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Business Barometer®: Smallbiz confidence cools in February

Toronto/Montréal, February 26, 2015 – Small business confidence mirrored the frosty weather in February, dropping more than four points from last month to reach its lowest level since mid-2009. February’s Business Barometer included some warmer signs coming from Atlantic Canada and healthy optimism in British Columbia, yet the overall national reading of 59.1 was decidedly chilly.

Nova Scotia business optimism rebounds for second straight month

February 26, 2015 – Following a strong January, Nova Scotia’s Business Barometer™ index rose another three points or so in February, finishing the month off at 67.7. In contrast to trailing most provinces through much of 2014, Nova Scotia is in the top three behind only Prince Edward Island and British Columbia.

TransLink suffers huge credibility gap with small biz

Vancouver, February 23, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released a second batch of results from a survey of business owners in the Metro Vancouver about the proposal by the Mayor’s Council to add a half point to the PST in the region to fund additional transportation spending by TransLink.

CFIB partners with leading Chinese-Canadian business group

Toronto, February 19, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) rang in the Chinese New Year today by signing a key partnership agreement with a leading association of Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs.

Small business weighs in on federal budget

February 17, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its pre-budget submission today, outlining specific measures that will allow Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses to thrive in a time of economic uncertainty.

Business Barometer: Small biz optimism up but uncertain

Toronto, January 29, 2015 – Small business confidence seemed to bounce back in January, but national gains were based on increases in only three of ten provinces, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). January’s Business Barometer® reading rose about a point and a half to 63.5, after bottoming out in December.

CRA Minister wins Golden Scissors Award for cutting red tape

January 23, 2015 – To wrap up Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, CFIB announced that the Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, is the winner of the 2015 Golden Scissors Award, for a simple change to tax policy that will allow small businesses to file their payroll taxes less often.

Small businesses give the CRA a “C” for performance

Toronto/Montréal, January 22, 2015 – The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is getting better, but most small business owners don’t know about it, according to the latest CRA Report Card released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The majority of small business owners and tax practitioners surveyed support recent changes at the agency, but still give the CRA a “C” grade.

Canadian farmers burnt out by government red tape

Toronto/Montréal, January 21, 2015 – Farmers are burnt out by excessive government regulations, confusing forms and bad customer service. These and other findings were released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), which also found that one-third of agri-business owners would not advise their children to start a business given the burden of government red tape.

Regulation costs Canadian businesses $37 billion a year

January 21, 2015 – Canada’s Red Tape Report, issued on day three of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, revealed that the total cost of regulation to Canadian businesses has grown to $37.1 billion, up from $31.7 billion in 2012. In terms of time, businesses spent an average of 842 hours a year complying with government rules and paperwork in 2014. That figure was up 12 per cent from 2012.

Red tape grades a mixed bag

Toronto/Montréal, January 20, 2015 – On day two of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual report card, grading the provinces, territories and federal government on their commitment to red tape accountability. The report card looks at measurement, public reporting and political leadership.

King of the CASL: CRTC Chairman shares Paperweight crown

Toronto/Montréal, January 19, 2015 – To kick-off Red Tape Awareness Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced the winners for its annual Paperweight Award, citing the most egregious examples of government red tape on small businesses.

Red Tape Awareness Week – Government announcements

January 19, 2015
Red tape awareness is great, but ultimately only government, at the federal, provincial and local level, can reduce the red tape burden and free the entrepreneur.

CFIB announces Golden Scissors Award finalists

January 16, 2015
In the lead-up to Red Tape Awareness WeekTM (January 19–23), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its annual Golden Scissors Award.

CFIB announces Paperweight Award finalists

January 15, 2015
In the lead-up to Red Tape Awareness WeekTM (January 19–23), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its annual Paperweight Award.

Red Tape Awareness Week

January 14, 2015
The rules and paperwork that governments impose on small businesses cost billions of dollars annually. Now in its sixth year, Canada’s Red Tape Awareness WeekTM (January 19-23) will reveal whether things are getting better or worse for the entrepreneur.
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