How to register for a business number or Canada Revenue Agency program accounts

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Protect your business account by monitoring your My Business Account for any suspicious activity, which can include unsolicited changes to banking, mailing address, unauthorized appointment or changes of representatives or benefit applications made on your behalf. Visit Security of your CRA account for tips on securing your account.

Business owners who suspect their account has been compromised can call the CRA to talk to an agent on our Business Enquiries line at 1-800-959-5525 (between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm local time, Monday to Friday), 1-866-841-1876 for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut or if they are outside of Canada and the U.S., at 613-940-8497 (between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday, EST). For information on protecting yourself against identity theft and fraud, go to Slam the scam – Protect yourself against fraud.

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You can register online, by mail, by fax or by telephone. If you operate in Québec, go to Businesses operating in Quebec and GST/HST program accounts.

Business Registration Online

Best for businesses with simple registration requirements.

You can use Business Registration Online to get a business number. You can also register for one or more of the most common Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) program accounts:

  • GST/HST program account (RT)
  • payroll deductions program account (RP)
  • import-export program account (RM)
  • corporation income tax program account (RC)
  • registered charity program account (RR)
  • information returns (RZ)

Non-Resident Business Number and Account Registration Web Form

This service is available for non-resident businesses that need to register for a business number.

This service is the only registration option available to non-resident digital economy businesses who are required to register for the simplified GST/HST. See, Find out if you need to register for the GST/HST: GST/HST for digital economy businesses.

You can also use this service to register for one or more of the most common Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) program accounts:

  • GST/HST program account (RT)
  • payroll deductions program account (RP)
  • import-export program account (RM)
  • corporation income tax program account (RC)
  • registered charity program account (RR)
  • information returns (RZ)

Before filling out the registration form:

  • make sure you have all the necessary information listed in Business Registration Online – What you will need
  • you cannot save information during the registration process
    • registration must be completed in full during one session
  • the registration form will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity
  • do not use the "back" button in your web browser
    • to return to previous windows of the registration form, use the "Previous" button

By mail or by fax

If you just want a business number, use Business Registration Online instead.

To print a form, go to Form RC1, Request for a business number and certain program accounts, or, to order a form, go to Forms and publications.

Fill in Form RC1. Once you have completed the form, mail or fax it to your nearest tax services office or tax centre. To find the appropriate office or centre, go to Find a CRA address.

By phone

To get a business number and register for CRA program accounts by phone, call our Business enquiries line at 1-800-959-5525. For hours of service, go to Hours of telephone service. If you just want a business number, use Business Registration Online instead.

Before calling, be ready to answer all the questions in Part A of Form RC1, Request for a business number and certain program accounts, and any other questions in the form about the CRA program accounts you want to open.

Businesses operating in Quebec and GST/HST program accounts

In Quebec, Revenu Québec generally administers the GST/HST. If the physical location of your business is in Quebec, you have to file your returns with Revenu Québec using its forms, unless you are a person that is a selected listed financial institution (SLFI) for GST/HST or QST purposes or both. For more information, see the Revenu Québec publication IN-203-V, General Information Concerning the QST and the GST/HST, available at Revenu Québec, or call 1-800-567-4692. If you are an SLFI, go to GST/HST and QST – Financial institutions, including selected listed financial institution.

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