Governments of Canada and Manitoba launch BizPaL in Rossburn

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Free online business permit and licence service cuts red tape and helps entrepreneurs save time

June 15, 2017 – Rossburn, Manitoba – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Starting and running a business in the municipality of Rossburn, Manitoba, just became easier thanks to BizPaL, an online business permit and licence service that saves time spent on paperwork and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and the Honourable Cliff Cullen, Manitoba’s Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, announced the implementation of BizPaL in Rossburn Municipality, located in western Manitoba. This free online service provides a directory of the permits and licences required to start or run a business.

BizPaL saves time for business people searching for information. Entrepreneurs simply select the business activities they plan to undertake, and BizPaL then automatically generates a list of required permits and licences from all levels of government, along with basic information on each. The list also includes links to the various government websites where entrepreneurs can learn more and, in some cases, apply online.

BizPaL is managed across the province through Entrepreneurship Manitoba as part of its mandate to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in urban, rural and northern Manitoba by supporting start-ups, developing entrepreneurial leadership capacity and ensuring programming that supports SME growth.


“BizPaL is a great tool that helps cut red tape and allows entrepreneurs to focus on what’s important—growing their businesses. Our government is proud to support Canadian small businesses by providing them with the tools they need to succeed. We will continue to work with all levels of government to support these businesses as they work to innovate, create jobs and help grow the middle class.”

– The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

“BizPaL is a powerful source of information for entrepreneurs that streamlines business interactions with government. The launch of BizPaL in Rossburn will reduce red tape and support the local economy by making it easier for businesses to grow and get started in the area.”

– The Honourable Cliff Cullen, Manitoba Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade

“The Council is proud to support the BizPaL program, as it will open our boundaries to the world. Future business owners will be able to access all information required to open a business in our community. Rossburn Municipality is happy to partner with the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba on this new initiative.”

– Dallas Miller, Chair of the Economic Development Portfolio, Rossburn Municipality

Quick Facts

  • BizPaL is a unique collaboration between all levels of government that helps entrepreneurs determine which permits and licences they require to start and grow their businesses.

  • Small businesses play an important role in the Canadian economy. They account for approximately 40 percent of Canada’s GDP, employ about 10.5 million Canadians and represent 90 percent of the private sector workforce.

  • BizPaL is a national program that includes all provinces and territories. Over 900 municipalities offer the service, making it available to 74 percent of the Canadian population.

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Jonathan Dignan
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada

David von Meyenfeldt
Press Secretary
Manitoba Government

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