Industry Canada

Industry Canada

September 13, 2007 12:00 ET

Meadow Lake Joins the BizPaL Network

MEADOW LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2007) - Starting and running a business in Meadow Lake 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, Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, together with the Honourable Maynard Sonntag, Saskatchewan Minister of Industry and Resources, and Darwin Obrigewitsch, Mayor of Meadow Lake, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the town of Meadow Lake.

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.

"Canada's New Government is pleased to be working with the Province of Saskatchewan and the Town of Meadow Lake to provide easy access to essential information and reduce paperwork costs for area businesses," said Mr. Benoit. "This new service contributes to a more competitive and productive local economy."

"Like its name implies, BizPaL is yet another example of how our provincial government is making Saskatchewan a friendly place to do business," Sonntag said. "We've already created a positive investment climate in this province through the largest business tax cuts in Saskatchewan history. Now, with BizPaL, entrepreneurs can spend less time looking for information on the permits and licenses they require, and more time building their business."

"The Town of Meadow Lake is always looking for new ways to improve the local business environment, and the BizPaL service is a great example of an innovative way for us to support new business opportunities," said Mayor Obrigewitsch. "We are experiencing strong growth in the Meadow Lake area, and BizPaL is another tool local entrepreneurs can access to make it easier to get their businesses up and running quickly and efficiently."

"BizPaL is excellent online resource for new and existing entrepreneurs exploring the many opportunities in our region," said Barry Lewis, Northwest REDA Economic Development Officer. "Small and medium-sized businesses in our region will now have more time to spend on their businesses as the process for permits and licenses has been simplified."

The BizPaL service in the town of Meadow Lake was developed with the support of Industry Canada, and in collaboration with the Province of Saskatchewan, and the town of Meadow Lake.

"Streamlining permits and licences for entrepreneurs will reduce the complexity of the approval process and save entrepreneurs' valuable time and money," said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, Vice-President, Saskatchewan and Agri-business, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. "We strongly support the implementation of BizPaL in Saskatchewan and congratulate all Saskatchewan communities who have joined the BizPaL service, and we are encouraging communities not yet involved to participate."

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 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, Meadow Lake joins 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
    Saskatchewan Industry and Resources
    Joanne Johnson
    Assistant Director, Public Affairs
    306-787-1691
    306-787-8447 (FAX)
    or
    Northwest REDA
    Barry Lewis
    Economic Development Officer
    306-236-2407
    306-236-1833 (FAX)
    nwreda.edo@sasktel.net
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Town of Meadow Lake
    Darwin Obrigewitsch
    Mayor
    306-236-3622