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Village of Slocan, New Denver, Salmo, Silverton help streamline small business licensing

By Contributor
March 29th, 2016

Starting and running a business is easier for entrepreneurs in communities across British Columbia now that 11 new local governments — including the Village of Salmo, Village of Silverton, Village of New Denver and Village of Slocan — have signed on to the BizPaL licence program.

BizPaL is a unique partnership between federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and First Nations governments which cuts through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter, helping them focus on business growth and job creation.

“BizPaL will make a real and positive difference in how business is done in these communities,” said Bardish Chagger, federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism.

“This great service cuts red tape for entrepreneurs, letting them spend less time researching rules and permits and more time on their business. BizPaL means it will be easier for companies in these communities to get started and running.”

The announcement means that more businesses in British Columbia will benefit from a free online tool that is a one-stop site to find information about required business licences and permits. Launched in B.C. in 2004, BizPaL directs entrepreneurs to the information they need to start and operate a business in their community.

“Services like BizPaL are practical tools that reduce paperwork and red tape. Before BizPaL, a plumber in Kamloops would have had to go to multiple websites to determine which licences were required,” Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch.

“Now, this process can be done in minutes by clicking the BizPaL link.”

BizPaL saves time and money for entrepreneurs who are opening new businesses in communities like the Tsawwassen First Nation that have recently signed on to the BizPaL program.

The local governments are:

  • District of Wells
  • Village of Slocan
  • Village of Salmo
  • Village of Silverton
  • Village of Clinton
  • Village of Chase
  • Village of Pouce Coupe
  • Village of New Denver
  • Capital Regional District
  • District of Oak Bay
  • Tsawwassen First Nation

The newest communities to join bring the total number of local governments in B.C. involved in BizPaL to 129.

Learn More:

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by selecting BizPaL at the provincial website:

Government of Canada website:

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