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Small business optimism muted in November

Toronto/Montréal, November 26, 2015 – Canada’s small business confidence stayed relatively quiet with little change in November, dropping 0.2 points to 58.7 and remaining well below the sentiment recorded in the first half of the year.

Canada’s small business tax rate helps firms grow

Toronto/Montréal, November 18, 2015 – Canada’s small business tax rate is an effective way to promote the growth of small businesses in Canada, according to a newly published paper by CFIB’s chief economist, Ted Mallett.

CFIB looks forward to working with Prime Minister Trudeau

Toronto/Montréal, November 4, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on becoming Canada’s 23nd Prime Minister and announcing his cabinet today.

Municipal overspending costs each household $5,200

Toronto/Montréal, November 3, 2015 – Excessive city spending took $5,200 from each Canadian household over the past decade, according to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Cities of all sizes overspent by $68 billion between 2003 and 2013.

Business Barometer® climbs for first time in four months

Toronto/Montréal, October 29, 2015 – Canada’s small business confidence picked up almost three points in October, rising to 58.9. The gain marks the first national confidence increase in four months, but underlying factors continue to show a weak economy, according to CFIB’s latest Business Barometer® Index.

Shop (small) until you drop this Saturday!

Toronto/Montréal, October 22, 2015 – This weekend presents the perfect opportunity for consumers who want to make a big difference in their local community by shopping small.

CFIB statement on federal election

Toronto/Montréal, October 20, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau and the new Liberal government on their election win, and offers its sincere appreciation to candidates from all parties across the country for an engaging and hard-fought election campaign.

Top communities for entrepreneurship revealed

October 19, 2015 – In the lead-up to Canada's Small Business Saturday, CFIB unveiled its list of the best and worst communities in Canada to start or grow a business.

Nine in 10 small business voters are decided

October 17, 2015 – Ninety per cent of Canadian small business voters have made up their minds heading into Monday’s federal election and a quarter have already voted, according to a member survey conducted this week by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Canadians recognize most beloved small businesses

Toronto, October 15, 2015 – Small Business Saturday is just around the corner and to celebrate, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is recognizing Canada’s most-loved small businesses.

Federal election: small business owners will take substance over style

October 8, 2015 – With Election Day just over the horizon, Canada’s small business owners will be looking to policy over personality when it comes time to cast their ballots.

CFIB Statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Toronto, October 5, 2015 – The federal government has concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement between 12 countries. Many CFIB members appear to be in a position to benefit from the TPP deal. Others may have strong concerns.

Minimum wage hike another blow to Alberta economy

Calgary/Toronto, September 30, 2015 – The Alberta government’s reckless plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour could cost the economy at least 50,000 jobs, and will force employers to cut back on hours, re-think hiring plans, and will definitely mean less opportunity for young Albertans.

Small business confidence continues downward trend in September

Toronto/Montréal, September 24, 2015 – Canada’s small business confidence dropped for a fourth consecutive month in September, slipping to 56.0.

Federal party leaders respond to small business election issues

Toronto/Montréal, September 17, 2015 – With Election Day just over a month away, federal leaders are sharing their vision for Canada’s small businesses with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Election 2015: Lower tax rate for small biz good for all Canadians

Toronto/Montréal, September 17, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) strongly disagrees with the Canadian Council of Chief Executive’s latest report on Canada’s corporate tax system, authored by Jack Mintz, which proposes abolishing the small business corporate tax rate.

Opposition to ORPP hits a new high

Toronto, September 10, 2015 – As more details emerge from the provincial government, any existing business support for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) is evaporating, according to the latest Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) survey.

Quality of job candidates slipping: small businesses

Toronto/Montréal, September 1, 2015 – As new Statistics Canada data confirms that job vacancies remain stubbornly high despite persistent unemployment levels, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is releasing new data on what’s on the minds of small business owners when they look to hire.

Business confidence continues slide in August

Toronto/Montréal, August 27, 2015 – Canada’s business confidence continues to struggle in August. CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index fell for the third consecutive month to 56.7, its lowest point since April 2009. The index has dropped almost eight points in 2015.

National job vacancy rate drops in Q2

Toronto/Montréal, August 25, 2015 – Approximately 325,200 job openings remain unfilled across the country, according to the latest Help Wanted report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Nationwide openings in full-time, part-time and temporary positions sit at 2.6 per cent, down a tenth of a percentage point from last quarter.

Smallest businesses make biggest investment in training

August 12, 2015 – Canada’s smallest businesses lead the way in employee training, investing nearly $2,000 per employee on average each year according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ (CFIB) latest report.

No exemption, no delay for small biz on ORPP

Toronto, August 11, 2015 – The Ontario government has chosen to ignore the province’s small businesses, today announcing additional exemptions for larger firms that can afford to contribute 4 per cent or more to a formal pension for their employees’ retirement. That is more than double the ORPP rate of 1.9 per cent, and out of reach for most small firms.

