Corporate Series – Part 3 – When do I need a company?

In Nova Scotia, you might consider forming a company for your business when:

1. Limited liability protection: You want to protect your personal assets from potential business debts and liabilities. By forming a company, the business becomes a separate legal entity, which means the owners (shareholders) are not personally liable for the company’s debts, except in cases of fraud or negligence.

2. Raising capital: If you plan to raise funds from investors or financial institutions, having a company structure can make it easier to attract investment. Investors often prefer to invest in a company because it provides a clear legal framework for ownership and profit distribution through shares.

3. Ownership transferability: A company allows for easy transfer of ownership by selling or transferring shares. This can be useful if you plan to sell the business in the future or if you want to bring in new partners or investors.

4. Tax benefits: Depending on your specific situation, incorporating a company in Nova Scotia may offer tax benefits. Companies are taxed separately from their owners, and in some cases, corporate tax rates may be lower than individual tax rates. Additionally, there might be potential tax deductions and credits available to companies that are not available to sole proprietorships or partnerships.

5. Enhanced credibility: Operating your business as a company can enhance its credibility and professional image, as it demonstrates a higher level of commitment and stability. This can be beneficial when dealing with customers, suppliers, and potential investors.

6. Continuity: A company has a separate legal existence from its owners, which means it can continue to operate even if the owner(s) become incapacitated or pass away. This can be important for the long-term stability and growth of the business.


Before deciding to incorporate a company for your business in Nova Scotia, it’s essential to consult with a lawyer, accountant, or business advisor to evaluate your specific situation and determine the most appropriate structure for your business.


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