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Workers’ compensation boards have $6.8 billion more employer money than they need

November 1, 2017 – Calgary – As of 2016, eight out of 12 workers’ compensation boards in Canada are overfunded, depriving employers of billions of dollars that could otherwise be used to invest in their businesses, create jobs and improve wages and worker safety, finds a new report released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

AB small business confidence sees downward correction

October 26, 2017
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence drops two and a half points to 55.2 according to the monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Alberta index now sits two points below the national average and ten points below where the economy is at its growing potential.

Unsustainable municipal operating spending cost each Alberta household an additional $10,650 from 2005 to 2015

October 18, 2017 – Calgary - On the heels of the municipal election, the CFIB released the 8th annual Alberta Municipal Spending Watch Report. The report reveals operating spending among Alberta’s municipalities grew by 69 per cent from 2005 to 2015, well above the sustainable benchmark of inflation and population growth.

Alberta small business confidence remains flat

September 28, 2017
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence sits at 57.7, unchanged for the second month in a row according to the monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Increasing the minimum wage to $15 a job killer for Alberta’s youth: new analysis

September 28, 2017 – Calgary - The Alberta government’s plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018 would disproportionately hurt young workers, potentially resulting in between 16,000 and 37,000 youth job losses, according to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Small business calls on provinces to join campaign against unfair federal tax proposals

Winnipeg/Montréal, September 22, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging Canada’s premiers to join them in the fight against the federal government’s tax proposals. As part of this effort, CFIB president Dan Kelly is in Winnipeg today to meet with the Manitoba government about the proposed changes.

New data shows federal tax proposals to have harmful effects on vast majority of small businesses

Ottawa/Montréal, September 21, 2017 – An overwhelming majority (95 per cent) of tax professionals — and small business owners themselves — say the proposed federal tax changes will hurt middle-class business owners and their families, according to a survey released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

CETA a big opportunity for small business—but still an unknown quantity: survey

September 20, 2017 – As the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) comes into effect tomorrow, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) lauds this significant policy achievement by successive federal governments.

Municipalities stick small business with unfair property tax burden

September 13, 2017 – Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released its annual Property Tax Gap Report, which analyzes residential and commercial property tax rates levied by Alberta’s municipalities over the past decade (2007-2016, the most recent year data is available province-wide). The report includes specific information for each of the province’s 87 largest municipalities.

AB government manipulates release of analysis related to minimum wage hikes

September 5, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business released documents obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) showing the Alberta Government has conducted little meaningful economic analysis of the impact of the big minimum wage hikes, and what it has done is either highly flawed or heavily redacted.

Small business confidence in Alberta stuck in neutral

August 31, 2017
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence remains largely unchanged in August at 57.8, two points below the Canadian average, according to the monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Alberta Government refuses to divulge cost of carbon tax administration

August 9, 2017 – Heavily redacted documents obtained by CFIB show government knows cost of administering the carbon tax, but refuses to disclose it

Alberta’s small business confidence suffers setback

July 27, 2017
Calgary - Alberta’s small business confidence index suffered its first major setback after eight months of increasing or holding steady, according to the latest monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Small business confidence in Alberta dropped 4.3 points in July to 57.3.

Media Advisory: CFIB available to respond to WCB review panel report

July 6, 2017
Calgary - Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is available to respond to the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) review panel report issued today. CFIB members take exception to recommendations suggesting an end to the distribution of surplus monies.

72% of Alberta businesses say $15 minimum wage has negative impacts

June 30, 2017 – Calgary - New data released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) shows almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of Alberta business owners say there is a negative impact on their business from raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018.

Five priorities to achieve free trade success within Canada

Toronto/Montréal, June 29, 2017 – Addressing inter-provincial trade barriers vital for small business. As Canada prepares to implement the CFTA on July 1st, CFIB identifies five immediate priority areas for the RCT to tackle.

Small business confidence in Alberta holds steady

June 29, 2017
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence remains largely unchanged in June at 61.7, according to the monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Small business confidence in Alberta now sits about one point above the Canadian average for the first time since the decline in global oil prices. The national decline can be localized to a 10 point drop in Ontario.

CFIB commends Visa and Mastercard decision to allow merchants limited surcharging powers

Toronto/Montréal, June 14, 2017 – Merchants are given the power to surcharge some or certain types of credit cards.

Hundreds of millions of employer funds withheld by WCB

June 8, 2017 – Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is raising serious concern that refunds to employers due to an excessively overfunded Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) may be in jeopardy. At today’s WCB Annual General Meeting, CFIB demanded to know why $321 million (according to financial information outlined in the 2016 Annual Report) in surplus distribution is being withheld pending the Alberta Government’s WCB review.

