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Manitoba launches Red Tape Reduction Task Force

Winnipeg, December 6, 2016 – Small business owners across Manitoba welcome the launch of the province’s Red Tape Reduction Task Force, which delivers on a commitment made during the 2016 election. The Task Force will identify regulatory requirements that stifle growth and will initially focus its efforts on four specific industries; agriculture and food-processing, transportation, non-profit organizations, and land development.

Manitoba small biz optimism rebounds in November

Winnipeg, November 24, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows that small business optimism in Manitoba jumped significantly in November to an index of 63.2, up 7.6 points from 55.6 in October. This index level is above the national index of 59.4.

CFIB to provide small biz reaction to Throne Speech

Winnipeg, November 21, 2016 – With the Manitoba government set to deliver its Speech from the Throne in Winnipeg today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be closely monitoring the Throne Speech with respect to Manitoba’s business climate.

Manitobans stuck with bill for excessive municipal spending; amounting to $3,500 for a family of four

Winnipeg, November 15, 2016 – In advance of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities’ (AMM) annual meeting, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is releasing the third edition of the Manitoba Municipal Spending Watch. The report finds Manitoba’s 26 largest municipalities’ overspending amounted to $848 million from 2008-2014, which is equivalent to $3,500 for a family of four.

Financial Literacy Month: Vubiz, CFIB, M is for Money™ partner to offer financial elearning experience to kids

November 15, 2016 – Are we teaching our children the lessons that will help them grow into healthy, prosperous and happy adults? To mark Financial Literacy Month, Vubiz has partnered with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Teresa Cascioli, award-winning entrepreneur and author of the M is for Money books, to launch a ground-breaking series of online lessons focused on financial literacy and business skills…for kids.

Manitoba decides to consult in November on CPP expansion

Winnipeg, November 4, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased the Manitoba government has announced it will consult with Manitobans on the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) expansion. Feedback will be accepted until November 27th. CFIB asks the province to take the next step by pressing pause on its support of CPP expansion until after the consultation is studied and a full economic analysis is completed.

Manitoba small biz optimism increases slightly in October; but still below the national index

Winnipeg, October 27, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows that small business optimism in Manitoba increased slightly in October to an index of 55.6, up 0.9 points from 54.7 in September. This index level is still below the national index of 57.7.

Credit unions rated best by small business; Scotiabank tops list among big five

Winnipeg, October 20, 2016 – Credit unions continue to be the top performers when it comes to serving small businesses’ overall financial needs, according to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independence Business (CFIB). Scotiabank received the top score among big banks, with Bank of Montreal (BMO) and TD Canada Trust receiving the lowest score among the big five.

Let’s celebrate local businesses on Small Business Saturday!

Winnipeg, October 20, 2016 – This Saturday, October 22nd – take the time to say “thanks” to the many independent businesses that make Canada’s communities unique. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) hosts Canada’s Small Business Saturday to encourage consumers to shop at their local, small, independent businesses, and help entrepreneurs promote their businesses online.

Small business key to making Canada the innovation nation

Winnipeg, October 19, 2016 – Canada’s small businesses need to be part of the country’s innovation conversation, according to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) being released at the first meeting of the all-party Entrepreneur Caucus since last fall’s election.

Ranking Canada’s communities on entrepreneurship

Winnipeg, October 17, 2016 – Governments and policy-makers seeking inspiration on how to promote business growth and foster entrepreneurship don’t need to look any further than CFIB’s ninth annual Entrepreneurial Communities report.

Small business disappointed as BC signs on to deal to hike CPP premiums

Winnipeg, October 4, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) was disappointed by today’s announcement by the BC government that it has signed on to a mandatory expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), which comes with added costs for small businesses and their workers. BC now joins the federal and provincial governments – outside of Quebec – in giving the green light to CPP expansion across Canada.

Smallest businesses face biggest barriers getting bank financing

Winnipeg, October 4, 2016 – The smallest businesses have the hardest time accessing bank financing, according to a new CFIB report that also found many small business owners are using their own personal assets as additional sources of financing.

