The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is asking small business owners to share how proposed electricity rate increases will affect their businesses – and is launching a Facebook campaign to give them a forum to share their stories.
This fall, Nova Scotia's Utility and Review Board (URB) is set to review Nova Scotia Power's application to increase rates by three per cent in each of the next two years. If the application goes through, this will be the eighth rate hike in 11 years.
CFIB will once again be an informal intervener and wants to bring small business owners’ stories to the hearings.
"We have all of the hard data we need: we know how many small business owners are affected by rate hikes, we know how many have taken measures to reduce their energy consumption to reduce their costs. And we’ll be sharing this information at the hearings,” said Leanne Hachey, CFIB's vice president, Atlantic. "What we’re looking for are stories to make sense of those numbers – so we can all better understand the cause-and-effect of rate hikes on our job makers.”
CFIB is working closely with small business advocate Nelson Blackburn to put small business issues forward during the hearing. CFIB fought for this role because for too long, small business owners had no formal voice at the hearings. Without a voice, many small business owners were paying a stuck with a larger share of the costs than what is fair.
"Slowly, we’re making that change” Hachey said, adding, “and we hope to make further progress by connecting the dots for the decision-makers on what these latest rounds of hikes will have on our small business community.”
If your business will be affected by yet another electricity rate hike, share your story with the CFIB at Facebook.com and search CFIB or go to: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/CFIB/142739089079987