Industry Canada

Industry Canada

May 19, 2009 19:30 ET

BizPaL Launched in Kingston, Ontario

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - Starting and running a business in the city of Kingston 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 Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, together with the Honourable Ted McMeekin, Ontario Minister of Government Services, officials from the Province of Ontario and Harvey Rosen, Mayor of Kingston, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Kingston, Ontario.

BizPaL is an innovative service 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 Kingston was developed by the City of Kingston, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

"Reducing the paperwork burden makes things easier on small businesses," said Mr. Brown. "BizPaL demonstrates our commitment to a competitive business environment that supports innovation and reduces red tape, as well as our commitment to cooperating with all levels of government to help small businesses grow."

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

"The City of Kingston is committed to making our service-delivery methods more efficient to the end-user groups who need them," said Mayor Rosen. "The launch of the BizPaL web-based service is another positive step in that direction. Kingston continues to be a first-rate place to start and grow a business. This service is another way for our City to continue to encourage future development in Canada's First Capital."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/licences/bizpal.asp or www.serviceontario.ca/bizpal. The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Ontario over the next year.

Visit www.bizpal.ca for additional 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 extend services to more clients.

To date, 11 provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 300 municipalities offering the service. Visit www.bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions.

Industry Canada is the lead federal department for 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 in the government's success in reducing the paperwork burden on small businesses by 20 percent.

The success of BizPaL is due in part to the multi-jurisdictional partnership among 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.

This interactive, smart permit and licence tool is featured at www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/licences/bizpal.asp.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    613-947-5856
    or
    Province of Ontario
    Ciaran Ganley
    Manager
    Issues Management and Media Relations
    416-325-8659 or 647-218-8659 (cell)
    ciaran.ganley@ontario.ca
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    City of Kingston
    Therese Greenwood
    Manager, Communications
    613-546-4291 ext. 1156
    tgreenwood@cityofkingston.ca