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)Footnote 1 

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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