Industry Canada

Industry Canada

January 22, 2007 12:00 ET

Industry Canada: Moose Jaw Joins the BizPal Initiative

MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 22, 2007) - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism), on behalf of the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry, today welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the City of Moose Jaw. BizPaL is an innovative project designed to help Canadian businesses save time when accessing licensing and permit information from multiple levels of government. This unique partnership between federal, provincial, territorial, regional and local governments provides entrepreneurs and business people in Moose Jaw with simplified access to the information they need to launch or grow their businesses.

"Canada's New Government is getting things done for businesses and taxpayers by working with cities, provinces and territories to launch the BizPaL program," said Mr. Ritz. "This initiative will benefit the Province of Saskatchewan and the City of Moose Jaw by stimulating economic growth and prosperity for area businesses."

"Expanding BizPaL throughout the province fits with our economic action plan and our regulatory and service enhancement initiative - both designed to enhance and promote our competitive advantages and make Saskatchewan an attractive place to invest, work and live," said Saskatchewan Industry and Resources Minister Eric Cline. "BizPaL makes it easier for small and medium-sized businesses looking to invest in our province to comply with the regulations required by all three levels of government."

"BizPaL is an exciting innovation for the City of Moose Jaw to assist people who want to establish a business in Moose Jaw," said Mayor Dale McBain. "The BizPaL site will provide business people with the opportunity to discover what the municipal, provincial and federal requirements are for setting up a business in Moose Jaw. This 'one stop shopping' will greatly assist our private sector partners who wish to locate in the Friendly City."

"Streamlining permits and licences for entrepreneurs will reduce the complexity of the approval process and save entrepreneurs valuable time and money," said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, Saskatchewan Director, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. "We congratulate Moose Jaw on the occasion of its BizPaL launch and are pleased to see that many other Saskatchewan municipalities are adopting the BizPaL service."

The online service generates a customized list of required government permits and licences. The list includes basic information about permits and licences from all levels of government.

The BizPaL system in the City of Moose Jaw was developed with Industry Canada support, in collaboration with the Province of Saskatchewan. Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting www.bizpal.gov.sk.ca and www.moosejaw.ca/bizpal/default.aspx. The province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Saskatchewan over the next year.

To date, BizPaL has been launched in Saskatoon and in various locations in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and the Yukon. Please visit www.bizpal.ca for additional project history and information as well as to access the websites of participating partners.

Backgrounder

BizPaL Simplifies Permits and Licences for Canadian Businesses

BizPaL is an online project that benefits Canadian businesses by helping them identify which permits and licences are required and how they can be obtained. 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 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.

To date, BizPaL has been launched in British Columbia and the City of Kamloops; Manitoba and the Morden-Stanley-Thompson-Winkler Planning District; Ontario and the City of Ottawa, and the Regional Municipality of Halton with the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills and the Town of Milton; Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon; and Yukon with the municipalities of Carmacks, Dawson City, Faro, Haines Junction, Mayo, Teslin, Watson Lake and Whitehorse. The City of Brandon has also announced its intention to launch BizPaL.

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, provincial and territorial governments, and municipal governments across Canada.

BizPaL was a commitment of Canada's new government in the 2006 budget. The government is getting things done for businesses and taxpayers by working with provincial, territorial and local governments to launch the BizPaL program. In November 2006, the government released Advantage Canada, in which it identified ways to give Canada an entrepreneurial advantage and committed to reducing the paperwork burden by 20 percent.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Maxime Bernier
    Minister of Industry
    Isabelle Fontaine
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Saskatchewan Industry and Resources
    Joanne Johnson
    Public Affairs
    306-787-1691
    306-787-8447 (FAX)
    or
    Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
    Garry McKay
    City Manager
    306-694-4427