Incorporate your co-op today

Incorporation is an important, but sometimes challenging, step in setting up a co-operative. Government forms are tedious. And the unfamiliar process can cost you time or serious lawyer fees. So, make it easy on yourself. Let us do this step for you.

With our unique process, incorporate your co-op in less time, with less hassle and for less money. In fact, we can usually incorporate a co-op for as low as $400 – a price that simply covers government fees and a small admin charge. That’s it. No hourly rates. No headaches.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Complete a short survey. This step initiates the process, and provides important information for incorporating your co-op properly.
  2. You get email confirmation of receipt.
  3. Next, we set up a kick-off phone call.
  4. An experienced professional works on your incorporation documents.
  5. Within 2 weeks we review the incorporating documents with you before they’re submitted.
  6. Finally, we notify you when the incorporation is complete – the timeline for this depends a bit on the province you incorporate in but could take 2-6 weeks.

You focus on your business. Let us take care of the paperwork.


“Co-operatives First made the process of establishing our Artisan Co-operative a very clear and easy process. The expanse of available tools and resources provided by Co-operatives First answers many questions and lightens the workload. Greatly appreciate having the connections made with Trista and Kyle, they keep the co-operative moving forward.” -Donna Webster, Nehiyawaskiy Indigenous Peoples Art Co-op
“The 8 Directions team is extremely passionate about our mission of empowering Indigenous Peoples through land-based activities and social enterprise. The prospect of starting from scratch, incorporating a non-profit would have been a daunting task had it not been for the expert advice received from Kyle White and Trista Pewapisconias of Co-operatives First. They listened to us and understood our values, helping to identify the best corporate structure for us. The incorporation process was smooth given easy templates to fill in, phone interviews for clarification, virtual workshops, and an immense wealth of support materials through the Co-op Creator Tool. Our corporate documents were done in very short order enabling us to incorporate and start building our organization. We are very grateful for all the continued support from Co-operatives First.” – Scott Scholefield MSc, RPF, 8 Directions Community Services Co-operative

PLEASE NOTE: We work in the Canada’s western provinces. So, currently, we only incorporate co-operative businesses in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. We can also incorporate co-ops federally in these provinces.

Plus, check out this short video on what incorporation is, the benefits, and why you might choose to incorporate.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Good Governance Matters course offered by Co-operatives First. The course provided a solid background on governance generally and specific examples of good governance practices in co-operatives. It is uncommon to find governance training specific to co-operatives so this was refreshing.”

Janet Taylor (Corporate Secretary)

Libro Credit Union

“The Good Governance Matters Course was a valuable course. I shared it with the [Arctic Co-operatives Limited] Senior Leadership Team. If it ever comes up again, I highly recommend others to take it.”

Mary Nirlungayuk (Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Corporate Services)

Arctic Co-operatives Limited

“The online course, Good Governance Matters was very informative, easy to navigate and discussed issues relevant to our needs as a Board of Directors. This course is a great tool for boards to build their knowledge to become strong, strategic boards.”

Lori Sanders (President)

Sherwood Co-op

“This course has greatly increased my understanding of what good governance could/should look like and how each part (boards, management, members) plays a vital role in the co-operative’s success.”


“This course was highly enjoyable, and relevant to working in not only the co-op space, but with any group that needs to make decisions.”