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Industry Canada

December 10, 2010 11:30 ET

Governments of Canada, Manitoba and the Western Interlake Planning District Deliver New BizPaL Service

New online business permit and licence service saves time, cuts paperwork and helps entrepreneurs

ST. LAURENT, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2010) - Starting and running a business in the Western Interlake Planning District of Manitoba just became easier thanks to BizPaL, an online business permit and licence service that saves time spent on paperwork and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.

Today, James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk–Interlake, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade for Manitoba, and Merle Day, Chairperson of the Western Interlake Planning District, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the rural municipalities of St. Laurent, Coldwell, Eriksdale and Siglunes.

BizPaL is an innovative service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information on the permits and licences they need to establish and run their businesses. This unique partnership among federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments is designed to cut through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter. The BizPaL service in the Western Interlake Planning District was developed by the rural municipalities of St. Laurent, Coldwell, Eriksdale and Siglunes, the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada.

"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government is demonstrating a strong commitment to small and medium-sized businesses by improving access to financing, reducing taxes and cutting the red tape that businesses face every day," said Mr. Bezan. "BizPaL is a great example of our government's hard work to support Canadian businesses as they innovate, create jobs and generate wealth in our communities."

"The launch of BizPaL in the Western Interlake Planning District is a concrete example of our government's commitment to reducing red tape and helping entrepreneurs establish and grow businesses in our province," said Minister Bjornson. "I am pleased that our partnership with the Western Interlake Planning District and the Manitoba Association of Bilingual Municipalities has brought BizPaL to these four communities."

"The Western Interlake Planning District is pleased that the BizPaL service is available to the 5,000 residents living within the planning district," said Chairperson Day. "The BizPaL service will provide essential permit and licence information to business-minded individuals in the region looking to create a business or expand their existing enterprise."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the Province of Manitoba website (www.manitoba.ca/business). The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Manitoba over the next year.

Visit the BizPaL website (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 businesses with accurate information on permits and licences. 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 480 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 contributing to 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 and municipal 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 on the Province of Manitoba website (www.manitoba.ca/business). Visit the BizPaL website (www.bizpal.ca) for a complete list of participating jurisdictions.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    613-943-7023
    613-668-5406 (cell)
    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
    Western Interlake Planning District
    Cherie Millar
    Office Administrator
    204-646-2615