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September 02, 2010 14:31 ET

Governments of Canada, British Columbia and Salmon Arm to Deliver New BizPaL Service

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

SALMON ARM, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2010) - Starting and running a business in the City of Salmon Arm 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, Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan–Shuswap, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the City of Salmon Arm.

BizPaL is an innovative service 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 Salmon Arm was developed by the City, the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.

"Canada's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a priority for our government," said Mr. Mayes. "We are demonstrating our commitment to them through Canada's Economic Action Plan, by improving access to financing and by cutting the red tape businesses face every day. BizPaL is a great example of our government's hard work to support SMEs across Canada as they innovate, create jobs and generate wealth in our communities."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the City of Salmon Arm BizPaL websisite(www.salmonarm.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=381), or the British Columbia BizPaL website (www.bcbizpal.ca).

Visit the BizPaL website (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 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 extend services to more clients.

To date, 11 provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 420 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 British Columbia BizPaL website (www.bcbizpal.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