What is a business number and how do I get one?

This information only applies to individuals operating a business (sole-proprietors) and partnerships. If your business is incorporated, click this link to find the retail office closest to you. Our Tax Experts will be happy to help you!

A business number is a unique number that identifies your business and simplifies your dealings with the federal, provincial, and municipal governments in Canada.  If you operate a business:

  • In Canada outside of Québec: you can register your business with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and get a 9-digit business number.  Click this link to learn more!
  • In Québec : you can register for your 10-digit Québec enterprise number (NEQ) with Registraire des entreprises. Click this link to learn more!

Not all businesses need a business number. You only need a business number if you need a program account for remitting certain taxes such as GST/HST, payroll deductions, import-export taxes or for filing information returns, etc. 


Registering your business with the Canada Revenue Agency

You can use any of these methods to get a business number:

You'll need following information to register your business:

  • The type of business ownership (sole proprietor, trust, or partnership)
  • Owner’s information including name, social insurance number, occupation, and contact number
  • Contact person’s information
  • Legal name of the business and its trade or operating name
  • Business location
  • Major business activity
  • Type of program accounts you need


Registering your business with Registraire des entreprises

Registraire des entreprises offers the following online services for business registration:

You may also have to register your business with Revenu Québec if you need to submit GST/HST and QST, source deductions, import-export taxes, etc. Click this link for more information.


Where can I learn more?