• Regional News

  • 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

    Dear partner, 

    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.

    Thank you,

    Honourable Stephen McNeil, M.L.A. 
    Premier of Nova Scotia

    Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness Fact Sheet


  • Business Truth & Reconciliation Business Truth & Reconciliation

    The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce is taking proactive steps to promote reconciliation and respect for Indigenous rights within the corporate sector. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 92, the Chamber urges its members to embrace the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a guiding framework. This entails a commitment to meaningful consultation, fostering respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before embarking on economic projects. Moreover, the Chamber advocates for equitable access to employment, training, and educational opportunities for Indigenous communities, ensuring they reap sustainable benefits from economic development initiatives.


    Recognizing the importance of education, the Chamber encourages businesses to provide comprehensive training for management and staff on the history of Indigenous peoples, including the legacy of residential schools, Indigenous rights, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. Emphasizing intercultural competency, conflict resolution, and anti-racism, these efforts aim to foster a more inclusive and harmonious corporate environment rooted in mutual understanding and respect.

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