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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.