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Project Background

OneStop Business Registration (OSBR) is an Internet-based system for registering new businesses at kiosks located throughout British Columbia. The purpose of this pilot project is to make it easier to launch businesses in the province, where the economy has been tottering for a number of years. OSBR eliminates the need for entrepreneurs to visit several offices, learn about the registration procedure, fill out a number of forms and provide the same information repeatedly. Also noteworthy is the collaboration among the federal and provincial governments and municipalities that recently joined the system. The system is soon expected to be converted from kiosks to the Internet for 24-hour on-line access. Interview subjects identified two innovative ideas in this project: first, access to different levels of government through a one-stop centre or the partnership, and second, better service for the public.