Industry Canada

Industry Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Government of Alberta

Government of Alberta
Town of Olds

Town of Olds

November 19, 2010 13:00 ET

Governments of Canada, Alberta and Olds Deliver New BizPaL Service

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

OLDS, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2010) - Starting and running a business in the town of Olds 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, Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Wild Rose, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with Richard Marz, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Olds–Didsbury–Three Hills, on behalf of the Honourable Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Service Alberta, and Judy Dahl, Mayor of the Town of Olds, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Olds.

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 Olds was developed by the Town of Olds, 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 Mr. Richards. "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."

"Olds is a vibrant, thriving community with a strong entrepreneurial spirit," said Minister Klimchuk. "BizPaL is a perfect fit for Olds and will help keep it an attractive place to do business."

"BizPaL is an element in providing strategic opportunities and responsible growth because it simplifies access to information. By providing support for starting or enhancing a business, it helps entrepreneurs build capacity and provides them with time- and money-saving tools," said Mayor Dahl.

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the Olds BizPaL website (www.olds.ca/bizpal.html) or the Service Alberta BizPaL website (www.bizpal.alberta.ca). The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Alberta 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 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 (www.bizpal.alberta.ca). 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
    Service Alberta
    Mike Berezowsky
    Communications
    780-415-6051
    or
    Town of Olds
    Gail Scott
    Community Economic Development Officer
    403-507-4849