To help you navigate these challenging times, this page provides information on pandemic-related restrictions, support measures, government services, and useful CFIB resources for New Brunswick. You’ll also learn how CFIB is fighting for your business.
Progression through the phases of the reopening plan is linked to the percentage of NB residents having received the first and second dose of vaccine. For details of each of the three phases please visit the official website.
Protecting your staff, customers, and business is a top priority, so we’ve put together an operational plan template to help you do just that. With tips for best practices, advice on meeting provincial compliance requirements, and links to downloadable COVID-19 resources, the plan is clear, concise, and easy to tailor to your needs.
As we regularly communicate with the New Brunswick government to get answers to your questions, we are actively lobbying them to:
Ensure shutdowns are consistent and targeted to the sectors of greatest concern, as backed by transparent healthcare policy evidence;
Impose lockdowns fairly to ensure an uneven playing field is not created between large and small businesses. As an example, if retailers are required to close, ensure that big box retailers that sell groceries are limited to providing essential services only and not permitted to sell non-essential goods in-store during the lockdown period;
Review and update lockdown measures regularly to avoid any business being closed longer than necessary;
Ensure provincial small business support programs are available to all sectors, when their operations are affected by increased public health restrictions;
Ensure provincial small business support programs are available to businesses of all sizes;
Extend availability of provincial small business support programs for as long as public health measures restrict the ability of businesses to operate;
Extend current and future provincial small business support programs to businesses that began operating during the pandemic;
Ensure the application process for provincial small business support programs are simple;
Convert provincial small businesses support programs introduced during the pandemic from “deferrals/loans” to “holidays/grants”;
Actively promote consumer confidence, and spending within small businesses.
Our primary concern at CFIB is making sure you have the support you need to get through this uncertain and challenging time. We provide you with expert advice and ensure that you have all of the latest information on government announcements and available support.