When incorporating a business there are two options available. The company can have a unique name or the computer can generate a numbered company. If you choose a numbered company there is no need for a name search report (NUANS). If you would like a named company, an Alberta NUANS report is required.
*Please note that both not for profit (society) and federal level searches must be done in person at the registry.*
*If you are a registered corporation in BC or Saskatchewan and wish to extra-provincially register in Alberta, please contact your provinces’ agent as you fall under NWPTA. A NUANS report may not be necessary.*
Using names that are identical or similar to already existing names is not allowed; the NUANS report lists already existing names and trademarks that could prevent your desired name from being available. When you search a name with In & Out Registry a qualified agent will review this list on your behalf and include a letter with the NUANS detailing their recommended action.
When ordering your Alberta NUANS report your company name must contain these three components:
- Your distinctive word choice is what will set your company apart from its’ competitors.
Example: Herbert’s Auto Repairs Ltd. There are many auto repair shops, but adding ‘Hebert’s’ to the name allows customers to identify your specific company.
-This tells your prospective customers what services your company can provide for them.
Example: Herbert’s Auto Repairs Ltd. This clearly lets people know your line of work, avoiding confusion and unnecessary inquiries.
3. Legal element
-All incorporated companies must end in a legal element that shows that they are a unique legal entity.
Example: Herbert’s Auto Repairs Ltd.
There is no significant difference between the legal elements. You can choose from any one of the following:
-Limited or Ltd.
-Limitée or Ltée
-Incorporated or Inc.
-Incorporée or Inc.
-Corporation or Corp.
Fee = $46.75 (per report with 3 company names pre-searched, and your best option fully searched)