name Change (Amendment)

Articles of Amendment (PDF, 71 KB)

Continuance

Step 4. Send or deliver the forms in person

Send or drop off the forms, NUANS report and fee at Corporate Registry.

Mailing address:

Corporate Registry
Service Alberta
Box 1007 Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4W6

In-person:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)
South Counter
Mezzanine Floor, John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3W7

Contact

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7013
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)