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Small Business Owners Not Letting The Feds Off The Hook Just Yet

November 2, 2017
Governments of all stripes are often eager to turn the page in times of tumult. Following three months of intense backlash culminating from their small business tax proposals, the federal government introduced some 'cheerful' news in the form of their fall economic statement

Tax change backlash gets changes made, but more are needed: CFIB

October 30, 2017
After months of defending the proposals and suggesting they were open only to a few tweaks, the government did make — to its credit — some major changes.

Ottawa should support small businesses, not kick them in the teeth: CFIB Comment

October 6, 2017
You wouldn’t know it this year, but October is supposed to be the month when we recognize the importance of small business in Canada. Politicians typically line up to celebrate the contributions of smaller firms in October. But this year, rather than lining up to celebrate small business, the federal government has chosen to kick entrepreneurs in the teeth.

Why small business owners are so angry at their government: CFIB comment

September 7, 2017
If one listens to the messages coming out of the federal government in recent days – the need for tax fairness, a push to end tax loopholes, ensuring Canada doesn’t create two classes of taxpayers – it would seem hard to argue against recent proposals to change the tax system for small business owners. But why then are small business owners so angry at their government? Let’s explore the reasons.

How the federal tax-reform proposals miss their target

August 30, 2017
As with anything to do with tax, no matter how beneficently new proposals are described, the devil is in the details. Such is the case with the federal government's plans to address the use of some common tax-management tools for private corporations.

Your Neighbourhood Small Business Owner Isn't A 'Fat-Cat Tax Cheat'

August 25, 2017
Rather than pursuing tax cheats, the federal government has put forward proposals that essentially accuse the vast majority of business owners of dodging their fair share of taxes. Legitimate small business tax rules — put in place by previous governments to support small business growth and expansion — are now thought of as loopholes being exploited by the fat-cat owner of the neighbourhood coffee shop, chiropractor or dry cleaner.

How Canada's small businesses survived 150 years and more: CFIB

June 30, 2017
As we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business takes pride in the fact that of our 109,000 members today, 57 businesses predate Confederation. hese businesses have seen a tremendous amount of change in the country’s history and have thrived through it all.

Ontario, Alberta labour policies are putting small business under the gun: Comment

June 12, 2017
The laws governing wages and workplace rules are under provincial jurisdiction for the vast majority of workers, but there are worrisome trends in two of Canada’s largest provinces that have strongly negative implications for the entire country.

Eighty per cent of small businesses try to go green, without government urging: CFIB study

April 24, 2017
While many suggest that Canada’s business community is not doing enough to protect the environment, a new report, Green Growth, from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business shows that ‘going green’ is a priority for a majority of small businesses in Canada.

For small business, both relief and apprehension follow the 2017 federal budget

March 24, 2017
Last Wednesday’s budget was a dramatic improvement over last year’s inaugural effort for the new government.

What the CFIB wants to see for small business in this year's federal budget

March 7, 2017
They say every new day is full of possibilities. The same can be said of government budgets. Every time our elected leaders put out a budget, it is another chance to get it right. Even if you already got it right once, in fact, there is always more that can be done.

CFIB’s Red Tape Awareness Week begins with challenge to government to declutter rules

January 24, 2017
To kick off its annual Red Tape Awareness Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses is challenging governments across the country to commit to getting rid of one government rule for every new one that comes into force. Several governments in Canada — provincial and federal — have already become models for this kind of action by putting regulatory caps in place.

Some (additional) challenges small business will confront in 2017

January 3, 2017
The past year was a tough one for many small businesses and from the outset, it’s shaping up to be another tough year. So what can we expect? While my crystal ball is no better than anyone else’s, here are some of the things I’ll be keeping an eye on as we head into 2017.
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