Campaign launched to fight tax hikes in next Alberta budget

CFIB has vowed to fight the introduction of tax hikes in the provincial budget in March, including a new provincial sales tax (PST), and has launched a new campaign to rally Albertans to help defend the Alberta Advantage as the best place in the country to live, work, and run a small business.

Big drop in Alberta small business confidence in December

Alberta’s small business confidence index dropped by more than seven points in December to 66.2, the largest monthly decline in over five years.Much of the decline in optimism among entrepreneurs in Alberta is likely related to oil prices. Business owners understand how important the oil and gas industry is to the overall health of the economy and their business.

Taking the Temporary out of the TFW program

CFIB calls for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to be replaced with a stronger solution to address permanent labour shortages. Geared towards entry-level workers, CFIB’s proposed Introduction to Canada Visa would simultaneously address critical shortages for small businesses while providing a clear path to permanent residence for foreign workers.

AB small business deserves property tax fairness

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has been tracking levels of property tax fairness in Alberta since 2003. On average, independent business owners across Alberta are paying almost two and a half times (2.45) what a resident pays on the same value of assessed property. Over the last decade, this gap has increased steadily from 1.62 in 2003 to 2.45 in 2013.

Spending threatens fiscal sustainability of AB municipalities

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a new report that reveals the vast majority of Alberta’s municipalities have been increasing their operating spending at an unsustainable pace since 2000.
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