Urging help for ranchers devastated by TB Quarantine

To date, over 40 ranchers in Alberta and Saskatchewan have been impacted by a regional bovine tuberculosis (TB) quarantine, which has been financially devastating. CFIB wrote to the federal government, Canadian Bankers Association and Farm Credit Canada to find ways to help address the financial challenges facing producers who have either been impacted by having their herd destroyed or mandated to maintain a costly quarantine.

Pushing for flexibility needed for producers impacted by delayed harvest

We know many Prairie farmers were impacted by the delayed harvest, due to the poor/wet weather conditions. That’s why CFIB asked the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) to find ways to help producers during these challenging times.

10 agricultural priorities that need attention: a call to ministers

CFIB sent Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) agriculture ministers a letter outlining CFIB agri-business members’ top priorities and list of most burdensome agencies in advance of their annual meeting in Calgary (July 20-22, 2016).

Red tape top concern for Canadian farmers

Although red tape affects all small businesses, it continues to hit farmers the hardest.

Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption boosted to $1 million for farmers and fishers

Fishers and farmers were given a boost to their succession planning in the 2015 federal budget, as the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption (LCGE) was increased to $1 million for these small businesses. CFIB has vowed to push the government to extend this amount to all small businesses as soon as possible.
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Farmers say Growing Forward 2 must foster Ag Competitiveness

CFIB is committed to providing your views to federal and provincial governments as they develop the next agricultural framework with Growing Forward 2. Our report, Fostering Ag Competitiveness, outlines our 7,200 farm members’ priorities for government action.
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan: Greg's Story

Canadian farms being flooded by red tape

Farmers in Canada are among the hardest hit by government regulations and paperwork. In fact, 23 per cent of farmers say that if they had known about the burden of regulations, they may not have gone into business.


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Beyond the big idea – redefining ‘innovation’ to include small business

Google. Apple. Shopify. 3M. These companies tend to come to mind when we talk about ‘innovation’. We picture it as something that takes place in a computer lab, usually in the science or tech field. But, for most of Canada’s independent businesses, innovation does not necessarily mean developing a new app or wearable technology.

Immigrants Are the Solution to Canada's Labour Shortage

With Canada's economy still stuck in what is best described as neutral, you would think Canadian workers would be clamoring to scoop up what are reported to be scarce jobs across the country.

How Ottawa can shed a few pounds and avoid becoming badly out of shape from mounting deficits

Sometimes bad choices seem almost impossible to avoid. But they always catch up with you. This lesson is just as applicable to budget-making. What starts out as a commitment to three deficits no greater than $10 billion can quickly become $18 billion.

Farmers continue to bear the brunt of red tape; Alberta’s Bill 6 makes matters worse

Alberta farmers worry that this “one-size-fits-all” legislation will hurt the province’s already fragile economy and there has been little opportunity for input. Farmers care about their employees - most of them are family and friends.

Farmers continue to bear the brunt of red tape

Toronto/Montréal, January 21, 2016 – Government rules and paperwork continue to hit farmers even harder than other small business owners, according to survey data released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), on day four of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM.

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