BizPaL Online Business Permits and Licences

BizPaL is an innovative online service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to the information on permits and licences that they need to establish and run their businesses. This unique partnership is the result of strong collaboration between the federal, provincial/territorial and local governments and is designed to cut through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter.

Finding out which government requirements apply to a certain business type can be time consuming and frustrating. BizPaL was created to help identify what you may require, quickly and easily. The information you need is available from a single source; entrepreneurs spend less time dealing with red tape – saving effort and money in the process – and more time building their business.

The service is the result of combined efforts by the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments and is designed with the following benefits in mind:

  • It’s free to use
  • It saves time
  • It’s available 24/7

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Small Business Learning Sessions

Sessions are provided by The Business Link of Alberta, a member of the Canada Business Network.

For more information on the Small Business Learning Sessions please go

The Provost Economic Development Committee provides the following services and programs to the residents of The Provost Region as a public service.

Referral to Federal, Provincial and other Economic Development Resources

Local Market Information

Best Practices Business Research

Assistance with Business Permits and Licenses using the BizPaL program

Assistance with Business Planning

Identifying financing opportunities for new and expanding business and working with the Cummunity Futures Meridian Region for access to financial support. It also promotes the BDC program.


The Entrepreneur Development Program was launched in January of 2011 with the focus of developing entrepreneurs and innovators within The Provost Region and attracting existing entrepreneurs and innovators to the area. There are several components to the program:

• Telling Local Success Stories

• Engaging with local partners to identify possible innovators and entrepreneurs

• Developing an Innovators and Entrepreneurs Information Package

• Creating an Entrepreneur’s Nook at the Town of Provost Library

• Working in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and host an annual Agri-Day & Trade Show on the first Friday in April unless it is the Easter weekend.

The Provost Economic Development also supports the last known “TeePee” Visitor Information Centre located on 57 Avenue and just off Hwy 13. It runs from the May long weekend to the September long weekend and usually handles over 800 visitors during the summer.

If you have any questions about Provost Economic Development,
contact the Economic Development Officer, Gary Duffett, at 780-753-2261 Ext 4 or email

Small Business Learning Sessions

SAFETY CODES SERVICES provides the following:

List of agencies that provide permitting and inspection services for the Town.

This list can also be found on our website using the following link.

Superior Safety Codes Inc. – 780-489-4777 Toll Free – 1-866-999-4777 Fax – 1-866-900-4711

Inspections Group Inc. – 780-454-5048 Toll Free – 1-866-554-5045 Fax – 1-866-454-5222

Alberta Emergency Management Agency
How to Protect your self from winter storms

Blizzards, ice storms, high winds and blowing snow can develop quickly and threaten life and property. Alberta also experiences extreme cold temperatures during the winter, when temperatures can reach as low as minus 40°C or colder. Temperatures this low are life-threatening and put people and animals at risk.


A blizzard warning is issued when falling or blowing snow reaches speeds of at least 40 km/h, and is expected to last 4 hours or longer. Visibility during this time is reduced to 400 m or less.

Blizzards or blowing snow can occur when there are clear skies, and can cause zero visibility.

What to do

  • Avoid driving and wait several hours after the storm ends before going anywhere.
  • If you have to drive, check Alberta 511 for current road conditions, travel during daytime hours, make sure you have a well-stocked vehicle emergency kit and use the buddy system so someone knows where you are going and when you expect to get there.
  • If possible, avoid going outdoors. If you have to go outdoors, make sure you dress for the weather.
  • If you live in a rural area, string guidelines between your house and any other buildings you might have to get to during the storm.

If you are stuck in your vehicle:

  • remain calm, stay inside and call for help
  • occasionally run the engine to stay warm, but beware of exhaust fumes and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked with snow
  • allow fresh air in by opening the window slightly on the sheltered side away from the wind

Freezing rain and ice storms

Freezing rain is rain that freezes on impact and creates a buildup of clear ice (glaze) on surfaces.

An ice storm occurs when large amounts of freezing rain continue for several hours. They can also include wind, ice fog and cold temperatures.

  • Freezing rain can cause damage by creating a heavy load wherever the ice forms.
  • Ice from freezing rain can build up on any surface making sidewalks and pathways dangerous for falls and slips.

What to do

  • Avoid driving and wait several hours after the storm ends before going anywhere.
  • If you have to drive, check Alberta 511 for current road conditions, make sure you have a well-stocked vehicle emergency kit and use the buddy system so someone knows where you are going and when you expect to get there.
  • If possible, avoid going outdoors. If you have to go outside, dress for the weather and pay close attention to large sheets of ice on buildings, tree branches and power lines, which could fall unexpectedly.

Extreme cold

In Alberta, an extreme cold warning is issued when temperatures or the wind chill index reach minus 40°C or colder. Being exposed even for short periods in these conditions can be dangerous.

Protect yourself and your loved ones

  • Stay safe, warm and protected.
  • Stay indoors when possible. If you have to travel by car, know your route ahead of time and make sure you have a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle.
  • Dress in warm, windproof layers. Watch for signs of frostbite, which can occur in less than 10 minutes in extreme cold.
  • When working outside, do not over exert yourself. Sweating can lead to hypothermia, which can be fatal.
  • Make sure your pets have warm shelter during a cold snap.

Financial preparedness

In all cases of severe weather, you can reduce stress by being financially prepared to handle emergencies.

  • Speak to an insurance agent about your specific needs.
  • Know your insurance options and policy limits. Make sure your home, vehicle, business and belongings are protected. Talk to your insurance agent to learn about what is not covered in your insurance policy.
  • If possible, consider an emergency savings account to cover temporary expenses while you are out of your home.
  • If you can, keep emergency cash handy in case banking services are unavailable.
  • If you are evacuated, keep all receipts for additional expenses.
  • Prepare a detailed list of all your belongings. For more information, see Home Inventory.
  • Know the 7 steps for making a home insurance claim. For more information, see Claims Management.
  • The Disaster Recovery Program may provide assistance for uninsurable loss and damage.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is ready to answer your questions. Connect with them by email at or by telephone at 1-844-227-5422. For more information on insurance preparedness, visit IBC.

Staying informed

Staying informed during emergencies can save your life. Protect yourself and your loved ones by downloading the Alberta Emergency Alert app to receive critical, life-saving alerts.

You can also find out more information by contacting your community directly to find out where they post updated information during emergencies.

Before you travel, check Alberta 511 for current road conditions.

Helping others

Check with your community to learn how to help others during severe weather events. If you are concerned for someone’s safety, call:

  • 211 if someone is in distress or in an unsafe place
  • 911 if they’re unconscious or need medical help