Name Rules for Specific Entity Types

Business Corporations

The following information applies to businesses incorporated under The Business Corporations Act.

Franchises

If your entity is part of a franchise, you need to get consent from the franchiser in order to use its name. You must also add a distinctive element to your entity name to distinguish it from the name of the parent company. In most cases, this element is a location or store number. For example, if you were a franchisee of Tony’s Italian Pasta and Pizza Inc., you might name your business Tony’s Pasta & Pizza (Broadway) Inc.

Numbered Names
You can choose to use the entity number assigned by the Corporate Registry as the legal name of your corporation. In this case, the name will consist of:
  • the nine-digit entity number;
  • the word “Saskatchewan”; and
  • whichever legal ending you choose.

If you later decide that you would rather not have a numbered entity name, you can change to a written one.

Condominium Corporations

The words “condo” and “condominium” can only be used in the name of a condominium corporation. The entity name must include the phrase “Condominium Corporation.”

Like a business corporation, a condominium corporation can have a number in place of an alphabetical name. The format for a numbered name is “The Owners: Condominium Corporation No. [Entity Number].”

Co-operatives and Credit Unions

The following terms can only be used in co-op or credit union names:
  • “co-operative”;
  • “coopérative”;
  • “co-op”;
  • “credit union”; or
  • “caisse populaire.”

Extra-Provincial Corporations

The following name rules apply if you have a business that was established outside Saskatchewan, and you are now applying to operate in the province:

If you have a business corporation, and your entity name is too similar or identical to the name of an existing Saskatchewan business, you can choose to operate using an alternate name. To do so, you must register your business here under its original name and file an alternate name at the same time. The alternate name can be a number. If you would like to use a numbered name for your corporation you may refer to the numbered corporation rules mentioned above.

If you have any other type of business, and your entity name is too similar or identical to that of an existing Saskatchewan entity, you will need to change the name in your home jurisdiction in order to register here.

Limited Liability Partnerships

A limited liability partnership must include one of the following as the last phrase in its name:
  • “Limited Liability Partnership.”
  • “LLP.”
  • “Société à Responsabilité Limitée.”
  • “SRL.”

Non-Profit Corporations

Like a business corporation, a non-profit can be identified by its nine-digit Corporate Registry entity number instead of a written name. If you would like to use a numbered name for your non-profit you may refer to the numbered corporation rules mentioned above.