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Tomorrow is Canada’s Small Business Saturday

October 24, 2014 – To celebrate the third annual Small Business Saturday tomorrow, CFIB asks Canadians to recognize the invaluable contributions of small businesses in their communities, by choosing to shop small. The initiative, which started out as a one-day event in 2012, has grown to include events throughout Small Business Week, including webinars for small business owners, the launch of the new My StartUp initiative, a Twitter contest and more.
 

CFIB's new My StartUp membership launched

October 21, 2014 – To help celebrate Small Business Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Scotiabank are coming together to offer Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs access to the tailored support and services they need to get their businesses off to a good start.

Canada’s top entrepreneurial communities announced

Toronto/Montréal, October 20, 2014 – Toronto, October 20, 2014 –In its annual ranking of Canada’s best cities for starting and growing a business, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is giving top billing to the communities around Calgary and Edmonton, followed closely by Saskatoon.

CFIB offers small biz owners free webinar on credit card contracts

October 16, 2014
As part of its work during Small Business Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is hosting a free webinar on October 22nd with important advice on what small firms should look for before signing a credit card processing contract.

Almost half of farmers plan to expand operations

Montréal/Regina, October 8, 2014 – Farming in Canada is not what many Canadians think it is, according to Realities of Agriculture in Canada – A sector of innovation and growth, a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In fact, the majority of farmers – fifty-one per cent - plan to adopt new, innovative technologies over the next three years, and 44 per cent are planning to expand their business.
 

Canadians asked to vote for their favourite small business with #MyFavSmallBiz contest

Toronto/Montréal, October 6, 2014 – A new nationwide contest on Twitter - #MyFavSmallBiz - hosted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) in partnership with Interac, will give Canadians a chance to vote for their favourite small business. The contest, which starts today, is part of the lead-up to CFIB’s annual Small Business Saturday, taking place October 25th.

CFIB calls on government to take urgent action on recent changes to TFWP

Toronto, October 3, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on the federal government to take urgent action to ensure that recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) don’t result in severe hardship for would-be Canadians.

Business leaders welcome new era in Canada-EU trade

Toronto/Montréal, September 26, 2014 – CFIB joined a coalition of Canada’s business leaders in welcoming the conclusion of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso signed a declaration marking the end of negotiations today in Ottawa.

Business Barometer®: optimism among small biz steady in September

Toronto/Montréal, September 25, 2014 – Small business owners held on to their optimism this month compared to August, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). September’s Business Barometer reading holds steady at 65.6, up only a fraction of a point from August’s 65.5.

CFIB commends government on 15 per cent cut in employment insurance rates for small business

Toronto/Montréal, September 11, 2014 – Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) president Dan Kelly joined Finance Minister Joe Oliver today as he announced a major reduction in Employment Insurance (EI) premiums for small business owners. The announcement was made at Value Wood Floors – a Toronto-area small business and member of CFIB.

Premiers moving in the right direction on inter-provincial trade

Toronto, August 29, 2014 – As Canada’s premiers conclude meetings in Charlottetown today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes news that the provinces will lead a comprehensive renewal of Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).

CFIB available to comment on small biz issues following Council of the Federation Meeting in PEI

August 29, 2014
With the Council of the Federation meeting wrapping up in Charlottetown today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is available to talk to the media about several key issues discussed during the COF meeting, and their impact on small business.

August Business Barometer closes off at 65.5

August 28, 2014
Entrepreneurs across the country are more optimistic this month, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Up by more than two points since last month’s sluggish reading, the August Business Barometer closes off at 65.5, the third-best reading so far this year, after April and May.

Premiers urged to strengthen inter-provincial trade, support TFWP, reject pension taxes at meeting this week

Montréal, August 25, 2014 – With Canada recently opening up international markets with historic trade agreements, it is time to drop trade barriers between our own provinces. As Canada’s premiers come together in Charlottetown this week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging them to use international agreements like the Canada-EU free trade agreement as a model for modernizing trade within Canada’s borders.

CFIB and Standard Life join forces to create one of the first VRSP for an association

Toronto/Montréal, August 21, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Standard Life in Canada announced today that they have signed an agreement to create a retirement savings solution designed for CFIB’s members, including one of the very first voluntary retirement savings plans (VRSP) for an association which will be offered to Quebec’s business leaders.

