Penticton joins OneStop online business registration service

It's official – Penticton is a “OneStop” shop.

The City of Penticton has signed on with the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens Services to be part of the BC OneStop program, designed to make it easier to launch a new business or update an existing enterprise in Penticton.

“The City of Penticton is always looking for new ways to improve services to business, and OneStop is a great fit for the South Okanagan market,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “Small business is the engine of Penticton's local economy, and the OneStop partnership will ensure entrepreneurs are starting as soon as they are ready.”

Available at www.bcbusinessregistry.ca, OneStop's integrated business registration services provide entrepreneurs with "single window" web-based access to federal and provincial public sector agencies and local governments:

  • Business Registration: Enables a business to register with multiple federal and provincial public sector agencies and local governments in one step.
  • Business Number Service: Enables each B.C. business interacting with the public sector to be assigned a Business Number (BN), a unique identifier that makes working with the public sector simpler, easier and more convenient.

This means a new business can log on, register a business name, register with Canada Revenue Agency for a GST number, register with the Ministry of Finance for a PST number, register with WorkSafeBC and apply for a City of Penticton business licence all from one place.

The OneStop service helps new businesses begin, and existing businesses update their information to multiple agencies in one spot. Businesses that are relocating can change your business address through the site, and this automatically notifies many participating agencies of the new location.

This service builds on Penticton's participation in the BizPal program – an innovative online service for businesses to easily generate a customized list of the permits and licences they require from three levels of government – local, provincial and federal - by providing some generic information about the business. This registry can be accessed at http:// http://services.bizpal-perle.ca/.