Business Registration Online – What you will need

From: Canada Revenue Agency

3. What you will need

If you are not certain if you have to register, go to When you need a business number or CRA program accounts.

Information you need to request a business number online

Personal information

If you are a business owner or third party requester, you must provide all of the following:

  • last name
  • social insurance number (SIN)
  • date of birth
  • personal postal code (where you live)

Note
We use your personal postal code to verify your identity. We check the postal code you enter against the postal code we have on file for you, not the one on file for your business. If you have recently moved, you should check to make sure we have the right postal code on file for you by calling Individual Income Tax Enquiries.

If you are a representative, you need to provide one of the following:

  • RepID
  • GroupID

For more information on representatives, go to Represent a Client.

Basic business information

You must provide all of the following:

  • business name
  • business number (if this business already has one)
  • type of business or organization (for example: sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, registered charity)
  • name and SIN of owners as required
  • physical address
  • mailing address (if different from the physical address)
  • description of major business activity

Information you need for CRA program accounts

Corporation income tax program account

You must have all of the following on hand:

  • corporation name
  • certificate number
  • date of incorporation
  • jurisdiction

For more information, go to Corporation income tax program account.

GST/HST program account

You must have all of the following on hand:

  • amount of your annual worldwide and domestic GST/HST taxable supplies
  • fiscal year-end
  • effective date of registration
  • reporting period

You will also need all of the following if it differs from the business information in Step 2:

  • mailing address
  • physical address

For more information, go to Register for a GST/HST account.

Payroll deductions program account

You must have all of the following on hand:

  • date employees receive their first wages
  • months covered for payroll of employees' wages
  • type of pay period (for example, weekly, quarterly)
  • number of employees
  • payroll service name (if any)
  • country of parent or affiliate, if you have a foreign owned corporation
  • name of franchisor (if any)
    • country of franchise's head office

You will also need all of the following if it differs from the business information in Step 2:

  • mailing address
  • physical address

For more information, go to Opening a payroll program account.

Import-export program account

You must have all of the following on hand:

  • type of program
    • importer and exporter
    • importer
    • exporter
      • type of goods exported
      • estimated dollar value of goods to be exported

You will also need all of the following if it differs from the business information in Step 2:

  • mailing address
  • physical address

For more information, go to Import-export program account.

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