The Business Number

The Business Number simplifies the way businesses deal with government by identifying a business and associated government accounts.


What is The Business Number?

The Business Number (BN) is a numbering system that simplifies and streamlines the way businesses deal with government. It is based on the idea of One Business, One Number.


How do I get a Business Number?

In order to obtain a Business Number in the province of Manitoba, you must be registered with a government program area that is part of the Business Number program. If you decide to register for any one of the programs listed below, you will receive a Business Number (BN).

  • Manitoba Taxation
  • Incorporating your business
  • Business name registration
  • Incorporating a cooperative
  • Business Tax with the City of Winnipeg
  • Licences and Permits with the City of Winnipeg

Please remember that once you have registered with a program area and have received a Business Number, it is important that you inform the other areas listed above when registering with their program that you have a Business Number. You must tell them so you do not get issued another one.


Manitoba Business Links
Toll Free: 1-866-205-1657

More information about starting a business in Manitoba can be found in the Manitoba Government's Business Information Portal.

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