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February 29, 2008
BizPaL launched in Toronto
Starting and running a business in the city of Toronto just became easier thanks to BizPaL, a new online business permit and licence service that saves time spent on paperwork and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.

Today, Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, together with the Honourable Ted McMeekin, Ontario’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Mayor David Miller welcomed the launch of BizPaL in Toronto.

BizPaL is an innovative project that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about permits and licences that they need to establish and run their businesses. This unique partnership among federal, provincial, territorial, regional and local governments is designed to cut through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter.

“Time is money for entrepreneurs, and no one wants to waste any time while trying to set up a new business,” said Minister McMeekin.

“BizPaL is a vital new service that makes it easier for enterprising entrepreneurs to develop and nurture small businesses in Toronto,” said Mayor Miller. “Through its Agenda for Prosperity, the City is committed to being a partner with business in proactively creating wealth with strategic investments in our city. By doing this, we will ensure that Toronto continues to be a leading global city of the 21st century.”

The BizPaL service in Toronto was developed by the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto, with the support of Industry Canada.

Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting or The Province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of Ontario over the next year.

Visit for additional project history, information and access to the websites of participating partners.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:

City of Toronto Economic Development Media Hotline, 416-560-8726
Ciaran Ganley, Manager, Issues Management and Media Relations, Province of Ontario, 416-325-8659



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