Earlier this year, the B.C. government released its 2019 budget. Thank you to all who took part in our recent post-budget survey; we met with the Finance Minister and the Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology (Minister responsible for Small Business) to share your views on the budget.
We were joined by Corinne Pohlmann, CFIB’s Senior Vice-President, National Affairs for our meetings advocating for you. Corinne was a strong voice for CFIB's members, helping to reinforce areas we’d like to see the province support small business.
Although 83% of B.C. CFIB members were pleased to see the government balance the budget, it is evident that local entrepreneurs need more.
The message from you is clear: the B.C. government needs to work on creating policies which support small businesses.
We highlighted that our members’ opinions are almost identical to the Small Business Task Force Recommendations. We encouraged quick adoptions and used our recent survey results where we asked which of the short-term, actionable items you would like to see prioritized.
How important is it to your business that the provincial government takes the following immediate actions?
In our meeting with Minister Jinny Sims of Citizen Services, the minister shared a new initiative they are undertaking to improve the procurement process. In the figure above, you’ll see that simplifying the provincial procurement process is an initiative supported by 84% of members in B.C.
We will be sharing a video from her in a future enews for those interested in their red tape reducing initiative.