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New federal tax blueprint raises uncertainty for small firms

Toronto/Montréal, July 18, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is raising its concerns about potential tax changes announced this morning by the Minister of Finance. This series of proposed changes is intended to address tax loopholes, but may alter legitimate ways small firms share income among family members.

Small business to Premiers: focus on “affordability crunch” and internal trade at Council of the Federation

Toronto/Montréal, July 18, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) sent a letter to Canada`s Premiers outlining the top two priorities small businesses would like addressed at the upcoming Council of the Federation meeting.

Five priorities to achieve free trade success within Canada

Toronto/Montréal, June 29, 2017 – Addressing inter-provincial trade barriers vital for small business. As Canada prepares to implement the CFTA on July 1st, CFIB identifies five immediate priority areas for the RCT to tackle.

Business Barometer ®: Confidence drops in June

Toronto/Montréal, June 29, 2017 – Canada's small business optimism dropped by more than five points in June to the 60.9 mark, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s Business Barometer®.

CFIB commends Visa and Mastercard decision to allow merchants limited surcharging powers

Toronto/Montréal, June 14, 2017 – Merchants are given the power to surcharge some or certain types of credit cards.

CFIB applauds feds for shelving anti-spam lawsuits

Toronto/Montréal, June 7, 2017 – CASL compliance still a big hurdle for small business; resources available

Business Barometer®: Confidence up again in May

Toronto/Montréal, May 25, 2017 – Canada's small business optimism increased by another point and a half in May, bringing the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s (CFIB) Business Barometer® to the 66.0 mark, the best level in two and a half years.

Business Barometer®: Confidence on the rise again

April 27, 2017
Canada's small business optimism is on the rise again in April. The monthly Business BarometerÒ Index, put out by CFIB, gained a point and a half to finish the month at 64.4—its best level since November 2014.

CFIB environment report: independent businesses already taking action to grow greener

April 21, 2017 – In honour of Earth Day (April 22), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a new report on the environment that shows a majority of small business owners believe it is possible to grow the economy and the environment at the same time.

CFIB celebrates new era of open trade among provinces

Toronto/Montréal, April 7, 2017 – CFIB applauds the federal and provincial governments for ironing out a new internal trade deal that aims to remove trade barriers within Canada. The Canadian Free Trade Agreement is such a major step towards resolving often conflicting rules and regulations across provinces that CFIB will be presenting the Trade Ministers with a special edition Golden Scissors Award.

CFIB available for comment on new trade deal

April 6, 2017
CFIB will be reacting to the announcement on Friday of a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) between the federal, provincial and territorial governments. In recognition of this achievement, CFIB will be presenting the trade ministers with Special Edition Golden Scissors Awards, the first time this honour has been bestowed outside of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM.

Business Barometer®: Confidence remains steady

March 30, 2017
Canada's small business optimism remained steady in March, holding on to the gains it had posted a month earlier, according to Business BarometerÒ, a monthly index put out by the CFIB. The index remains at 62.9 points—the same as in February and 2.7 points above January’s reading.

2017 budget a relief for small firms but worries, tax hikes on horizon

Toronto/Montréal, March 22, 2017 – In responding to the 2017 Federal Budget, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) noted that small business owners will be relieved to learn there are no measures to raise taxes on capital gains or small business income in 2017.

CFIB available to comment on federal budget

Toronto/Montréal, March 21, 2017 – Senior representatives of CFIB will be available for comment immediately following the release of the federal budget tomorrow. CFIB president Dan Kelly and senior vice-president Martine Hébert will both be available in Ottawa to discuss the impact of the budget on small business.

Ontario hits new heights as national Q4 job vacancy rate remains steady

Toronto/Montréal, March 16, 2017 – Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate was once again unchanged at 2.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the latest Help Wanted report, though Ontario saw its highest recorded reading since CFIB started measuring this indicator in 2004.

CFIB pegs taxes on small business income and capital gains as top concerns ahead of federal budget 2017

Toronto/Montréal, March 9, 2017 – CFIB has released its list of recommendations ahead of the 2017 federal budget, citing a reinstatement of the promised reduction in the small business tax rate as a top priority. There is also concern that the federal government may be considering reducing access to the lower rate of taxation on small business income or raising taxes on capital gains.

