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Manitoba small biz optimism continues downward trend in February

Winnipeg, February 24, 2015 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba dropped another two-and-a-half points to an index of 54.5 in February from an index of 57.1 in January. This index level is now well below the national average index of 59.1 and at the lowest level Manitoba has seen since June 2010.

Small business weighs in on federal budget

Winnipeg, February 17, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its pre-budget submission today, outlining specific measures that will allow Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses to thrive in a time of economic uncertainty.

Manitoba small biz optimism drops again in January; well below national index

Winnipeg, January 29, 2015 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba dropped two-and-a-half points in January to an index of 57.1 from an index of 59.6 in December and well below the national average index of 63.5.

CRA Minister wins Golden Scissors Award for cutting red tape

Winnipeg, January 23, 2015 – To wrap up Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced this morning that the Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, is the winner of the 2015 Golden Scissors Award, for a simple change to tax policy that will allow small businesses to file their payroll taxes less often.

Small businesses give the CRA a “C” for performance

Winnipeg, January 22, 2015 – The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is getting better, but most small business owners don’t know about it, according to the latest CRA Report Card released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The majority of small business owners and tax practitioners surveyed support recent changes at the agency, but still give the CRA a “C” grade.

Canadian farmers burnt out by government red tape

Winnipeg, January 21, 2015 – Farmers are burnt out by excessive government regulations, confusing forms and bad customer service. These and other findings were released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), which also found that one-third of agri-business owners would not advise their children to start a business given the burden of government red tape.

Regulation costs Canadian businesses $37 billion a year

Winnipeg, January 21, 2015 – Canada’s Red Tape Report, issued on day three of Red Tape Awareness Week TM, revealed that the total cost of regulation to Canadian businesses has grown to $37.1 billion, up from $31.7 billion in 2012.

Manitoba earns a D for Red Tape Accountability

Winnipeg, January 20, 2015 – On day two of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual report card, grading the provinces, territories and federal government on their commitment to red tape accountability. The report revealed Manitoba’s grade improved slightly to a D, which is tied for the second lowest ranking amongst the provinces.
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