Industry Canada

Industry Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

March 06, 2007 11:00 ET

Industry Canada: Swift Current Launches BizPaL

SWIFT CURRENT, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - March 6, 2007) - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism), on behalf of the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry, today welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the City of Swift Current. 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 Swift Current 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 Secretary of State Ritz. "This initiative will benefit the Province of Saskatchewan and the City of Swift Current by stimulating economic growth and prosperity for area businesses."

"BizPaL is part of our regulatory and service enhancement initiative, bringing the benefits of e-government services to more Saskatchewan businesses and more Saskatchewan communities," Industry and Resources Minister Eric Cline said. "Now entrepreneurs seeking to set up in our province are just a computer click away from knowing the permits and licenses they require from all three levels of government to start a business."

"The City of Swift Current is very pleased to partner with the Provincial and Federal Governments to provide businesses with an easy to use avenue to access all their licenses and permits needed to operate," said Swift Current Mayor Sandy Larson. "We have worked very hard over the last number of years to ensure businesses looking at locating in our City are given the highest quality of customer service, and the addition of BizPaL will be another positive option we can offer. Swift Current is currently seeing a number of companies looking at our city as a place to relocate or expand into, and by having access to internet based information that BizPaL offers, these businesses will be better prepared and informed."

"Congratulations to the City of Swift Current on its launch of the BizPaL service," said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, Saskatchewan Director, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. "We are encouraged to see the province and Saskatchewan municipalities working together with the federal government to streamline and simplify business permits and licences, saving business owners valuable time and money."

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 Swift Current 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 www.swiftcurrent.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 and Weyburn; 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
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Todd MacKay
    Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    613-943-6183
    or
    Swift Current, Saskatchewan
    Marty Salberg
    Director of Business Development
    306-778-2700
    or
    Saskatchewan Industry and Resources
    Bob Ellis
    Director, Public Affairs
    306-787-1691
    306-787-8447 (FAX)