| ||June 25, 2014 Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL), coming into force July 1st, affects most businesses – any sending emails, text messages or messages through social media. But, according to a new member survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) this week, only 15 per cent of small business owners are fully aware of CASL’s requirements, and most (62 per cent) have taken no steps to comply.|
| ||Nominations are now open for the fourth annual Golden Scissors Award to recognize those politicians, public servants, or other Canadians who have demonstrated leadership in cutting red tape for small business in a meaningful way. |
| ||Nominations are now open for the second annual Paperweight Award. This award recognizes government departments, agencies, programs, or individuals who have made life increasingly difficult for small businesses by adding significant red tape.|
| ||Small business optimism has surged upwards in October. CFIB’s latest Business Barometer® Index is up more than two points from September levels; and, at 67.8, it is the highest reading in more than three years. Fueling the optimism appears to be an easing of concerns about energy costs.
| ||Toronto/Montréal, June 20, 2014 Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) announced today will leave some small businesses completely out of options when it comes to hiring and retaining workers. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is deeply troubled by the exclusion of entire regions from the program, the quadrupling fees, and the government’s seeming complete disregard for entire sectors of the economy.|