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Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba

April 17, 2009 15:00 ET

BizPaL Launched in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 17, 2009) - Starting and running a business in the city of Portage la Prairie 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, Candice Hoeppner, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, together with the Honourable Andrew Swan, Manitoba Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade, and Ken Brennan, Mayor of Portage la Prairie, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Portage la Prairie.

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 Portage la Prairie was developed by the City of Portage la Prairie, the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada.

"Reducing the paperwork burden makes things easier on small businesses," said Ms. Hoeppner. "At a time of global economic uncertainty, we need to do everything we can to help Canadian businesses, especially small businesses, which create so many of our new jobs. BizPaL is a simple, cost-effective way to provide that kind of practical help."

"I am very pleased that BizPaL has been launched in the city of Portage la Prairie to promote the competitiveness of the community in attracting and growing businesses," said Minister Swan. "BizPaL is a concrete example of our government's Single Window for Business Initiative, which is working to ensure that business information and services are easy to find, easy to understand and easy to use."

"We are looking forward to introducing BizPaL as part of our economic development portfolio and using this significant tool to increase our business development efforts," said Mayor Brennan. "As it has done in other communities, BizPaL will make doing business in Portage la Prairie easier."

"BizPaL is an initiative designed to reduce the regulatory burden for new and expanding businesses, something the Canadian Federation of Independent Business strongly supports," said Shannon Martin, Director of Provincial Affairs. "The Province of Manitoba has been aggressively working with municipalities to expand the program, and Portage la Prairie's involvement is a welcome announcement."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting city.portage-la-prairie.mb.ca/bizpal.asp (http://www.city.portage-la-prairie.mb.ca/bizpal.asp) or manitoba.ca/business (http://www.gov.mb.ca/business/). Manitoba is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of the province 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 290 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 initiative. 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.

The Manitoba BizPaL office, located in the Department of Competitiveness, Training and Trade, is charged with engaging local governments to make this important service available across Manitoba. BizPaL represents an integral component of Manitoba's Single Window for Business Initiative that is focused on improving the accessibility of its business information and services, helping to cut red tape. This interactive and smart permit and licence tool is featured at manitoba.ca/business (http://www.gov.mb.ca/business/).

The City of Portage la Prairie joins 17 other municipalities that now offer the BizPaL service in Manitoba. Portage la Prairie is pleased to join BizPaL and offer additional services to attract new business and strengthen the economy of the city.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    613-947-5856
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Province of Manitoba
    Joe Czech
    Communications Coordinator
    204-945-6778
    joe.czech@gov.mb.ca
    or
    City of Portage la Prairie
    Department of Economic and
    Community Development
    Kathy McGregor
    204-239-8334
    kmcgregor@city-plap.com