Industry Canada

Industry Canada

April 18, 2008 16:00 ET

BizPaL Launched in Osoyoos, British Columbia

OSOYOOS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - Starting and running a business in the Town of Osoyoos 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 John Slater, Mayor of Osoyoos, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Osoyoos.

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

"Our government is getting things done for businesses and taxpayers by working with all levels of government to deliver the BizPaL service," said Minister Day. "This approach is consistent with other measures announced in Budget 2008 and our overall economic plan, Advantage Canada, to provide an innovative and entrepreneurial business environment for Canadians."

"BizPaL is a user-friendly, time-saving tool to help cut red tape dramatically. It reflects our government's commitment to making British Columbia Canada's most small-business- friendly jurisdiction," said Minister Thorpe. "I know small businesses will have great success with BizPaL, and I am pleased to see the Town of Osoyoos join the BizPaL network."

"BizPaL provides the Town of Osoyoos with an exciting new opportunity to serve our business community," said Mayor Slater. "I am confident this program, in addition to the Single Mobile Business Licence, will allow Osoyoos to build upon its reputation as a business-friendly community."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting www.osoyoos.ca and looking under Town Hall, then Business Licenses or by visiting www.bcbizpal.ca. The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of British Columbia over the next year.

Visit 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, eight provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 90 municipalities offering the service (visit bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions). Within the province of British Columbia, Osoyoos 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 businesses 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.


BACKGROUNDER

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

  • Media only:
    Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    613-947-5856
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Government of British Columbia
    Ministry of Small Business and Revenue
    Dave Crebo, Communications Director
    250-387-4193
    or
    Town of Osoyoos
    Helen Koning
    Chief Administrative Officer
    250-495-6515