Starting a new corporation

Determine your eligibility

An eligible registrant must be

  • a practising registrant registered in the full, special, osteopathic, provisional, academic, administrative, conditional or restricted class of registration, or
  • at the discretion of the registrar, a retired-life registrant.

Medical corporation names

Review the College Bylaw corporate name requirements

The corporate name requirements are outlined in section 6-4 of the College Bylaws.

The College requires necessary punctuation for abbreviations in corporation names. Potential name formats are:

  • Dr. John Smith Inc.
  • Dr. John Smith MD Corp.
  • Dr. John Smith MB ChB Corporation
  • Dr. John Mark Smith Incorporated
  • Dr. J. Smith Professional Corporation
  • Dr. J.M. Smith Professional Medical Corporation
  • Dr. J. Mark Smith ULC
  • John Smith MD Unlimited Liability Company
Reserve your name on BC Registries

You must submit a request to BC Registries and Online Services to reserve the name of your medical corporation.

This request will be valid for 56 days. We recommend you make the name approval request shortly before submitting your application to the College.

Reserve your name

Applying for the permit

To apply for a medical corporation permit, you must submit an appropriately completed application form with all required signatures (electronic signatures are acceptable). Any amendments or alterations to the application will not be accepted.

Pursuant to section 6-3(1)(c) of the College Bylaws, a lawyer who is licensed and practising in Canada must represent a registrant during the medical corporation permit application process.

Download application form

Fees

The fees are based on the College's fiscal year, which starts on March 1 and ends on the last day of February the following year.

The fees (non-taxable) applicable to medical corporations are set out in Schedule A of the Bylaws.

  • Application processing fee: C$350 per registrant
  • Annual permit fee: C$135 per corporation
  • Duplicate copy of the permit, if lost: C$50

Payments for all professional corporation start-up fees must accompany the application. Payments can be made by cheque or money order payable to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

If you’re paying online by credit card, we will provide instructions and an account number to make the payment. This will be provided when the Board’s written consent for the proposed corporation is ready.

Corporation payment

Processing timeline

The processing time is subject to change depending on the current volume of applications.

The process

Step 1: Determine your eligibility
An eligible registrant must be

  • a practising registrant registered in the full, special, osteopathic, provisional, academic, administrative, conditional or restricted class of registration, or
  • at the discretion of the registrar, a retired-life registrant.

Step 2: Complete the medical corporation permit application and pay applicable fees
Submit your medical corporation permit application and other necessary supporting documents and forms, and pay the application and permit fees.

Step 3: Receive consent from the College
If the application is complete, written consent will be provided in order to facilitate incorporation.

Step 4: Incorporation
Forms and instructions on how to incorporate can be found on the Government of BC website with legal counsel’s instruction.

Step 5: Submit post-incorporation documents
Submit all relevant post-incorporation documents and information in support of the application. The permit will be issued if these documents and information are complete and meet the requirements under the HPA and Bylaws.

Step 6: Receive a permit to practise
The medical corporation permit authorizes the corporation to operate as a health profession corporation. This is effective on the date the permit issued.

How long is the permit valid for?

The permit is valid for one fiscal year. The College’s fiscal year ends on the last day of February. You will need to renew your permit each year in January.