Governments of Canada and Manitoba join forces to launch BizPaL in southwestern Manitoba

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

September 28, 2017 – Melita, Manitoba – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Starting and running a business in two Manitoba communities 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 Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, are pleased to announce the implementation of BizPaL in the Town of Melita and the Municipality of Two Borders, both located in southwestern Manitoba.

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.


Quotes

“Small and medium-sized enterprises are key drivers of economic growth and are crucial to Canada’s long-term prosperity. BizPaL cuts red tape for entrepreneurs, so that these hardworking entrepreneurs and business owners can focus on what they do best: innovating and creating good middle-class jobs. We will continue to work with all levels of government to support Canadian businesses to grow and create jobs to build a strong middle class.”

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

“BizPaL, a partnership between federal, provincial and local governments, has been recognized for its innovation in reducing red tape for businesses and making it easier for entrepreneurs to access important regulatory information pertaining to starting, operating or expanding a business. Small businesses drive the rural economy, and the launch of BizPaL in the Town of Melita and the Municipality of Two Borders will help businesses get started and support the local economy.”

– The Honourable Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade

Quick Facts

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

  • Melita and the Municipality of Two Borders signing on to BizPaL brings the number of local governments in Manitoba involved in this program to 66.

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises are the foundation of the economy, accounting for 99 percent of all businesses in Canada.

  • All provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with 934 municipalities and one First Nation offering the service, making it available to 79 percent of the Canadian population.

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Contacts

Jonathan Dignan
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Small Business and Tourism
343-291-2700

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

David von Meyenfeldt
Press Secretary
Manitoba Government
204-945-1494
David.vonMeyenfeldt@leg.gov.mb.ca


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