Toronto/Montréal, March 26, 2015
Small business confidence warmed slightly in March, rising about a point and a half over February’s Business Barometer®. March saw a sentiment of guarded optimism in the energy-producing provinces and rising optimism in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec, yet the overall national reading of 61.5 still reflected a mood of uncertainty.
Toronto/Montréal, March 23, 2015
If you work in the private sector, you’re making up to $8,150 less per year, and working up to six hours more each week, than someone doing the same job for the government. This is one of several key findings from CFIB’s latest Wage Watch report, pointing to a huge wage and benefits advantage for public sector workers over the rest of us.
March 9, 2015
During Fraud Prevention Month, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) continues to raise awareness about the types of scams and fraud that commonly hit small businesses around the region.
March 3, 2015
March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is issuing a warning to merchants following a surge in credit card fraud being reported in the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.