Chapter 8 – BIZPAL

BizPal is a multi-partnered online service that provides prospective business owners and entrepreneurs with one-stop access to permit and licence information across Canada.

View their site at Bizpal.ca

For entrepreneurs and prospective business owners in the Northwest Territories, BizPal provides an easy and convenient means to access critical information needed to establish and run a business in most communities in the NWT.

Simply answer a series of questions about the business you would like to start and BizPaL will automatically generate a list of permits and licences from all levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal), with basic information on each, as well as links to government sites where you can learn more and, in some cases, apply online.

Whether you want to start or grow your business – or are already operating, BizPaL can help you get on your way. Designed for maximum convenience, BizPaL can significantly reduce the amount of time you would otherwise have spent on research.

Why BizPaL…

It’s Free – Search for the permits and licences you may need to start or grow your business.

Save Time and Money – Spend less time searching for information and more time building your business.

Improve Business Planning – Know which permits and licences are needed so that you get it right the first time.

Get Answers – Available 24/7 to help you navigate government requirements specific to your business type.

Do I have to pay to use BizPaL?

No, BizPaL is a free service offered by the government; however, a cost may be associated to acquiring the permits and licences you need.

Why do I need permits and licences to start or expand my business?

Permits and licences are required to ensure that you are following the regulations set out by the government for conducting and building a business in Canada. Failure to comply with permit and licence regulations could result in fines.

How do I get started?

All you have to do is answer a short series of questions about your current or proposed business to create a customized list of the permits and licences you may need from all levels of government. Be sure to save or print your results for future reference.

Based on your answers, a list of the permits and licences required for your business will display. To make things smoother, you should obtain the permits and licences in the order in which they are listed.

Step 1: Where will you operate your business?

Step 2: What type of business will you operate?

Step 3: Questions about your business

 What can I do if my municipality is not on BizPaL?

To acquire the permits and licences from your municipality, you may contact your local city hall or…

Municipal and Community Affairs
Government of the
Northwest Territories
500, 5201 – 50th Avenue
Yellowknife, NT X1A 3S9

Tel: (867) 767-9164
Fax: (867) 873-0309
Web Site: www.maca.gov.nt.ca

Business Tip

Setting up your business e-mail

Brand your e-mail to match your business name.

For example: yourname@mybusiness.com.

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