Industry Canada

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Government of Ontario
Town of Innisfil

Town of Innisfil

May 17, 2010 10:00 ET

Governments of Canada, Ontario and Innisfil Deliver New BizPaL Service

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

INNISFIL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - Starting and running a business in the Town of Innisfil 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 Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with Brian Jackson, Mayor of the Town of Innisfil, and officials from the Province of Ontario, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Innisfil.

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 Innisfil was developed by the Town of Innisfil, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

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

"The right plan for Ontario in these challenging economic times is to work with our businesses to strengthen our economy and create jobs. BizPaL will give entrepreneurs easy access to the right information to open and grow their business and give them information about the permits they need," said the Honourable Harinder S. Takhar, Ontario's Minister of Government Services.

"The development and launch of BizPaL is an important initiative that demonstrates Innisfil's commitment to nurturing a prosperous, sustainable and broad-based local economy," said Mayor Jackson. "BizPaL provides community businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs with immediate access to permit and licensing information."

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the Innisfil BizPaL website (www.innisfil.ca/Business/permitsandlicenses) or the ServiceOntario Services for Business website (www.ontario.ca/en/services_for_business/STEL02_119177). The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Ontario 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 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. Visit bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions.

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 in 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, regional and local 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. Service Ontario, part of Ontario's Ministry of Government Services, is entrusted with engaging local governments to make this important service available across Ontario.

This interactive, smart permit and licence tool is featured on the Innisfil BizPaL website (www.innisfil.ca/Business/permitsandlicenses).

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 Ontario
    Alan Cairns
    Corporate Issues Management Analyst
    416-327-2805
    Alan.Cairns@ontario.ca
    or
    Town of Innisfil
    Brian Jackson
    Mayor
    705-436-3740 x 1202
    bjackson@innisfil.ca