Industry Canada

Industry Canada

October 26, 2007 10:00 ET

Industry Canada: BizPaL Launched in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2007) - Starting and running a business in the City of Winnipeg 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, Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism), on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, together with the Honourable Jim Rondeau, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines and Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade for the Province of Manitoba, and Justin Swandel, Councillor, City of Winnipeg, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the City of Winnipeg.

BizPaL is an innovative project that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to the information on permits and licences that 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.

Today, the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba also celebrated the signing of a multi-jurisdictional Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formally acknowledging a shared commitment to the BizPaL initiative.

"BizPaL is part of our Government's economic plan laid out in Advantage Canada to provide an innovative and entrepreneurial business environment," said Secretary of State Ablonczy. "The Government of Canada is pleased to be working with the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg to promote a more competitive and productive local economy by providing easy access to essential information and reducing paperwork costs for business."

"BizPaL is a user-friendly, time-saving tool that helps cut red tape dramatically and reflects our government's commitment to provide the province's business community with single-window service delivery," said Minister Rondeau. "I know small businesses in this province will have great success with BizPaL, and it's wonderful that the City of Winnipeg is now part of the BizPaL network."

"BizPaL is an important initiative, and it's indeed a pleasure to work with the provincial and federal governments to reduce red tape and provide one front door for business," said Councillor Swandel. "Entrepreneurs shouldn't need a copy of the constitution to create jobs in Winnipeg."

"The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has been a long-time advocate of BizPaL," said Shannon Martin, Director of Provincial Affairs. "The City of Winnipeg, the federal government and the Province of Manitoba deserve credit for embracing BizPaL. This initiative offers benefits to business and government and is something every municipality should be looking into."

The BizPaL service in Winnipeg was developed with the support of Industry Canada, in collaboration with the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba.

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting Winnipeg.ca/BizPaL or gov.mb.ca/business. The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Manitoba over the next year.

Visit bizpal.ca for additional project history, 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 operate 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 improve services to clients.

The Government of Manitoba and the Government of Canada are pleased to sign a multi-jurisdictional Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that includes other participating provinces and territories. This MOU marks a critical milestone as it formally acknowledges a shared vision and investment in the BizPaL initiative to better serve business.

To date, BizPaL has been launched in more than 50 cities and towns in six provinces and territories (refer to bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions). Within Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg joins a growing list of participating municipalities, including the Town of Morden, the City of Brandon, the City of Winkler, the Regional Municipality of Thompson and the Regional Municipality of Stanley.

The development of the BizPaL project involved consultations with stakeholders in business and government. It grew out of a working group of representatives from federal departments and from provincial, territorial and municipal governments across Canada. BizPaL was a commitment of the Government of Canada in Budget 2006. In November 2006, the Government of Canada released Advantage Canada, its long-term economic plan, in which it identified ways to give Canada an entrepreneurial advantage, as well as a 20-percent reduction in paperwork burden. Forging ahead, Budget 2007 committed to achieving this target by November 2008.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    613-943-6183
    or
    Province of Manitoba
    Joe Czech
    204-945-6778
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    City of Winnipeg
    Media Inquiries
    204-986-6000