One business number and less red tape

A Message from Minister Don Scott

Last week the Alberta government took another important step in reducing red tape for Alberta’s small businesses. Bill 12, the Common Business Number Act, was introduced in the Alberta legislature and is a key component of Alberta’s Small Business Strategy. If passed, it will create the authority for Alberta to adopt the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Business Number system.

What does a Common Business Number mean for Alberta businesses?
This number makes it more convenient for businesses to work with government programs and services. Using the Common Business Number, Alberta businesses will be able to identify themselves to participating federal and provincial programs using a single business identifier, cutting time and red tape.

Small Business Strategy Highlights
New Business Advisors at The Business Link are continuing to assist businesses navigate government’s business programs, supports and regulatory information every day, with hundreds of clients served since late last fall.

Our new streamlined website, a one-stop shop for government services information, has received over 28,000 visits since launching late last fall and is a top google search when typing “Alberta Small Business”.

Also, planning has commenced for a semi-annual small business round-table between business and Government of Alberta leaders. And we’ve been partnering with entrepreneur-led organizations, including Alberta Women Entrepreneurs and Start-Up Edmonton to ensure entrepreneurs are supported in a range of initiatives.

We are committed to working with entrepreneurs, businesses and partners to continue to deliver on the strategy’s directions.

Don Scott,
Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education


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