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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

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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