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Inaugural Order of the Bear presented in Colwood

December 5, 2016 – First "Bravo the Bear" given as thanks for efforts to reduce red tape in Greater Victoria

BC small business confidence jumps in November

Vancouver, November 24, 2016 – According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business optimism was up 3.5 points in November to 69.0.

Small businesses welcome recommendations to fix BC’s tax system

Vancouver, November 23, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today reacted with guarded optimism to the recommendations made by the BC Commission on Tax Competitiveness.

BC municipal governments on unsustainable spending path

Vancouver, November 21, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released a report examining municipal spending across the country, which reveals 97 per cent of British Columbia’s municipalities have increased their operating spending at an unsustainable pace since 2004.

Financial Literacy Month: Vubiz, CFIB, M is for Money™ partner to offer financial elearning experience to kids

November 15, 2016 – Are we teaching our children the lessons that will help them grow into healthy, prosperous and happy adults? To mark Financial Literacy Month, Vubiz has partnered with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Teresa Cascioli, award-winning entrepreneur and author of the M is for Money books, to launch a ground-breaking series of online lessons focused on financial literacy and business skills…for kids.

BC small business confidence rebounds in October

Vancouver, October 27, 2016 – According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business optimism was up 2.2 points in October to 65.5.

Credit unions rated best by small business

Vancouver, October 20, 2016 – Credit unions continue to be the top performers when it comes to serving small businesses’ overall financial needs, according to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independence Business (CFIB).

Small business key to making Canada the innovation nation

Vancouver, October 19, 2016 – Canada’s small businesses need to be part of the country’s innovation conversation, according to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) being released at the first meeting of the all-party Entrepreneur Caucus since last fall’s election.

Strong showing for BC cities in 2016 Entrepreneurial Communities Index

Vancouver, October 17, 2016 – According to the annual Entrepreneurial Communities Index from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC is now home to seven of the top 25 cities in the annual rankings of Canada’s best places to start and grow a business, including Kelowna and Penticton that retained their third and fourth ranking respectively.

BC Provincial School Tax: Province Failing Small Businesses

Vancouver, October 11, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released a new report on the property tax system in BC, focusing on the provincially-controlled school tax. The report, “BC’s Provincial School Tax: Province Failing Small Business”, provides a decade-long review of school tax rates in 161 municipalities across BC, with a particular focus on the 20 largest cities.

Small business disappointed as BC signs on to deal to hike CPP premiums

Vancouver, October 4, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) was disappointed by today’s announcement by the BC government that it has signed on to a mandatory expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), which comes with significant costs for small businesses and their workers. BC now joins the federal and provincial governments – outside of Quebec – in giving the green light to CPP expansion across Canada.

BC small business confidence down again in September

Vancouver, September 29, 2016 – According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business optimism decreased 2.3 points in August to 63.3

New survey results show impact on small business from minimum wage hikes

Vancouver, September 16, 2016 – To coincide with today’s 40 cent increase in the minimum wage by the BC government, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released new survey results that clearly show the negative effects on small business growth and employment from hiking the floor on wages.

British Columbia job vacancy rate holds steady in Q2

Vancouver, August 31, 2016 – Toronto/Vancouver, August 31, 2016 – Canada’s job vacancy rate held constant at 2.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. The hold comes after three straight quarterly declines and represents roughly 303,100 vacant full time and temporary positions across Canada.

BC small business confidence down slightly in August

Vancouver, August 25, 2016 – VANCOUVER, August 25, 2016 – According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business optimism decreased 0.8 points in August to 65.6.

BC small business confidence down slightly in July

Vancouver, July 28, 2016 – According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business optimism decreased 2.9 points in July to 66.4.

BC on top: small business confidence now nation’s highest

Vancouver, June 30, 2016 – According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business optimism increased 2.2 points in June to 69.3.

Big BC Municipalities Still Have Big Tax Imbalance

Vancouver, June 20, 2016 – In the lead-up to the 2016 deadline for municipal property tax payments, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business released its tenth annual Property Tax Gap Report.

CFIB president in Vancouver to talk CPP ahead of national finance ministers meeting

Vancouver, June 8, 2016 – CFIB president Dan Kelly is in Vancouver tomorrow Thursday June 9, for a meeting with Finance Minister Michael de Jong.

BC small business confidence grows in May

Vancouver, May 26, 2016 – According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business confidence index increased 1.7 points in May to 67.1.

Credit card transaction costs sky-rocket for municipal governments

Vancouver, May 17, 2016 – New research by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) show that BC municipalities are paying millions of dollars to process credit cards. According to data gathered through a series of Freedom of Information requests, ten of BC’s biggest municipal governments paid nearly five million dollars in transaction fees in 2015.

Big hike in minimum wage is a big disappointment

Vancouver, May 4, 2016 – CFIB panned today’s announcement by the BC government of a 40 cent increase in the minimum wage to $10.85 an hour, followed by another 40 cent increase in 2017.

BC small business confidence grows in April

Vancouver, April 28, 2016 – According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business optimism increased 2.9 points in April to 65.4.

United States interested in Canada’s red tape lessons

Vancouver/Toronto, April 20, 2016 – CFIB invited to Washington to share success in encouraging governments to cut red tape

Banked sick days costing governments in BC millions

Vancouver, April 5, 2016 – The practice of government employees “banking” sick days is costing the provincial government $399 million, Vancouver $35 million, and Victoria $7 million, according to the latest research from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Small business confidence sees small rebound in March

March 31, 2016
According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business optimism increased 1.4 points in March to 62.5.

2016 budget breaks election promise to small business

Vancouver, March 22, 2016 – In reacting to the 2016 federal budget presented today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is deeply troubled that the federal government broke an election commitment to middle class small business owners across the country.

Fraud cost small businesses $6,200 last year

Vancouver, March 17, 2016 – Fraud is a major threat to the Canadian small business community, hitting victimized small businesses an average of $6,200 in financial costs in the past year, according to a groundbreaking new new Canadian Federation of independent Business (CFIB) report.

Four in 10 small businesses don’t report fraud

Vancouver, March 9, 2016 – Forty-four per cent of small business owners who were defrauded in the past year did not report it, according to the latest research from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Stop paying government workers to retire early

Vancouver, March 3, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling for an end to the unfair and costly “bridge benefit” perk – a little known incentive for government workers who retire early.

Fraud hits one in five small businesses

Vancouver, 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).

BC small business confidence on downward trend

Vancouver, February 25, 2016 – According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business optimism dropped 1.7 points in February to 61.1.

BC small business confidence down to start 2016

Vancouver, January 28, 2016 – According to the latest monthly Business Barometer survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), BC’s small business optimism dropped 3.1 points in January to 62.8.

Quebec ministers win national Golden Scissors Award

Vancouver, January 22, 2016 – To close out Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced this morning that Quebec ministers Sam Hamad, and Jean-Denis Girard, are joint winners of the Golden Scissors award for leading and implementing measures to reduce red tape on small businesses.

Farmers continue to bear the brunt of red tape

Vancouver, January 21, 2016 – Government rules and paperwork continue to hit farmers even harder than other small business owners, according to survey data released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), on day four of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM.

Halifax ‘patio police’ win red tape crown for burdening small business

Vancouver, January 20, 2016 – On the third day of Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced the winners of its annual Paperweight Award, citing the worst examples of government agencies and departments at all levels that are holding back small businesses with misguided rules, hard-to-follow processes and bad customer service.

Canada’s red tape report card: BC best in country

Vancouver, January 19, 2016 – On day two of Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual red tape report card. The report card looks at measurement, public reporting and political leadership.
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