A company is allowed to have its own distinctive name and identity. By ending the name with “Incorporated (Inc)”, “Limited (Ltd)” or “Corporation,” customers and businesses will know that they are dealing with a company rather than an individual.
To meet the legal requirements of the Business Corporations Act and provide notice to the public that they are dealing with your company, you will need to include the company name on your place(s) of business, invoices, orders and contracts.
You can either register as a numbered company (ie. 08577189 BC Ltd) or use a distinctive name. Consider searching online for your name to find out if any other companies in BC use that name, or engage DNC Integra Lawyers to search the names database on your behalf. With each name registration, you can try up to three variations of your name in the event that your first choice is rejected.
By incorporating a name you generally are protected in BC from another company trying to use the name. If you plan on doing business across Canada, it’s advisable to register your business name as a trademark.