Industry Canada

Industry Canada

October 05, 2007 18:00 ET

Nanaimo Joins the BizPaL Network

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2007) - Starting and running a business in the City of Nanaimo 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 Ron Cantelon, MLA for Nanaimo-Parksville, on behalf of the Honourable Rick Thorpe, Minister of Small Business and Revenue and Minister responsible for Deregulation for the Province of British Columbia, and Gary Korpan, Mayor of Nanaimo, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the City of Nanaimo.

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.

"BizPaL will make it easier for people in Nanaimo to get the licences and permits they need to start up and grow their business," said Secretary of State Ablonczy. "Canada's New Government is working hard with provincial and municipal governments to provide the best possible service for small business."

"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 Mr. Cantelon. "I know small businesses will have great success with BizPaL and it's wonderful that the City of Nanaimo is part of the BizPaL network."

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

The BizPaL service in the City of Nanaimo was developed with the support of Industry Canada, in collaboration with the City of Nanaimo and the Province of British Columbia. Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting and clicking on "Online Payments". The province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of British Columbia over the next year.

Visit for additional project history and information and to access 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 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 for a complete list of participating jurisdictions). Within the province of British Columbia, Nanaimo joins a growing list of participating cities including Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley, Quesnel and the District of Saanich.

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

  • Minister of Industry
    Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice
    Deirdra McCracken
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Catherine Godbout
    Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    City of Nanaimo
    Marilyn Hutchinson
    Nanaimo Economic Development Officer
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    British Columbia Department of Small Business and Revenue
    Matt Gordon
    Communications Director