December 1, 2014
In a new report released today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) calls for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to be replaced with a stronger solution to address permanent labour shortages.
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.”
November 27, 2014
Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer index fell back again in November to 59.9—about its 2014 year-to-date average.
November 7, 2014
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is applauding the Government of Nova Scotia for introducing Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP) legislation.
October 30, 2014
After three months of consecutive gains, Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer® index fell back slightly in October to 61.8. Despite the drop, it remains the second-best reading of 2014.
October 27, 2014
St. John’s is the Atlantic Provinces’ most “entrepreneur friendly” city. This is the finding of the 2014 Entrepreneurial Communities report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
| ||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.
| ||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.|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.