Industry Canada

Industry Canada

September 11, 2007 13:00 ET

Industry Canada: Estevan Joins the BizPaL Network

ESTEVAN, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2007) - Starting and running a business in the city of Estevan, the rural municipality of Estevan and the town of Arcola 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, Ed Komarnicki, Member of Parliament for Souris-Moose Mountain, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, together with Angie Schmidt, Director of Competitiveness Branch, Industry and Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Maynard Sonntag, Saskatchewan Minister of Industry and Resources, and Gary St. Onge, Mayor of Estevan, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the city of Estevan, the rural municipality of Estevan and the town of Arcola.

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.

"Through BizPaL, small businesses can invest more time and energy creating new opportunities and spend less time and energy on paperwork," said Mr. Komarnicki. "Canada's New Government is committed to working with our provincial and municipal partners to give small businesses the tools they need to grow."

"BizPaL greatly simplifies how businesses can find detailed and customized information about the permits and licenses they need in participating Saskatchewan jurisdictions," said Minister Sonntag. "We will continue to improve government services through our regulatory and service enhancement initiative in order to make our province attractive to entrepreneurs."

"The city of Estevan is open for business and welcomes BizPaL as it will contribute to stimulating the business climate and make our city a better place for all citizens," said Mayor St. Onge. "We are experiencing rapid growth, especially in commerce, and BizPaL will facilitate the establishment of businesses by making permit and licensing just a computer click away."

The BizPaL service in the city of Estevan, the rural municipality of Estevan and the town of Arcola was developed with the support of Industry Canada, and in collaboration with each municipality and the Province of Saskatchewan.

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting www.bizpal.gov.sk.ca. The province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Saskatchewan over the next year.

Visit www.bizpal.ca for additional project history and information, and to access the websites of all 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 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 50 cities and towns in six provinces and territories (refer to www.bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions). Within the province of Saskatchewan, the City of Estevan, the Rural Municipality of Estevan and the Town of Arcola join a growing list of more than 25 cities and towns that offer the service.

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.

BizPaL is part of the Saskatchewan government's Regulatory and Service Enhancement Initiative, to reduce red tape and stimulate entrepreneurship. The BizPaL team in Saskatchewan is the 2007 winner of the Saskatchewan Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice
    Minister of Industry
    Deirdra McCracken
    Press Secretary
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    City of Estevan
    Lyndon Stachoski
    306-634-1852
    administration@estevan.ca
    or
    Saskatchewan Industry and Resources
    Joanne Johnson
    Assistant Director, Public Affairs
    306-787-1691
    306-787-8447 (FAX)