Industry Canada

Industry Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario
City of Orillia

City of Orillia

January 14, 2010 13:00 ET

Governments of Canada, Ontario and Orillia Deliver New BizPaL Service

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

ORILLIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2010) - Starting and running a business in the city of Orillia 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, Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with Garfield Dunlop, Member of Provincial Parliament for Simcoe North, and Ron Stevens, Mayor of the City of Orillia, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Orillia, Ontario.

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 Orillia was developed by the City of Orillia, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

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

"The right plan for Ontario in these challenging economic times is to work with our businesses to strengthen our economy and create jobs," said the Honourable Harinder S. Takhar, Ontario Minister of Government Services. "BizPaL will give entrepreneurs easy access to the permits they need to grow their business."

"I think the incorporation of BizPaL into the current City of Orillia website will be of great benefit to people looking to start up or expand a business in our community," said Mayor Stevens. "BizPaL will help provide business people with one-stop access to the city's permit and licence information and help our people at City Hall improve service to the business community."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the City of Orillia website or the ServiceOntario website. The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Ontario over the next year.

Visit the federal BizPaL website 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 375 municipalities offering the service. Visit the BizPaL website for a complete list of participating jurisdictions.

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 in 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. Service Ontario, part of Ontario's Ministry of Government Services, is entrusted with engaging local governments to make this important service available across Ontario.

This interactive, smart permit and licence tool is featured on the City of Orillia website.

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 Ontario
    Ciaran Ganley, Manager
    Issues Management and Media Relations
    416-325-8659
    647-218-8659 (cell)
    ciaran.ganley@ontario.ca
    or
    City of Orillia
    Dan Landry
    Economic Development Manager
    705-325-4900
    dlandry@city.orillia.on.ca