Business Registration Online – Eligibility
You can use Business Registration Online (BRO) if you're one of the following:
- a business owner
- a third party requester
- a representative with a RepID
- an individual that employs a caregiver, a babysitter, or a domestic worker
For more information, go to Representative authorization 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 don't have a SIN, go to Social Insurance Number – Overview.
If you have a SIN that starts with a 9, you won't 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, go to Non-Resident Business Number and Account Registration Web Form.
To determine if you have to file a tax return and to learn how to do it, go to Get ready to do your taxes.
Restrictions you need to know
You can't 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
You can't use BRO to register a business number for a business that was incorporated:
- federally with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
- provincially in:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Once you have a business number and RC program account, you can register for other CRA program accounts using BRO.
Other ways to register if you can't use BRO
For more information on other methods for registering, go to How to register for a business number or Canada Revenue Agency program accounts.
For more information on other methods for registering in the province where your business operates, go to Canada Revenue Agency registration and provincial or other federal programs.
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