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Nova Scotia business confidence highest in Canada

September 24, 2015 – Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer index decreased slightly in September but at 63.7, it is the highest in the country.

New Recycling Tax and Regulations on Hold ... For Now

September 2, 2015 – Nova Scotia Environment Minister, the Honourable Andrew Younger, has met with CFIB to say that the government has decided to “pause” implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in Nova Scotia.

Finding new employees tough: small businesses

September 1, 2015 – As new Statistics Canada data confirms that job vacancies remain stubbornly high despite persistent unemployment levels, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is releasing new data on what’s on the minds of small business owners when they look to hire.

Construction mitigation policy needed now

August 31, 2015 – The construction season is in full swing with an abundance of activity underway in Halifax. While development and infrastructure renewal is positive, small businesses are more and more becoming collateral damage in the process.

NS business confidence second highest in Canada

August 27, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Business Barometer® Index is stable in August, registering 65.7—second highest in the country.

Nova Scotia Business Confidence Still Strong

July 30, 2015 – Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer® Index slipped a little in July, but at 63.7 it remains third-best in the country.

CFIB applauds Premier McNeil’s work on labour mobility

July 17, 2015 – The provincial premiers approved an important agreement yesterday in Newfoundland and Labrador that will permit apprentices to have mobility between the provinces.

Atlantic Premiers Start Unravelling Red Tape

Halifax , June 29, 2015 – Halifax, June 29, 2015 - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is applauding the Council of Atlantic Premiers for taking steps to eliminate red tape and improve labour mobility in the Atlantic region.

Nova Scotia business confidence highest in four years

Halifax , June 25, 2015 – Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer index showed a modest upturn in June, rising to 65.6—one of the best results from the past four years. Short-term employment plans continue to excel, with 28 per cent of owners planning to add full-time staff—a post-recession high.

Construction mitigation kicked down the road

Halifax , June 25, 2015 – HRM’s Transportation Standing Committee received a staff report on construction mitigation that did nothing to address the concerns of small business in Halifax Regional Municipality.

Nova Scotia business optimism slipping, but stronger than national average

April 30, 2015 – Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer Index fell for the second consecutive month in April, but at 63.3, it remains better than that recorded in all of 2014 and late 2013.

CFIB give Halifax Budget a B-

April 28, 2015 – Positive steps for small business but still lots of work ahead on size of city hall and taxes.

Nova Scotia Budget: Small Business will benefit from structural changes

April 9, 2015 – Finance Minister Diana Whalen delivered a budget which set a path for economic growth but there is still a lot of work to do getting public spending under control.

CFIB Applauds New NS-NB Red Tape Reduction Plan

Halifax , March 24, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is applauding the creation of a new joint Regulatory and Service Effectiveness Office by the governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The Premiers of both provinces announced the move at Armour Transportation Systems in Burnside, saying the move is designed to "create a modern, consistent and fair regulatory environment driven by high-quality, client-focused service."

Atlantic business attitudes mixed over oil price drop

January 5, 2015 – Small business confidence took a big hit across the country in December while optimism in Nova Scotia continued to slide slightly.
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