Overview

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
  • share in any profits the business makes

Out-of-province cooperatives that want to do business in Alberta must be registered under the Cooperatives Act.

If your cooperative’s home jurisdiction is British Columbia, Saskatchewan or Manitoba and you want to conduct business in Alberta, there are streamlined processes under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement. Contact your home jurisdiction registry office for information and forms.

For more information about the Cooperatives Act, see:

Summary of the Cooperatives Act

Summary of the Cooperatives Regulation 

Consumer Tipsheet - Cooperatives Act

Cost

There is a $100 registration fee, payable to the Government of Alberta.

How to apply

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Statement of Registration Extra-Provincial/Foreign Cooperative and Statutory Declaration (PDF, 518 KB)

Notice of Attorney for Service/Change of Attorney/Alternative Attorney (PDF, 361 KB)

Step 2: Get a NUANS report

You will have to get an Alberta Name Search (NUANS) report from a certified NUANS member. The report shows similar registered business names based on your proposed name.

A cooperative name must meet specific legislative requirements. Once applied, the Director of Cooperatives must approve the proposed cooperative name.

Step 3: Get charter documents

You will need to get certified copies of your cooperative’s charter documents from the corporate registry in your home jurisdiction.

Step 4: Submit your information

Mail or deliver the forms, charter documents, NUANS report, and a $100 registration fee to:

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

Make cheques payable to the Government of Alberta.

After you apply

Once the documents comply with the legislation, and after they are processed, the Director of Cooperatives will issue a Certificate of Registration providing the authority for the cooperative to begin operation in the Province of Alberta. The Director will also send the certificate and a filed copy of the registration documents to the applicant.

Contact

Connect with the office of the Director of Cooperatives:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-5210
Email: sa.cooperatives@gov.ab.ca

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