VICTORIA, B.C. — British Columbia’s government recently announce a BizPaL pilot project designed to simplify starting a business in the heavily regulated restaurant sector. This project will make it easier to start a restaurant in Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton, Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, Osoyoos, Surrey and Smithers.
The BizPaL project was announced by the Honourable Bardish Chagger, minister of small business and tourism, and the Honourable Coralee Oakes, British Columbia’s Minister of Small Business and red tape reduction and minister responsible for the liquor distribution branch.
BizPaL’s free Restaurant Bundle Check List feature provides new restaurants with a dashboard view of their compliance journey which will provide restaurateurs with support to help them succeed in the early stages of developing and executing their business plans. Through the dashboard, users can keep tabs on required permits, inspections and licences at each stage of processing. It keeps an up-to-date tally of wait times and potential costs, which helps users plan and budget efficiently, and the sequencing feature shows users the best order in which to obtain permits and licences, while allowing them to share their progress with their investors through a reporting tool.
“Staying on top of the licences, permits and inspections required when opening a restaurant can be intimidating to say the least. The BizPaL Restaurant Bundle Check List is a great tool to help cut red tape and allow new restaurateurs to navigate this process efficiently and with ease. Small businesses make up 98 per cent of all businesses in B.C. and employ one million people, so finding new ways to help them get started and succeed will always be a top priority,” says Oakes.