Industry Canada

Industry Canada

December 05, 2007 17:00 ET

BizPaL Launched in Oakville

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2007) - Starting and running a business in the Town of Oakville 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, Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism), on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, together with Charles Sousa, Parliamentary Assistant to the Honourable Ted McMeekin, Minister of Government and Consumer Services for the Government of Ontario, on behalf of Minister McMeekin, and Dorothy St. George, Director of Economic Development for the Town of Oakville, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the Town of Oakville.

BizPaL is an innovative project that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to 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 that is laid out in Advantage Canada to provide an innovative and entrepreneurial business environment," said Secretary of State Ablonczy. "This service will benefit the Province of Ontario and the Town of Oakville by stimulating economic growth and prosperity for area businesses."

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

"We have a vibrant and healthy business sector in Oakville," said Ms. St. George. "BizPaL is a tool that will help businesses get off the ground quickly and efficiently, while offering established businesses a great resource for information when they are ready to grow."

The BizPaL service in the Town of Oakville was developed with the support of Industry Canada, in collaboration with the town and the Province of Ontario.

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting www.oakville.ca 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 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 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 bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions). Within the Province of Ontario, the Town of Oakville joins a growing list of participating municipalities, including Greater Sudbury, Brampton, Windsor, Ottawa 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
    613-943-6183
    or
    Province of Ontario
    Issues Management and Media Relations
    Ciaran Ganley
    Manager
    416-325-8659
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Town of Oakville
    Strategy, Policy & Communications
    Mary Jo Milhomens
    Senior Communications Advisor
    905-338-4244