How to Register for a CRA Business Number

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One of the most vital things to consider for any sole proprietor, partnership or corporation (resident or non-resident) is to register for a CRA Business Number. Not all businesses require a business number, but if the following situation applies to your business, then you must register.   

Registration for a CRA Business Number can easily be done online via Business Registration Online (BRO) Services.  

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Using Business Registration Online (BRO) Services to Register for a Business Number

The Business Registration Online method is one the most efficient, quickest, and easiest way to register for the CRA business number.  In order to register for the business number, you will need the following key information: 

Personal information: 

  • Last Name 
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN) 
  • Date of Birth 
  • Personal Postal Code

Business information – For Self Employed Businesses and Partnerships

  • Business Name 
  • Business Number
  • Type of Business or Organization (For example: Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Ccorporation, Domestic Worker, Trust) 
  • Name and SIN of Owners as Required 
  • Physical Address 
  • Mailing Address (if different from the physical address) 
  • description of major business activity 

Business information – For Corporations

  • Corporation Name 
  • Certificate Number 
  • Date of Incorporation 
  • Jurisdiction 

You can acccess the Business Registration Online website here and follow the promptsUpon completion, you will receive your business number effortlessly. You also have the opportunity to register for one or more of the most common Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) program accounts listed below: 

  • Gst/Hst Program Account (RT)  
  • Payroll Deductions Program Account (RP)  
  • Import-Export Program Account (RM)  
  • Corporation Income Tax Program Account (RC) 
  • Registered Charity Program Account (RR)  
  • Information Returns (RZ) 




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