When you incorporate a co-operative, the steps need to be completed within a specific time frame. These time frames differ in each province. However, no matter which western province you are incorporating in, the process always starts with reserving a name for your co-op. Likewise, the process always ends with the first annual general meeting (AGM).
The following chart outlines, by province, the steps and time frame for each western provincial incorporation process. Are you in western Canada and want us to handle incorporation for you? Click here to learn how we can help.
|Time Frame||British Columbia||Alberta||Saskatchewan||Manitoba|
|Name reservation to filing Articles||56 days||90 days||90 days||90 days|
|Incorporation to Bylaws||In BC, bylaws are submitted with the articles as the memorandum and rules of association||Within 180 days Approved at the first AGM Must be filed within 60 days of member approval||Must be submitted with Articles of Incorporation and approved at the first AGM within the 4 months following incorporation||Within 18 months Approved at the first AGM|
|Incorporation to first Annual General Meeting (AGM)||Within 3 months of incorporation unless approved by the registrar||Within 18 months of incorporation||Within 4 months of incorporation||Within 18 months|
|First AGM to next AGM||At least one meeting must be held in each calendar year within 4 months of the fiscal year end||The earlier of 15 months after the previous AGM and 6 months after the fiscal year end||Within 6 months of the fiscal year end||Within 15 months of first AGM|