Small biz commends Manitoba government’s decision to freeze minimum wage

Winnipeg, September 29, 2016 – As a number of provinces prepare to hike minimum wage on October 1, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is commending the Manitoba government for freezing minimum wage, and for listening to small business owners’ alternatives to minimum wage policy.

Manitoba small biz optimism declines slightly in September

Winnipeg, September 29, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows that small business optimism in Manitoba declined slightly in September to an index of 54.7, down 1.4 points from 56.1 in August. This index level is still below the national index of 59.0.

Small biz urges Manitoba government to freeze minimum wage

Winnipeg, September 28, 2016 – As a number of provinces prepare to hike minimum wage in the coming days, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a new survey that debunks a number of myths about minimum wage and outlines more effective ways for government to help low-income Manitobans.

New report on EI: Small business strongly supports reinstating youth hiring incentive

Winnipeg, September 14, 2016 – With a government review of Employment Insurance (EI) service quality underway and EI premium rates for 2017 being announced this week, CFIB’s latest report on EI offers guidance to policymakers as they consider changes to the system.

Early signs show agreement for lower credit card fees is working

Winnipeg, September 14, 2016 – Canada’s small business community is pleased to see preliminary evidence that credit card fee reductions introduced by the big two credit card providers in 2015 are being reflected in the “swipe fees” charged to merchants. CFIB appreciates the efforts made by Visa and MasterCard in working with the small business community and the federal government towards greater fairness in the payments industry.

Canadians misinformed on CPP expansion deal; oppose plan if it affects wages

Winnipeg, September 8, 2016 – A new Ipsos poll reveals that most Canadians don’t know how the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) works or what CPP expansion will mean. When presented with some of the probable effects on wages as a result of the expansion, 70% of employed Canadians said they would oppose the hike. In light of this latest information, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) calls for the expansion deal to be put on hold until full education and consultation can take place.

National job vacancy rate holds steady in Q2;

Winnipeg, August 31, 2016 – Canada’s job vacancy rate held constant at 2.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The hold comes after three straight quarterly declines and represents roughly 303,100 vacant full time and temporary positions across Canada. In Manitoba, the private sector job vacancy rate held steady at 2.1 per cent, representing 8,600 unfilled jobs.

Canada Post deal provides short-term relief for small business; fixes nothing

Winnipeg, August 31, 2016 – Averting a postal service disruption is a relief for Canada’s small businesses, but the tentative deal between Canada Post and its largest union fails to address the fundamental problems affecting the corporation and its customers: unsustainable pensions that continue to push costs up.

Small businesses preparing for Canada Post service disruption

Winnipeg, August 26, 2016 – With Canada Post’s biggest union giving 72-hour notice of a strike but negotiations ongoing, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling for a speedy resolution to keep the mail moving.

Manitoba small biz optimism unchanged in August

Winnipeg, August 25, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows that small business optimism in Manitoba remained unchanged in August at an index of 56.1, down 0.3 points from 56.4 in July. This index level is still below the national index of 59.8.

RBC, CIBC losing grip on small business market

Winnipeg, August 23, 2016 – As Canada’s big banks release their quarterly financial results, new data from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) shows significant shifts in which banks Canada’s small- and medium-sized firms are using. While Royal Bank still has the largest share of small and medium business customers, the landscape is changing.

CPP increase not so “modest” according to small business

Winnipeg, August 11, 2016 – The proposed Canada Pension Plan (CPP) increase may be pitched as “modest”, but small business owners are saying it’s anything but, according to the latest data from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Manitoba small biz optimism declines slightly in July

Winnipeg, July 28, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba declined slightly in July to an index of 56.4, down 1.4 points from 57.8 in June. This index level is below the national index of 57.6 and is 5.3 points below Manitoba’s optimism in July of last year (61.7).

CFIB available to comment on Council of the Federation meeting

Winnipeg, July 20, 2016 – Senior officials from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be available to comment on various important issues being discussed by Canada’s premiers this week at the Council of the Federation meeting in Whitehorse.

BC consulting on CPP – Other provinces should too

Winnipeg, July 15, 2016 – Winnipeg, July 15, 2016 – With British Columbia today launching a public consultation on CPP expansion, and Quebec planning a consultation on QPP in the fall, CFIB is encouraging other provinces, including Manitoba, to take the opportunity to consult.

