Industry Canada

Industry Canada

March 18, 2009 14:12 ET

BiZPaL Launched in Prince George, British Columbia

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - Starting and running a business in the city of Prince George 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 Jay Hill, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, together with the Honourable Shirley Bond, Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Prince George-Mount Robson, and the Honourable Patrick Bell, Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Prince George North and Minister of Forests and Range, and Councillor Garth Frizzell, on behalf of Dan Rogers, Mayor of Prince George, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Prince George, British Columbia.

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 Prince George was developed by the City of Prince George, the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.

"I am glad to see BizPaL extended to more communities in British Columbia," said Mr. Hill. "We need to do all we can to help Canadian small businesses drive our economy. This service makes it easier for businesses to get the information they need to start up and grow. BizPaL is part of our government's economic plan to support innovation and cut red tape."

"Small businesses are the heart of British Columbia. We need to do everything we can to help them be as successful as possible," said Minister Bond. "BizPaL means that small business owners can reduce paperwork and focus on improving or expanding their operations."

"Through BizPaL, all levels of government can provide permit and licensing information conveniently online," said Minister Bell. "This streamlines and simplifies the start-up process, saving Prince George businesses time and money."

"This will be a great addition to the services we offer our small business community," said Councillor Frizzell. "I would like to thank Council for their support in bringing BizPaL to Prince George."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting www.city.pg.bc.ca/city_services/cpd/bizpal or 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 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 250 municipalities offering the service.

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 within the government's commitment to reduce 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.

This interactive, smart permit and licence tool is featured at www.bcbizpal.ca. Visit bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions.

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
    Government of British Columbia
    Ministry of Small Business, Technology
    and Economic Development
    Gordon Williams, Communications Director
    250-952-0152
    or
    City of Prince George
    Bonnie Bailey
    Executive Assistant to the Mayor
    250-561-7609
    bbailey@city.pg.bc.ca