One-stop shop­ping for pa­per­work

One web­site to ser­vice res­tau­rant, tourism sec­tors

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCIAL -

Ser­vice Nova Sco­tia Min­is­ter Mark Furey says a new web­site for the res­tau­rant and ac­com­mo­da­tions sec­tors that pro­vides onestop shop­ping for ad­min­is­tra­tive pa­per­work will soon be rolled out in other in­dus­tries.

Var­i­ous gov­ern­ment per­mit and li­cense ap­pli­ca­tions are now all in one place, such as those needed to re­serve a busi­ness name or to ob­tain a food es­tab­lish­ment per­mit.

“The bun­dle ba­si­cally ig­nores de­part­men­tal lines and in­stead fo­cuses on what busi­ness peo­ple need,’’ said Furey at a press con­fer­ence in down­town Hal­i­fax on Tues­day.

Furey said talks are al­ready un­der­way to de­velop a sim­i­lar web­site for con­ve­nience store op­er­a­tors. He said even­tu­ally, web­sites will be cre­ated for other sec­tors as well.

Pre­vi­ously, busi­nesses in the res­tau­rant and ac­com­mo­da­tions sec­tors were re­quired to nav­i­gate sev­eral gov­ern­ment de­part­ments for var­i­ous in­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tions.

Furey said the new site stream­lines the process for busi­nesses and cre­ates less work for public em­ploy­ees.

“Within gov­ern­ment, those pro­cesses have been man­ual as well, so we’re cre­at­ing ef­fi­cien­cies within gov­ern­ment that will al­low us to man­age those re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with a quicker turn­around,’’ he said.

Gor­don Stewart, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Res­tau­rant As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia, said the site makes ad­min­is­tra­tive work more ef­fi­cient.

“For new op­er­a­tors, they’ll be able to jump in and start the process and work their way through with help each step of the way,’’ said Stewart.

“For ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tors, some­one who has just worked 15 hours can sit down at the end of the day, pull up their re­newal form, click en­ter and it’s done. It’s ef­fi­ciency for our in­dus­try over­all.’’

Busi­nesses can cre­ate a pro­file on the site with a cus­tom­iz­a­ble list of tasks for their spe­cific needs, said Furey. He said it shows op­er­a­tors what steps they need to com­plete and in what or­der.

Furey rec­og­nized that Nova Sco­tia is be­hind the times.

“We’ve been an ana­log gov­ern­ment in a dig­i­tal world and that puts us at a disad­van­tage from a busi­ness per­spec­tive,’’ said Furey.

“The need... to tran­si­tion into a truly dig­i­tal gov­ern­ment is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary for us to be com­pet­i­tive across the coun­try and to be com­pet­i­tive on a global scale.’’

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