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October 14, 2009 13:18 ET

Eight Members of GROWTH Alberta and the Town of Whitecourt Join BizPaL

WESTLOCK, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) - Starting and running a business in the eight communities of the Grizzly Regional Economic Alliance Society (GROWTH Alberta) and in the Town of Whitecourt 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, the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with Pamela Marriott, Mayor of Swan Hills and Chair of GROWTH Alberta, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the Town of Whitecourt and in the eight communities of GROWTH Alberta: the towns of Barrhead, Swan Hills and Westlock; the counties of Barrhead, Thorhild, Westlock and Woodlands; and the Village of Clyde.

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 eight communities of GROWTH Alberta and the Town of Whitecourt was developed by GROWTH Alberta, the Town, the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada.

"BizPaL is part of our government's economic plan to support innovation and cut red tape," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "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."

"BizPaL is about different levels of government working as partners to make it easier for entrepreneurs to get their business started or expand an existing business," said the Honourable Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Service Alberta. "That's why I am so pleased that Whitecourt and the communities in GROWTH Alberta have partnered with us and the federal government to deliver this innovative and valuable service."

"We're working to make it easier to start and operate a business in the GROWTH Alberta region," said Mayor Marriott. "BizPaL does just that! This launch is a chance for us to share the new tool with our business community and celebrate the enterprising spirit that is so important to our region's success."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting Service Alberta's BizPaL site (http://www.growthalberta.com/about-growth) or GROWTH Alberta's (http://www.growthalberta.com/business-a-investment/bizpal) BizPaL site (http://www.growthalberta.com/business-a-investment/bizpal) . The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Alberta over the next year.

Visit the BizPaL website (http://www.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 Alberta BizPaL website (http://www.bizpal.alberta.ca/).

Visit the Government of Canada's BizPaL website (http://www.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 Alberta
    Mike Berezowsky
    Communications
    780-415-6051
    or
    GROWTH Alberta
    Jodi Goebel
    Manager
    780-674-3140
    manager@growthalberta.com