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.
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 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.