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Halifax, January 16, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is releasing its submission to the Finance Minister in advance of the provincial budget. CFIB surveyed its 5,200 members in Nova Scotia on their pre-budget priorities and the message was clear: small businesses want government to do its part in creating a better foundation for small business success.

“Small business owners want to see government take on the foundational issues that are essential to the success of small business in our province,” said Jordi Morgan, Vice-President Atlantic with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). “We’re encouraging the Finance Minister to re-examine the basics of what’s needed for a small business-friendly environment including: principally, reducing the total tax burden, cutting red tape, addressing government spending, and supporting small business innovation.”

While CFIB’s pre-budget submission recognizes that progress has been made over the last two years on regulatory reform, the gradual worsening of the tax and fiscal environment are overshadowing this progress.

“CFIB members want to see their priorities addressed and reflected in the upcoming provincial budget,” said Morgan. “These haven’t been easy years for small business owners,” said Morgan, adding “We’re over governed, over-taxed and patience is wearing thin. Let’s get back to focusing on supporting our small businesses.”

To arrange a media interview with Jordi Morgan, please contact Ryan Richard at (902) 420-1997 or [email protected].

We welcome you to read CFIB’s complete pre-budget submission, Back to Business: Addressing fundamental small business priorities in the 2017-18 Nova Scotia Budget.

CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.