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Incorporation in British Columbia for Non-Residents
According to the Business Corporations Act of the Province of Business Columbia no Canadian resident is required to be appointed as a director. Therefore, non-Canadian residents are able to incorporate Canadian corporations in British Columbia.
If you would like to conduct you business through a highly prestigious and widely recognizable Canadian legal entity, buy property in Canada or are planning a business immigration to Canada, British Columbia corporation is an excellent choice.
The following documents and services are included in the BC Corporation:
The package provides all required documents for opening a corporate bank account and starting of your business in Canada.
If you are planning to immigrate to Canada as a business immigrant, this package facilitates immigration to Canada considerably.
Our company supports all BC corporations incorporated for non-residents by providing registered office address, filing of annual return with the BC government, filing of changes of corporate information and accounting services.
Advantages of British Columbia Corporation
Common Use of British Columbia Corporation
Combined corporate income tax rate including federal and provincial components is 25%.
All business expenses including salaries paid to employees, directors fees paid to directors, payments to suppliers, advertisement expenses, office expenses etc. are deductible from corporate income before taxes.
Corporate Income Tax Return
Each Canadian corporation is required to file its corporate income tax return annually. The return must be filed in 6 months from the corporate fiscal year end. Income tax is payable in 2 months from the corporate fiscal year end. Corporations with zero taxable income or losses are not required to pay income tax, but they must file the corporate income tax return in time.
Our company offers accounting services. As a result, our clients are able to comply with Canadian requirements, file their corporate income tax returns and keep their Canadian companies in good standing.
Each BC corporation must have a distinctive legal corporate name.
Corporate name of a named corporation should include a distinctive and descriptive parts. It must also include a legal element, such as "Limited", "Limitée", "Incorporated", "Incorporée" or "Corporation" or the abbreviation "Ltd.", "Ltée", "Inc." or "Corp.", respectively. Example: Alterspeed Consulting Limited.
BC corporate name may also be as a number. Name of a numbered corporation is created by adding "B.C. Ltd." after the incorporation number of the company, which is generated by the BC Registry Services.
The name of a corporation may be in English form, French forrm or both.
Restricted words are ones that may be considered to be misleading, and include, for example, "bank", "trust", "insurance", "stock exchange", "university", "academy" , etc.
Time Required for Incorporation
It usually takes 2 to 3 business days to incorporate a British Columbia company and 5 to 7 business days to prepare and certify corporate documents.
A minimum of one shareholder is required. Residents of any country individuals and legal entities may be shareholders of BC corporations.
Authorized And Issued Share Capital
We incorporate companies, which are authorized to issue unlimited number of common shares without par value.
Such share structure gives great flexibility. Corporate directors may issue any number of shares for any consideration. For example, corporate directors may issues 100,000 shares for the total amount of $100. Or they may decide to issue the same number of shares for the total amount of $100,000, or isue just one share for $0.01. It is totally up to the Board of Directors.
Directors and Officers
Director must be an individual, who is at least 18 years old, not found by a court to be incapable of managing the individual's own affairs, not in a status of an undischarged bankrupt and not convicted of an offence in connection with the promotion, formation or management of a corporation or unincorporated business, or of an offence involving fraud.
A resident of any country may be appointed as a director. A minimum of one director is required. No director, who is a resident of Canada is required.
Director may appoint officers and specify their duties. Any individual, including a director, may be appointed to any office position, including president, secretary and treasure. Requirements to individuals appointed as officers are the same as to directors. One individual may hold 2 or more positions.
Annual General Meeting
A general meeting of a company may be held outside of British Columbia, if the location is approved by a resolution of the shareholders.
If all of the shareholders, who are entitled to vote at an annual general meeting consent by a unanimous resolution to all of the business that is required to be transacted at that annual general meeting, the annual general meeting is deemed to have been held on the date selected in the unanimous resolution.
Registered Office Address
BC corporation must have a registered office and a records office in British Columbia. The registered office and the records office may be located at the same place.
Our incorporation fee includes registered office and a records office for one year. Our company forward to our clients copies of all letters received from the government.
We do not forward letters received from your banks, customers, suppliers and so on unless you order our mail forwarding services.
Annual Renewal Fee
The annual fee is payable from the second year.
The fee includes registered/records office address for one year, government fee and filing of the information return with the government.
The fee does not include preparation of corporate tax return. Client my order our company to prepare a corporate income tax return. To obtain a quotation, please contact our company.
Virtual Office Services
Our company offers the following virtual office services:
Additional services, such as a dedicated phone line with voice mail and fax line are available. To get a quotation, please contact our company and describe your needs.
Virtual office services are available to our clients, who use our registered/records office address in British Columbia.