| ||Vancouver, December 5, 2013 The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) met this week with BC’s Minister of Finance Mike de Jong to ask him to reject calls for a CPP increase, and to take steps to improve the provincial sales tax. The meeting also provided an opportunity to share results from a recently conducted member survey on the BC government vision for economic growth.|Vancouver, November 28, 2013
British Columbia small business owners posted another healthy gain in optimism in November and remain the most upbeat in the country after Newfoundland and Labrador. At 72.3, BC's Business Barometer index is at its highest level since mid-2011.
Toronto, November 12, 2013
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has opened nominations for its third annual Golden Scissors Award. This award recognizes individuals or teams of people who have demonstrated leadership and produced real results in cutting red tape for small businesses.
| ||Vancouver, November 5, 2013 The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a new report today that reveals operating spending by the vast majority of British Columbia’s municipalities have been rising at an unsustainable rate over the past eleven years. |Vancouver, October 31, 2013
British Columbia small business owners posted another healthy gain in optimism in October, and are now the most upbeat in the country after Newfoundland and Labrador. BC's Monthly Business Barometer® index is also above 70 for the first time since 2011.
| ||Vancouver, October 23, 2013 Canada’s three most populous provinces continue to lag behind most of the country when it comes to small business-friendly tax systems, with British Columbia taking the biggest drop in the past 4 years, according to an updated report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).|
| ||Vancouver, October 23, 2013 The south Vancouver Island community of Langford, British Columbia, has announced that they are dropping the requirement for local businesses to renew their business licenses annually, and allowing them to apply for a fairly-priced ‘permanent’ license. CFIB applauds the move and urges other B.C. municipalities to follow suit.|Toronto/Montréal, October 18, 2013
CFIB applauds the federal government for finalizing a free trade agreement with the European Union. Canadian small business owners have supported trade arrangements that can open new markets for Canadian goods and services and help Canadian small businesses to grow.
Toronto/Montréal, October 3, 2013
In response to recent reports that PEI Finance Minister Wes Sheridan has made a specific proposal to other finance ministers on hikes to Canada Pension Plan/Quebec Pension Plan (CPP/QPP) benefits and premiums, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is available for comment.
Vancouver, September 25, 2013
British Columbia small business owners have posted another increase in optimism in September—for the third month in a row. With its Business Barometer index now at 67.9, albeit narrowly, it is the best reading in the province we have seen in two years. Short-term full-time hiring plans are more positive than usual for this time of year with 20 per cent of respondents expecting to add staff and only 7 per cent looking to trim down. Tax and regulatory costs still remain the top constraint on busin
Vancouver, August 29, 2013
Small business confidence in British Columbia continued to increase in August, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Business Barometer® index rose 1.9 points to 66.3, holding the fifth spot among other provinces and remaining above the national average of 65.9
Vancouver, July 25, 2013
British Columbia small business owners have maintained a steady optimism which translated into a 64.9 Business Barometer Index for July. Short-term full-time hiring plans are more positive than usual with 25 per cent of respondents expecting to add staff and only 7 per cent looking to trim down. Tax and regulatory costs remain the top constraint on businesses with 67 per cent being concerned over it—the highest level in the country.
| ||Toronto/Montréal, July 23, 2013 CFIB is disappointed the Competition Tribunal ruled against the case put forward by the Competition Bureau on Visa and MasterCard practices. Small businesses were hoping the case would be successful and provide merchants new powers to push back against rapidly rising fees imposed by Visa and MasterCard to process credit cards.|Vancouver, June 27, 2013
Small business confidence in British Columbia held steady in June at 65.6, a sharp contrast to the national average which fell sharply, and is now at its lowest point since July 2009, according to the CFIB. The Business Barometer®
index for BC in May stood at 64.9. An index of between 65 and 70 is generally associated with an economy growing at its potential.
Vancouver, June 25, 2013
The quest for tax fairness in B.C. municipalities got a boost with the release of the 2013 Property Tax Gap report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
May 31, 2013
Executive vice president Laura Jones and director of provincial affairs Mike Klassen of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) are available throughout the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference to comment on unsustainable municipal spending.
Vancouver/Montréal, May 29, 2013
With municipal leaders from across the country gathering in Vancouver for the annual FCM conference, CFIB is calling on them to take action on municipal overspending. CFIB released a report showing that spending has grown more than three times the rate of population over the past 12 years in Canada’s three largest cities – Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver – and in Canadian municipalities overall.
Toronto/Montréal, May 16, 2013
The percentage of unfilled private sector jobs remained steady at 2.5% in the first quarter of 2013, representing approximately 295,000 full- and part-time jobs, according to data compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
Vancouver, April 11, 2013
CFIB is calling on all party leaders to commit to a top small business tax priority: taking PST off business inputs—starting with investments in machinery, equipment and technology such as computers and software.
Vancouver, April 4, 2013
Tax freeze and balanced budget are top priorities according to CFIB pre-election survey results.
Vancouver, March 28, 2013
British Columbia’s small business hiring intentions climbed six points in March over February while overall small business optimism showed modest improvement, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). BC’s Business Barometer® rose by almost one point to 65.7 in March, even as the national barometer tumbled more than three points to 62.9 from the previous 66.2. Index levels between 65 and 75 generally indicate a growing economy.
Vancouver, March 18, 2013
With only 2 weeks left until British Columbia transitions back to the Provincial Sales Tax (PST), several groups representing BC's small business community are raising public awareness about the change through media and social media networks. The Canadian Federation of Business (CFIB) – backed by the BC Chamber of Commerce and Vancouver Board of Trade – is coordinating “PST Tuesday” for March 19th in an effort to remind business owners not to leave PST registration until the last minute.
Vancouver, February 28, 2013
CFIB joined BC Minister of Finance Mike de Jong and Canada’s Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies today to announce the introduction of Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP) legislation at the Legislature in Victoria. If passed during the spring session, B.C. will be the first province to enable PRPP legislation after the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act was given Royal Assent by the Canadian government last June.
Vancouver, February 19, 2013
CFIB Grades 2013/14 BC Budget a “B”. PRPPs will benefit small business owners and their employees.
Vancouver, February 6, 2013
He has earned a reputation for being one of Vancouver city hall’s most effective watchdogs, and now he is joining the B.C. team for Canada’s most successful advocates for small business. Mike Klassen is the new Director of Provincial Affairs for CFIB in British Columbia.
Vancouver, January 22, 2013
The province of British Columbia has earned and “A” - the highest grade in Canada – for reforming the regulatory burden on small business according to the yearly Red Tape Report Card issued today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) as part of its fourth annual Red Tape Awareness Week™.
Toronto/Montréal, January 18, 2013
With only a few days left until the start of Canada’s fourth annual Red Tape Awareness Week (Jan 21-25), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its second Golden Scissors Award. The Award recognizes an individual who has successfully motivated or demonstrated leadership and courage, and produced meaningful and positive results in cutting red tape for small business.