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BC continues to lead country in small business optimism

June 26, 2014
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business today released the latest results of its monthly Business Barometer survey showing entrepreneurs in British Columbia are the most confident in Canada for the second month in a row. The June confidence level among independent business owners in B.C. stood at 73.7, less than a half a point down from May, and now more than 10 points higher than the national index of 63.5.

Small Biz Applauds a Decade of Regulatory Accountability in British Columbia

Vancouver, June 23, 2014 – A decade ago Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) sent out a news release commending the B.C. Government for delivering on a promise to measure, reduce and report on red tape. A decade later the government’s commitment to the regulatory count still stands strong with today’s release of the Regulatory Reform Annual Report.

Labour shortage and credit card fees top of mind for small biz

Vancouver, June 11, 2014 – KELOWNA, June 11, 2014 – CFIB president Dan Kelly will be in Kelowna tomorrow (June 12) to talk about the shortage of qualified labour, rising credit card fees and other issues affecting small business. Kelly will touch on the implications upcoming federal announcements on both fronts at Canada’s National Groundwater Symposium over lunch and at the Capri Rotary Club in the evening. He will also be available for media interviews.

Business Barometer®: BC back in top spot as Canada’s small biz optimism reaches two-year high

Vancouver, May 29, 2014 – Vancouver, May 29, 2014 – Optimism among Canada’s small businesses is continuing on an upward course in May, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), with BC jumping back into the lead. After a strong gain last month, the Business Barometer index jumped another 1.4 points to 67.1 – the highest reading in over two years.

BC small business confidence second place nationwide

April 24, 2014
British Columbia’s small business optimism grew slightly in April, improving half a point to 71.9, second only to Saskatchewan. Hiring intentions remained stable, with 26 per cent of owners planning to add full-time employees in the next few months, compared to only 4 per cent expecting to shed staff. Thirty-eight per cent of owners say the state of their business is ‘good’, versus 12 per cent who say it is ‘bad’, unchanged from last month.

BC small business confidence among Canada’s highest

March 27, 2014
British Columbia’s small business optimism showed little change in March with a Barometer reading of 71.2. After leading the nation for three consecutive months, its index is now second only to Alberta. Hiring plans improved, with 26 per cent of small business owners now planning to add full-time staff in the next few months, versus only 4 per cent expecting to shed employees.

CFIB survey reveals scale and cost of fraud

Vancouver, March 26, 2014 – A new survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reveals the average annual cost of fraud on B.C. small- and medium-sized businesses is over $7,500, and the average yearly amount business owners spend to protect themselves from getting scammed is over $3,000.

BC small business optimism still highest in Canada

Vancouver, February 27, 2014 – For the third straight month, small business optimism in British Columbia ranked the highest in Canada. February’s Business Barometer® index edged down marginally to 71.4, but remains among the best BC has posted in the past two and a half years. Hiring plans remain fairly positive as well, with 23 per cent of owners planning to add --and only 5 per cent expecting to shed-- full-time staff in the next few months.

Landmark report ranks BC number two on small business vision

Vancouver, February 19, 2014 – New survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reveal dramatic differences in how confident small businesses are that their provincial governments have a vision to support entrepreneurship and small business.

CFIB Grades 2014/15 BC Budget a “B”

Victoria, February 18, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business today applauded the B.C. provincial government on tabling another balanced budget that held the line on spending growth, and stood firm on no small business tax increases. However, CFIB wished the important contribution of small business as a jobs and revenue generator was acknowledged in today’s budget.

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).

CFIB calls on Premier Clark to exempt small business from new costly, confusing and ineffective waste regulations

Vancouver, January 31, 2014 – CFIB is calling on Premier Christy Clark to prevent an onslaught of costly red tape from hitting B.C’s small businesses, and increasing costs for consumers. Today, MMBC was recognized by CFIB as an “award” winner for Canada’s worst new red tape, earning the first-ever “Paperweight” Award. The government’s waste program goes into effect May 19th, and will impact thousands of small businesses and consumers with new fees and hidden taxes.

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.

BC maintains highest small business confidence in Canada

Vancouver, January 30, 2014 – British Columbia small business optimism dipped marginally from December to January, but maintained the top spot in Canada for the second straight month. After climbing steadily since holding fifth spot in July, BC dropped back less than a point from December’s peak to 71.8. Hiring plans also remain positive, with 23 per cent of owners planning to add full-time positions, while only 6 per cent expect to shed staff over the next few months.

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

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.
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