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CFIB available to comment on Alberta Throne Speech

November 17, 2014
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is hopeful the Alberta Throne Speech will cast a big spotlight on the issues affecting small business, including hopes for tax relief, reducing red tape, helping smaller firms address labour shortages, and reforming public sector pension plans.

Many municipal govts on fiscally unsustainable path

November 6, 2014 – Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its annual Alberta Municipal Spending Watch report today that reveals operating expenditures by the vast majority of the province’s municipalities have risen at an unsustainable rate between 2000 and 2012, the last year for which data is available.

Alberta small business confidence nears post-recession high

October 30, 2014
Calgary - According to the latest Business Barometer survey results released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Alberta’s small business confidence rose almost one point in October to 74.6, the highest level for the index in two and a half years. In fact, over the past four years, the index has only been this high once, when the index also reached the 74.6 level in March 2012.

Alberta dominates list of top entrepreneurial cities

October 20, 2014 – CALGARY - According 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.

Business Barometer® Alberta small business confidence highest in year and a half

September 25, 2014
CALGARY – According to the latest Business Barometer survey results released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), small business confidence jumped 2.1 points in September to 73.8, the highest level for the index in a year and a half.

Leadership hopefuls vague on policy commitments to support small business

September 4, 2014 – CALGARY – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released the results of a survey on small business issues completed by the three candidates hoping to become the new provincial Progressive Conservative (PC) leader and Alberta’s next premier.

Business Barometer®: Alberta small business confidence rebounds in August

August 28, 2014
CALGARY – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released the latest Business Barometer survey results today showing Alberta’s small business confidence rebounded 2.3 points in August to 71.7. The national Business Barometer Index also bounced back by the same amount to 65.5.

Six per cent not a vote of confidence in leadership hopefuls

August 27, 2014 – CALGARY – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released new survey results that shows only six per cent of entrepreneurs feel small business priorities have been reflected in the race to become the new provincial Progressive Conservative (PC) leader and Alberta’s next premier.

Business Barometer® Alberta small business confidence slumps in July

July 31, 2014
Calgary – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released the latest Business Barometer survey results today that show Alberta’s small business confidence dropped 3.2 points in July to 69.4. The national Business Barometer Index also dipped slightly to 63.2, its lowest reading since December 2013.

Business Barometer® Alberta small business confidence remains high

June 26, 2014
Calgary - According to the latest Business Barometer survey results released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), confidence among Alberta’s entrepreneurs remained high at 72.6, virtually unchanged from May when it reached the highest point in the past two years.
 

Temporary Foreign Worker changes will lead to business closures

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.

Employers welcome $511 million WCB refund

May 13, 2014 – Calgary - In a letter dated May 12, 2014, the WCB President, Guy Kerr, acknowledged the growing surplus monies. Reports indicate 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.

Business Barometer® Alberta’s small business confidence drops

April 24, 2014
CALGARY – According to the results of the latest Business Barometer survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), confidence levels among Alberta’s entrepreneurs dropped two points in April to 70.7.

Alberta small business confidence climbs to top spot

March 27, 2014
Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released the latest Business Barometer survey results showing Alberta’s small business confidence index up another 2 points in March to 72.7, leading the country in business optimism.

Business Barometer® Small business confidence bounces back in February

February 27, 2014
Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released the latest Business Barometer survey results showing Alberta’s small business confidence index bounced back 3.5 points in February to 70.6, which completely erases the drop in January.

Landmark report ranks provincial governments on small business vision

February 19, 2014 – Calgary - 40 per cent of Alberta’s entrepreneurs say provincial government has vision to support small business, but only 8 per cent believe Premier Redford understands realities of running small business.”

Canada’s worst red tape offenders named: Temporary Foreign Worker Program, Multi-Material British Columbia joint winners of first annual Paperweight Award

January 31, 2014 – This year’s first Paperweight Award goes to two programs that run neck-and-neck in making life even harder for small businesses through ridiculous rules and red tape: The federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC).

Little city, big idea: Langford, B.C., wins national Golden Scissors Award

January 30, 2014 – The Mayor and City Council for Langford, British Columbia, population 29,000, are the winners of the 2014 Golden Scissors Award for their simple but transformative initiative of making business licenses permanent. CFIB officially presented the award to Mayor Stew Young today to mark the fourth day of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM.

Business Barometer® Small business confidence declines for second month in row

January 30, 2014
CALGARY – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released the latest Business Barometer survey results that shows confidence levels among Alberta’s small business owners dropped another 3.5 points in January to 67.1. As a result, the Alberta index is now five points lower than two months ago.

Small businesses welcome federal red tape legislation

Toronto/Montréal, January 29, 2014 – Half-way through Red Tape Awareness Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) applauds the federal government for introducing new legislation that will reduce the red tape burden on small businesses.

CFIA rules cost Canadian farmers $657 million a year

Regina, January 29, 2014 – For the first time, the cost of complying with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) regulations has been calculated, totaling $657 million each year for Canada’s farmers and agriculture industry. As part of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, CFIB presents these findings in its second CFIA Report Card.

The grades are in: Red tape progress across Canada is a mixed bag

Toronto/Montréal, January 28, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its 4th annual Red Tape Report Card today, and the grades were all over the map.

Canadians stressed out by government paperwork: Poll

Toronto/Montréal, January 27, 2014 – As the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) launches its fifth annual Red Tape Awareness Week™, a new report estimates the cost of some of the most common regulatory headaches for Canadians to be at least $10 billion a year.
 

National “Paperweight” Award finalists announced

Toronto/Montréal, January 24, 2014 – With Canada’s fifth annual Red Tape Awareness WeekTM (January 27 – 31) just around the corner, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its new Paperweight Award.
 

Third annual national Golden Scissors Award finalists announced

Toronto/Montréal, January 23, 2014 – With Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week (January 27 – 31) kicking off in just a few days, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to announce the national finalists for its third annual Golden Scissors Award.

Canada’s 5th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™ coming January 27–31

Toronto/Montréal, January 22, 2014 – The endless rules that governments impose on Canadians and small businesses alike cost billions of hidden tax dollars annually. Now in its fifth year, Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week™ aims to demonstrate how real the red tape burden is for business owners and ordinary Canadians, and where we are in the effort to reduce that burden.

Seven steps to support small business in the 2014 Alberta budget

January 21, 2014 – Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released its recommendations for the 2014 Alberta Budget, including limits on spending growth, no new taxes, a new provincial training tax credit, and the introduction of specific measures to cut red tape for small business.
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