Industry Canada

Industry Canada

June 13, 2008 13:55 ET

BizPaL Launched in White Rock

WHITE ROCK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - Starting and running a business in the City of White Rock 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, Russ Hiebert, Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, together with the Honourable Gordon Hogg, British Columbia's Minister of State for ActNow BC and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Surrey-White Rock, and Judy Forster, Mayor of White Rock, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in White Rock.

BizPaL is an innovative project 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 White Rock was developed with the support of Industry Canada, in collaboration with the City of White Rock and the Province of British Columbia.

"BizPaL is part of our government's economic plan laid out in Advantage Canada and Budget 2008 to provide an innovative and entrepreneurial business environment," said Mr. Hiebert. "The Government of Canada is pleased to be working with the Province of British Columbia and the City of White Rock to promote a more competitive and productive local economy by providing easy access to essential information and reducing paperwork costs for business."

"BizPaL is another way our government is supporting the success of local businesses," said Mr. Hogg. "As government reduces red tape, small business owners spend less time dealing with paperwork and more time growing their operations."

"BizPaL provides the City of White Rock with an exciting new opportunity to serve our business community," said Mayor Forster. "I would like to thank council for its support in bringing BizPaL to White Rock."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting www.city.whiterock.bc.ca/bizpal/ or www.bcbizpal.ca. The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of British Columbia 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, 8 provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 125 municipalities offering the service (visit bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions). Within the province of British Columbia, White Rock 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 paperwork 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 business 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 tradesperson tax deduction for a tradesperson's tools

- increased meal allowance tax exemptions for long-haul truck drivers

- introduced the aAccelerated Ccapital Ccost Aallowance 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

  • 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
    City of White Rock
    Colleen Pepper
    Communications Officer
    604-541-2114
    cpepper@city.whiterock.bc.ca