New small business data on CPP: expansion without consultation “irresponsible”

Winnipeg, July 6, 2016 – With a July 15th deadline looming for provincial leaders to commit Canadians to a lifetime of increased CPP, eight in 10 small business owners are calling on governments to delay a final agreement in favour of consulting with Canadians and conducting a full economic impact analysis according to a new CFIB survey.

Canada Post lockout: work stoppages and unsustainable pension plans need to end

Winnipeg, July 5, 2016 – With unionized Canada Post workers on 72-hours notice for a lockout, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is encouraging the postal service to find a solution to their growing pension problem and urging a quick settlement before any mail disruption.

Manitoba small biz optimism holds steady in June

Winnipeg, June 30, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba remained basically unchanged in June at an index of 57.8 compared to an index of 57.7 in May. This index level is below Manitoba’s five year average of 63.5 and below the national index of 60.0.

CFIB files Freedom of Information requests across Canada on CPP deal

Winnipeg, June 29, 2016 – Did any government do an economic impact analysis before signing on to the CPP agreement in principle? That’s the question the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) seeks to answer, after filing Freedom of Information (FOI) requests with all eight provinces that signed the agreement, as well as the federal government this morning.

Finance Ministers ignore warning signs and move to hike CPP;

Winnipeg, June 21, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) commends the government of Manitoba for being one of only two provinces willing to stand up for small business owners by declining to support the CPP agreement in principle reached yesterday.

Majority of Manitobans and entrepreneurs support secret ballot voting for union certification

Winnipeg, June 20, 2016 – Manitobans support reinstating the secret ballot vote for union certification, according to the latest poll results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

90,000 small business owners tell finance ministers: no new CPP/QPP/ORPP pension taxes!

Winnipeg, June 16, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has collected more than 50,000 petitions from small business owners opposed to Canada Pension Plan (CPP)/Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) premium hikes being debated at next week’s finance ministers’ meeting in Vancouver. A further 40,000 petitions have been collected in opposition to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).

Job vacancy rate sees third consecutive decline in Q1

Winnipeg, June 7, 2016 – The national private sector job vacancy rate declined for the third straight quarter, dropping to 2.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s (CFIB) latest Help Wanted report. The 2.4 per cent vacancy rate among full time and temporary jobs accounts for roughly 301,000 positions across Canada.

Manitoba small biz confidence edges higher in May

Winnipeg, May 26, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba rose to an index of 57.7 in May compared to an index of 54.0 in April. This index level is below Manitoba’s five year average of 63.5 and below the national index of 58.2.

CFIB proposes path to permanent residency to replace Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Winnipeg, May 18, 2016 – The Canadian dream shouldn’t require a PhD – it’s time to open a pathway to permanent residency for Canada’s temporary foreign workers (TFWs). That was the central message delivered by Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) senior vice president of national affairs and partnerships, Corinne Pohlmann, in a presentation this afternoon to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Storage facilities, campgrounds punished for being too small

Winnipeg, May 12, 2016 – Hundreds of Canadian self-storage facilities and campgrounds are receiving massive bills from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), because they don’t have the required number of employees to qualify for the small business tax rate. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) wrote a letter to CRA and the Department of Finance, this week to denounce the heavy penalties on businesses as a result.

Freezing small business tax rate will send chill through Canadian economy

Winnipeg/Toronto/Montréal, May 10, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on the federal government to reinstate their promised small business tax cut after a Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) report found that freezing the rate will cost the economy $300 million per year, and will cost small business a whole lot more.

Canada’s small business owners are four times more likely to be low income than rich

Winnipeg, May 2, 2016 – Just like Canadian workers, the vast majority of Canada’s small business owners are firmly entrenched in the middle class, according to the latest small business profile from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Manitoba small biz confidence holds steady in April

Winnipeg, April 28, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba held steady at an index of 54.0 in April compared to an index of 54.8 in March. This index level is still below Manitoba’s five year average of 63.5 and below the national index of 59.2.

CFIB statement on provincial election

Winnipeg, April 20, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates Brian Pallister and the Progressive Conservative Party on their election win.

