Credit card processing fees cost ratepayers millions each year

Over the last 5 years, MPI paid over $40 million in credit card processing fees to accept credit cards from ratepayers. CFIB estimates MPI could save Manitoba drivers up to $9 million per year by ending acceptance of credit cards for payment of autopac premiums.

Manitoba small biz optimism stalls in July

The latest result for CFIB’s Business Barometer® shows Manitoba small business optimism remains almost unchanged with an index of 64.7 in July compared to an index of 64.0 in June.

CFIB calls for extension of tax filing deadlines for flood-affected businesses

On July 7, 2014 CFIB wrote Manitoba’s Finance Minister, Jennifer Howard, requesting the provincial government assist small business owners by extending tax filing deadlines and relief from penalties and interest for flood-affected businesses who miss their deadlines.

Manitoba needs improved WCB rate setting process

Manitoba’s WCB is undergoing an Assessment Rate Model Review to determine the best way to set your premiums. New research suggests small businesses pay a disproportionate share of WCB costs as assessment premiums can cost your business more than the cost of your injury claims.

2014 minimum wage increase wrong way to address poverty

The provincial government recently announced Manitoba's minimum wage will increase by 25 cents to $10.70 per hour on October 1, 2014. Manitoba’s minimum wage is increasing far faster than economic conditions warrant. In the last ten years the minimum wage increased by 48% while inflation increased by only 18%. After the hike, Manitoba will continue to have the second highest provincial minimum wage in the country.
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