Business Registration Online – Eligibility

2. Eligibility

Conditions you need to meet

You can use Business Registration Online (BRO) if you have all of the following:

  • valid social insurance number (SIN)
  • income tax return filed with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Restrictions you need to know

You cannot use BRO if you have any of the following:

  • invalid SIN
  • income tax return was never filed with the CRA
  • GST/HST program account to register for:
    • a business located in Quebec
    • a non-resident business
  • bare trust to register
  • corporation income tax account to register for a business incorporated:
    • federally with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
    • provincially in:
      • British Columbia
      • Manitoba
      • New Brunswick
      • Nova Scotia
      • Ontario
      • Saskatchewan

What if you are not eligible?

To find out about other ways you can register, go to How to register.

To get a social insurance number, go to Social Insurance number – Overview.

You can find out if you have to file a tax return and how to get, complete, and send a return at All about your tax return.

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