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Filing the legal paperwork to incorporate one's company is not sufficient of itself. It is also necessary that foreign companies be registered with the provincial authorities of each provincial jurisdiction within which it is conducting business (this is a legal test based upon the fact of your company's particular engagement in a given province and should be assessed in conjunction with the professional assessment of a knowledgeable lawyer). For if the specifical province requires that your business be extra-provincially registered therein, you will typically be required to maintain a registered office in that particular province, and if not manned by your company's own personnel, your company will require the services of a registered agent to provide such services from the registered office.

Given the requirements of a registered office in most provincial jurisdictions, even though much of the communications are undertaken remotely via the Internet or telephone, it often becomes necessary to retain the services of a local law firm to facilitate the role of registered office and registered agent. At Neufeld Legal P.C., we undertake such work for our corporate clients that are engaged in business in the province of Alberta, while coordinating with other law firms for purposes of business engagements in other provinces of Canada, given the demands associated with expanding one's business throughout Canada.

As such, when your business seeks the professional services of experienced legal counsel, when your business is expanding into Alberta, your company can look to the Calgary, Alberta law firm of Neufeld Legal P.C. Contact us at 403-400-4092 or via email

Alberta Business Corporations Act - important elements
Registered office, records office, address for service by mail
20(1) A corporation shall at all times have a registered office within Alberta.
(2) A notice of
(a) the registered office,
(b) a separate records office, if any, and
(c) the post office box designated as the address for service by mail, if any,
must be sent to the Registrar in the prescribed form together with the articles of incorporation.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), the directors of the corporation may at any time
(a) change the address of the registered office within Alberta,
(b) designate, or revoke or change a designation of, a records office within Alberta, or
(c) designate, or revoke or change a designation of, a post office box within Alberta as the address for service by mail of the corporation.
(4) A post office box designated as the corporationís address for service by mail shall not be designated as the corporationís records office or registered office.
(5) A corporation shall send to the Registrar, within 15 days after any change under subsection (3) or (4), a notice of that change in the prescribed form, and the Registrar shall file it.
(6) The corporation shall ensure that its registered office and its records office are
(a) accessible to the public during normal business hours, and
(b) readily identifiable from the address or other description given in the notice referred to in subsection (2).
(7) Unless the directors designate a separate records office, the registered office of a corporation is also its records office.
* For the full statute, please click on this link. Nothing should be read in the abstract and specific legal advice is always recommended.

Please be advised that incorporating one's business can be an effective legal structure, nevertheless there are significant demands and responsibilites associated with an incorporated company, with taxes, creditors and third-party liability being high on the list, and should not be underestimated (in addition to the limitations of limited liability, in particular as it relates to signing contracts, especially when this includes guarantees or indemnifications). For more information about our business law practice and to review our professional standards of legal practice, disclaimer and privacy policy, visit the main website of Neufeld Legal P.C. (144 4th Avenue SW, Suite 1600, Calgary, Alberta) at For a more extensive analysis of legal matters pertaining to Alberta business, visit our primary website on the topic - Disclaimer. Privacy. Cookies.© 2016.