Cooperating as a Region
For the PARC member municipalities, starting or growing a business just got easier thanks to a new, cross-jurisdictional initiative called BizPaL. Gone are the days of making calls to three levels of government departments to find out what license and permit compliance requirements are for business start up or expansion.
On November 7, 2008 the nine PARC municipalities will be launched into the BizPaL family and we invite you to attend the launch being held in Roblin, Manitoba at 9:30am at the Roblin Community Centre. The Honorable Andrew Swan, Minister of Manitoba Competitiveness, Training and Trade will be announcing the launch along with the member municipalities of Parkland Agricultural Resource Co-op (PARC) and the other government officials.
A partnership has been established between the Government of Manitoba, the Government of Canada and PARC member municipalities of the Town of Roblin, RM of Hillsburg, RM & Town of Grandview, RM & Town of Gilbert Plains, Village & RM of Ethelbert and the RM of Dauphin to coordinate the BizPal service for the communities. BizPaL is an online service that benefits both domestic and international businesses by helping them to identify which permits and licences they will need in order to start or grow a business in Manitoba, and how to obtain them. In addition to the business end-user, municipalities and government front counter staff can also use BizPaL to provide end-to-end service fulfillment for clients who walk in or telephone their office looking for business compliance information.
For the business entrepreneurs accessing BizPaL directly, they simply log onto the PARC website and select the municipality, the business they would like to start, and then answer a series of questions based 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 across three levels of government, along with basic information like costs, waiting periods, inspection requirements, links to available forms and links to government sites where the entrepreneur can learn more and even apply online. The entire process takes about ten minutes.
For business, BizPaL helps save time and money because the information is available from a single comprehensive source 24/7. For governments, BizPaL:
- Helps to promote business and community development;
- Helps municipalities to remain competitive by streamlining the permit and licensing process in their jurisdiction;
- Helps municipalities to provide an online service for permits and licenses without making the additional information technology investments; and
- Increases compliance as businesses will know what permits and licenses they must have to start or operate their business.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has strongly supported BizPaL as being of benefit to both business and government. The BizPaL portal can be accessed through the PARC website at www.parklandmanitoba.ca
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For additional information about the BizPaL launch, please contact PARC.