City of Courtenay joins online business permit and licence service

Starting and running a business in Courtenay 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.

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Mary Ng, and Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology for British Columbia, Bruce Ralston, made the announcement Friday.

“The BizPaL tool will make it easier for small businesses in Courtenay to access the information they need from all levels of government,” said Mayor Bob Wells. “As a small business owner, I know how challenging it can be to navigate permit requirements and processes, and BizPaL walks you through it step by step. I’m really pleased that we’re now able to offer this service to our community.”

Courtenay’s signing on to the BizPaL program, brings the total number of British Columbia’s local governments involved in the service to 131. The city of Courtenay joins over 1,000 other Canadian cities, towns, regional districts and First Nations participating in this online information service.

This free online application is a directory of the permits and licences required to start or run a business. BizPaL saves business people time searching for information and, as a result, helps them meet their obligations more easily. The BizPaL program is the result of a unique partnership among federal, provincial, territorial and local governments.

For more information on the BizPaL program, visit https://www.bcbizpal.ca.

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