Industry Canada

Industry Canada

March 07, 2007 11:00 ET

Industry Canada: Prince Albert Launches BizPaL

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2007) - Brian Fitzpatrick, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry, today welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the City of Prince Albert. BizPaL is an innovative project designed to help Canadian businesses save time when accessing licensing and permit information from multiple levels of government. This unique partnership between federal, provincial, territorial, regional and local governments provides entrepreneurs and business people in Prince Albert with simplified access to the information they need to launch or grow their businesses.

"Canada's New Government is getting things done for businesses and taxpayers by working with cities, provinces and territories to launch the BizPaL program," said Mr. Fitzpatrick. "This initiative will benefit the Province of Saskatchewan and the City of Prince Albert by stimulating economic growth and prosperity for area businesses."

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

"BizPaL is an exciting new tool that allows entrepreneurs fast, easy access to information required to start or expand a business in Greater Prince Albert," said Mayor Jim Scarrow. "By simply answering a few standard questions, clients are provided with information for required permits and licences from municipal, provincial and federal governments. This innovative system provides the inclusive service that entrepreneurs have been asking for."

"Tools such as BizPaL help improve government customer service to the business community by streamlining permits and licence requirements, which in turn saves entrepreneurs valuable time and money," said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, Saskatchewan Director, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. "We congratulate the City of Prince Albert on its launch of the BizPaL service. This is an encouraging step on the road to reducing the cost of regulatory compliance for businesses."

The online service generates a customized list of required government permits and licences. The list includes basic information about permits and licences from all levels of government.

The BizPaL system in the City of Prince Albert was developed with Industry Canada support, in collaboration with the Province of Saskatchewan. Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting www.bizpal.gov.sk.ca and bizpal.citypa.ca. The province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Saskatchewan over the next year.

Please visit www.bizpal.ca for additional project history and information as well as to access the websites of participating partners.


BACKGROUNDER

BizPaL Simplifies Permits and Licences for Canadian Businesses

BizPaL is an online project that benefits Canadian businesses by helping them identify which permits and licences are required and how they can be obtained. 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 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 British Columbia and the City of Kamloops; Manitoba and the Morden-Stanley-Thompson-Winkler Planning District; Ontario and the City of Ottawa, and the Regional Municipality of Halton with the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills and the Town of Milton; Saskatchewan and the cities of Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Weyburn and the community of Carlyle, and Swift Current; and Yukon with the municipalities of Carmacks, Dawson City, Faro, Haines Junction, Mayo, Teslin, Watson Lake and Whitehorse. The City of Brandon has also announced its intention to launch BizPaL.

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 the 2006 budget. The government is getting things done for businesses and taxpayers by working with provincial, territorial and local governments to launch the BizPaL program. In November 2006, the government released Advantage Canada, in which it identified ways to give Canada an entrepreneurial advantage and committed to reducing the paperwork burden by 20 percent.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Maxime Bernier
    Minister of Industry
    Isabelle Fontaine
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Saskatchewan Industry and Resources
    Bob Ellis
    Director, Public Affairs
    306-787-1691
    306-787-8447 (FAX)
    or
    City of Prince Albert
    Tony Bassett
    Communications Manager
    306-953-4376