Industry Canada

Industry Canada

July 09, 2007 16:17 ET

Industry Canada: BizPaL Launched in Langley

LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 9, 2007) - Starting and running a business in Langley just became easier because of BizPaL, a new online business permit and licence service that saves time spent on paperwork and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.

Today, Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, on behalf of the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the City of Langley.

BizPaL is an innovative project that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to the information on permits and licences that 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.

"BizPaL will make it easier for people in Langley to get the licences and permits they need to start up and grow their business," said MP Mark Warawa. "Canada's New Government is working hard with provincial and municipal governments to provide the best possible service for small business."

The BizPaL service in the City of Langley was developed with the support of Industry Canada and in collaboration with the municipality and the Province of British Columbia.

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting www.bcbizpal.ca.

Visit the www.bizpal.ca site for additional project history and information, and to access 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 are required and how to obtain them. Entrepreneurs simply answer a series of questions on the type of business they want to start or operate 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 improve services to clients.

To date, BizPaL has been launched in more than 40 cities and towns in seven provinces and territories (refer to www.bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions). Within the province of British Columbia, Langley joins a growing list of participating cities including Kamloops and Kelowna.

The development of the BizPaL project involved consultations with stakeholders in business and government. It grew out of a working group of representatives from federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, and municipal governments across Canada.

BizPaL was a commitment of Canada's New Government in Budget 2006. In November 2006, Canada's New Government released Advantage Canada, its long-term economic plan, in which it identified ways to give Canada an entrepreneurial advantage and reduce paperwork burden by 20 percent. Forging ahead, Budget 2007 committed to achieving this target by November 2008.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Todd MacKay
    613-943-6183
    or
    Office of the Honourable Maxime Bernier
    Minister of Industry
    Isabelle Fontaine
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Member of Parliament for Langley
    Mark Warawa
    604-534-5955