CFIB launches small biz election platform as leaders enter first debate

Toronto/Montréal, August 6, 2015 – As party leaders prepare for the first debate of the federal election campaign, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is launching its small business election platform, highlighting the top election priorities for Canada’s entrepreneurs.

Business Barometer®: small biz confidence takes a beating in July

Toronto/Montréal, July 30, 2015 – Canada’s small business confidence took it on the chin in July, as CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index slipped another full point to 58.2, its lowest level since mid-2009.

Gold star for premiers: apprentices allowed across provincial borders

Toronto/Montréal, July 16, 2015 – CFIB applauds Canada’s premiers for taking a strong first step in the fight to remove internal trade barriers, as they meet in St. John’s. The Provincial-Territorial Apprentice Mobility Protocol will allow provinces to recognize each other’s technical training programs, work experience and examination results for apprentices as they move between provinces and territories in Canada.

Poll: Canadians prefer TFSAs, RRSPs over a bigger CPP

Toronto/Montréal, July 13, 2015 – As Canada’s premiers prepare to meet in St. John’s this Wednesday, new data shows that most Canadians can’t afford to save more for retirement, and wouldn’t put any extra money into the CPP or QPP if they could.

Business Barometer®: small biz confidence stuck in low gear in June

Toronto/Montréal, June 25, 2015 – Canada’s small business confidence continued to sputter in June, as CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index slipped a full point this month to 59.4. Although the index is still near the six-year low it reached this past February, the survey results suggest we are probably seeing its lower limit.

CFIB supports Private Member’s Bill to ease business succession planning

Toronto/Montréal, June 11, 2015 – A new private member’s bill promises to address a significant flaw in Canada’s succession planning rules and would save Canadian small business owners hundreds of thousands of dollars when transferring their business to a family member.

Win $500 for showing your #SmallBizLove

Toronto/Montréal, June 10, 2015 – Starting today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Interac are giving Canadians the chance to show their favourite small businesses some love, and win a $500 shopping spree, through the #SmallBizLove contest.

New internal free trade needed to remove provincial barriers

Toronto/Montréal, June 8, 2015 – CFIB is urging federal and provincial trade ministers to push hard for a new internal trade deal that removes trade barriers within Canada.

City employees make $6.43/hr more than the private sector

Toronto/Montréal, June 4, 2015 – Municipal government workers across Canada are making $6.43 more per hour on average in wages and benefits than their private sector counterparts – a gap of 22 per cent - according to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Business Barometer®: small biz confidence remains cool in May

Toronto/Montréal, May 28, 2015 – Summer may be just around the corner, but there is still a chill in the air for Canada’s small businesses. CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index remained virtually unchanged from last month, creeping up only a tenth of a point to a cool 60.6.

CFIB and Chase Paymentech deliver credit card savings for small business

Toronto/Montréal, May 8, 2015 – Chase Paymentech and CFIB announced a new agreement that provides preferred pricing to small businesses in an exclusive offering for CFIB members that builds on recent rate cuts from Visa and MasterCard.

Business Barometer®: small biz confidence slips in April

Toronto/Montréal, April 30, 2015 – April showers were not the only thing putting a damper on Canadians’ mood this month. There was a slight but broadly based drop in small business confidence levels, as measured by CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index, with seven of 10 provinces reporting a decline, shaving a point off the national index to 60.5.

Ontario budget 2015: Job-killing pension tax threatens small business

Toronto, April 23, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is disappointed that the provincial government has ignored Ontario’s small businesses in the 2015 budget. Instead of using policy levers to stimulate job creation and growth in small and medium-sized firms, the province unfairly singles out independent business owners and their employees by continuing to move forward with a proposed payroll tax, disguised as a pension premium.

CFIB gives 2015 budget an “A”: Big tax cut for small business

Ottawa/Toronto/Montréal, April 21, 2015 – Small business owners are thrilled to see a small business-friendly budget, including an 18% reduction in the small business corporate tax rate.

Revamped Code of Conduct ensures Visa, MasterCard rate cuts will be passed on to small merchants

Toronto/Montréal, April 13, 2015 – As credit card fee reductions promised by Visa and MasterCard begin to take effect later this week, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) president Dan Kelly joined Finance Minister Joe Oliver at the Arts Market in Toronto today to announce new rules that will make sure small businesses see the promised savings.

82 per cent of small businesses support balanced budget law

Toronto/Montréal, April 8, 2015 – TORONTO, April 8, 2015 – Small businesses are strong supporters of balanced budget legislation and commend Finance Minister Joe Oliver on his announcement today at the Economic Club of Canada.

Feds should allow all TFWs in Canada to stay

Toronto, April 1, 2015 – With thousands of Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) about to be forced to leave Canada before their permanent residency applications are fully processed, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) again urged the federal government to offer additional flexibility. This is in response to an April 1st deadline that will mark the beginning of a long process to force Temporary Foreign Workers to leave the country.

Business Barometer®: confidence rebounds in March

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.

Public sector workers earn more, work less

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.

Directory and invoice scams commonly hit small businesses: CFIB

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.

Credit Card Fraud: CFIB warns merchants

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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