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Small business confidence continues to improve in Nova Scotia

September 25, 2014 – Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer index showed its third successive monthly gain in September, reaching 63.5 — its highest level in a year and a half.

CFIB urges Nova Scotia Environment to hit pause on costly recycling proposal

September 10, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is urging Nova Scotia’s Department of Environment to hit pause on a proposal that would introduce a costly, confusing new recycling tax paid by small businesses.

Nova Scotia small business confidence continues upward climb in August

August 28, 2014 – Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer index showed a slight upward boost in August, rising above the 60 mark for the first time since November 2013.

PEI small business confidence remains well below national average; staffing plans stable

July 31, 2014 – Business optimism in Prince Edward Island fell back slightly in July to 59.5, roughly the norm for so far in 2014, but much better than 2013.

Nova Scotia small business confidence jumps up in July

July 31, 2014 – Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer index showed marked improvement in July, rising almost 4 points to 59.6 and erasing all of the steady declines we had seen since the end of 2013. Despite the gains, sentiment remains among the lowest in the country.

CFIB scores big win for small business at UARB

July 30, 2014 – 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.

CFIB calls for action on reducing tax, red tape

Halifax , June 17, 2014 – 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.

Optimism among Nova Scotia’s small businesses remains subdued

Halifax , May 29, 2014 – Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer® index held steady at 57.0 in May. While nationwide optimism has been gaining steam through the beginning of 2014, Nova Scotia’s hasn’t moved much. The good news is a new post-recession high in full-time hiring plans, with 25 per cent expecting to add full-time staff in the next few months and only 8 per cent planning to cut back.

Municipal overspending costs Halifax households $4,300

Halifax , May 28, 2014 – Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released a report, Canada’s Municipal Spending Watch that shows overspending has cost each household in Halifax more than $4,300 during the past 10 years.

Small business confidence in Nova Scotia dips slightly in April

April 24, 2014 – Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer index dropped slightly to 56.9 in April, but the profile of the past few months shows relative consistency.

Small business gives Nova Scotia budget a D for delay

April 3, 2014 – Today’s provincial budget outlined measures to create a more streamlined regulatory environment for small business, but the Nova Scotia government failed to balance the books or improve the province’s tax environment.

Nova Scotia small business confidence remains stalled

March 27, 2014 – 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.

Nova Scotia ranks second last in small business confidence

February 27, 2014 – Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer index came in at a subdued 57.6 in February, a small -0.5 decrease from January’s reading. Seventeen per cent of owners say the state of their business is ‘bad’ versus only 37 percent who say it is ‘good,’ still one of the more negative results we have seen lately.

Landmark report ranks provincial governments on small business vision

February 19, 2014 – Halifax, February 19, 2014 – New survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reveal dramatic differences in how confident small businesses are that their provincial governments have a vision to support entrepreneurship and small business.

Majority of small business owners opposed to new statutory holiday

February 17, 2014 – With Nova Scotia’s new, as-yet-unnamed statutory holiday set to debut at this time next year, many Nova Scotia residents are looking ahead to the addition of a long weekend in 2015. However, a recent survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reveals the additional statutory holiday will mean many small business owners will be working longer hours to make up the shortfall from lost sales/revenue, lost production and increased labour costs.

Minimum wage increase announced for Nova Scotia

February 3, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on the Nova Scotia government to rethink its annual minimum wage increase legislation. Instead of a yearly hike in the minimum wage, CFIB is urging government to make adjustments to the province’s personal income tax system as a way to help low-income earners.

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).

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.

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.
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