Saskatchewan’s minimum wage to increase to $10.20 as of October 1, 2014

On October 1, 2014, Saskatchewan’s minimum wage will increase by 20 cents to $10.20 per hour and regulations will be introduced to provide for regular indexing of the minimum wage each year.

Federal government introduces the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

The federal government introduced the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act in Parliament on March 26, 2014. We believe this legislation is a first step toward helping agri-businesses affected by the rail backlog, but the penalties and minimum standards don’t go far enough to address the serious breakdown in grain shipping this year.

Sask small biz optimism rebounds in March; hiring plans strongest in Canada

According to the latest monthly Business Barometer® index, confidence levels among entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan strengthened to an index of 66.4 in March, from 63.6 in February; above the national average of 64.1.While optimism has not yet regained all ground lost since November’s index of 71.4, small business owners’ hiring plans are the strongest recorded since measurement began in 2009.

Small biz pleased Sask budget is balanced; avoids tax hike

In our pre-budget meetings with Premier Wall and Sask Finance Minister Krawetz, we urged the province to balance the budget, control spending and not hike taxes. We are glad the government listened to small business owners and avoided a tax hike!

Ranking best & worst property tax gaps in Saskatchewan

CFIB's annual report on property taxes in Saskatchewan reveals some municipalities improved tax fairness for small business, but little progress made overall in narrowing the municipal property tax gaps. Small business owners in Saskatchewan paid 2.14 times the municipal property taxes of residential property owners in 2012, down from 2.18 in 2011.
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