Playing a little corporate Tetris? The sections below explain the process for changing your business structure to a partnership or incorporation.
Change From a Trade Name to a Partnership
As your business begins to grow and thrive, you may wish to have someone join your company as an owner. This would change you from a trade name into a partnership. To make this change, you would first dissolve the trade name and then register the partnership.
To do this, simply complete the following forms:
- Declaration of Ceasing to Carry on Business Under a Trade Name (dissolve the trade name) (pdf). To view this Government of Alberta form in Chrome and Safari save the PDF (right mouse click and Save Link As) and then open in Acrobat.
- Register Partnership (pdf).
Change From a Trade Name or Partnership to an Incorporation
Many business owners who find their business thriving choose to incorporate their business. For a list of things to consider when incorporating, visit the How to Complete the Articles of Incorporation Form page.
To make this kind of change, you should dissolve the trade name before registering the Corporation by completing the following forms:
- Declaration of Ceasing to Carry on Business Under a Trade Name/Partnership (dissolve the trade name or partnership) (pdf)
- Articles of Incorporation (pdf)
- Notice of Address (pdf)
- Notice of Directors (pdf)
- NUANS Request (pdf)- if wanting a named corporation
Let Us Help You With the Paperwork
Our certified registry agents will work with you and your schedule. Just choose how you’d like to complete your transaction:
- Phone: 1-866-989-6370
- Fax: 1-855-333-6378 (within Canada and USA)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In-person: Find an AMA centre near you
When changing a corporate record with us by fax or email, in addition to sending us your completed form, include a photocopy of your personal identification and required credit card authorization.
- Our Corporate Registry services are a member-only service, so make sure you’re in good standing (that means no overdue membership fees) with the AMA, CAA, or AAA.
- A certified registry agent may provide assistance only; the role of the agent does not include providing legal advice. We recommend that you consult a lawyer licensed to practice law in Alberta on all matters having to do with the regulations of documents in the corporate registry.