Industry Canada

Industry Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario
Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

June 06, 2008 11:00 ET

BizPaL Launched in Chatham-Kent, Ontario

CHATHAM-KENT, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 6, 2008) - Starting and running a business in the municipality of Chatham-Kent 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, Bev Shipley, Member of Parliament for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, together with Randy Hope, Mayor of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Chatham-Kent.

BizPaL is an innovative project that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to the information on permits and licences 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 Chatham-Kent was developed with the support of Industry Canada, in collaboration with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the Province of Ontario.

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

"We're strengthening Ontario's economic advantage by helping businesses start up and expand quickly and easily in this province," said the Honourable Ted McMeekin, Ontario Minister of Government and Consumer Services. "Our government is focused on building a globally competitive and innovative economy in Ontario."

"In Chatham-Kent, we support our businesses," said Mayor Hope. "From the smallest to the largest, their success is the community's success, and so we do everything we can to support them. BizPaL is a fine addition to the many services that our municipality provides, and we're very pleased to be part of this partnership."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting "E-Services" at 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, 8 provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 125 municipalities offering the service.

In November 2006, the Government of Canada released its long-term economic plan called Advantage Canada, in which it committed to reducing the paperwork burden on businesses by 20 percent. Budget 2008 reaffirmed this commitment and highlighted the importance of complementary measures that simplify paperwork for businesses. BizPaL is key among these measures.

The success of BizPaL is due 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 and Consumer Services, is entrusted with engaging local governments to make this important service available across Ontario.

Within the province of Ontario, Chatham-Kent joins more than 40 municipalities participating in BizPaL. Visit for a complete list of participating 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
    Ciaran Ganley
    Issues Management and Media Relations
    647-218-8659 (cell)
    Municipality of Chatham-Kent
    Brian Worrall - Communications Officer
    Human Resources
    519-355-4060 (cell)