Business Name Consent

Restricted Words In Business Names

Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia protects the public by requiring businesses that wish to use restricted or trademarked words in their business names to obtain consent from the association prior to registration/incorporation. The association will generally grant consent to a business that has at least one person on active staff who is registered with the association and permitted to practise professional engineering and/or professional geoscience in British Columbia.

Under Section 22 of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, it is prohibited for a company, partnership or other legal entity to engage in the practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience or to advertise or use any word, name, title or designation mentioned in the definitions of practice of professional engineering or practice of professional geoscience or any other word, name, title designation, descriptive term or statement that implies a business is engaged in, or ready or entitled to engage in, the practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience, unless they have a member of the association on their active staff who directly supervises and assumes responsibility for their practice of professional engineering and/or professional geoscience.

The following words have been put under restriction by the Registrar of Companies. Approval of registrations containing these words will require consent from the association:

  • Consulting Engineer *
  • Earth Science
  • Engineer *
  • Engineering *
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Exploration Geoscience
  • Geochemistry
  • Geochemical
  • Geologist
  • Geological
  • Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Geophysics
  • Geophysical
  • Geoscience
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrogeological
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Professional Engineer *
  • P.Eng. *
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Volcanology
* These words have also been registered as official marks under the Trade Marks Act by Engineers Canada.

Consent Request Process

All businesses that wish to register a name containing a restricted word must complete an online Business Name Consent Request. Failure to gain consent from the association prior to use of a restricted word may result in legal action. If an entity seeks to incorporate or otherwise register a new business name with the Registrar of Companies (including registering a proprietorship or partnership), the Registrar of Companies may grant a conditional approval, subject to receipt of the association's consent to use of the restricted or trademarked word.

Step 1: Start a Consent RequestStep 4: Provide Registration Number and Date

The following sets out the process for seeking such consent from the association:

  1. The applicant begins the consent request process by starting an online Business Name Consent Request.
  2. If more than one professional is listed in the request, the additional professionals will receive emails containing links they can visit to submit their electronic declarations. The association will review the consent request once all professionals (if more than one) have submitted their electronic declarations.
  3. If consent is granted, the applicant will receive a consent letter, by email, that the applicant can provide to the Registrar of Companies.
  4. Once the registration or name change process has been completed with the Registrar of Companies, the applicant must provide the association with the Registration Number and Registration Date.


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