Industry Canada

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Town of Didsbury

Town of Didsbury
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

October 15, 2010 13:30 ET

Governments of Canada, Alberta and Didsbury Deliver New BizPaL Service

New Online Business Permit and Licence Service Saves Time, Cuts Paperwork and Helps Entrepreneurs

DIDSBURY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2010) - Starting and running a business in the town of Didsbury 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 Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with Brian Wittal, Mayor of Didsbury, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Didsbury.

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 paper burden and red tape that small business owners encounter. The BizPaL service in Didsbury was developed by the Town of Didsbury, the Province of Alberta 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 Minister of State Moore. "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."

"Didsbury is considered one of the top growth communities in Alberta and is an affordable place to do business," said the Honourable Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Service Alberta. "BizPaL adds to those strengths and will help keep it attractive for entrepreneurs."

"Didsbury is 'the place to grow,' and we are committed to supporting new small businesses by simplifying the start-up process," said Mayor Wittal. "Business owners will have easier access to information about the permits and licences they require, enabling them to get the tools they need to succeed more quickly. BizPaL simplifies processes at three levels of government and reduces the complexity of regulation and paperwork, allowing entrepreneurs to focus on business, not bureaucracy."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the Didsbury BizPaL website (
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Visit the BizPaL website ( 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 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 460 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 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 Service Alberta BizPaL website ( Visit the BizPaL website ( for a complete list of participating jurisdictions.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    Service Alberta
    Mike Berezowsky
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    Town of Didsbury
    Dani Woodman