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What is a corporation certificate number?

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Deal Addict
Jul 30, 2015
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Toronto, ON

What is a corporation certificate number?

I have an Ontario corporation and a corporation number.

When I try to register with the CRA for a business number, it asks for a certificate number. I can't seem to find anything like that on my certificate of incorporation or even on google!!

I tried using my corporation number, but that doesn't work. CRA just says can't proceed, doesn't even tell what the issue is. I tried calling, and they said my corp. # is not in their system yet (I incorporated 2 days ago).

Really pissed at this point as I really need an HST# and CRA is TERRIBLE!!!!
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Deal Addict
Feb 5, 2009
2808 posts
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Newmarket
When you incorporate in Ontario you are assigned business number automatically, since cra doesn't handle incorporating and has to receive the info from third party it's normal that it wouldn't be in their system for 2 days.
Not sure why you are really pissed, chill and call after the weekend.
You should received the letter with business number within couple of weeks.
Banned
Nov 29, 2005
345 posts
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Markham
usually takes up for 3-4 weeks...sometimes you can get it within 7 business days
Newbie
Jan 3, 2018
2 posts
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Solved; CRA was actually pretty good.
I had same issue, called CRA to find out that Certificate number = Corporation number with no punctuation!
My federal inc # was in this format "nnnnnnn-1", had to be entered as "nnnnnnn1".
Hope this helps.
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Jun 24, 2015
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nice stuff thanks for sharing
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