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CFIB and Scotiabank team up to support startup businesses

Winnipeg, October 21, 2014 – To help celebrate Small Business Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Scotiabank are coming together to offer Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs access to the tailored support and services they need to get their businesses off to a good start.

Canada’s top entrepreneurial communities announced

Winnipeg, October 20, 2014 – In its annual ranking of Canada’s best cities for starting and growing a business, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is giving top billing to the communities around Calgary and Edmonton, followed closely by Saskatoon.

New research debunks Canadians' misconceptions about agriculture

Winnipeg, October 8, 2014 – Farming in Canada is not what many Canadians think it is, according to Realities of Agriculture in Canada – A sector of innovation and growth, a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In fact, the majority of farmers – fifty-one per cent - plan to adopt new, innovative technologies over the next three years, and 44 per cent are planning to expand their business.
 

CFIB declares October 25 as Small Business Saturday 2014

Winnipeg, October 6, 2014 – A new nationwide contest on Twitter - #MyFavSmallBiz - hosted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) in partnership with Interac, will give Canadians a chance to vote for their favourite small business. The contest, which starts today, is part of the lead-up to CFIB’s annual Small Business Saturday, taking place October 25th.

CFIB urges government to allow some TFWs in Canada to stay

Winnipeg, October 3, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on the federal government to take urgent action to ensure that recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) don’t result in severe hardship for would-be Canadians.

Minimum wage hike hurts Manitoba youth & small biz

Winnipeg, October 1, 2014 – Today’s minimum wage rate hike to $10.70 per hour will once again make it even harder for small business to create Manitoba jobs according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The rate hike will also affect Manitoba’s youth especially hard.

Manitoba small biz optimism improves in September

Winnipeg, September 25, 2014 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba is up 2.8 points to an index of 65.8 in September from an index of 63.0 in August; in line with the national average index of 65.6.

CFIB commends government on 15 per cent cut in employment insurance rates for small business

Winnipeg, September 11, 2014 – Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) president Dan Kelly joined Finance Minister Joe Oliver today as he announced a major reduction in Employment Insurance (EI) premiums for small business owners. The announcement was made at Value Wood Floors – a Toronto-area small business and member of CFIB.

Manitoba’s largest municipalities overspent $412 million

Winnipeg, September 9, 2014 – With Manitoba’s municipal elections scheduled for October 22nd, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its inaugural Manitoba Municipal Spending Watch. The report discovered Manitoba’s 24 largest municipalities increased operating spending at three times the rate of sustainable spending growth, resulting in taxpayers paying $412 million more than needed to fund local governments.

Premiers moving in the right direction on inter-provincial trade

Winnipeg, August 29, 2014 – As Canada’s premiers conclude meetings in Charlottetown today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes news that the provinces will lead a comprehensive renewal of Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).

CFIB available to comment on small biz issues following Council of the Federation Meeting in PEI

Winnipeg, August 29, 2014 – With the Council of the Federation meeting wrapping up in Charlottetown today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is available to talk to the media about several key issues discussed during the COF meeting, and their impact on small business.

Manitoba small biz optimism down in August

Winnipeg, August 28, 2014 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba is down 1.7 points to an index of 63.0 in August from an index of 64.7 in July, and once again below the national average index of 65.5.

Trade with Europe easier than trade within Canada

Winnipeg, August 25, 2014 – With Canada recently opening up international markets with historic trade agreements, it is time to drop trade barriers between our own provinces. As Canada’s premiers come together in Charlottetown this week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging them to use international agreements like the Canada-EU free trade agreement as a model for modernizing trade within Canada’s borders.

Manitoba Drivers overpay MPI by $40 million; CFIB urges insurer to lower costs by ending credit card payment option

Winnipeg, August 11, 2014 – Winnipeg, August 12, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to save Manitoba drivers millions per year by stopping acceptance of credit cards for payment of auto insurance premiums. Over the last 5 years, MPI has paid over $40 million in credit card processing fees to accept credit cards from ratepayers.

