Industry Canada

Industry Canada

November 13, 2008 11:30 ET

BizPaL Launched in Aurora, Ontario

AURORA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2008) - Starting and running a business in the Town of Aurora 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, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, together with officials from the Province of Ontario and Her Worship Phyllis Morris, Mayor of the Town of Aurora, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Aurora.

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. The BizPaL service in Aurora was developed by the Town of Aurora, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

"I am glad to see BizPaL extended to more communities in Ontario. It's an example of government making things easier for Canadians," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "At a time of global economic uncertainty, we need to do everything we can to help Canadian businesses, especially small businesses, which create so many of our new jobs. BizPaL is a simple, cost-effective way to provide that kind of practical help."

"The right plan for Ontario in these challenging economic times includes our commitment to work with business to strengthen our economy," said Ted McMeekin, Ontario's Minister of Government Services. "BizPaL will give our entrepreneurs a valuable edge in getting permits and expanding their businesses."

"BizPal is an efficient, multi-functional tool that provides businesses with easy access to permits and license information. Aurora's council and staff welcome this new service and its many benefits to our business community," said Mayor Morris.

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting www.ServiceOntario.ca/bizpal or www.town.aurora.on.ca and clicking on "Business Services." The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Ontario over the next year.

Visit www.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 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 improve services to clients.

To date, 10 provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 150 municipalities offering the service.

Industry Canada is the lead federal department on 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 within the Government's commitment to reduce the paperwork burden on small business by 20 percent this year

The success of BizPaL is due in part to the multi-jurisdictional partnership among the 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. ServiceOntario, part of Ontario's Ministry of Government Services, is entrusted with engaging local governments to make this important service available across Ontario.

Within the province of Ontario, the Town of Aurora joins more than 60 municipalities participating in BizPaL. Visit bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions.

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
    Issues Management and Media Relations
    Ciaran Ganley
    Manager
    416-325-8659
    or
    Town of Aurora
    Kristen Yemm
    Communications & Marketing Coordinator
    905-727-3123 ext. 4228