Professional Corporation

Effective June 1, 2021, Professional Corporation Articles of Amendment must be accompanied by a Professional Corporation Amendment Application form (which will be available starting June 1, 2021) along with applicable fees. Please ensure that all Articles of Amendment submitted after June 1, 2021 are accompanied by the appropriate application form and applicable fees.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Registering a Professional Corporation does not constitute registering a Professional Accounting Firm. To engage in any area of practice that falls under the CPA Act’s definition of professional accounting practice or public accounting practice, registration of a Professional Accounting Firm (PAF) is required. If you are registering a professional corporation with the intent to offer professional or public accounting services, we highly recommend that members review the requirements for registration of a PAF prior to establishing a professional corporation.

For further information please visit the following page:

Professional Accounting Firm
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