To register your business with the provincial and federal governments, a Business Number is required if you hire employees, collect HST, import and/or export products/services or become incorporated.
A Business Number is not necessary if your business makes less than $30,000 in the last year or you do not plan to hire employees. If you are a sole proprietor that has less than $30,000 in revenue and no employees, you will continue to use your social insurance number (SIN) to file your individual income tax return and report your business income.
The Business Number is a numbering system that simplifies and streamlines the way businesses deal with the federal government. Many suppliers prefer to do business with companies that have a Business Number.
The Business Number Application can be completed and submitted to:
1 Regent Square, Suite 131
Corner Brook, NL
or complete an on-line application on the Canada Revenue Agency website . For additional information for businesses or self-employed individuals, please call 1-800-959-5525.
As a business owner, it is important to know when to collect sales tax on the products and/or services you sell. This Overview of Charging and Collecting Sales Tax
guide will help you understand how to charge sales tax and make remittance to the government.
Corporate Income Tax is administered on behalf of the province by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Please call Revenue Canada’s toll-fee number at 1-800-959-5525 for more provincial and federal tax information.
If you are planning to hire employees for your business, you should be familiar with provincial regulations set by the Department of Advanced Education and Skills. The local AES representative
may be contacted for more information.
In addition to several job specific training and skills development programs, AES runs a number of wage subsidy programs to help assist employers hire qualified workers.
Department of Advanced Education and Skills
2nd floor, 1-3 Union Street,
P.O. Box 2006,
Corner Brook, NL A2H 6J8
operates Government Service Centres throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. These are one-stop centres that provide licenses, permits, inspection and registration services and Crown Land approvals. Service NL also enforces legislated requirements in all mandated aspects of public health and safety, occupational health and safety, environmental protection, provincially-regulated financial services, and consumer protection. If you plan to offer food and/or beverage services to your clientele, Service NL is also responsible for issuing Food Establishment Licenses. In addition, the Government Service Centre can assist business owners in complying with accessibility regulations. Approval must be received from the Government Service Centre before the City of Corner Brook can issue a building permit. Individuals should contact the Government Service Centre when completing their business plan to become aware of all licenses and permits needed.
Service NL (Government Service Centre)
Mount Bernard Avenue
Sir Richard Squires Building
Corner Brook, NL A2H 6J8
Telephone: (709) 637-2204
The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act
requires that all employers performing work in Newfoundland and Labrador to register with WorkplaceNL. Workplace NL is responsible for implementation of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act
. These Acts protect both the employer and the employee in the event of a work-related injury. This is a form of no-fault insurance.
Some exclusions are professional sports competitors and persons employed in a private residence e.g. baby-sitters; home care workers; and constructors/renovators for a private residence. These people can apply for optional personal coverage.
Suite 201B, Millbrook Mall
2 Herald Avenue
Corner Brook, NL A2H 6E6