The series consists of registry files created by the Corporate Registry, documenting the registration, corporate history and dissolution of all companies, societies and co-operatives that operated in British Columbia, and were dissolved between 1860 and 1993. In accordance with the Company Act, companies, societies and co-operatives that carry on business in British Columbia must register with the Corporate Registry and must regularly submit reports and other records to the registry office. For example, companies must file an annual report each year along with forms recording any changes to the head office and/or records office locations, and changes to the company directors. The file that the Corporate Registry creates may contain an assortment of documents.
These documents include articles of incorporation, certificates of incorporation, articles of association, annual reports, director's resolutions, notices of directors, notices of office, changes of office, encumbrance and mortgage documents, ledger cards, ordinary and special resolutions, constitutions and by-laws, memoranda, correspondence with the Corporate Registry, and dissolution documents. The pre-1970 files may also contain return of allotment information.
The series is arranged into twenty sub-series that reflect the type of company and the company act that was in force at the time that the company was registered. Each sub-series has its own numbering system, preceded by a set of initials that designates the sub-series. Each company file is numbered sequentially within these sub-series. For companies with head offices in British Columbia, there are six sub-series. For companies with head offices in British Columbia, and registered between 1860 and 1910, there are five different sub-series that correspond to the five different company acts that were in force in this period. These sub-series are identifiable by the following initials: QA 1860 Company Act QB 1862 Company Act QC 1878 Company Act QD 1890 Company Act QE 1897 Company Act. Since the 1910 Companies Act, the Companies Office has maintained one sub-series, and numbering system, for all companies with head offices in British Columbia. This sub-series is identifiable by the initials "BC."
There are also sub-series documenting societies, co-operatives and extra provincial companies that carried out business in BC. Societies and co-operatives are identifiable by the following initials: S society CP co-operatives Extra provincial companies have several designations reflecting the date that they were registered. Since the 1920's, all extra-provincial companies have been given an "A" designation but prior to that date a number of different registrations were used. These registrations include: A extra provincial company B extra provincial company registration EPR extra provincial company registration LIC extra-provincial company licenced REG extra provincial registration FOR foreign registration.
The series also contains several other types of company files, each with their own designation. These are as follows: NON non registered companies PA private acts RLY railways S+L savings and loans T trusts TMY tramways. This series includes records created under earlier names of the Corporate Registry including the Companies Branch and Registrar of Companies. The series also includes company files originally created and maintained by the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
British Columbia. Corporate Registry