| ||Nova Scotia’s small business owners are struggling. In addition to operating in one of the least competitive tax environments in Canada, the province’s entrepreneurs are also faced with rising energy costs, increasing minimum wage rates, and starting in 2015, an additional statutory holiday. Given these realities, it is no surprise that small businesses across the province are urgently seeking relief from the very high cost of doing business here.
| ||The Halifax Regional Municipality budget contains some good news for small business: a 3.8 per cent cut to commercial tax rate. The result is a decrease in the tax bills of 57 per cent of the city's businesses. |
| ||Each new year, a little-known aspect of provincial tax policy means that Nova Scotians fall further behind their fellow Canadians in terms of how much personal income tax they pay. |
| ||Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer index is showing very little change in March, coming in at 57.9. This index positions Nova Scotia more than six points behind the national average – a lag consistent with results seen in the province over the past few years.|
| ||CFIB’s new report Coming Up Short: Barriers to Apprenticeship and the Shortage of Labour examines apprenticeship systems from a small business perspective and shows that apprenticeship in Atlantic Canada is expensive, inflexible, and out of touch with business realities.|