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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

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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