Small Business Welcomes The Launch of BizPaL in Newfoundland and Labrador

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A low-cost way to reduce red tape: CFIB

August 29, 2008 – St. John’s – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) commended the federal and provincial governments today for their decision to collaborate in launching BizPaL.

BizPaL (www.bizpal.ca) is a one-stop shop for business licenses and permits from all three levels of government.

“CFIB has been a long-time advocate of BizPaL,” said Bradley George, the Federation’s director of provincial affairs in Newfoundland and Labrador. Ottawa and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve credit for embracing BizPaL, he said, adding that the initiative offers benefits to business and government and is something every municipality should be looking into.

George pointed out that although small business owners are most interested in seeing government simplify existing regulations and reduce the total number of regulations, they also stress the importance of improved government ‘customer service’ to help them better comply with regulations. He emphasized that CFIB is very supportive of the BizPaL initiative and the impact it will have in slashing the time it takes to research and comply with permit and license requirement. George also said that streamlining permits and licenses for entrepreneurs will reduce the complexity of the approval process and save entrepreneurs valuable time and money.

George said CFIB has played a major role in promoting the initiative with its members and the general public in jurisdictions across Canada, and is looking forward to working with the province to encourage every municipality to get on board with BizPaL.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is the tenth partner to add its signature. The other partners are British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

About CFIB

CFIB has been a big voice for small business for over 35 years with 105,000 members nationwide in every sector. Taking our direction from CFIB Members, through regular surveys, we lobby for small- and medium-sized businesses at the federal, provincial and local levels of government. For more information, visit www.cfib.ca.