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Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba
Rural Municipality of Gimli

Rural Municipality of Gimli

March 26, 2010 14:30 ET

Governments of Canada, Manitoba and Gimli Deliver New BizPaL Service

GIMLI, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Starting and running a business in the Rural Municipality of Gimli 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, James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk–Interlake, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Manitoba Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade, and Tammy Axelsson, Mayor of the Rural Municipality of Gimli, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Gimli.

BizPaL is an innovative service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to the information on the 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 Gimli was developed by the Rural Municipality of Gimli, the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada.

"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government has committed to Canada's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by improving access to financing and cutting the red tape businesses face every day," said Mr. Bezan. "BizPaL is a great example of the government's hard work to support SMEs across Canada as they innovate, create jobs and generate wealth in our communities."

"BizPaL helps reduce the burden of red tape on business, and I am pleased that entrepreneurs in the Rural Municipality of Gimli have access to the service," said Minister Bjornson. "By using BizPaL, entrepreneurs will spend less time searching for, understanding and complying with regulatory requirements from three levels of government and more time conducting business."

"BizPaL is a unique partnership with all levels of government and provides essential support to our local existing and upcoming entrepreneurs," said Mayor Axelsson. "It will also help ensure the continuous progress of our community's economic development."

"The Province of Manitoba's continuing support for the expansion of BizPaL is welcomed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business," said Mr. Shannon Martin, Director of Provincial Affairs, Manitoba. "With today's announcement, the Rural Municipality of Gimli has taken an important step in streamlining processes and removing roadblocks that entrepreneurs face."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the Rural Municipality of Gimli website ( or the Government of Manitoba website ( The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Manitoba over the next year.

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


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 400 municipalities offering the service. Visit the BizPaL website at 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, which is focused on improving the accessibility of the province's business information and services, helping to cut red tape. This interactive and smart permit and licence tool is featured on the Government of Manitoba website at

The Rural Municipality of Gimli joins 30 other municipalities that now offer the BizPaL service in Manitoba. Gimli is pleased to join BizPaL, offering additional services to attract new business and strengthen the local economy.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    613-668-5406 (cell)
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    Province of Manitoba
    Joe Czech
    Communications Coordinator
    Rural Municipality of Gimli
    Mayor Tammy Axelsson