Lack of work­ers forces small busi­ness to hold off on ex­pan­sion: CFIB

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial - Tele­[email protected]­gram.com

“Gov­ern­ment fund­ing is too lim­ited in scope and ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cesses can be loaded with red tape. Many small busi­nesses ei­ther can’t or don’t have the re­sources to ac­cess them.” – Jordi Mor­gan, CFIB’s vice-pres­i­dent for At­lantic Canada

Work­ers are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly hard to find.

That is the re­al­ity be­ing faced by small busi­nesses through At­lantic Canada ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased Mon­day by the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (CFIB).

The labour short­ages are threat­en­ing eco­nomic growth be­cause one in five busi­nesses can’t find peo­ple to fill the po­si­tions that would be cre­ated.

“As a first line of de­fence, small- busi­ness own­ers are do­ing more hands-on work them­selves. For those with per­sis­tent staffing chal­lenges, fu­ture growth is next to im­pos­si­ble,” Jordi Mor­gan, CFIB’s vice-pres­i­dent for At­lantic Canada said in a news re­lease.

“To aug­ment the suc­cess of the At­lantic Im­mi­gra­tion Pi­lot Pro­gram, we are again rec­om­mend­ing an In­tro­duc­tion to Canada Visa, giv­ing lower-skilled work­ers the op­por­tu­nity to work to­wards per­ma­nent res­i­dency,” said Mor­gan.

CFIB’s re­port re­veals re­gional small busi­ness own­ers ur­gently need work­ers at all skill lev­els.

Im­mi­gra­tion is the pri­mary tool be­ing used to off­set pop­u­la­tion de­cline, but im­mi­gra­tion pro­grams tend to tar­get only highly-skilled, highly-ed­u­cated work­ers.

Many busi­nesses are also in­vest­ing in equip­ment, tech­nol­ogy and ways to in­no­vate and stay pro­duc­tive. But be­cause of high taxes in the re­gion, un­nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tory bur­den and in­creas­ing fed­eral tax loads such as CPP and the car­bon taxes, th­ese road­blocks are mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for small busi­nesses to con­trib­ute to­wards fu­ture projects and in­vest­ments.

“Gov­ern­ment fund­ing is too lim­ited in scope and ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cesses can be loaded with red tape. Many small busi­nesses ei­ther can’t or don’t have the re­sources to ac­cess them,” Mor­gan said.

“Re­gional govern­ments should be look­ing for ways to al­low small busi­nesses to claim much more of what is spent on new equip­ment or tech­nol­ogy in the year of pur­chase.” he added.

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