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Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba

December 11, 2009 11:30 ET

Governments of Canada, Manitoba, Carman and Dufferin Deliver New BizPaL Service

New online business permit and licence service saves time, cuts paperwork and helps entrepreneurs

CARMAN, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2009) - Starting and running a business in the Town of Carman and the Rural Municipality of Dufferin 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 the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Manitoba Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade, Bob Mitchell, Mayor of Carman, and Shawn McCutcheon, Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Dufferin, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in both Carman and Dufferin, Manitoba.

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 Carman and Dufferin was developed by the Town of Carman, the Rural Municipality of Dufferin, the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada.

"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government is helping small businesses by increasing access to financing, lowering taxes and cutting red tape," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "BizPaL is a great example of our government's hard work to support small and medium-sized enterprises across Canada as they innovate, create jobs and generate wealth in our communities."

"By using BizPaL, entrepreneurs will spend less time finding, understanding and complying with regulatory requirements from three levels of government, and more time conducting business," said Minister Bjornson. "Today's announcement is another example of our government's Single Window for Business Initiative, which is working to ensure the business community has access to information and services that will help them be successful."

"The Town of Carman and the Rural Municipality of Dufferin are pleased to partner with the federal and provincial governments to bring this great business planning tool to assist entrepreneurs with starting their businesses in one easy-to-access location," said Mayor Mitchell and Reeve McCutcheon.

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the Manitoba BizPaL website (www.manitoba.ca/business). Manitoba is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of the province over the next year.

Visit the BizPaL website (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 350 municipalities offering the service. Visit the BizPaL website (http://www.bizpal.ca/) for a complete list of participating jurisdictions. 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.

The Manitoba BizPaL office, located in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade, is charged with engaging local governments to make this important service available across Manitoba. BizPaL represents an integral component of Manitoba's Single Window for Business Initiative that is focused on improving the accessibility of its business information and services, helping to cut red tape. This interactive and smart permit and licence tool is featured on the Manitoba BizPaL website (http://www.gov.mb.ca/business/index.html).

The Town of Carman and the Rural Municipality of Dufferin join 20 other municipalities that now offer the BizPaL service in Manitoba. The Town of Carman and the Rural Municipality of Dufferin are pleased to join BizPaL and offer additional services to attract new business and strengthen the economy of the town and rural municipality.

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
    Province of Manitoba
    Joe Czech
    Communications Coordinator
    204-945-6778
    joe.czech@gov.mb.ca
    or
    Town of Carman
    Tyler King
    204-745-2675
    tyler@townofcarman.com