CFIB applauds feds for shelving anti-spam lawsuits

Toronto/Montréal, June 7, 2017 – CASL compliance still a big hurdle for small business; resources available

Small business optimism in Alberta regains footing

May 25, 2017
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence jumped four points in May to 61.9 according to the monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Small business confidence in Alberta now lands within a five-point range of the Canadian average for the first time in more than two years.

Strong majority of AB entrepreneurs say unionizing their workplace would have negative impact

Calgary, May 23, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released new survey data today that shows Alberta’s entrepreneurs have serious concerns with the Alberta government’s drastic overhaul of employment rules. Almost nine out of ten (88 per cent) of Alberta entrepreneurs anticipate moving towards unionized workplaces would have a negative impact on their business.

CFIB shares concerns with Labour Minister about drastic employment rule overhaul

May 9, 2017
Edmonton, May 9, 2017 – Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is in Edmonton today to provide Labour Minister Christina Gray with the perspective of small business about the review of Alberta’s labour laws that is currently underway.

Alberta small business confidence on the rise

April 27, 2017
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence rose about two and a half points in April to 57.9, according to the monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Nationally, small business confidence gained a point and a half to finish the month at 64.4 -its highest level since November 2014.

CFIB celebrates new era of open trade among provinces

Toronto/Montréal, April 7, 2017 – CFIB applauds the federal and provincial governments for ironing out a new internal trade deal that aims to remove trade barriers within Canada. The Canadian Free Trade Agreement is such a major step towards resolving often conflicting rules and regulations across provinces that CFIB will be presenting the Trade Ministers with a special edition Golden Scissors Award.

Deck is stacked against small business in workplace legislation review

April 6, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today called into question the hasty and deeply-flawed consultation process the Alberta Government is using to overhaul the province’s workplace and labour laws.

AB small business confidence continues to bounce back

March 30, 2017
Calgary, March 30, 2017 – Alberta small business confidence rose more than five and a half points in March to 55.5 according to the monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). This is the first time since January 2015 that business owners expecting stronger business performance next year outnumber those expecting weaker performance.

Alberta Q4 job vacancy rate remains steady at record low levels

March 16, 2017 – Calgary - Alberta’s private sector job vacancy rate went unchanged at 1.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the latest Help Wanted report put out by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The national rate also remained steady at 2.4 per cent.

Throne Speech an opportunity for Alberta government to support entrepreneurs

March 2, 2017
Calgary - The Alberta Director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Amber Ruddy, will be available in the foyer of the Legislature this afternoon to comment on the Throne Speech and what it means for the province’s small and medium-sized businesses.

Alberta small business confidence continues slow recovery

February 23, 2017
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence rose two and a half points in February to 49.8 according to the monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Ground lost since 2015 has been regained and there is a notable jump in small business confidence among business owners in the natural resources sector (69.2).

Alberta small business confidence rebounds four points

January 26, 2017 – Calgary - Alberta small business confidence rose four points in January to 47.2 according to the monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The indicator made modest gains in recent months and is hovering around 2015 levels but still well below the national average (60.1).

CFIB unveils 2017 Paperweight Awards to highlight outrageous red tape hassles weighing down small business

January 25, 2017 – Sidewalks to nowhere, rogue lemonade stands, and a war on sandwich spreads. If it seems ridiculous it must be the heavy hand of government rolling out another spool of red tape, restraining us all in a tangled mess of short-sighted regulations. CFIB releases this year’s list of outrageous regulatory headaches for small businesses and most deserving of the ‘Paperweight Award’.

Canada’s red tape report card: BC, Quebec lead; NWT lags behind

January 24, 2017 – Today, during Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual red tape report card, grading the provinces and territories on their commitment to red tape accountability. The report card looks at political leadership, public measurement, and constraints on regulations.

Canada’s red tape report card: BC, Quebec lead; Alberta lags behind

January 24, 2017 – Today, during Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual red tape report card, grading the provinces and territories on their commitment to red tape accountability. The report card looks at political leadership, public measurement, and constraints on regulations.

CFIB to provinces and territories: one rule in, one rule out

January 23, 2017 – To kick off its annual Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is issuing a red tape challenge to provincial and territorial governments across the country to follow the example set federally and legislate a one-for-one law.

CFIB available to comment on lack of broad, meaningful pre-budget consultation with business owners

January 20, 2017
Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is available this afternoon to comment on the Alberta Government’s pre-budget consultation process. Amber Ruddy, Alberta Director, will be available to speak to the media either at the CFIB office (410, 237 8th Ave SE), or alternatively outside the main doors of McDougall Centre in downtown Calgary.

CFIB reveals Canada-wide nominees for red tape reduction award. Winner of the ‘Golden Scissors’ to be announced January 27

January 18, 2017
In the lead-up to Red Tape Awareness Week™ 2017 (January 23-27), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its Golden Scissors Award, which honours an elected official or others in government who have shown leadership and delivered meaningful results in cutting red tape for small business.
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