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CFIB environment report: independent businesses already taking action to grow greener

Winnipeg, April 21, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a new environment report that shows ‘going green’ is a priority for a majority of small businesses in Canada. It reveals that the environmentally friendly measures small business owners have been implementing are motivated by their own personal views and their commitment to do their part to protect the environment.

Manitoba Budget fails to take bold steps needed to get back to balance

Winnipeg, April 11, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is disappointed that the Manitoba government continued its trend of unsustainable spending, and failed to develop a clear road map to get back to balanced budgets.

CFIB available to provide small business reaction to the 2017 Manitoba Budget

Winnipeg, April 11, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be at the Manitoba Legislative Building this afternoon to offer small business’ reaction to the 2017 Manitoba Budget. CFIB’s Director of Provincial Affairs, Jonathan Alward will be available in the rotunda immediately after the budget is tabled.

CFIB celebrates new era of open trade among provinces

Winnipeg, April 7, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) applauds the federal and provincial governments for ironing out a new internal trade deal that aims to remove trade barriers within Canada.

Manitoba small biz optimism decreases slightly in March, but remains strong

Winnipeg, March 30, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows that small business optimism in Manitoba decreased in March to an index of 64.5, compared to 66.9 in February. This index level is again above the national index of 62.9.

2017 budget a relief for small firms but worries, tax hikes on horizon

Winnipeg, March 22, 2017 – In responding to the 2017 Federal Budget, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) noted that small business owners will be relieved to learn there are no measures to raise taxes on capital gains or small business income in 2017.

CFIB available to comment on federal budget

Winnipeg, March 21, 2017 – Senior representatives of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be available for comment immediately following the release of the federal budget tomorrow. CFIB president Dan Kelly and senior vice-president Martine Hébert will both be available in Ottawa to discuss the impact of the budget on small business.

Ontario hits new heights as national Q4 job vacancy rate remains steady; Manitoba sees slight increase

Winnipeg, March 16, 2017 – Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate was once again unchanged at 2.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the latest Help Wanted report put out by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), though Ontario saw its highest recorded reading since CFIB started measuring this indicator in 2004.

Small business welcomes The Regulatory Accountability Act

Winnipeg, March 14, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) commends the Manitoba government for becoming the first province to legislate a one-for-one law, with the introduction of Bill 22 to establish The Regulatory Accountability Act and Amendments to The Statutes and Regulations Act.

CFIB pegs taxes on small business income and capital gains as top concerns ahead of federal budget 2017

Winnipeg, March 9, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released its list of recommendations ahead of the 2017 federal budget, citing a reinstatement of the promised reduction in the small business tax rate as a top priority. CFIB has also registered its concern amid rumours that the federal government may be considering reducing access to the lower rate of taxation on small business income or raising taxes on capital gains.

Manitoba small biz optimism leads the country in February

Winnipeg, February 23, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows that small business optimism in Manitoba remained very strong in February at an index of 66.9, compared to 67.1 in January. This index level is again above the national index of 62.9, and now ranks as the highest in the country.

CFIB Partners with Mastercard to Meet the Needs of Small Business

Winnipeg, February 16, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Mastercard today announced an agreement that recognizes the contribution and importance of small businesses to the Canadian economy and local communities. The partnership demonstrates the benefits of electronic payments in Canada while helping to reduce the cost of acceptance for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are members of the CFIB - Canada's largest organization representing SMEs.

Digital technologies growing more integral to small businesses, says CFIB

Winnipeg, February 15, 2017 – The use of social media and other digital tools have become increasingly important in establishing and operating a small business in recent years, according to a survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), with over half of all small firms now utilising Facebook on a routine basis.

CFIB to MPs: Support the family succession bill

Winnipeg, February 7, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is encouraging Members of Parliament to support Bill C 274, a Private Member's Bill put forward by the Honourable Guy Caron to amend the Income Tax Act as it pertains to the transfer of small businesses, family farms or fishing corporations. A vote on the bill is imminent.

Red Tape Reduction Day Law wins national Golden Scissors Award for cutting red tape

Winnipeg, January 27, 2017 – To close out Red Tape Awareness Week™ 2017, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced this morning that the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of BC, and the Honourable Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction for BC, have been named the winners of the Golden Scissors award for leadership and producing meaningful results in cutting red tape for small businesses.

CFIA earns Honourable Mention for national Golden Scissors Award

Winnipeg, January 27, 2017 – On the final day of Red Tape Awareness Week®, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to award an Honourable Mention for the coveted Golden Scissors Award to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in recognition of its efforts to cut through a labyrinth of regulations for agri-businesses, and improve customer service, with the introduction of Ask CFIA.

CRA helpline gets another poor grade from CFIB

Winnipeg, January 26, 2017 – Third time is not the charm for the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Business Enquiries phone line. As part of its Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has conducted its third “secret shopper” evaluation of the CRA’s call centre, giving it a grade of C-.

Manitoba small biz optimism holds steady in January

Winnipeg, January 26, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows that small business optimism in Manitoba held steady in January at an index of 67.1, up 0.4 points from 66.7 in December. This index level is above the national index of 60.1.

CFIB unveils 2017 Paperweight Awards to highlight outrageous red tape hassles weighing down small business

Winnipeg, January 25, 2017 – Sidewalks to nowhere, rogue lemonade stands, and a war on sandwich spreads. If it seems ridiculous it must be the heavy hand of government rolling out another spool of red tape, restraining us all in a tangled mess of short-sighted regulations. Today, in one of the more popular items on the Red Tape Awareness WeekTM 2017 agenda, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released this year’s list of outrageous regulatory headaches for small businesses and most deserving of the ‘Paper

Canada’s red tape report card: BC and Quebec lead the way

Winnipeg, January 24, 2017 – Today, during 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 political leadership, public measurement, and constraints on regulations.

CFIB commends Manitoba Government on landmark announcement of one-for-one law

Winnipeg, January 23, 2017 – Earlier today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued a red tape challenge to provincial and territorial governments to follow the example set federally and legislate a one-for-one law. CFIB commends Manitoba for becoming the first province to accept the challenge and commit to legislate a one-for-one law. At a media event today with the Hon. Deputy Premier Heather Stefanson, the Manitoba Government announced it would intro

CFIB to provinces and territories: one rule in, one rule out

Winnipeg, January 23, 2017 – To kick off its annual Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is issuing a red tape challenge to provincial and territorial governments across the country to follow the example set federally and legislate a one-for-one law.

CFIB reveals Canada-wide nominees for red tape reduction award

Winnipeg, January 18, 2017 – In the lead-up to Red Tape Awareness Week™ 2017 (January 23-27), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its Golden Scissors Award, which honours an elected official or others in government who have shown leadership and delivered meaningful results in cutting red tape for small business.

8th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™ kicks off January 23, 2017

January 17, 2017
Entering its eighth year, Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week™ (January 23-27) challenges governments to reduce the hidden tax of red tape for the good of all Canadians.

CFIB looks forward to working with new cabinet

Winnipeg, January 10, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates the new members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, as well as those assuming new roles, and look forward to working with the new ministers on many of the issues affecting Canada’s 2.5 million entrepreneurs.
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