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’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.
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.