May 17, 2016
Atlantic business organizations support Premiers' progress on red tape and internal trade barriers
Halifax - Business organizations are applauding progress being made by the Council of Atlantic Premiers on removing barriers to interprovincial trade. The Premiers yesterday confirmed they will advance recommendations put forward by the business community on Workers’ Compensation, Occupational Health and Safety and Transportation. These priority areas were identified by the business community through a consultation process collaboratively led by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce (ACC) and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME).
June 30, 2016
I’m pleased to share the first annual report of the Joint Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness.
Our government views regulatory and service reform as a key lever in improving our business and economic climate in Nova Scotia and across our region. Together with New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, we’re working to make it easier to do business in the Maritimes and make our region one of the most competitive in Canada.
The pace of the Office’s work and progress so far is proof of our shared commitment. I’m very proud of what the Office has accomplished in a short period of time:
Expansion to include Prince Edward Island,
Adoption of principles for good regulation, which includes a commitment to measure the burden of regulation, and
Legislation on regulatory accountability and reporting, mirrored in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
In addition to putting these foundational pieces in place, we’ve streamlined activity in several areas within the region, including employment standards, workers’ compensation, procurement and transportation.
All of this – and more – is outlined in the report below.
As you know, regulatory reform is complex. It takes commitment, patience, leadership, and, most importantly, partnership. I know full well that the progress outlined in these pages could not have been made without you. Thank you for your support and I encourage you to share the report with your networks. The more who are aware of this work and have input into it, the better it will be.
We have only begun our efforts to create the best regulatory climate for business in Canada. With your ongoing support, I believe we will achieve this.
Honourable Stephen McNeil, M.L.A.
Premier of Nova Scotia
Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness Fact Sheet