Incorporate a business or organization

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

Services and information

Starting at the end of January 2019, annual return reminders will be sent by email to corporations, non-profit organizations, limited liability partnerships, and cooperatives where there is an email address on record. Annual return reminders are sent about 2 weeks before the annual return is due. The reminders will continue to be sent by regular mail when there is no email address on file or when there is a notice because the previous year's annual return has not been filed. Directors of Alberta corporations will continue to receive copies of the outstanding annual return notice by regular mail.

An email address will be required when incorporating an Alberta or non-profit corporation or cooperative or registering a business name, or extra-provincial corporation or cooperative. The email address will also be required when filing an annual return/report or when updating a corporation or cooperative address, attorney for service, business partner, or sole proprietor.

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.


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

Alberta-based 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.

Out-of-province cooperatives

Out-of-province cooperatives operate like Alberta-based cooperatives, but have a different process in place for incorporation.

Register your corporation in BC or Saskatchewan

The New West Partnership Trade Agreement is a trade relationship between Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The agreement makes it easier for corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships to register and operate across provincial borders.