Subscribe to GS1 Canada

Becoming a GS1 Canada subscriber is the first step in experiencing the wide range of benefits that GS1 global standards can provide.

Whether you simply need a barcode number, want to learn how identification standards can help your business or want to know more about how our industry-directed, non-proprietary solutions can help your business, you can have confidence in GS1 Canada's industry knowledge and expertise, gained over 40 years of delivering global standards-based services and tools. Through our unique community management role, we collaborate with business leaders, sector boards, advisory councils and industry work groups to develop standards, implementation guidelines and non-proprietary business solutions to support subscribers of all sizes across multiple sectors.

In addition to our subscriber benefits, all GS1 Canada subscribers also have access to our ECCnet Industry Managed Solutions. Whether looking to launch a new product, access perpetually cleansed and updated product content, or increase safety and operational efficiencies, our global standards-based solutions are designed to deliver data excellence and ensure Canadian industry, regulatory and major trading partner requirements are being met.

Becoming a GS1 Canada subscriber is easy and the registration process should not take more than 10 minutes. Throughout the process, you will see help text and training videos to guide you through. If you have any problems or questions along the way, you can reach out to our bilingual help team at 1.800.567.7084.

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As a GS1 Canada subscriber, you have access to a variety of value-added tools and services.


myGS1 is your personalized online hub for integrated, secure and quick access to your GS1 Canada tools and services in one place, including:

  • Visibility to major trading partner requirements: See which GS1 Canada solutions and content major Canadian trading partners require to fuel their business processes
  • View and pay bills online: See your account status and history at a glance with easy-to-find invoices and online payment options
  • Account management: Quickly and easily change or update your password and personal account information
  • Subscription and company profile management: Company administrators can quickly add new users, manage existing users and update company contact information directly within myGS1

Educational Resources

GS1 Canada’s Learning Zone gives you 24/7 online access to user-friendly bilingual training videos and supporting resources.

Call Centre

GS1 Canada’s toll-free call centre provides an on-site team of bilingual experts dedicated to helping you navigate all of your GS1 Canada-related enquiries, such as how to use and get the most out of your subscription, tools and services. Call 1.800.567.7084 or email for help.

GTIN Ombudsman

The GTIN (Global Trade Identification Number) Ombudsman is a distinct role owned and exercised by GS1 Canada that serves as a single source of truth for any GTIN-related questions or concerns, including GTIN allocation rules, which ensures the correct assignment of GTINs to products.

Prefix and GTIN Allocation

As a subscriber of GS1 Canada and a manufacturer, vendor or supplier, you are issued a GS1 Company Prefix, which is one of the first steps in getting your business started.

Prefix and GTIN Authorization

If another company, such as a distributor, broker, manufacturer or wholesaler, represents your company within the Canadian market, they can be given the authorization to use your Company Prefix or GTINs.

Here’s how the subscription process works

  1. Fill out the online subscription form.
  2. Once you submit your form, your subscription will be processed. Typically, this takes approximately one business day.
  3. Once your subscription is confirmed, you will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to create your login credentials, which will provide access to myGS1 and the Learning Zone, where you can learn how to use your new subscription as effectively as possible.

During the subscription process, you will need to have the following information on hand:

  • Your company name and mailing address
  • Your credit card information for payment (including the card verification code)
  • Any applicable association membership information (for example ADQ, CFIG, CHFA, FCPC etc.)
  • You will need to know the total number of products that you will need GTINs for (Global Trade Item Numbers, or UPCs – the numbers used to create barcodes). Need help to calculate how many GTINs do you will need?
  • Your company’s total annual revenue in Canadian dollars (smaller companies may be eligible for the Small Business Bundles)

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Type of
Gross Revenue
< $250,000 Single GTIN
< $500,000 Up to 10 GTINs
< 1 $Million GS1 Company Prefix
Up to 100 GTINs
< $5 Million GS1 Company Prefix
Variable GTINs (depending on requirements)
> $5 Million GS1 Company Prefix
Variable GTINs (depending on requirements)

+ There is a one-time $245 activation fee for Advanced and Corporate subscriptions.

Additional Subscription Types

GS1 Canada also offers subscriptions for the following groups.

  • Associates (Standard Associate - $495 annual subscription)
    For solution providers looking to be listed in GS1 Canada’s online Solution Providers Directory and show alignment with GS1 global standards and best practice.

  • Affiliates
    For government agencies, ministries, educators and not-for-profit organizations looking to contribute to the GS1 Canada’s community management process (where eligible) and show alignment with GS1 global standards and best practice.

  • Healthcare Providers (Contact GS1 Canada for Healthcare Provider annual subscription fees)
    Available to healthcare providers who wish to implement global standards to improve efficiency and increase patient safety. Includes access to all GS1 Canada subscriber benefits.

Contact us at or at 1.800.567.7084 for more information.

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