Chambers & Boards of Trade in the News
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Business leaders from across Halifax and Nova Scotia are asking the federal government to keep emergency support programs going in Atlantic Canada. The letter, written by the Nova Scotia Business and Labour Economic Coalition, highlights the importance of the wage subsidy and rent subsidy programs for struggling businesses hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
The New Brunswick government is making COVID-19 rapid testing kits available to owners of small and medium-sized businesses in the province. Four chambers of commerce — Saint John region, Edmundston region, Moncton and Fredericton — have launched a joint program to distribute the tests in their communities.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
With New Brunswick moving to Phase 2 on the province’s “Path to Green” last week and vaccination progress being made throughout much of the world, it’s time to refocus on some of our pre-pandemic priorities – the most important of which is growing our population. The province has many issues to be addressed, but improving our demographic situation at least partially addresses many of them.
Friday, June 18, 2021
As the province moves closer to fully reopening after 15 months of living in the pandemic, the CEOs from Chambers of Commerce across the province are encouraged by what the change means for businesses.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Ron Furlong, executive director of the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce, said his organization’s members have been patiently waiting to reopen to New Brunswick customers. The chamber understands the process used and the need to protect the population, but Furlong said it also recognizes the need to reopen as virus numbers come down and stay down.
Monday, June 14, 2021
Chamber of Commerce concerned about competitive disadvantage with provinces that reopen sooner. The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce hopes a speedier vaccination rollout will lead to an earlier reopening of the P.E.I. border. Currently, P.E.I. is not fully reopening to all of Canada until Sept. 12, more than two months after New Brunswick.
Monday, May 31, 2021
The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce (AVCC) and the MLA for Kings North are calling on the province to level the playing field for small businesses. A small business owner in Kentville who opened on May 25 and was fined $11,622 by police for doing so says he did it as a form of protest.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Opportunities New Brunswick says it is enhancing and extending the province’s Small Business Recovery Grant until the green level of recovery this August. But the CEO of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce says that isn’t enough.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
It’s a common suggestion that businesses are singularly focused on seeing a reduction in their corporate taxes but calls for comprehensive tax reform – at the federal and now provincial levels – are given greater weight by many, in the look to the post-pandemic future. There was a taste of the idea in the responses to the annual Atlantic Chamber of Commerce member polling, meant to help the Chamber establish policies and its priorities for the coming year.
Monday, May 24, 2021
In an effort to celebrate local businesses and organizations across all 104 municipalities in the province, the organizers of the Love for Local – New Brunswick program have announced the “Electric Summer Social Tour” that will kick off on June 23 and is expected to run continuously into the fall.