Manitoba small biz optimism stalls in July

Winnipeg, July 31, 2014 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba remains almost unchanged with an index of 64.7 in July compared to an index of 64.0 in June.

312,000 jobs remain unfilled across Canada in Q1

Winnipeg, July 28, 2014 – The latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ (CFIB) clearly shows that when employers have open jobs, they try to attract talent by raising wages, yet severe labour shortages persist. This disproves a common belief that businesses with labour shortages simply need to pay higher wages to attract staff.

CFIB urges federal government to go slow on CASL

Winnipeg, 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.

Manitoba small biz optimism down in June

Winnipeg, June 26, 2014 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba is down 2.3 points to an index of 64.0 in June from an index of 66.3 in May, in line with the national average index of 63.5.

Broad new “anti-spam” law confusing, challenging for small business

Winnipeg, 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% of small business owners are fully aware of CASL’s requirements, and most (62%) have taken no steps to comply.

Manitoba smallbiz says smaller civil service needed

Winnipeg, June 18, 2014 – Today the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) urges the Manitoba government to commit to further reduce the size of the provincial civil service through attrition. Reductions to the size of the Manitoba civil service are needed to ensure the long term financial sustainability of the province.

Manitoba small biz frustrated with minimum wage hike; Reforming provincial tax system more effective way to raise incomes

Winnipeg, June 18, 2014 – Winnipeg, June 18, 2014 –The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) expressed its frustration with today’s announcement of Manitoba’s minimum wage increasing from $10.45 to $10.70 per hour on October 1, 2014.

Manitoba small biz optimism improves in May, but still struggles to keep pace with other provinces

Winnipeg, May 29, 2014 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba is up 2.7 points to an index of 66.3 in May from an index of 63.6 in April, but still below the national average index of 67.1.

Municipal overspending costs Canadian households $7,800

Winnipeg, 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 has cost each household in Canada more than $7,800 during the past 12 years.

CFIB analysis points to similar impacts in Manitoba, PEI

Winnipeg/Ottawa/Charlottetown, May 26, 2014 – Ontario, Manitoba and PEI would add about half a percentage point to their unemployment rates if they carry through on plans for a mandatory provincial pension plan, with negligible benefits to show for it. According to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the plan would lead to 171,000 person-years of lost work and a permanent drop in wages.

End moratorium, enforce the rules, protect TFWs’ rights

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.

Manitoba considering 40% hike to pension payroll taxes

Winnipeg, May 13, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is shocked the Manitoba government is considering introducing a new payroll tax according to recent media reports. Modelled on the recently announced Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), both small business owners and employers would see up to another $1,643 taken each year in taxes.

Small businesses look to hire Canadian workers first

Winnipeg, 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.

Pension payroll tax hikes back on national agenda

Winnipeg, 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 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.

Telecom: Lack of choice, poor customer service hurt small biz

Winnipeg, 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). While most SMEs use internet and wireless technologies more than ever to run their business, current options – or a lack thereof – are a growing cause of concern.

CFIB disappointed with Manitoba Hydro review process

Winnipeg, April 29, 2014 – Today the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) expressed its disappointment with the ongoing Public Utilities Board (PUB) review of Manitoba Hydro’s Preferred Development Plan (PDP). CFIB is concerned Manitobans may not get the full picture of Hydro’s PDP plan due to limitations placed on the review by the provincial government.

Small business applauds federal pension move

Winnipeg, 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.

Manitoba small biz optimism continues trend of lacklustre performance

Winnipeg, April 24, 2014 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows Manitoba small business optimism continues to underperform compared to other Western provinces. In April, Manitoba’s index increased by 2.2 points to an index of 63.6, compared to index levels of 73.0, 71.9 and 70.7 in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta respectively.

