Business Registration Online – Eligibility

From: Canada Revenue Agency

2. Eligibility

You can use Business Registration Online (BRO) if you are one of the following:

  • a business owner
  • a third party requester
  • a representative with a RepID or a GroupID
  • an individual that employs a caregiver, a babysitter, or a domestic worker

For more information, go to Authorize a representative for your business and Employing a caregiver, babysitter, or domestic worker.

Conditions you need to meet

You can use BRO if you have all of the following:

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

If you do not have a social insurance number, go to Social Insurance number – Overview.

If you have a SIN that starts with a 9, you will not be able to use BRO. If you would like to register for a GST/HST account and have a SIN that starts with a 9, please contact the Non-Resident TSO that is closest to where you conduct your business: Nova Scotia TSO, Windsor TSO, or the Fraser Valley TSO.

To determine if you have to file a tax return and how to get, fill in, and send a return, go to Doing your taxes.

Restrictions you need to know

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

  • invalid SIN
  • SIN that starts with a 9
  • 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
      • Prince Edward Island

Other ways to register if you cannot use BRO

For more information on other methods for registering other than BRO, go to How to register for a BN or CRA program accounts.

For more information on other methods for registering in the province where your business operates, go to CRA registration and provincial or other federal programs.

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