BizPal Brings Fast And Friendly Service To Hamilton



    McGuinty Government Making It Easier For Businesses To Start Up And Grow

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The launch of BizPaL in Hamilton today is making it easier for
entrepreneurs to start up and grow a business in Ontario. Local businesses in
Hamilton can use BizPaL to get a customized list of the permits and licences
they need from all levels of government to start or expand their business.
    BizPaL is an online service that saves businesses time by providing fast
and easy access to information on permits and licences. It represents an
innovative partnership between the federal, provincial, regional and municipal
governments.

    QUOTES

    "The right plan for Ontario in these challenging economic times includes
our commitment to work with business to strengthen our economy. BizPaL will
give our entrepreneurs a valuable edge in getting permits and expanding their
businesses," said Ted McMeekin, Minister of Government Services.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   BizPaL was launched in Ontario in April 2006. It is now in 106
        municipalities.
    -   BizPaL is one of many government services offered by ServiceOntario,
        the place to get fast, friendly and easy access to government
        services online, through the kiosks, in person and by phone.
    -   99 per cent of Ontario firms are small and medium enterprises (less
        than 500 employees).

    LEARN MORE

    Visit BizPaL online at www.ServiceOntario.ca.

    Visit the City of Hamilton's
(http://www.myhamilton.ca/myhamilton/CityandGovernment/) website.

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

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For further information:

For further information: Greg Dennis, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3072;
Ciaran Ganley, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8659

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