Party leaders respond to small business issues

Winnipeg, April 13, 2016 – With the Manitoba election less than a week away, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is releasing the results of its 2016 Leaders’ Survey on Small Business Issues.

Sluggish prairie job market sees job vacancy rate decline in Q4

Winnipeg, April 7, 2016 – The national private sector job vacancy declined 0.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s (CFIB) latest Help Wanted report. The 2.5 per cent vacancy rate among full time and temporary jobs accounts for roughly 316,000 positions across Canada.

Don’t overlook small business in Manitoba election

Winnipeg, March 22, 2016 – With the Manitoba election underway, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging party leaders, who claim to care about jobs for Manitobans, to pay close attention to small business priorities.

2016 federal budget breaks election promise to small business

Winnipeg, March 22, 2016 – In reacting to the 2016 federal budget presented today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is deeply troubled that the federal government broke an election commitment to middle class small business owners across the country.

Fraud cost small businesses $6,200 last year

Winnipeg, March 17, 2016 – Fraud is a major threat to the Canadian small business community, costing victimized small businesses an average of $6,200 in financial costs in the past year, according to a groundbreaking new Canadian Federation of independent Business (CFIB) report.

Four in 10 small businesses don’t report fraud

Winnipeg, March 9, 2016 – Forty-four per cent of small business owners who were defrauded in the past year did not report it, according to the latest research from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Stop paying government workers to retire early

Winnipeg, March 3, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling for an end to the unfair and costly “bridge benefit” perk – a little known incentive for government workers who retire early.

Fraud hits one in five small businesses

Winnipeg, March 2, 2016 – Fraudsters have scammed 20 per cent of Canadian small businesses in the past year. This alarming finding is contained in a first-of-its-kind report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Manitobans say no to new municipal tax powers

Winnipeg, February 26, 2016 – The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) is pushing the provincial government to give municipalities new taxing powers, against the clear wishes of Manitobans. Six in 10 Manitobans are against municipalities receiving new taxing powers, according to the latest poll results from the CFIB.

Manitoba small biz confidence unchanged in February

Winnipeg, February 25, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba held steady at an index of 61.5 in February, compared to an index of 61.4 in January. This index level is below Manitoba’s five year average of 63.5 and above the national index of 54.7.

Three-quarters of Manitobans want tax hike referendums

Winnipeg, February 22, 2016 – Manitobans want a provincial referendum before any increase in major taxes, according to the latest poll results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Seven ways Canada’s federal budget can help small businesses create jobs: CFIB presents to finance committee

Winnipeg, February 16, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is presenting its pre-budget submission to the standing committee on finance today, outlining key measures that will help Canada’s small business community navigate a difficult economy in 2016.

Manitoba small biz confidence falls in January

Winnipeg, January 28, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba fell five points to an index of 61.4 in January from an index of 66.4 in December. This index level is below Manitoba’s five year average of 63.5 and above the national index of 54.3.

Quebec ministers win national Golden Scissors Award for cutting red tape on small businesses

Winnipeg, January 22, 2016 – To close out Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced this morning that Quebec ministers Sam Hamad, and Jean-Denis Girard, are joint winners of the Golden Scissors award for leading and implementing measures to reduce red tape on small businesses.

Farmers continue to bear the brunt of red tape

Winnipeg, January 21, 2016 – Government rules and paperwork continue to hit farmers even harder than other small business owners, according to survey data released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), on day four of Red Tape Awareness Week.

Halifax ‘patio police’ win red tape crown for burdening small business

Winnipeg, January 20, 2016 – On the third day of Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced the winners of its annual Paperweight Award, citing the worst examples of government agencies and departments at all levels that are holding back small businesses with misguided rules, hard-to-follow processes and bad customer service.

Manitoba falls further behind in Canada’s red tape report card

Winnipeg, January 19, 2016 – On day two of 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 measurement, public reporting and political leadership.

Red tape at Canada-US border discouraging small biz from trade

Winnipeg, January 18, 2016 – Red tape has one-third of Canadian small businesses thinking twice about trading across the U.S. border, according to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) on day one of Red Tape Awareness Week™.
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