HALIFAX, May 4 /CNW/ - The Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia
(IBANS) is disappointed with Premier Dexter's announcement today to
provide a 1.8 million dollar payroll rebate to TD Bank Group to expand
its call centre in Halifax, TD Bank Group recently reported first
quarter 2011 retail earning results of 1.4 billion.
The payroll rebate is intended to create up to 140 full-time jobs in
Halifax over the next six years. "We are troubled by the decision to
offer the hard earned tax dollars of Nova Scotians for payroll rebates
to a Canadian bank's insurance call centre, while insurance brokers,
not to mention many other small and medium businesses, succeed without
government payroll support of any kind," says Ken Myers, Chairman,
Insurance brokers have maintained their presence in communities all
across Nova Scotia, while banks have withdrawn and centralized their
services to call centres in major cities. Brokers work, live, buy and
employ locally. "IBANS supports efforts to create jobs for Nova
Scotians, in fact our members are expanding and growing their workforce
as Nova Scotia grows", states Carolyn James, President, IBANS.
Insurance brokers in Nova Scotia have survived intense competition for a
very long time and welcome more of it, be those competitors Canadian
banks or other brokers.
"Quite simply, if the TD Bank's business model works, then a payroll
rebate isn't required", says Myers.
Founded in 1949, the Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia is a
not-for-profit trade association. There are over 1100 independent
insurance brokers in Nova Scotia - from Yarmouth, to Halifax to Sydney
willing to serve you.
SOURCE INSURANCE BROKERS ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA
For further information:
Karen Slaunwhite, BA, BPR, MEd, CAIB (Hon)
Executive Director, IBANS
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4