CFIB scores big win for small business at UARB

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) today approved a price choice for electricity that will reduce energy costs for several hundred small businesses in Nova Scotia. The decision means over 2,200 NSPI small business customers will now have the option to switch rate classes to determine which is most cost effective for their business.

CFIB calls for action on reducing tax, red tape

CFIB is calling on the Government of Nova Scotia to chart a course to lower the tax burden and rein in barriers to doing business in the province. These priorities are outlined in Needed: A More Competitive Tax and Regulatory Environment, a series of recommendations to the Tax and Regulatory Review currently being conducted in the province.

Canada’s Municipal Spending Watch

Canada’s Municipal Spending Watch provides a snapshot of extravagance at municipalities across the country. The report pegs the total cost of municipal overspending nationwide at over $7,800 per household over 12 years.

Small business gives Nova Scotia budget a D for delay

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.

Small business confidence in Nova Scotia dropped in June

Across the country, small business optimism took a significant downturn this month, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Business Barometer® index for June fell over three points to 63.5 from last month’s reading of 67.1.
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