Professional Corporation

Please be advised that CPA Alberta cannot offer any legal advice or interpret the law. The information provided below is intended as a general guide only.

A Professional Corporation (PC) is a legal independent entity created by registering with the Corporate Registry of Service Alberta. A corporation exists separate and apart from its owners (shareholders) and basically acts as a ‘person’ that can: buy, sell and own assets including land; make contracts; sue; and be sued. A corporation protects shareholders from certain liabilities and obligations and may provide some tax advantages.

Registration of a PC with the Corporate Registry requires endorsement from the profession’s governing body; in the case of Chartered Professional Accountants, this endorsement is provided by the Registrar of CPA Alberta. Please note that annual return information must be provided to the Corporate Registry; if the annual return is not filed, the corporation will ultimately be dissolved.

Please review the CPA Alberta PC Frequently Asked Questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications will result in a delay in processing your request.

Creating a New Professional Corporation

The process for establishing a new professional corporation (PC) for a CPA in Alberta is outlined in the Professional Corporation Application Procedures.

The process requires that the completed PC Registration Application be submitted along with the Articles of Incorporation (see Sample Articles), have the Articles endorsed by CPA Alberta, and submit the endorsed Articles to Service Alberta through a local Corporate Registry agent.

Currently, PC applications are being accepted by email at profcorp@cpaalberta.ca or by post.

PLEASE NOTE: Current process time for these applications is between 15 to 20 business days.

Amending an Existing Professional Corporation

For current professional corporations which need to amend their Articles of Incorporation, please submit the amended articles to CPA Alberta for endorsement prior to submitting to Corporate Registry (Service Alberta). When amending your articles, please ensure that the updated CPA Schedules are included.

PLEASE NOTE: the Articles of Amendment form is a Corporate Registry (Service Alberta) document. Please refer to the Corporate Registry (Service Alberta) website to obtain a copy of this form.

The Certificate of Amendment and restated Articles of Incorporation along with the Registration Statement including Schedules must be returned to CPA Alberta once the amendment has been completed with Corporate Registry (Service Alberta).

Currently, PC Amendments are being accepted by email at profcorp@cpaalberta.ca or by post.

PLEASE NOTE: Current process time for these applications is between 15 to 20 business days.

Amending the Statement of Particulars (Shareholders/Directors)

A professional corporation may choose to amend its Statement of Particulars at any time. To do so, please complete the Amendment to Statement of Particulars form and submit to CPA Alberta along with the appropriate fees. When amending your statement of particulars, please ensure that the updated CPA Schedules are included in the amendment process.

Currently, PC Amendments are being accepted by email at profcorp@cpaalberta.ca or by post.

PLEASE NOTE: Current process time for these applications is between 15 to 20 business days.

Renewing a Professional Corporation (PC)

All Professional Corporations must renew their registration with CPA Alberta for each registration year (April 1 to March 31) by May 31 of each year.

  1. Renewal deadline: May 31
  2. Penalty assessed: June 1
  3. Suspension of registration: July 1
  4. Cancellation of registration: August 30

Renewals must be completed online through your CPA Alberta Member Portal.

Ceasing a Professional Corporation

A member may cease or terminate his/her professional corporation (PC) at any time. To do so, written notification must be provided to the Registrar of CPA Alberta. Please email your request to cease your PC registration to profcorp@cpaalberta.ca.

PLEASE NOTE: Ceasing your professional corporation registration does not cease your professional accounting firm (PAF) registration. These are two separate process. For more information on ceasing or de-registering your PAF with CPA Alberta, please click here.

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