Business Barometer®: Resource sector optimism helps stir up more upbeat mood across country

Toronto/Montréal, February 23, 2017 – Canada's small businesses are quite a bit more upbeat in February, according to Business BarometerÒ, a monthly index put out by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The index rose 2.7 points to 62.9 this month—its best reading since January 2015.

CFIB Partners with Mastercard to Meet the Needs of Small Business

Toronto, February 16, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Mastercard today announced an agreement that recognizes the contribution and importance of small businesses to the Canadian economy and local communities.

Digital technologies growing more integral to small businesses, says CFIB

Toronto/Montréal, February 15, 2017 – The use of social media and other digital tools have become increasingly important in establishing and operating a small business in recent years, according to a survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), with over half of all small firms now utilising Facebook on a routine basis.

CFIB to MPs: Support the family succession bill

Toronto/Montréal, February 7, 2017 – CFIB is encouraging Members of Parliament to support Bill C‑274, a Private Member's Bill put forward by the Honourable Guy Caron to amend the Income Tax Act as it pertains to the transfer of small businesses, family farms or fishing corporations. A vote on the bill is imminent.

CFIA earns Honourable Mention for national Golden Scissors Award

January 27, 2017 – On the final day of Red Tape Awareness Week, CFIB is pleased to award an Honourable Mention for the coveted Golden Scissors Award to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in recognition of its efforts to cut through a labyrinth of regulations for agri-businesses, and improve customer service, with the introduction of Ask CFIA.

Red Tape Reduction Day Law wins national Golden Scissors Award for cutting red tape

January 27, 2017 – To close out Red Tape Awareness Week™ 2017, CFIB announced this morning that the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of BC, and the Honourable Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction for BC, have been named the winners of the Golden Scissors award for leadership and producing meaningful results in cutting red tape for small businesses.

CRA helpline gets another poor grade from CFIB

January 26, 2017 – Third time is not the charm for the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Business Enquiries phone line. As part of its Red Tape Awareness Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has conducted its third “secret shopper” evaluation of the CRA’s call centre, giving it a grade of C-.

Business Barometer®: Small business confidence markedly buoyant despite dip

Toronto/Montréal, January 26, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its Business Barometer index today, showing small business confidence now stands at 60.1. Although optimism has stepped back a little in January from December readings, it is still showing more buoyancy than what we had seen though most of 2015 and 2016.

CFIB unveils 2017 Paperweight Awards

January 25, 2017 – Sidewalks to nowhere, rogue lemonade stands, and a war on sandwich spreads. If it seems ridiculous it must be the heavy hand of government rolling out another spool of red tape, restraining us all in a tangled mess of short-sighted regulations. CFIB releases this year’s list of outrageous regulatory headaches for small businesses and most deserving of the ‘Paperweight Award’.

Canada’s red tape report card: BC and Quebec lead the way

Toronto/Montréal, January 24, 2017 – Today, during Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual red tape report card, grading the provinces and territories on their commitment to red tape accountability. The report card looks at political leadership, public measurement, and constraints on regulations.

CFIB commends Manitoba Government on landmark announcement of one-for-one law

Winnipeg/Toronto, January 23, 2017 – CFIB issued a red tape challenge to provincial and territorial governments to follow the example set federally and legislate a one-for-one law. CFIB commends Manitoba for becoming the first province to accept the challenge and commit to legislate a one-for-one law.

CFIB to provinces and territories: one rule in, one rule out

Toronto/Montréal, January 23, 2017 – To kick off its annual Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is issuing a red tape challenge to provincial and territorial governments across the country to follow the example set federally and legislate a one-for-one law.

CFIB reveals Canada-wide nominees for red tape reduction award. Winner of the ‘Golden Scissors’ to be announced January 27

Toronto/Montréal, January 18, 2017 – In the lead-up to Red Tape Awareness Week™ 2017 (January 23-27), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its Golden Scissors Award, which honours an elected official or others in government who have shown leadership and delivered meaningful results in cutting red tape for small business.

8th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™ kicks off January 23, 2017

Toronto/Montréal, January 17, 2017 – Toronto, January 17, 2017 – Entering its eighth year, Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week™ (January 23-27) challenges governments to reduce the hidden tax of red tape for the good of all Canadians.

CFIB looks forward to working with new cabinet

Toronto, January 10, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates the new members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, as well as those assuming new roles, and look forward to working with the new ministers on many of the issues affecting Canada’s 2.5 million entrepreneurs.
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