2016 is ending on a more optimistic note for small business owners. CFIB’s Business Barometer climbed to 60.7 in December. It is only a 1.3-point gain from November, and not stellar by historical norms, but the latest result is the best reading we've seen since March 2015.
Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate held steady at 2.4 percent in the third quarter of 2016. This mirrors similar stability in the country's unemployment rate, which has hovered near 7.0 per cent for most of 2016.
A new backgrounder reveals that owning a small business in Canada is anything but a free ride to the penthouse that some might imagine. Statistics show the great majority of small business owners are well-represented in the middle-class.