Industry Canada

Industry Canada

April 18, 2008 13:04 ET

BizPaL Launched in Keremeos, British Columbia

KEREMEOS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - Starting and running a business in the Village of Keremeos 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 Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, 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 for British Columbia, and Walter F. Despot, Mayor of Keremeos, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Keremeos.

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 Keremeos was developed with the support of Industry Canada, in collaboration with the Village of Keremeos and the Province of British Columbia.

"Through our economic plan, laid out in Advantage Canada and affirmed in Budget 2008, the government is committed to fostering an innovative and entrepreneurial business environment," said Minister Day. "The Government of Canada is pleased to be working with the Province of British Columbia and the Village of Keremeos to promote a more competitive and productive local economy by providing easy access to essential information and reducing paperwork costs for business."

"BizPaL is a user-friendly, time-saving tool designed to cut red tape and reflect our government's commitment to making British Columbia Canada's most small-business-friendly jurisdiction," said Minister Thorpe. "Our goal through this unique partnership with the Village of Keremeos and Industry Canada is to help local entrepreneurs spend more time growing their businesses and less time dealing with government regulations."

"I am very pleased to see our BizPaL site launched," said Mayor Despot. "Like the Single Mobile Business Licence initiative, this is one more way the Village of Keremeos is working to make it easier for businesses to operate in our community."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting or The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of British Columbia 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 businesses. 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, eight provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 90 municipalities offering the service (visit for a complete list of participating jurisdictions). Within the province of British Columbia, Keremeos joins a growing list of participating municipalities.

BizPaL was a commitment of the Government of Canada in Budget 2006. It grew out of a working group of representatives from federal departments and from provincial, territorial and municipal governments across Canada. The development of the BizPaL project involved consultations with stakeholders in business and government.

In November 2006, the Government of Canada released Advantage Canada, in which it committed to reducing the paper burden on businesseses by 20 percent. In Budget 2007, the Government of Canada took further action by requiring key federal regulatory departments and agencies to establish an inventory of administrative requirements and information obligations with which businesses must comply, and to achieve a 20-percent reduction in these requirements and obligations by November 2008. Budget 2008 reaffirmed this commitment and highlighted the importance of complementary measures that simplify paperwork for businesses but do not reduce the inventory of requirements. BizPaL is key among these complementary measures.


Supporting Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of small businesses to Canada's economy and understands the challenges associated with starting up and growing a business.

That is why, since 2006, the Government of Canada has introduced a number of key measures to help small and medium-sized businesses across the country. The government has:

- committed to establishing the lowest tax rate on new business investment in the G7

- reduced the small business tax rate to 11 percent and raised the small business income tax instalment threshold to $400 000

- cut the GST to 5 percent and implemented broad-based personal income tax cuts

- raised the lifetime capital gains exemption to $750 000 for small business owners, farmers and fishers

- raised the personal income tax instalment threshold to $3000

- introduced the Canada Employment Credit - a $1000 tax credit on employment income to offset work-related expenses

- invested $3 million a year in the BizPaL service across the country - an online time-saving tool that helps entrepreneurs access permit and licence information from multiple levels of government

- instituted a $500 tax deduction for a tradesperson's tools

- increased meal allowance tax exemptions for long-haul truck drivers

- introduced the accelerated capital cost allowance to reduce investment costs

- supported apprenticeships by introducing the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit and the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant programs

- introduced the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation

- committed to establishing the Major Projects Management Office

- committed to establishing the Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative for Canadian business, with a plan to reduce the federal paperwork burden by 20 percent

- improved small vendor access to government procurement contracts as committed under the Federal Accountability Act, including:

- creating six regional OSME (Office of Small and Medium Enterprises)
offices across the country

- committing to ongoing consultations with the supplier community

- creating a Procurement Auditor to perform an ongoing and independent
audit of government procurement

- developing a Code of Conduct for Procurement

- conducting an independent review of a new procurement policy

- ensuring that procurement officers are accredited and trained

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    Government of British Columbia
    Ministry of Small Business and Revenue
    Dave Crebo
    Communications Director
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    Village of Keremeos
    Office of the Mayor
    Christy Quaedvlieg
    250-499-2711, ext. 102
    250-499-5477 (FAX)