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Industry Canada

March 11, 2009 10:30 ET

BizPaL Launched in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 11, 2009) - Starting and running a business in the City of Thunder Bay 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, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, together with Sandra Leonetti, Assistant Deputy Registrar General for Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Ted McMeekin, Ontario Minister of Government Services, and Lynn Peterson, Mayor of Thunder Bay, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the city of Thunder Bay.

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 Thunder Bay was developed by the City of Thunder Bay, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

"Small businesses are a major engine of our economy," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "BizPaL saves valuable time for small business owners. BizPaL will help to cut red tape and help small businesses grow to drive economic growth and job creation here and across Canada."

"Our priority is to build a strong economy and strong communities across Ontario," said Minister McMeekin. "BizPaL gets our entrepreneurs up and running quickly and easily. It gives them a valuable edge in these challenging economic times."

"BizPaL is a great example of governments at all levels working together for business," said Mayor Peterson. "We invite business to get started and grow using this new online service provided in partnership by Industry Canada, ServiceOntario and the City of Thunder Bay."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting or The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL throughout Ontario over the next year.

Visit for additional information and access to the websites of participating partners.


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 240 municipalities offering the service. Visit 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 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. 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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    Province of Ontario
    Issues Management and Media Relations
    Ciaran Ganley
    647-218-8659 (cell)
    City of Thunder Bay
    Corporate Communications & Strategic Initiatives
    Karen Lewis, Manager
    807-625-0181 (FAX)