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Online Business Permit and Licence Service Saves Time, Cuts Paperwork and Helps Entrepreneurs

Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 20, 2012—Starting and running a business in 14 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.

Today, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade, and Mr. Graham Starmer, President of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the following communitities:  the rural municipalities of Woodlands,  Portage la Prairie, Alexander, Shell River, Ellice, Minto, Odanah, Saskatchewan and Winchester; the towns of Powerview-Pine Falls, Minnedosa and Deloraine; the village of St-Lazare; and the city of Flin Flon.  

“Our government is committed to providing small and medium-sized businesses with the tools they need to succeed,” said Minister of State Bernier.  “BizPaL is a great example of our government’s commitment to cut red tape so Canadian businesses can continue to do what they do best:  innovate, create jobs and generate wealth in our communities.”

BizPaL is an innovative service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information on the permits and licences they need to establish and run their businesses.  This unique partnership among federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments is designed to cut through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter.  The BizPaL service in these 14 communities was developed by their local governments, the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada.

“Small businesses drive the rural economy, and BizPaL is an example of how our government is committed to putting supports in place that help entrepreneurs grow businesses and create jobs throughout Manitoba,” said Minister Bjornson.  “With the addition of these 14 municipalities, Manitoba has reached another milestone with 70 municipalities participating in BizPaL, representing more than 75 per cent of our population.”

“BizPaL is a fast and user-friendly tool to help business owners simplify research on regulatory compliance,” said Mr. Starmer.  “On behalf of the 64 chambers of commerce in Manitoba and their 9,000 members, we welcome the expansion of BizPaL to these rural communities.”

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the new BizPaL services by visitingthe  Government of Manitoba’s Business Portal at

Visit the BizPaL website at for additional information.

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