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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
| ||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. |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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.