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Registry of Joint Stock Companies

If you plan to do business or start a society in Nova Scotia, you've come to the right place. If you want general information about existing companies or societies, we have that too.

Due to some unexpected challenges following a recent update to the NUANS service, it will take longer for our office to complete the review of proposed name requests. Until this matter is resolved, it is expected that name reservation requests will take 2 to 4 business days.  For more information or for urgent requests, please contact the Registry of Joint Stock Companies at 902-424-7770 (or toll free in Nova Scotia 1-800-225-8227), or email us at

Fees & Reports


Download the schedule of fees payable to the Registry of Joint Stock Companies and reports.

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Online Service

This online service is making it easier, faster, and more convenient for you to do business with us.

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What's New

Provincial User Fees to Increase

Posted: 24-04-2015

As of April 1st, most user fees and government charges will increase by three per cent. The increase, which reflects the total inflation rate over the past two years, is necessary to better recover the cost of delivering programs and services. Changes to Registry of Joint Stock Company fees will be effective April 1, 2015 except registration fees which will be effective May 1, 2015, to accommodate renewal notices which would have already been sent. For more information on the Provincial User Fees Increase is available at

Detailed summary of fee increase:

Schedule of Fees Payable to the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies [Adobe Reader - 52.23 kb]

Charities Information Sessions

Posted: 26-04-2010

Every year staff from the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency visit communities across the country to provide information sessions for registered charities

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Giving to Charity: A Donor's Guide

Posted: 26-04-2010

Charitable donations are an important source of funding for many worthwhile groups.

Giving to Charity: A Donor's Guide [Adobe Reader - 96.53 kb]

About the Registry of Joint Stocks

Our Database is a wealth of public information about the province's business community. You can access it on this website, by phone or in person.

Our services, are also available online at Access to Business, at Access Nova Scotia Centres or at our Halifax office at 9 North, Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street.

In this high tech world we're out to serve business better, to provide the best information possible and to make it easy to use.