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Alberta small business confidence stuck in neutral

August 25, 2016
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence went down one point in August to 45.6 according to the monthly Business Barometer® index published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Documents obtained by CFIB show Finance Minister knows ramifications of recent credit downgrade

Calgary, August 10, 2016 – Documents obtained by CFIB show Finance Minister knows ramifications of recent credit downgrade. 84% of entrepreneurs say no to debt financing; Albertans deserve to know costs.

Alberta small business confidence continues slow rebound

July 28, 2016
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence gained four points in July to reach 46.7. Although this is the fourth time in the past six months there has been an increase in Alberta’s small business confidence, it still remains the lowest in the country.

Premier Notley should follow BC & Quebec’s lead and consult on CPP hike

Calgary, July 19, 2016 – In advance of the Council of the Federation (COF) meetings later this week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is asking the premiers to listen to small business and do proper consultation on any expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

New small business data on CPP: expansion without consultation “irresponsible”

July 6, 2016 – Toronto/Calgary - With a July 15th deadline looming for provincial leaders to commit Canadians to a lifetime of increased CPP, eight in 10 small business owners across the country, including 91 per cent in Alberta, are calling on governments to delay a final agreement in favour of consulting with Canadians and conducting a full economic impact analysis according to a new Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) survey.

Canada Post lockout: work stoppages and unsustainable pension plans need to end

Calgary, July 5, 2016 – With unionized Canada Post workers on 72-hours notice for a lockout, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is encouraging the postal service to find a solution to their growing pension problem and urging a quick settlement before any mail disruption.

AB small business confidence up but trailing national numbers by significant margin

June 30, 2016
Calgary - Alberta’s small business confidence rose eight points in June to 42.5 according to the Business Barometer index published monthly by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Alberta results are up 16 points over the last three months, rebounding from lowest-ever recorded reading of 26.5 in March.

Entrepreneurs want property tax fairness as payment deadline looms

June 30, 2016 – Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released Entrepreneurs Deserve Property Tax Fairness, a report analyzing residential and commercial property tax rates levied by Alberta’s municipalities from 2006 to 2015, the most recent data available province-wide.

CFIB available to comment on minimum wage announcement

June 30, 2016
CALGARY, June 30, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is available to comment on the minimum wage announcement expected from the Alberta Government later today. Amber Ruddy, Alberta Director, will be available to speak to the media as soon as the announcement is made.

CFIB renews call to pause major new public policy experiments

June 27, 2016 – Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released new survey data today showing the severity and impact of the province’s recession on small business. Ninety per cent of entrepreneurs in Alberta say the current economic downturn has had a negative impact on the performance of their business.

Lacklustre Alberta job market persists in Q1 of 2016

June 7, 2016 – Toronto/Calgary - The national private sector job vacancy declined 0.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s (CFIB). The 2.4 per cent national vacancy rate among full-time and temporary jobs accounts for roughly 301,000 positions across Canada, including 30,200 in Alberta.

Employers welcome $467 million WCB rebate

June 2, 2016 – Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes the almost half billion dollar surplus distribution from the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) to employers across Alberta. The Board’s financial position was announced in their 2015 Annual Report, released today. Surplus funding will be distributed to registered businesses starting mid-June.

Alberta small business confidence rebounds six points

May 26, 2016
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence gained six points in May to 34.6 according to the Business Barometer index published monthly by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Alberta results are still approximately 24 points below the national average of 58.2, 10 points below any other province, and several points below the lowest mark from the 2008 recession.

CFIB available to comment on harmful minimum wage policy

May 18, 2016 – Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes the opportunity to share serious concerns about the government’s $15 minimum wage policy. Recent CFIB analysis of Statistics Canada data found almost one in three Canadian business owners are earning effectively $15/hour or less, compared to one in five paid employees.

Alberta small business confidence up after six month slide

April 28, 2016
Calgary – Alberta small business confidence gained 2.1 points in April (28.6) according to the Business Barometer index published monthly by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Alberta results are more than 35 points below the range of a healthy growing economy.

