BizPal aims to cut business red tape: Cranbrook joins program

Starting and running a business in British Columbia municipalities just became easier thanks to BizPaL.

  • Oct. 24, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Starting and running a business in British Columbia municipalities 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.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Cranbrook has also joined the program, becoming the one of 113 B.C. Municipalities to do so.

“Small businesses are one of the key economic engines of the province, and we need to ensure they have the support they need to  succeed and grow,” said Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, in a press release.

BizPaL provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information on the permits and licences they need to establish and run their businesses.

Cranbrook’s business owners now have access to simplified information about the permits and licences they need.

“BizPaL is an important tool to encourage community investment and economic growth, and offers an opportunity to showcase Cranbrook as business-friendly, helping our local entrepreneurs succeed,” said Bill Bennett, MLA for Kootenay East

Launched in 2005, BizPaL is a partnership among federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments. The service is designed to cut through the  paperwork and red tape that small business owners encounter.

“We want Cranbrook to be known as a welcoming place for businesses to establish and grow,” said Cranbrook Mayor Wayne Stetski. “Partnering with the federal and provincial governments through BizPaL is an important step in reducing barriers to business in our community.”

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the provincial website at: www.bcbizpal.ca or the Government of Canada website at: www.bizpal.ca/