| ||CFIB met with Alberta Minister of the Environment, Robin Campbell, to warn about the business community’s grave concerns with a proposed shift to an extended producer responsibility (EPR) recycling system.|
| ||On Friday, June 20, the federal government announced massive changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that completely disregard the legitimate needs of some small businesses. Please read a message from Dan Kelly regarding this development and what CFIB is doing to help affected members.|
| ||Confidence among Alberta’s entrepreneurs remained high at 72.6, virtually unchanged from May when it reached the highest point in the past two years. Hiring intentions are strong and the shortage of labour remains biggest challenge.|
| ||The Government of Alberta is currently reviewing the Municipal Government Act (MGA). CFIB outlined our concerns with additional tax powers for municipalities, excessive municipal spending, red tape, and property tax gaps across the province.|
| ||We officially welcomed confirmation from the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) that there will be a $511 million surplus distribution to Alberta’s employers. WCB recorded an operating surplus of $511 million for 2013 resulting in a funded ratio of more than 132 per cent, which is well above the upper end of WCB’s targeted range.