New Brunswick

CFIB president says businesses struggle to find workers

Small and medium-sized businesses struggle to find workers in this province. The president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says a survey of its membership reveals 5,600 jobs currently vacant. Dan Kelly is in Fredericton to meet with government and industry groups.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business says N.B. employers have 5,600 vacancies to fill

Canadian Federation of Independent Business president Dan Kelly says there are thousands of jobs available in the province at small and medium-sized businesses. (CBC)

Small and medium-sized businesses struggle to find workers in New Brunswick.

The president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says a survey of its membership reveals 5,600 jobs currently vacant. Dan Kelly is in Fredericton to meet with government and industry groups.

"Right now, if you can believe it, there are 5,600 jobs that have been sitting vacant in New Brunswick over four months," said Kelly.

Speaking to Information Morning Fredericton, Kelly said the vacancy rate is at 2.5 per cent, "the highest in Atlantic Canada," and consists of mostly full-time positions.
Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, is in Fredericton for the next few days. 14:28

"Some of these might be because the people with the right skills aren't in the right location. So, for example, you might be looking for a welder in Bathurst and struggling to fill that posiiton."

Kelly says many of the job vacancies don't require a lot of skills and some do pay above the minimum wage.

"At minimum, many of the jos are paying 10 bucks an hour, many of them vastly more than that."

Kelly said people should be "nudged" to take those jobs, including people on government programs, "ensuring that social assistance programs and others are designed to try to encourage people to get back to work."

While in the province, Kelly plans to meet with Finance Minister Roger Melanson.

Kelly says the Gallant government has already reduced the small business corporate tax rate by half a percentage point, and he's expecting a further reduction in the years ahead.

"The promise is to lower New Brunswick's small business tax rate down to 2.5 per cent," said Kelly.

"That would put it as one of lower rates by Canadian standards," sending the message this is a province where small businesses can succeed.

 
 

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