Broader Immigration and Investment in Equipment and Technology Key for Atlantic Canada: CFIB

Recently the federal government moved to make it easier to re-invest in technology and business infrastructure. The proposed tax measures will enable businesses to immediately write off the full cost of some types of machinery and equipment, and allow companies of all sizes and in all sectors to expense a larger share of newly acquired …

Governments content to push pot, but leave employers on their own

As the person responsible for overseeing the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s legislative activities for Atlantic Canada, I felt it important to show up, at this time last year, at the provincial government’s consultation on the legalization of cannabis. I was there to represent employers. Unfortunately, there weren’t many questions around the impact of the …

Help Wanted

A group of senior federal Ministers were in Summerside recently along with the Atlantic premiers to talk about the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The AGS has a number of moving parts but immigration has been a central cog. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project (AIPP) has great potential, but businesses across the region need encouragement to buy …

Are Mental Health Issues Best Managed by Putting People Off the Job?

Recently I was involved in a lively discussion about the provincial government’s new plans to change how first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are managed under Workers’ Compensation (WCB). Everyone in the room had a working knowledge of the current system and it was clear there are still many unanswered questions about how …