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Government must press reset on waste and recycling

St. John's, December 11, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is recommending the provincial government adopt new timelines to implement the Provincial Waste Management Strategy (Strategy).

Small businesses want easier trade in the Atlantic region

November 28, 2014 – Small businesses across Atlantic Canada agree that provincial and federal leaders should commit to bringing down trade barriers between provinces, and that it should be just as easy to trade between provinces as it is to trade between countries. This is all detailed in CFIB’s new report Building a “New East Partnership.”

Small businesses want easier trade in the Atlantic region

St. John's, November 28, 2014 – Small businesses across Atlantic Canada agree that provincial and federal leaders should commit to bringing down trade barriers between provinces, and that it should be just as easy to trade between provinces as it is to trade between countries.

NL Small Business Confidence Drops Slightly

St. John's, November 27, 2014 – According to the latest Business Barometer survey results released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), small business confidence in Newfoundland and Labrador dipped slightly to 67.7 in November.

NL municipalities overspent $439 M in last decade

St. John's, November 21, 2014 – The largest municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador have been overspending, raising doubts that municipalities are underfunded.

CFIB pleased with government report on regulatory reform

St. John's, November 14, 2014 – Today, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador released its first annual report on regulatory reform. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to see the government take this important step on regulatory reform.

Newfoundland and Labrador small business confidence drops

St. John's, October 30, 2014 – According to the latest Business Barometer survey results released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), small business confidence dropped 5.7 points in October to 68.5.

Business Confidence in Newfoundland and Labrador remains highest in Canada

September 25, 2014
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Barometer index rose another point and a half in September to a nation-leading 74.2.

City of St. John’s Adopts Sustainable Path for Pensions

St. John's, September 22, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) praises the City of St. Johns for achieving significant reform in the City’s pension plans. Though the compensation package is extremely generous, taxpayers and City retirees will benefit from the new agreement negotiated with unions.

Business subsidies in the province should be eliminated: CFIB

St. John's, September 22, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling today for the elimination of direct subsidies to individual businesses or specific sectors.

Pension Reforms Create More Sustainable Plan, But May Not Go Far Enough

St. John's, September 4, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes Tuesday’s announcement on reforms to the provincial pension system. However, there are still significant costs associated with some elements of the agreement reached between Government and the unions.

Small Business Optimism Remains High in Newfoundland and Labrador

August 28, 2014
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Barometer index rose half a point in August to 72.7, again the highest in the country. Fifty-six per cent of owners say their businesses are in good shape, an improvement from recent months.

Business Barometer: NL Small Business Optimism Bucks National Trend

St. John's, July 31, 2014 – Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Barometer index defied the national trend and headed up to 72.2 in July, its highest level since last November.

CFIB applauds passage of Bill 22 in the House of Assembly

St. John's, June 6, 2014 – CFIB is pleased the House of Assembly passed Bill 22, which included amendments to the Labour Relations Act to re-instate secret ballot voting for union certification.

Business Confidence Grows in Newfoundland and Labrador

April 24, 2014 – Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Barometer index bounced up in April to 68.5—its best result of the year so far.

Slight drop in business confidence in Newfoundland and Labrador

February 27, 2014 – Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Barometer index dropped back slightly to 67.2 in February, but remained third-highest in the country. Fifty-nine per cent of respondents cite that their business performance is good and only 5 per cent say it is poor.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador lacks small business vision

February 19, 2014 – Toronto, February 19, 2014 – New survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reveal small business owners across the country have dramatically different perceptions of their provincial governments’ vision for small business. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is trailing in the provincial ranking, with only 27 per cent of small business owners feeling confident in their government’s small business vision.

Canada’s worst red tape offenders named: Temporary Foreign Worker Program, Multi-Material British Columbia joint winners of first annual Paperweight Award

January 31, 2014 – This year’s first Paperweight Award goes to two programs that run neck-and-neck in making life even harder for small businesses through ridiculous rules and red tape: The federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC).

Business confidence in Newfoundland and Labrador remains steady

St. John's, January 30, 2014 – Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Barometer index held steady at 68.1 in January. The index is still in line with business owner sentiment in the first half of 2013 and it remains second highest in the country.

Little city, big idea: Langford, B.C., wins national Golden Scissors Award

January 30, 2014 – The Mayor and City Council for Langford, British Columbia, population 29,000, are the winners of the 2014 Golden Scissors Award for their simple but transformative initiative of making business licenses permanent. CFIB officially presented the award to Mayor Stew Young today to mark the fourth day of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM.

Small businesses welcome federal red tape legislation

Toronto/Montréal, January 29, 2014 – Half-way through Red Tape Awareness Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) applauds the federal government for introducing new legislation that will reduce the red tape burden on small businesses.

CFIA rules cost Canadian farmers $657 million a year

Regina, January 29, 2014 – For the first time, the cost of complying with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) regulations has been calculated, totaling $657 million each year for Canada’s farmers and agriculture industry. As part of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, CFIB presents these findings in its second CFIA Report Card.

Newfoundland and Labrador falls to C+ in red tape report card

St. John's, January 28, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its 4th annual Red Tape Report Card today as part of its fifth annual Red Tape Awareness Week™. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has fallen to a C+ grade when it comes to accountability surrounding the regulatory burden faced by small businesses. This is a step backward from the B grade achieved in 2011 and 2012.

The grades are in: Red tape progress across Canada is a mixed bag

Toronto/Montréal, January 28, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its 4th annual Red Tape Report Card today, and the grades were all over the map.

Canadians stressed out by government paperwork: Poll

Toronto/Montréal, January 27, 2014 – As the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) launches its fifth annual Red Tape Awareness Week™, a new report estimates the cost of some of the most common regulatory headaches for Canadians to be at least $10 billion a year.
 

National “Paperweight” Award finalists announced

Toronto/Montréal, January 24, 2014 – With Canada’s fifth annual Red Tape Awareness WeekTM (January 27 – 31) just around the corner, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its new Paperweight Award.
 

Third annual national Golden Scissors Award finalists announced

Toronto/Montréal, January 23, 2014 – With Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week (January 27 – 31) kicking off in just a few days, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to announce the national finalists for its third annual Golden Scissors Award.

Canada’s 5th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™ coming January 27–31

Toronto/Montréal, January 22, 2014 – The endless rules that governments impose on Canadians and small businesses alike cost billions of hidden tax dollars annually. Now in its fifth year, Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week™ aims to demonstrate how real the red tape burden is for business owners and ordinary Canadians, and where we are in the effort to reduce that burden.

Communicate conservation or face more blackouts

St. John's, January 13, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is challenging Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to ensure the reliability of the electricity system by better communicating conservation to the small business community. Rolling blackouts and extended power outages during the first week of 2014 have tested the confidence of individuals and businesses in the electricity system in the province, especially on the Island.
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