Government of New Brunswick
The Registry - Its Contents

The Registry maintains information on registrations at the Corporate Registry of Service New Brunswick as well as condominium corporations. These registrations are under the following Acts
 

These registrations deal with companies, corporations, extra-provincial corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, extra-provincial limited partnerships, business names and condominiums. These terms and other matters are further explained below:

Companies and Corporations

Based on the terminology used in these Acts, corporations are incorporated under the Business Corporations Act and companies are incorporated under the Companies Act. Most New Brunswick incorporated entities are either incorporated under or subject to the provisions of the Business Corporations Act or the Companies Act.

Exceptions to the above exist. For example, credit unions and co-operatives are incorporated under specific legislation governing those legal entities. Credit Unions and co-operatives are not therefore set out on the Registry.

Extra-provincial Corporations

Corporations that are incorporated in a jurisdiction other than New Brunswick that carry on business in New Brunswick are normally required to be registered as an extra-provincial corporation under the Business Corporations Act. Carrying on business in New Brunswick is defined in the Act.

Legislative and regulatory exceptions do exist from the mandatory registration requirement. (E.g. insurance companies licensed under the Insurance Act, see also Nova Scotia Businesses).

Partnerships

Partnerships, which carry on business in New Brunswick, are required to register their partnership name under the Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act if they are engaged in business carried on for trading, mining or manufacturing purposes. (Trading is administratively viewed as the sale of goods).

Limited Partnerships

A limited partnership is formed under the provisions of the Limited Partnership Act. It is a special form of partnership.

Extra-provincial Limited Partnerships

A limited partnership organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than New Brunswick that carries on business in New Brunswick is required to register as an extra-provincial limited partnership under the Limited Partnership Act. Carrying on business in New Brunswick is defined in the Act.

Business Names

The registration of a business name is required under the Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act when a person engaged in business for trading, mining or manufacturing purposes carries on business in New Brunswick under a business name. (Trading is administratively viewed as the sale of goods.)

The registration requirement is imposed on an individual (sole proprietor) where the individual uses a business name in trading, mining or manufacturing.

The registration requirement is imposed on companies, corporations and extra-provincial corporations where the company/corporation carries on business for trading, mining or manufacturing purposes and uses a business name as opposed to its corporate name in carrying on that business.

Condominiums

This represents corporations incorporated under the Condominium Property Act or were incorporated under the predecessor Act and is now subject to the Condominium Property Act.

Nova Scotia Businesses

Legislative and regulatory provisions under the Business Corporations Act, Limited Partnership Act and Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act came into effect on April 1, 1994 to exempt Nova Scotia based companies/corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships and business names from the general registration requirements under these Acts.