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Register for a new Company Prefix Licence

A Company Prefix Licence is required to create industry-compliant symbols and bar codes.

A globally unique company prefix is assigned for the sole and exclusive use of the applicant and is subject to terms and conditions of the GS1 Canada Licence Agreement, including annual fees. Annual maintenance fees are based on total annual sales. For more information on the annual fees for your Company Prefix Licence, please contact GS1 Canada Membership Services at 1.800.567.7084 ext. 3 or info@gs1ca.org.

Before you apply for a new company prefix
Before applying for a new company prefix, determine the number of products that need a bar code or company prefixes are issued at variable lengths depending on the number of products you need to bar code. Company prefix applicants are responsible for specifying the correct amount of products that need a bar code. GS1 Canada is responsible for issuing a company prefix with a length that is appropriate to the number of products.

Please note that a new company prefix cannot be re-issued free of charge if the information provided upon application is incorrect.

Applying for a new company prefix
Follow the steps below to apply for a new company prefix. Each step is required to complete the application.

  1. Determine the number of products that require a bar code.
  2. Review the licence agreement and indicate acceptance of the terms and conditions.
  3. Complete the application process.

Applying for additional company prefixes
Companies that apply for an additional company prefix must submit a detailed report on the numbering system in use to substantiate additional number requirements.

Determine the number of products you need to bar code

A unique bar code is assigned to every product, including variations of a product and changes in the characteristics relating to an existing product.

Changes and variations that require new bar codes are outlined in the GTIN Allocation Rules. The guiding principle: if a consumer is expected to distinguish a new trade item from an existing trade item and purchase accordingly, a new bar code should be assigned to the new trade item.

A thorough understanding of the GTIN Allocation Rules will help you take into account all relevant changes and variations for your products and determine the correct number of products you need to bar code.