Law requires all businesses operating in Nova Scotia to register with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies except:
Registration procedures vary depending on what you wish to register: Business Name on Behalf of a Limited Company, Co-operative, Extra-Provincial Company,. Incorporated Company, Partnership, Society, Sole Proprietorship.
You can find more information on the legislation requiring registration from:
If a limited company chooses to operate under a name other than its legal name, you must register the name.
A co-operative is a user-owned and user-controlled business with a minimum of three founding members. It can be either for-profit or non-profit. It is a separate legal entity from the members so that liability is limited to the amount a member contributes to or invests in the co-operative.
A business with one or more shareholders, often called a company or corporation. A company offers a separate legal identity for its shareholders, where company debts or personal liability may be limited to the amount a shareholder contributes.
A business formed by one or more people or corporations. Within a partnership each partner is potentially liable for all debts of the partnership.
This is the person who receives official correspondence and who may be served, on behalf of the partnership, business name, incorporation or society, with a writ, summons, process, or other legal notice. He or she is also the co ntact for the Registry of Joint Stock Companies. The Agent does not have to be a lawyer, but he or she must be a full time resident of Nova Scotia.
A non-profit organization which is incorporated under the Societies Act. Incorporation is not mandatory for societies, but the benefits, such as limited liability for members, sometimes make this a good option.
A business operated by one person, under a name other than his/her own first and last name. Also called a "partnership of one."