Business Registration Online – Overview

1. Overview

You can use Business Registration Online (BRO) to register for a business number (BN) and four main Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) program accounts. BRO can link you to the business online registries of some provincial programs for British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.

You can use BRO if you are one of the following persons:

  • 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 have to register for other CRA program accounts that are not found in BRO, go to How to register.

Provincial partners

After registering your BN and 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
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario

If you click the Transfer button, you will leave BRO to connect to one of the three provinces listed above. These provinces may charge a fee to register for a provincial program. 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 Provincial programs.

For more information on other methods for registering other than BRO, go to How to register.

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