Tech could help boost start-up restaurants

March 21 2017

Those planning to start up their own restaurant in Canada could benefit from a new innovative tech solution designed to help with red tape.

The BizPaL pilot project has been backed by British Columbia’s minister of small business and red tape reduction, as well as the minister of small business and tourism.

It is hoped the service will simplify the process for new start-up restaurants in Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton, Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, Osoyoos, Surrey and Smithers.

Users will be able to get an up-to-date profile of where they are in the compliance process so they can ensure they are on track. Therefore, the new business owners will be able to plan and budget for the various licences and permits needed to comply with the legal requirements.

"Staying on top of the licences, permits and inspections required when opening a restaurant can be intimidating to say the least," explained Coralee Oakes, British Columbia's minister of small business and red tape reduction, as well as the minister responsible for the liquor distribution branch.

She added: "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 British Columbia and employ over one million people, so finding new ways to help them get started and succeed will always be a top priority."

Bardish Chagger, minister of small business and tourism, has backed the pilot scheme, believing it could play a key role in boosting local economic development, but also better allow restaurateurs to focus on their "true passion".