Offering your interpretation services in the official languages

From: Translation Bureau

To offer the Translation Bureau your interpretation services in the official languages as a self-employed individual, freelancer or firm, you must:

Security clearance

Suppliers themselves cannot request security clearance. They must be sponsored by a federal department. Only after they have passed the Translation Bureau’s accreditation exam or 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 be eligible to work in Canada and ensure that you meet one of the following eligibility criteria:


If you are a firm, you must ensure that each proposed resource meets the eligibility criteria.

2. Pass the Translation Bureau’s accreditation exam

If you would like to write the accreditation exam, please email the Translation Bureau at (please read our privacy notice statement below) and include your CV and the supporting documents demonstrating that you meet the eligibility criteria.

If, upon review, your file is found to be complete and if you meet the eligibility criteria, the Translation Bureau will contact you to invite you to write the accreditation exam and inform you of upcoming exam dates.


If you are offering your services as a firm, each candidate on your team must pass the accreditation exam.

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

If you you have successfully passed the accreditation exam, 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

  • Registering your business (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Contact the Canada Revenue Agency at 1‑800‑959‑5525 (for service in English) or 1‑800‑959‑7775 (for service in French)

Procurement business number

To obtain a 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).

4. 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.


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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Privacy notice

Provision of the personal information is collected on a voluntary basis pursuant to the Financial Administration Act. The information will be used by the Translation Bureau (Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)) to identify potential individuals and firms to offer interpretation services. Refusal to provide personal information or missing information or supporting documents may result in the disqualification of individuals or firms from the bidding process. The personal information is described in the Standard Personal Information Bank Professional Services Contracts, PSU 912. Your personal information is protected, used, and disclosed in accordance with the Privacy Act. If you require clarification about this statement, you can contact the PSPC Privacy Director by email at; by phone at 873‑469‑3721, or by regular mail at the following address: Privacy Director, 5C1, Portage, Phase III, Gatineau, Quebec Canada, K1A 0S5. For more general information on privacy issues and the Privacy Act, please visit the Privacy Commissioner web site or call 1‑800‑282‑1376.

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