Industry Canada

Industry Canada

October 19, 2009 09:00 ET

BizPaL Launched in the City of Moncton and 15 Surrounding Communities

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2009) - Starting and running a business in 16 communities in New Brunswick just became easier thanks to BizPaL, a new online business permit and licence service that saves time spent on paperwork and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.

Today, Tilly O'Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with the Honourable Victor Boudreau, Minister of Business New Brunswick and Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick and Pierre Boudreau, Moncton City Councillor, on behalf of George LeBlanc, Mayor of the City of Moncton, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the cities of Bathurst, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston, Fredericton, Miramichi, Moncton and Saint John; the towns of Caraquet, Dalhousie, Grand Bay-Westfield, Oromocto, Quispamsis, Rothesay and Tracadie-Sheila; and the Village of Neguac.

BizPaL is an innovative service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to the information on permits and licences they need to establish and run their businesses. This unique partnership among federal, provincial, territorial, regional and local governments is designed to cut through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter. The BizPaL service in the City of Moncton and surrounding communities was developed by the City of Moncton, the Province of New Brunswick and the Government of Canada.

"BizPaL is part of our government's economic plan to support innovation and cut red tape," said Ms. O'Neill-Gordon. "Small businesses are a major engine of our economy. BizPaL will help small businesses grow and drive economic growth and job creation here and across Canada."

"Business operators and entrepreneurs of all sizes are major contributors to the New Brunswick economy," said Minister Boudreau. "Encouraging entrepreneurship and reducing barriers to business start-ups in New Brunswick continues to be one of this government's primary objectives."

"The City of Moncton is very happy to be part of the BizPaL project," said Councillor Boudreau. "This one-stop access to permit and licence information for all levels of government is a very useful tool for many entrepreneurs. It will save them time and simplify the process."

"The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is really pleased to see BizPaL launched in New Brunswick," said Leanne Hachey, Canadian Federation of Independent Business's Vice President for the Atlantic Region. "It's an important step in making it a bit easier to start up a business - or expand an existing one. This will save not only precious time, but also money, both of which can be used to invest in other, more important ways: to grow businesses and the economy of the province."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the Service New Brunswick BizPaL website (www.snb.ca/bizpal). The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of New Brunswick over the next year.

Visit the BizPaL website (bizpal.ca) for additional information and access to the websites of participating partners.


BACKGROUNDER

BizPaL Simplifies Permits and Licences for Canadian Businesses

BizPaL is an online service that benefits Canadian businesses by helping them identify which permits and licences they require and how to obtain them. Entrepreneurs simply answer a series of questions on the type of business they want to start or expand and the activities they plan to undertake. BizPaL then automatically generates a list of all required permits and licences from all levels of government, along with basic information on each, and links to government sites where the entrepreneur can learn more and, in some cases, apply online.

BizPaL also benefits governments by making it easier for them to provide accurate information on permits and licences to business. Although the service is offered online, it can also be used through other service channels (i.e., telephone and in-person centres) to extend services to more clients.

To date, 11 provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 330 municipalities offering the service.

Industry Canada is the lead federal department for the BizPaL initiative, supporting the centralized functions of the project. The Government of Canada is fully committed to creating a competitive business environment that supports innovation and reduces red tape. BizPaL is a complementary measure within the government's success in reducing the paperwork burden on small businesses by 20 percent.

The success of BizPaL is due in part to the multi-jurisdictional partnership among federal, provincial, territorial, regional and local governments. The partnership operates under a shared governance and costing model with collaborative decision making. Each jurisdiction is responsible for adding and maintaining its own information in BizPaL.

This interactive, smart permit and licence tool is featured at the Service New Brunswick BizPaL website (www.snb.ca/bizpal). Visit the BizPaL website (bizpal.ca) for a complete list of participating jurisdictions.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    613-947-5856
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Service New Brunswick
    Brent Roy - Senior Communications Officer
    Marketing and Communications
    506-453-4209
    or
    City of Moncton
    Annie Duguay
    506-383-6214