Business Barometer®: optimism amongst small biz slips again in July

Montréal, July 31, 2014 – Toronto, July 31, 2014 – Optimism among Canada’s entrepreneurs is at its lowest since last December, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Business Barometer ® index for July fell slightly from last month’s reading – by just a third of a point – to 62.5.

312,000 jobs remain unfilled across Canada in Q1

Montréal, July 28, 2014 – The latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ (CFIB) clearly shows that when employers have open jobs, they try to attract talent by raising wages, yet severe labour shortages persist. This disproves a common belief that businesses with labour shortages simply need to pay higher wages to attract staff.

Many small businesses struggling to understand what CASL means for them

Toronto/Montréal, June 30, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging Industry Minister James Moore and the CRTC to focus on education over enforcement in the first year of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). In a letter sent to the minister today, CFIB executive vice-president Laura Jones shared the views of small business owners, many of whom are struggling to understand what CASL means for them.

Small business optimism takes significant downturn this month

Toronto/Montréal, June 26, 2014 – Small business optimism took a significant downturn this month, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Business Barometer® index for June fell over three points to 63.5 from last month’s reading of 67.1.
 

New “anti-spam” law confusing, challenging for small business

June 25, 2014 – Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL), coming into force July 1st, affects most businesses – any sending emails, text messages or messages through social media. But, according to a new member survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) this week, only 15 per cent of small business owners are fully aware of CASL’s requirements, and most (62 per cent) have taken no steps to comply.

CFIB and Scotiabank Internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship

Toronto, June 24, 2014 – Eight exceptional students from across Canada will give as much as they get this summer, as they undertake an internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship. Sponsored by Scotiabank and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the internship is now in its fourth year, and provides students with hands-on experience in research, analysis and reporting on various issues affecting small businesses.
 

Temporary Foreign Worker changes will lead to business closures

Toronto/Montréal, June 20, 2014 – Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) announced today will leave some small businesses completely out of options when it comes to hiring and retaining workers. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is deeply troubled by the exclusion of entire regions from the program, the quadrupling fees, and the government’s seeming complete disregard for entire sectors of the economy.

Foreign worker changes expected today

June 20, 2014
Following media reports that the federal government will announce changes later today to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be available immediately following the announcement (expected at 1:30 pm EST) for comment.

Small biz confidence reaches two-year high

May 29, 2014
Optimism among small businesses is continuing on an upward course in May, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). 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.

Widespread problem across the country, CFIB calls on city leaders for restraint

Toronto/Montréal, May 28, 2014 – As municipal leaders gather in Niagara Falls for the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference (FCM), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released a report, Canada’s Municipal Spending Watch that shows overspending by cities, large and small, has cost each household in Canada more than $7,800 during the past 12 years.

End moratorium, enforce the rules, protect TFWs’ rights

May 15, 2014 – The federal government needs to improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and other programs to address persistent labour shortages, particularly in entry-level positions. This was the message from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney in a letter this week. CFIB is attending a round table with the Minister in Ottawa today.

New data confirms labour shortage in hospitality sector

Toronto/Montréal, May 9, 2014 – The businesses that drive Canada’s economy say there is, in fact, a labour shortage, and those that hire Temporary Foreign Workers, including restaurants, only do so after looking far and wide for Canadian talent.

CPP or ORPP, Ontario pension taxes a bad idea

May 1, 2014
Following media reports that half of Canada’s ten provinces are participating in talks on Ontario’s misguided mandatory provincial pension plan, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is available to comment on the dire implications this could have for small business, working Canadians, and the economy. The plan is expected to be unveiled in today’s Ontario budget.

Telecom: Lack of choice, poor customer service hurt small biz

May 1, 2014 – Limited competition and poor customer service among telecommunications providers hurt the productivity of small businesses, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Moratorium on restaurant access to foreign workers will push some to the brink

Toronto/Montréal, April 25, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is deeply concerned that a moratorium on restaurants’ ability to access the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will push some small businesses to the brink, and is calling on the federal government to end the moratorium quickly.

