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Alberta Business Barometer®: small biz gloomy about the future

June 25, 2015
Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released the latest Business Barometer index today that shows Alberta’s small business outlook dropped 1.4 points in June to 44.3. That puts the Alberta index 15 points below CFIB’s national Business Barometer® Index of 59.4.

CFIB urges government to reduce the small biz tax rate from 3 to 2 percent

June 24, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business welcomes amendments to Bill 2 An Act to Restore Fairness to Public Revenue that would reduce the small business income tax rate to from 3 per cent to 2 per cent. CFIB has long advocated for a reduction in the small business corporate income tax rate and encourages the government to adopt the amendments proposed the opposition parties.

University of Calgary public policy student joins CFIB’s Alberta team for prestigious internship

Calgary, June 22, 2015 – The next generation of great Canadian policy minds has arrived at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Eight of the nation’s brightest students will undertake major policy research initiatives for CFIB as part of this year’s CFIB-Scotiabank Internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship program.

CFIB challenges AB govt to release economic impact analysis of $15 minimum wage hike

June 19, 2015 – Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today challenged the Alberta government to release all economic impact studies and analysis it has conducted or commissioned on the impact of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

City employees make $6.43/hr more than the private sector

June 4, 2015 – Calgary - Municipal government workers across Canada are making $6.43 more per hour on average in wages and benefits than their private sector counterparts – a gap of 22 per cent – according to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Alberta Business Barometer®: small biz confidence dips further

May 28, 2015
Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released the latest Business Barometer index today that shows Alberta’s small business outlook dropped 1.3 points in May to 45.7. CFIB’s national Business Barometer® Index remained virtually unchanged from last month, creeping up only a tenth of a point to a 60.6.

Employers welcome $507 million WCB refund

May 20, 2015 – CALGARY – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes the half billion dollar surplus distribution from the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) to employers across Alberta. In a letter to CFIB dated May 14th, 2015, WCB President Guy Kerr announced $507 million in surplus funding will be distributed to registered businesses.

AB small biz confidence lowest in Canada, still sliding

April 30, 2015
Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released the latest Business Barometer index that shows Alberta’s small business outlook dropped one point from last month to 47. Nationally, there was a slight drop in small business confidence levels, with seven of 10 provinces reporting a decline, shaving a point off the national index (60.5).

Small business focus needed this election campaign

April 8, 2015 – Calgary - One day after the Alberta election has officially begun, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released new survey results that show entrepreneurs want their elected representatives to have a better understanding of the challenges of running an independent business.

Feds should allow all TFWs in Canada to stay

April 1, 2015 – CALGARY – With thousands of Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) about to be forced to leave Canada before their permanent residency applications are fully processed, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) again urged the Federal Government to offer additional flexibility. This is in response to an April 1st deadline that will mark the beginning of a long process to force Temporary Foreign Workers to leave the country.

AB small business confidence trails nation again in March

March 26, 2015 – Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released the latest Business Barometer survey results that show Alberta’s small business outlook halted its downward slide in March and remains relatively unchanged at 48.1. For the second consecutive month, Alberta maintains its nation trailing position and is more than 25 points below its October 2014 peak.

CFIB: Threat of new provincial sales tax still looms

March 4, 2015 – CALGARY – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today warned the Alberta Government may still be considering introducing a provincial sales tax (PST), and released new survey data about the negative impact the tax would have on small business.

Alberta’s small business confidence plummets in February

February 26, 2015
CALGARY – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released the latest Business Barometer survey results that show Alberta’s small business confidence index fell another 6.6 points in February to 48.2. It is the third straight month of significant declines, leaving the barometer more than 25 points lower than November.

Entrepreneurs fear Alberta Advantage is eroding

February 23, 2015 – CALGARY – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released results from a provincial budget survey that shows the majority of independent business owners are concerned about the erosion of Alberta’s status as a business-friendly jurisdiction.

Small business wants budget balanced through spending restraint, not tax hikes

February 10, 2015 – CALGARY, February 10, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released initial results from a survey of business owners about provincial budget issues that shows the vast majority of independent business owners believe balancing the books should be the top priority for the Alberta government in the upcoming budget. The survey results also show entrepreneurs overwhelmingly believe the challenge should be met by focusing on controlling spending, not hiking taxes.

Business Barometer® AB small business confidence takes huge tumble in January

January 29, 2015
CALGARY – According to the latest Business Barometer survey results released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Alberta’s small business confidence index fell another 11.4 points in January to 54.8. The significant drop means confidence levels are at their lowest level since the 2009 recession, and represents one of the largest monthly declines ever recorded in Alberta.

Alberta still does not have publicly reported measure of regulatory requirements

January 20, 2015
Toronto/Calgary – On day two of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual report card, grading the provinces, territories and federal government on their commitment to red tape accountability. The report card looks at measurement, public reporting and political leadership.

CFIB vows to fight tax hikes in next Alberta budget

January 19, 2015 – CALGARY – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today vowed to fight the introduction of tax hikes in the provincial budget in March, including a new provincial sales tax (PST), and has launched a new campaign to rally Albertans to help defend the Alberta Advantage as the best place in the country to live, work, and run a small business.
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