Business Support



Members can get advice, counseling and support in dealing with governments and small business issues from CFIB's Business Counsellors, at no charge.

Alberta's minimum wage new rate as of September 1, 2014

Alberta's minimum wage increases 20 cents per hour to $10.20 as of September 1st, 2014. Those who serve liquor as part of their regular duties are in a category with a minimum wage rate of $9.20- an increase of 15 cents.

How to decide on a salary or wage rate for an employee

How do you decide what salary or wage you are going to pay a new employee? Should they earn more or less than someone already in the job, or the person who left the job most recently?

Compassionate Leave is Job Protected in Alberta as of February 1, 2014

If your employee approaches you to ask for unpaid compassionate leave of up to 8 weeks, you are now obligated to approve it and to keep their job available for them over the period of the leave

Low Value Shipment (LVS) threshold increase – good news for SME importers!

Good news for small businesses that use the low value shipment (LVS) program for North American imports. The Ministers of International Trade and Public Safety along with the United States Department of Homeland Security announced that Canada and the U.S. have increased and harmonized the value thresholds for the LVS to $2,500. This is an increase from the current levels of $1,600 for Canada and $2,000 for the U.S.

Why do job descriptions matter?

Writing an employee job description is a vital step every employer should take for all positions. A good job description will allow business owners to create better job postings, set employment expectations and aid in performance management.
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