Offering your translation services in Aboriginal or foreign languages

To offer the Translation Bureau your translation services in Aboriginal or foreign languages as a self-employed individual, freelancer or firm, you must follow the steps below:

  1. meet the eligibility criteria
  2. obtain your Canada Revenue Agency business number and your procurement business number
  3. apply for registration in the Translation Bureau’s directory of linguistic services suppliers

Note: Reliability or security clearance

Suppliers themselves cannot request reliability or security clearance. They must be sponsored by a federal department. Only after they have been registered in its directory of suppliers can the Translation Bureau sponsor them if it finds that they need such clearance.

1. Meet the eligibility criteria

You must ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria below for the type of service you are offering:

Eligibility criteria: Translation in Aboriginal languages

Individuals offering services must have the target language as their mother tongue and include a curriculum vitae.

Firms offering services must retain the services of at least one person who meets the criteria outlined immediately above.

In both cases, the Translation Bureau will duly review your file.

Eligibility criteria: Foreign languages

Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Russian

Individuals offering services must ensure to meet the following criteria:

Firms offering services must retain the services of at least one person who meets the criteria outlined immediately above.

Other foreign languages

Individuals or firms offering services must have their file duly reviewed by the Translation Bureau.

Note: Suppliers located outside Canada

Please note that most of our bid solicitations are limited to Canadian services as defined in the Canadian Content Definition (clause A3050T):

Canadian service: A service provided by an individual based in Canada is considered a Canadian service. Where a requirement consists of only one service, which is being provided by more than one individual, the service will be considered Canadian if a minimum of 80% of the total bid for the service is provided by individuals based in Canada.

Therefore, if you are a foreign-languages translation supplier, please take the above information into account if you anticipate being outside of Canada at the time of work.

You will be invited to bid only

  • when there are fewer than three suppliers of Canadian services in our suppliers directory that meet our selection criteria;
  • when the work to be done is not subject to security requirements.

For more information, refer to the following:

2. Obtain your Canada Revenue Agency business number and your procurement business number

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you must obtain the following required numbers:

Canada Revenue Agency business number

The business number (BN) is a numbering system that streamlines the way businesses deal with the federal government. If you have a Goods and Services Tax (GST) number or a Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) number, you already have a business number. The first nine digits of your GST/HST number constitute your business number (such as 123456789RT0001). This number is required to obtain your procurement business number (PBN).

To obtain your BN, you have to complete form RC1 Request for a Business Number (Canada Revenue Agency).

For more information on the business number:

Procurement business number

To obtain a procurement business number (PBN), you must register with the Supplier Registration Information (SRI) system, a database of registered suppliers who want to do business with the federal government, or call 1‑800‑811‑1148 (and select option # 2 for assistance regarding the SRI).

3. Apply for registration in the Translation Bureau’s directory of linguistic services suppliers

After obtaining your business number (BN) and your procurement business number (PBN), complete and submit the registration form for the Translation Bureau’s directory of linguistic services suppliers online or print it and send it to the Translation Bureau by email (in scanned format), by fax or by mail.

Note

Remember to attach the supporting documents required according to the services being offered. (Meet the eligibility criteria).

If you are offering your services as a firm, you must provide the name of and the supporting documents for each candidate on your team.

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