Industry Canada

Industry Canada

October 01, 2007 17:00 ET

Industry Canada: Quesnel Joins the BizPaL Network

QUESNEL, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2007) - Starting and running a business in the City of Quesnel 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, Richard Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, together with the Honourable Rick Thorpe, Minister of Small Business and Revenue, and Minister Responsible for Regulatory Reform, Province of British Columbia, and Nate Bello, Mayor of Quesnel, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the City of Quesnel.

BizPaL is an innovative service 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.

"Canada's New Government is pleased to be working with the Province of British Columbia and the City of Quesnel to provide easy access to essential information and reduce paperwork costs for area businesses," said Mr. Harris. "This new service contributes to a more competitive and productive local economy."

"BizPaL is a user-friendly, time-saving tool that helps cut red tape dramatically and reflects our government's commitment to making British Columbia Canada's most small-business friendly jurisdiction," said Minister Thorpe. "This partnership with the city of Quesnel and Industry Canada demonstrates how successful we can be when we all work together."

"This will be a great addition to the services we offer our business community," said Mayor Bello. "I'd like to thank our council for their support in bringing BizPaL to Quesnel."

The BizPaL service in the City of Quesnel was developed with the support of Industry Canada and in collaboration with the City of Quesnel and the Province of British Columbia.

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the website at www.city.quesnel.bc.ca.

Visit www.bizpal.ca for additional project history and information and to access 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 are required 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.

To date, BizPaL has been launched in more than 50 cities and towns in six provinces and territories (refer to www.bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions). Within the province of British Columbia, Quesnel joins a growing list of participating cities, including Kamloops, Kelowna and Langley.

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 Budget 2006. In November 2006, Canada's New Government released Advantage Canada, its long-term economic plan, in which it identified ways to give Canada an entrepreneurial advantage and reduce paperwork burden by 20 percent. Forging ahead, Budget 2007 committed to achieving this target by November 2008.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice
    Minister of Industry
    Deirdra McCracken
    Press Secretary
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    British Columbia Small Business and Revenue
    Matt Gordon
    Communications Director
    250-387-4193
    or
    City of Quesnel
    Matt Wood
    Communications Supervisor
    250-991-7475