Industry Canada

Industry Canada

December 14, 2007 10:00 ET

BizPaL Launched in Brockville

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2007) - Starting and running a business in the City of Brockville 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, Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, together with Dave Henderson, Mayor of Brockville, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the City of Brockville.

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

"BizPaL is just one way in which we're making it easier for businesses in Ontario," said the Honourable Ted McMeekin, Minister of Government and Consumer Services for the Government of Ontario. "Businesses have told us they need a one-window approach to government services and information - and we're delivering."

"Whenever we can simplify the paperwork and bureaucracy and get to the business quickly, we not only should do so but must do so," said Mayor Henderson.

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

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting or The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Ontario over the next year.

Visit for additional project history, information and access to 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 60 cities and towns in six provinces and territories (refer to for a complete list of participating jurisdictions). Within the province of Ontario, Brockville joins a growing list of participating cities, including Brampton, Greater Sudbury, Oakville, Ottawa and Windsor, and the Regional Municipality of Halton.

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, and BizPaL helps reduce the paper burden by streamlining access to permit and licensing requirements across multiple jurisdictions.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    Province of Ontario
    Issues Management and Media Relations
    Ciaran Ganley
    City of Brockville
    Wendy Onstein
    613-342-8772, ext. 470
    City of Brockville
    Dave Paul
    613-342-8772, ext. 445