Industry Canada

Industry Canada

February 20, 2009 15:10 ET

Prince Edward Island Joins BizPaL

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - Starting and running a business in Prince Edward Island will become 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, the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, together with the Honourable Wes Sheridan, Provincial Treasurer, and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomed the addition of Prince Edward Island into the BizPaL initiative.

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. The BizPaL service in Prince Edward Island was developed by the Province of Prince Edward Island and the Government of Canada.

"I am very pleased to see another province join the BizPaL team," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "At a time of global economic instability, we need to do all we can to help the Canadian small businesses that continue to drive our economy. BizPaL is a simple, cost-effective example of how governments can work together to make things easier for small businesses, and I am glad to be working with the Province to bring this service to Prince Edward Island."

"Our government is committed to reducing red tape for Island businesses, and this was a natural first step," said Minister Sheridan. "Even though we are just in the initial stages of a Red Tape Review, it became apparent that this was something we could do immediately that would make a real difference in streamlining operations for our business owners."

"Figuring out what's required by all three levels of government to start or expand a business costs Island entrepreneurs both time and money," said Erin McGrath-Gaudet, Policy Analyst for the CFIB on Prince Edward Island. "With this in mind, CFIB is happy to support BizPaL and believes it will make it easier to do business on Prince Edward Island."

The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL throughout the Island as early as fall 2009. Visit bizpal.ca for additional information and access to 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 expand 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 extend services to more clients.

To date, 11 provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 225 municipalities offering the service. Visit bizpal.ca for a complete list of participating jurisdictions.

Industry Canada is the lead federal department for the BizPaL initiative, supporting the centralized functions of the project. The Government of Canada is fully committed to creating a competitive business environment that supports innovation and reduces red tape. BizPaL is a complementary measure within the government's commitment to reduce the paperwork burden on small businesses by 20 percent.

The success of BizPaL is due in part to the multi-jurisdictional partnership among federal, provincial, territorial, regional and local governments. The partnership operates under a shared governance and costing model with collaborative decision making. Each jurisdiction is responsible for adding and maintaining its own information in BizPaL.

The BizPaL initiative is the first step in the Island's Red Tape review. It also has the encouragement and support of the business groups on Prince Edward Island.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    613-947-5856
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Jennifer MacDonald-Donovan
    Senior Communications Officer
    Provincial Treasury, Prince Edward Island
    902-620-3679
    jwmacdonald@gov.pe.ca