Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba

November 12, 2014 15:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Manitoba Join Forces to Launch BizPaL

Free online business permit and licence service saves time, cuts red tape and helps entrepreneurs

TOWN OF BEAUSEJOUR, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Nov. 12, 2014) - Industry Canada

Starting and running a business in the Town of Beausejour and Rural Municipality of Brokenhead just became easier thanks to BizPaL, an online business permit and licence service that saves time on paperwork and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.

James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, on behalf of Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) (Agriculture); Peter Bjornson, Manitoba Minister of Education and Advanced Learning, on behalf of Kevin Chief, Manitoba Minister of Jobs and the Economy; Brad Saluk, Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Brokenhead; and Ed Dubray, Mayor of the Town of Beausejour, announced the implementation of BizPaL in the Town of Beausejour and Rural Municipality of Brokenhead. This free online application is a directory of the permits and licences required to start or run a business. BizPaL saves business people time searching for information and, as a result, helps them meet their obligations more easily.

Quick facts

  • 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.
  • BizPaL is a unique partnership between the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments.
  • In Canada, over 99 percent of businesses are either small or medium-sized and contribute significantly to job creation, economic growth and the GDP.


"Small businesses are vital to Canada's economy, which is why we are taking concrete steps to create a business-friendly environment in all provinces and territories. By making it easier to obtain the permits and licences they need, we are helping entrepreneurs create jobs and spend more time on growing their businesses."

- James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake

"BizPaL is a powerful source of information for entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their business. It will help businesses get started and grow here in the Beausejour/Brokenhead area and support good jobs and the local economy."

- Peter Bjornson, Manitoba Minister of Education and Advanced Learning

"When starting your business or looking to expand in to a new municipality and town, it is important to identify the key permits and licences which will apply to your business, and BizPaL is a great resource."

- Ray Schirle, Chair, Beausejour Brokenhead Development Corporation

Associated links

- BizPaL website

- Beausejour Brokenhead Development Corporation BizPaL website

- Beausejour Brokenhead BizPaL website

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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 provide information 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.

To date, 10 provinces and three territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 700 municipalities offering the service. Visit the BizPaL website ( for a complete list of participating jurisdictions.

Industry Canada is the lead federal department for BizPaL. The Government of Canada and the provincial and territorial governments are fully committed to creating a competitive business environment that supports innovation and reduces red tape.

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.

The Manitoba BizPaL Office, housed within Entrepreneurship Manitoba, is charged with engaging local governments to make this important service available across Manitoba. Business owners and entrepreneurs can access BizPaL for their area by visiting the Government of Manitoba's Business Portal (

Visit the BizPaL website ( for additional information.

Contact Information

  • Laurence Gagnon d'Entremont
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)

    Media Relations
    Industry Canada

    Jodee Mason
    Cabinet Communications
    Province of Manitoba

    Anna Wolonciej-Mondor
    Marketing Director
    Beausejour Brokenhead Development Corporation