October 20, 2014According to the 2014 Entrepreneurial Communities report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Alberta continues to dominate the annual rankings of Canada’s best places to start and grow a business, with eight of the top ten municipal areas in the overall national rankings located in the province.
July 25, 2014Canadian small and medium independent businesses have, for the first time, come together to speak directly to consumers through an online directory and deal finder made exclusively for them. Shop Small Biz is a made-in-Canada business directory that connects small businesses with thousands of potential customers.
July 4, 2014CFIB 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.
July 3, 2014The 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.
June 30, 2014Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL), came into force July 1st 2014, but a CFIB survey found that only 15% of small business owners are fully aware of CASL’s requirements, and 62% had taken no steps to comply.
May 13, 2014We 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.
April 8, 2014CFIB's Richard Truscott sits down with the Hon. Dave Hancock, Alberta's current premier, to talk about red tape reduction strategies and job training programs.
February 27, 2014Provincial governments across the country, including Alberta’s, make frequent reference to the importance of the small business sector and their initiatives to support it. Yet a CFIB survey of small business owners reveals small businesses in Alberta say there is more the government can do to improve.