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