CFIB challenges Premier's minimum wage assertions

April 26, 2016 – Calgary - Contrary to the government’s belief, the prevailing story that a large number of minimum wage earners are single parents is a myth. On Thursday, Premier Notley justified the government’s plans to press ahead with their $15 minimum wage proposal by claiming: “it is not appropriate for a single parent to work 50 or 60 hours a week and have to stop at the food bank two or three times every week to feed their family.”

Banked sick days costing Government of Alberta millions

April 20, 2016 – Calgary - The practice of government employees “banking” sick days left the Alberta government with a $114 million liability in 2013-2014, according to the latest research from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Banking means that if an employee doesn’t use all their allotted sick days in a year, they can save them for later.

Major pipeline projects popular with AB small business

April 11, 2016 – Calgary - The vast majority of entrepreneurs in Alberta want market access for the province’s natural resources to be a top priority, according to recent survey findings from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The results come as Premier Notley made a pledge to promote getting a pipeline approved in her televised address this past Thursday.

Alberta small business confidence on four month streak of Canadian record lows

March 31, 2016
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence fell 0.2 points in March to 26.5 on the Business Barometer index published monthly by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The index registered consecutive historic lows in Alberta for the entire first quarter of 2016. Confidence remains 10 points below 2008 recessionary lows, and about 40 points below the level associated with a healthy economy.

Media Advisory: Business groups call for renewed dialogue on employment and the economy

March 14, 2016
Edmonton - A new alliance of employer organizations representing a broad cross-section of sectors and industries has sent an open letter to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley requesting an opportunity to meet and engage in a dialogue with her and her cabinet about the current state of the economy, and identify a more collaborative path forward on employment and economic issues.

Fraud hits one in five small businesses

Toronto/Montréal, March 2, 2016 – Fraudsters have scammed 20 per cent of Canadian small businesses in the past year. This alarming finding is contained in a first-of-its-kind report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Timing couldn’t be worse for Alberta carbon tax

March 2, 2016 – Calgary - New survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) show the overwhelming majority of Alberta small business owners oppose the province’s carbon tax plan. The news comes as Premier Notley heads to the First Ministers meeting in Vancouver today to discuss options for a Canada-wide approach to pricing carbon, and the Alberta government discusses implementation of its so-called Climate Leadership Plan.

Small business confidence now ten points below 2008 recessionary low

February 25, 2016
Calgary - Alberta small business confidence dropped 2.1 points in February to 26.7. This is the fifth time in six months the index has registered a historic low. Confidence now sits 10 points below the lowest point of the 2008 recession, and about forty points below the level associated with a healthy economy.

Bill 6 ‘consultation’ fraught with problems: CFIB

February 24, 2016 – Calgary – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling into question the parameters the Alberta Government set for the consultation on Bill 6 - the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. A new Ag Coalition recently raised concerns and the sentiment is echoed by Alberta agri-business. The Alberta Government is currently convening working groups to develop technical elements of the Bill 6 legislation.

Media Advisory: CPP top of the list for CFIB President visit to Edmonton

February 23, 2016
Edmonton - Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) president Dan Kelly is in Edmonton today, joining CFIB vice-president Richard Truscott and director of provincial affairs for Alberta Amber Ruddy, for meetings with Finance Minister Joe Ceci.

Alberta small business confidence in free-fall

January 28, 2016
Calgary - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released the Business Barometer results for January showing Alberta’s small business confidence dropped 4.3 points to 28.8. This latest result is 26 points below the January 2015 index and continues to break records for the weakest level ever reported anywhere in Canada in the Business Barometer’s® 15 year history.

Calgary city councillors urged to support small business tax relief proposal

January 21, 2016 – Calgary – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) supports Councillor Evan Woolley’s proposal going before Council on Monday to reduce the business tax burden by $30 million this year and another $30 million in 2017, and called on other councillors to get on board. Estimates show 25,000 businesses would save an average of $1,200 on their tax bills each year over the next two years.

CFIB calls for emergency debate in legislature on Alberta’s economic crisis

January 8, 2016 – Calgary - Following today’s Statistics Canada release of Alberta’s job numbers, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is appealing to the Alberta government to recall the legislature early for an emergency debate on the economic crisis plaguing Alberta’s economy and small business.
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