FREDERICTON (GNB) – The premiers of the three Maritime provinces recently met and have agreed to work towards a common approach to procurement, employment standards and the timing of increases to the minimum wage.

Premier Brian Gallant, Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil identified opportunities to work together to further the interests of the region.

“A common approach in these areas will help businesses start up, invest and grow in the region,” said Gallant. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to reduce red tape and position the region for growth.”

In relation to procurement, the premiers agreed to work towards the adoption of common solicitation and legal documents. Each province currently has different documents and procedures for procurement, making the conduct of business in the Maritimes more complex and cumbersome than necessary.

Moving to common procedures and documents will also make combining the provinces’ purchasing power more effective and less costly.

The three Maritime provinces also have differences in employment laws and labour standards. The premiers want to eliminate those differences, making it easier for businesses that employ people in all three provinces or for employees that may work in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

In addition, the premiers intend to move toward a shared date for future minimum wage changes.