Responsibilities for corporations, cooperatives and organizations

Amend notices for corporations and organizations

You can change the legal structure of your corporation or non-profit organization by filing amend notices with Corporate Registry.

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Alberta corporation

Cost

Service providers will charge a government fee and a service fee for filing amend notices.

Registry agent product catalogue (PDF, 25 pages)

Amendment, amalgamation, or continuance

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 into or out of Alberta

An out of province corporation may transfer itself (continue) into Alberta to become an Alberta corporation. Likewise, Alberta corporations may continue out of Alberta to become a corporation in another province or country.

This is different from out-of-province registration, where a corporation is incorporated in one province or country and simply registered in another province or country in order to do business in the second location.

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

Seek legal advice if you aren’t sure which registration is best for your situation.

  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 won't need a NUANS report when:

    • the corporation is changing its name to a "number name" assigned by Corporate Registry, e.g. 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 continuing-in corporation was registered in Alberta as on out-of-province corporation with the identical name, the corporation will use a number name assigned by Corporate Registry or the continuing-in corporation is currently incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act.

    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

  2. Fill out the forms

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

    Amendment

    Articles of amendment (PDF, 2 pages)

    Notice of English/French name equivalency (PDF, 2 pages)

    Articles of arrangement (PDF, 2 pages)

    Articles of reorganization (PDF, 2 pages)

    Restated articles of incorporation (PDF, 2 pages)

    Amalgamation

    Articles of amalgamation (PDF, 2 pages)

    Articles of arrangement (PDF, 2 pages)

    Notice of English/French name equivalency (PDF, 2 pages)

    Notice of Address (PDF, 2 pages)

    Notice of Directors (PDF, 2 pages)

    Continuance into Alberta

    Articles of continuance(PDF, 2 pages)

    Notice of English/French name equivalency (PDF, 2 pages)

    Notice of Address (PDF, 2 pages)

    Notice of Directors (PDF, 2 pages)

    Continuance out of Alberta

    Put your request in writing.

  3. Take your information to a service provider

    You need to take your forms to a registry agent or authorized Alberta service provider. You’ll 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.

    Find an authorized Corporate Registry service provider

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

    Provincial Trade Agreement

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

Cost

Service providers will charge a government fee and a service fee for filing amend notices.

Registry agent product catalogue (PDF, 25 pages)

  1. 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 new name

    You need to get an Alberta NUANS report to make sure the new name can be used in Alberta.

    You won't 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

  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, 2 pages)

    Amalgamation

    Statement of Amalgamation (PDF, 2 pages)

    Notice of Attorney for Service or Change of Attorney or Alternative Attorney (PDF, 2 pages)

    Notice of Assumed Name

    (PDF, 2 pages)

  3. Take your information to a service provider

    You need to take your forms to a registry agent or authorized Alberta service provider. You need to take:

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

    You’ll 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.

    Find an authorized Corporate Registry service provider

Non-profit organization

Cost

  • amalgamation: $25

  • change of name: $25

  • change of memorandum (objectives/capital): $25

  • change of articles: no charge

    Amalgamation, change of name, change of memorandum or change of articles

    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.

      Use the Sample special resolution(PDF, 2 pages)

      for guidance on how to fill out and pass a special resolution.

    2. Get a court order

      You’ll 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’re not sure how to apply for a court order.

    3. Get an Alberta NUANS report

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

      You won't need a NUANS report when the new name is a number name assigned by Corporate Registry, e.g. 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

    4. Fill out the forms

      Fill out 2 copies of the following:

      Service Request Form (PDF, 2 pages)

      Your special resolution

    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.

      Mail

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

      In Person

      8:15 am - 4:00 pm
      Monday - Friday
      (excluding statutory holidays)

      South Counter
      Mezzanine Floor, John E. Brownlee Building
      10365-97 Street
      Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3W7

  • Religious society

    Change of name, constitution or bylaws

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

    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, 2 pages) for guidance on how to fill out and pass a resolution.

    2. Get an Alberta NUANS report

      If you’re changing the religious society's name, you’ll 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

    3. Fill out the forms

      Fill out 2 copies of the following:

    4. Send or deliver the forms in person

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

      Mail

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

      In Person

      8:15 am - 4:00 pm
      Monday - Friday
      (excluding statutory holidays)

      South Counter
      Mezzanine Floor, John E. Brownlee Building
      10365-97 Street
      Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3W7

    Society

    Change of name, objectives or bylaws, amalgamation and continuance

    • 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’ll 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
    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, 2 pages) for guidance on how to fill out and pass a special resolution.

    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 won't need a NUANS report when the proposed name is a number name assigned by Corporate Registry, e.g. 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

    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, 2 pages)

      A certified-true copy of the special resolution to change the objectives or bylaws, to amalgamate, or to continue into another province or country.

      Amalgamation

      Application for Amalgamation(PDF, 1 page)

      Name Change (Amendment)

      Articles of Amendment(PDF, 2 pages)

      Continuance

    4. Send or deliver the forms in person

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

      Mail

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

      In Person

      8:15 am - 4:00 pm
      Monday - Friday
      (excluding statutory holidays)

      South Counter
      Mezzanine Floor, John E. Brownlee Building
      10365-97 Street
      Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3W7