Employers’ Council secures payroll tax reduction in Budget 2023
Our efforts to call attention to the cost of doing business in NL are paying off. Today’s provincial budget included an increase in the payroll tax (Heath and Post Secondary Education tax, or HAPSET) threshold from $1.3 M to $2 M. This will exempt 1250 businesses from paying this 2% tax on payroll. In conversations  [...]
Employers’ Council Calls for Immediate Increase in Immigration Allotment
On November 24th, provincial Immigration Minister, Hon. Gerry Byrne, held a news conference calling on Ottawa for an immediate increase in NL’s immigration allotment and to double the number of spaces allocated to this province to nominate newcomers for permanent residency. The Employers’ Council was there to add your voice to the province’s call for  [...]
Employers’ Council Reacts to Fiscal Update
The Employers’ Council has been in the news this week responding to the fall fiscal update. On Wednesday, October 19th, Finance Minister Siobhan Coady gave an update on the province’s fiscal position. The Minister announced an unexpected surplus of $479 M, up from a projected deficit of $351 M at budget time. The province is  [...]
Employers’ Council appoints new Executive Director
August 31st, 2022 St. John’s, NL – Jaclyn Sullivan has been chosen as the successful candidate for the Executive Director of the NL Employers’ Council. Sullivan is a long-time employee of the organization, serving as second in command for the last 14 years as manager of public relations and strategy. “Over the last decade, Jaclyn  [...]
The End of an Era: Long time Employers’ Council Executive Director Richard Alexander will step down in May to pursue new adventures
April 21st, 2022, St. John’s, NL – With a mixture of sadness and deep gratitude the Board of Directors of the NL Employers’ Council announces the departure of its long time Executive Director, Richard Alexander, to pursue a new professional challenge as Vice President, Atlantic for Restaurants Canada. Alexander’s final day at the Employers’ Council  [...]
Employers’ Council reacts to the provincial budget
The Employers’ Council has been in the news reacting to yesterday’s provincial budget. Media coverage links are below. Your association has run three campaigns and done hundreds of meetings and interviews on the province’s spending problem. It is our number one advocacy issue. While government admits they have had a spending problem it is clear  [...]
Employers’ Council reacts to the provincial labour shortage
The NL Employers’ Council has been in the news talking about labour shortages and vaccine passports. Several factors contribute to the current labour shortage, including demographics, immigration challenges and COVID support programs. Many employers are concerned that these programs are providing a disincentive for employees to return to work. This phenomenon is being experienced across  [...]
Employers’ Council reacts to ‘The Big Reset’
On Thursday, May 6th, Dame Moya Greene released the long awaited report from the Premier’s Economic Recovery Team. The report entitled ‘The Big Reset’ highlighted the dire financial crisis the province is facing and how we can ‘right the ship’. The NL Employer’s Council Executive Director, Richard Alexander, was in the news responding to the  [...]
New poll shows public wants a plan to restructure government program and service delivery to be affordable
The vast majority of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians (85%) say it is important to them personally that government develop a plan to restructure and modernize government services to be affordable and sustainable. Only 4% feel this is not important. This according to public opinion polling conducted by Narrative Research from January 6-19, 2021. 77% of NL  [...]
Employers’ Council calls for credible plan to fix spending problem
The Employers’ Council has been in the news this week calling for a credible plan to modernize and reform government program delivery and address our province’s spending problem. Earlier this month we also defended the Economic Recovery Team following Mary Shortall’s resignation, calling out the need for a credible and transparent plan to provide certainty  [...]