New Horizons Information
A few clubs have had New Horizons representatives contact them to ask them for a CRA business number. This is a mistake on the government employee's part. If you are contacted, here is an appropriate response.
Hi (government employee name)
Thank you for your email. Our club does not file HST returns and does not have a CRA number. According to the instructions provided for the New Horizons grant, we are not required to have a CRA number. I am referring to the information on pages 8 and 9 of the 2018 New Horizons Application Guide - Section B Part 1 Organization
I have highlighted the relevant section below. We would only require a CRA number if we were 1. a registered charity or 2. filed HST returns and had an existing CRA number.
We have checked with our provincial organization, the OLBA, and other Not for Profit Corporations have not had to get a CRA number to apply for the New Horizons grants. We have provided our corporation number in box 4.
Please let us know if we can be or any further assistance or if you have any other questions.
Question 3 - CRA Business Number [mandatory field]
Please provide your 15-digit CRA business number or, for registered charities and not-for-profit organizations, your registration number (for example, 123456789 RP 0001). If you have a CRA business number, you must provide a document that includes your business or registration number (such as: tax related documents, CRA correspondence, etc.). For more information, please visit the CRA website.
Not-for-profit organizations are not required to have a Business Number to be eligible for NHSP funding. Therefore, you may leave this box empty.
As per the Canada Business Network, a sole proprietorship needs to register a business name provincially, except in Newfoundland and Labrador. If the applicant is unable to produce paperwork demonstrating any registration or legitimacy as a private organization, the applicant will be considered as an individual; therefore, the applicant will be deemed ineligible.