Alberta Partnership

Alberta Partnership Business involves two or more individuals or entities joining forces under a common business name. This collaborative business structure is distinctive because, unlike a corporation, it does not establish a separate legal entity from its owners.

Registering a partnership in Alberta is a straightforward process, but it’s essential to recognize that this registration does not protect your business name from being used by others. Nor does it provide the same legal protections as incorporating your business. It’s a declaration of your business’s operational status under a chosen name, involving the partners in a shared management and liability arrangement.

This registration process includes providing detailed information about the partners and the business, such as the legal names and addresses of the owners, the type of business, the location, and the chosen business name. Also required is the decision on whether the partnership will have a fixed term or continue indefinitely, and government-issued ID for each partner is necessary to complete the process. A nominal fee is involved, making partnership an accessible option for many budding entrepreneurs in Alberta.

Alberta General Partnership:

Alberta General Partnership business structure where all partners share equal control, management, and liability.

Key Features of Alberta General Partnership:

  • Prevalence: This is the most frequently chosen type of partnership.
  • Management Control: Every partner has an equal say in the management decisions.
  • Liability Sharing: All partners equally share the liabilities of the business.
  • Requirement of Agreement: It’s compulsory to have a partnership agreement in place.


  • Easiest to establish.
  • All partners have equal control in management.
  • Flexibility in business operations.


  • Unlimited personal liability for each partner.
  • Responsibilities and liabilities are shared equally.

Steps to Register a Alberta General Partnership

  • Fill Out the Declaration of Partnership Form using our easy to use webform
  • Provide the full legal names and addresses of all partners.
  • Specify the type of products or services the business will offer.
  • Provide the location of the business in Alberta.
  • Choose and provide the business name.
  • Determine the start date of the business, which can be current or up to six months in the future.
  • Decide if the partnership has a fixed term or will continue indefinitely. If fixed, specify a termination date.

Provide Identification:

  • Each partner must show valid government-issued ID (like a passport, Driver’s Licence, or PR Card).

Pay the Registration Fee:

These steps represent the essential process for registering a Alberta general partnership in Alberta, ensuring legal recognition and the ability to operate under the chosen business name.

Alberta Limited Partnership (LP):

Alberta Limited Partnership (LP) comprises a “general partner” with full control and unlimited liability, and “limited partners” who have limited liability.

Alberta Limited Partnership Registration

Essential Traits of a Limited Partnership (LP):

  • Geographical Aspect: Typically formed when one of the partners resides outside of Canada or us of province.
  • Management Structure: Managed exclusively by the ‘general partner’.
  • Liability Distribution: The ‘general partner’ bears all the liabilities.
  • Legal Requirement: A formal partnership agreement is obligatory.


  • Limits the liability for “limited partners” to their investment in the business.
  • “General partners” have control over the management.


  • “General partners” bear unlimited personal liability.
  • More complex structure compared to a general partnership​.

Registering a Alberta Limited Partnership (LP) in Alberta

Define Partnership Structure:

Designate the roles of the partners, identifying who will be the ‘general partner’ with full control and liability, and who will be ‘limited partners’ with limited liability and investment.

Draft a Partnership Agreement:

Prepare a detailed agreement outlining the terms, responsibilities, and profit-sharing among partners.

Complete Necessary Forms:

Fill out the required forms for Limited Partnership (LP)  registration, including the Declaration of Limited Partnership.

Submit Registration with Fee:

Submit the completed forms and pay the applicable registration fee.

Comply with Legal Requirements:

Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements specific to Limited Partnership (LPs) in Alberta, such as disclosing limited partners’ details.

Registering an Alberta Limited Partnership (LP)  in Alberta involves clear delineation of roles and responsibilities among partners, with specific attention to the unique liability structure of this partnership type

Alberta Limited Liability Partnership (LLP):

Alberta Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) where each partner’s personal assets are protected against the liabilities due to other partners’ negligence or misconduct.

Alberta Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

Key Attributes of Alberta Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs):

  • Professional Scope: Specifically designed for lawyers and CPAs or professional individuals.
  • Liability Limitation: Partners are not responsible for each other’s negligence.
  • Registration Requirement: An Alberta Limited Liability Partnership (LLP permit is necessary for registration.
  • Registration Types: Options include new registration, renewal, and registration for businesses outside the province (extra-provincial)


  • Protects individual partners from liabilities due to the negligence, wrongdoing, or misconduct of other partners.
  • Suitable for professional firms (lawyers, accountants)


  • Limited to certain professions.
  • Partners are still liable for their own actions and the overall obligations of the partnership​.

Alberta Limited Liability Partnership in Alberta are primarily designed for professional individuals. Before registering as an Alberta Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), a firm must be registered with that specific governing authority and receive their approval. Under the Partnership Act, Alberta Limited Liability Partnership offer protection for the personal assets of partners who are not negligent. Each partner is individually liable for their own negligence, but not for the wrongful acts or omissions of others in the partnership.

To register an Alberta Limited Liability Partnership, firms must:

  • Obtain certification from professional governing body (like CPA Alberta)
  • Register the Alberta Limited Liability Partnership with the Corporate Registry of the Government of Alberta.
  • Finalize the registration process.
  • Notify clients about the Limited Liability Partnership status.

Alberta Limited Liability Partnership, however, do not absolve individuals from liability, protect the personal assets of negligent partners, or cover the partnership’s assets, including professional indemnity insurance. They also don’t influence the potential damages assessed for negligence or misconduct.

Registering a Alberta Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) in Alberta for CPA individuals:

Obtain a Certificate from CPA Alberta (for professional accounting firms):

  • Professional Accounting Firms (PAFs) must first be registered with CPA Alberta and obtain a certificate.

Register with Corporate Registry:

Finalize Registration with CPA Alberta:

  • Complete the final steps of registration with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta).

Send Notice to Clients:

  • Notify clients about the Alberta Limited Liability Partnership registration, as per regulatory requirements.

The process of registering an Alberta Limited Liability Partnership in Alberta, especially for professional firms like law and accounting, involves a series of steps that include obtaining certifications and completing registrations with relevant professional bodies and government registries​.

As you embark on this journey, it’s vital to weigh the benefits and responsibilities that come with a partnership, ensuring it aligns with your business goals and operational style. In the next sections, we will delve deeper into the types of partnerships available in Alberta, the registration process, and the legal implications to consider.