CFIB applauds passage of the Employees’ Voting Rights Act (Bill C-525)

Winnipeg, April 10, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes the passage of Bill C-525 in the House of Commons today, which, among other measures, would require votes by secret ballot to certify and decertify unions in federally-regulated workplaces. CFIB hopes the Senate will move quickly to pass the legislation.

Canada Post hikes rates on small businesses

Winnipeg, 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.

Manitoba small biz optimism stabilizes in March

Winnipeg, March 27, 2014 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows Manitoba small business optimism is up 2.7 points to an index of 61.4 in March from an index of 58.7 in February. The March results leave Manitoba below the province’s five year average index of 63.1 and below the national average of 64.1.

296,000 job vacancies across Canada in Q4

Winnipeg, 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.

Manitoba Falls Further Behind in 2014 Budget

Winnipeg, March 6, 2014 – With a chronic deficit, unsustainable spending and backwards movement on many tax policies, the 2014 provincial budget leaves Manitoba’s small businesses and families further behind the rest of the country, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

CFIB available to provide small business reaction to the 2014 Manitoba Budget

Winnipeg, March 6, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be at the Manitoba Legislature this afternoon to provide small business reaction to the 2014 Manitoba Budget. CFIB Manitoba Director, Provincial Affairs, Elliot Sims will be available in the rotunda of the Legislative Building immediately after the budget is tabled.

Manitoba looking to sign on to Ontario’s pension mistake

Winnipeg, March 5, 2014 – With Prince Edward Island and Manitoba now actively participating in Ontario’s plans for a mandatory “made-in-Ontario” 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.
 

Manitoba, PEI looking to join Ontario’s pension mistake. Provinces turn deaf ear to taxpayers on retirement savings

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.

Manitoba small biz optimism drops sharply in February

Winnipeg, February 27, 2014 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba fell sharply to an index of 58.7 in February, a 3.9 point decline from January’s index of 62.6. Manitoba’s index has now fallen 8.9 points in 3 months, making Manitoba entrepreneurs the third least optimistic in Canada. The CFIB also released its small business 2014 pre-budget priorities for the upcoming March 6th provincial budget.

Cities take almost double what they claim, still cry poor

Winnipeg, 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.

Small business owners rank Premier Selinger dead last

Winnipeg, February 19, 2014 – New survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reveal Manitoba entrepreneurs are the least confident in Canada that their Premier and provincial government have a vision that supports small business. In nearly every category surveyed, the Manitoba government and Premier Selinger received the worst ratings for a provincial government or Premier.

Canada’s worst red tape offenders named: Temporary Foreign Worker Program, Multi-Material British Columbia joint winners of first annual Paperweight Award

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).

Little city, big idea: Langford, B.C., wins national Golden Scissors Award

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.

CFIB commends announcement of red tape legislation in Manitoba

Winnipeg, January 30, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to learn new legislation to measure and report on red tape volumes will be introduced when the Manitoba Legislature resumes this spring.

Manitoba small biz optimism edges lower in January

Winnipeg, January 30, 2014 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba edged lower with an index of 62.6 in January from an index of 63.4 in December. It is now back below the national average index value of 64.0.

Small businesses welcome federal red tape legislation

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.

CFIA rules cost Canadian farmers $657 million a year

Regina, 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.

The grades are in: Red tape progress across Canada is a mixed bag

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.

Manitoba’s Grade Stalls at D- in 2014 Red Tape Report Card

Winnipeg, January 28, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its 4th annual Red Tape Report Card today that revealed Manitoba’s grade remains unchanged at D- due to no progress on red tape measurement over the last year.

Canadians stressed out by government paperwork: Poll

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.
 

National “Paperweight” Award finalists announced

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.
 

Third annual national Golden Scissors Award finalists announced

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.

Canada’s 5th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™ coming January 27–31

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.

Manitoba ushers in 2014 with hidden tax hike

January 6, 2014 – If you live in Manitoba, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island, the New Year means that you just fell further behind your fellow Canadians in terms of how much personal income tax you pay.
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