Business Registration Online – Overview

1. Overview

You can use Business Registration Online (BRO) to:

  • get a business number (BN)
  • register for the four main Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) program accounts
  • link to other business online registries for some provincial programs, such as British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia


The use of the BN as the standard identifier is gradually being expanded to all federal business programs.

You can use 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 – Business number and Employing a caregiver, babysitter, or domestic worker.

CRA program accounts you can register for using BRO

You can use BRO to register for the following four CRA program accounts:

  • corporation income tax
  • payroll deductions
  • import-export

If you need to register for other CRA program accounts that are not found in BRO, go to How to get a BN or register for CRA program accounts.

Provincial partners

After getting your BN and registering for any of the four main CRA program accounts, BRO lets you transfer to one of the following provinces that have an online business registry service:

  • British Columbia – OneStop Business Registry
  • Ontario – ServiceOntario – Business services
  • Nova Scotia – One Business - One Number

If you click the Transfer button, you will leave BRO to connect to one of the three provinces. These provinces may charge a fee to register for a provincial program account. If you pay by credit card, the province does not give your credit card information to the CRA.

For more information, go to:

Under subsection 241(4)(l) of the Income Tax Act, with your consent, we may share the following business information with our provincial partners:

  • business number
  • business name
  • business address
  • business phone and fax numbers

Other ways to register if you cannot use BRO

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

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

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