Shared-risk plans much more sustainable, but should be applied to entire public service

Toronto/Montréal, April 24, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) supports federal government consultations on more sustainable pension plans for federally-regulated industries and crown corporations. However, CFIB is disappointed that the targeted benefit plans, which share risk between employers and employees, would not apply to the core public service, where this kind of plan is badly needed to address massive unfunded pension liabilities.

Small businesses warm up on optimism front in April 2014

Montréal, April 24, 2014 – Small businesses are warming up on the optimism front this month, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Business Barometer rose by a point and a half higher this month to 65.7 – the best result since last November.
 

CFIB statement on the Passing of the Hon. Jim Flaherty

Toronto/Montréal, April 10, 2014 – On behalf of the members, staff and Board of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, I want to express our sincere condolences to Minister Flaherty’s family on his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Christine and his three sons.

CFIB applauds passage of the Employees’ Voting Rights Act (C-525)

Toronto/Montréal, April 9, 2014 – Small businesses and workers support federal move to require secret ballot voting for unions.

Canada Post hikes rates on small businesses

Toronto/Montréal, March 31, 2014 – Small businesses will see their mailing costs rise today, despite measures announced by Canada Post two weeks ago to soften the impact. According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the price hikes will affect the 98 per cent of small firms that send Lettermail every month.

Business Barometer®: Small business confidence dips slightly in March

Toronto/Montréal, March 27, 2014 – Small business optimism across Canada slipped a little in March. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ (CFIB) latest Business Barometer® index settled to 64.1 this month compared to 64.4 in February and 64.0 in January—a stable start to 2014.

296,000 job vacancies across Canada in Q4

Toronto/Montréal, March 12, 2014 – According to the latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ (CFIB), approximately 296,000 full and part-time job vacancies were reported in the fourth quarter of 2013. The overall vacancy rate remained virtually unchanged from the previous quarter, at 2.5 per cent.
 

Manitoba, PEI looking to join Ontario’s pension mistake. Provinces turn deaf ear to taxpayers on retirement savings

Toronto, March 5, 2014 – With Prince Edward Island and Manitoba now actively participating in Ontario’s plans for a mandatory provincial pension plan, small business owners are expressing alarm at the idea that some provinces would look to increase payroll taxes – taxes on job creation.

Optimism on the rise again among small businesses

February 27, 2014
This month is looking a bit rosier for small business owners, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Business Barometer® index rose by 0.4 points to 64.4 this month, expanding on its 1.7 point gain in January.

Cities take almost double what they claim, still cry poor

Toronto, February 24, 2014 – Toronto, February 24, 2014 – As the country’s big city mayors prepare to meet in Ottawa this week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released a new report that shows municipal governments are consistently misrepresenting how much tax money ends up in their coffers.

Landmark report ranks provincial governments on small business vision

Toronto/Montréal, 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.
 

Federal Budget gets a bronze from small business: CFIB

Toronto/Montréal, February 11, 2014 – Canada’s small business owners welcomed several measures from today’s federal budget, particularly efforts to eliminate the deficit, reduce credit card processing fees for merchants and consumers and cut the cost of the public service.

CFIB available to provide small business reaction to the 2014 Federal Budget‎

February 10, 2014
Senior representatives of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be in Ottawa tomorrow to provide small business reaction to the 2014 Federal Budget. CFIB President Dan Kelly and National French Spokesperson (and Senior Vice President for Quebec) Martine Hébert will be in the media lock-up and available immediately after the budget is tabled at 4 pm (EST).‎

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).

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.

Business Barometer®: Confidence among entrepreneurs up in January

Toronto/Montréal, January 30, 2014 – While small business optimism rebounded this month, it’s not quite back at levels seen from July through November last year, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Business Barometer® index rose by 1.7 points to 64.0 this month, clawing back about half of the losses experienced this past December.

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

Regina, 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.

Low job growth; a problem small firms can help fix

Toronto/Montréal, January 24, 2014 – If the federal government wants to grow the economy and get job numbers back on track, it need look no further than solutions recommended by the small business community. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) presented its top pre-budget priorities in a recent meeting with federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
 

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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