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Quality of job candidates slipping: small businesses

Winnipeg, September 1, 2015 – As new Statistics Canada data confirms that job vacancies remain stubbornly high despite persistent unemployment levels, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is releasing new data on what’s on the minds of small business owners when they look to hire.

Manitoba small biz confidence falls to 5 year low

Winnipeg, August 27, 2015 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba fell to an index of 53.8 in August from an index of 58.2 in July. This index level is Manitoba’s worst performance since June 2010 and well below the province’s five year average (63.8) and the national average (56.7).

National job vacancy rate drops in Q2

Winnipeg, August 25, 2015 – Approximately 325,200 job openings remain unfilled across the country, according to the latest Help Wanted report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Nationwide openings in full-time, part-time and temporary positions sit at 2.6 per cent, down a tenth of a percentage point from last quarter.

Smallest businesses make biggest investment in training

Winnipeg, August 12, 2015 – Small firms hire double the percentage of inexperienced workers compared to larger businesses

CFIB launches small biz election platform as leaders enter first debate

Winnipeg, August 6, 2015 – As party leaders prepare for the first debate of the federal election campaign, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is launching its small business election platform, highlighting the top election priorities for Canada’s entrepreneurs.

Manitoba small biz optimism drops sharply in July

July 30, 2015
Today the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba fell to an index of 58.2 in July from an index of 64.6 in June. This index level is below Manitoba’s five year average of 63.8 and equal to the national average index of 58.2.

Poll: Canadians prefer TFSAs, RRSPs over a bigger CPP

Winnipeg, July 13, 2015 – CFIB urging premiers meeting in St. John’s to say no to payroll tax hike

Winnipeg shows its #SmallBizLove…And the winner is…

Winnipeg, July 8, 2015 – Popp Chocolates is one of four small businesses across the country feeling the love today as a co-winner of CFIB’s #SmallBizLove contest.

Manitoba small biz confidence sees modest uptick in June

Winnipeg, June 25, 2015 – 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 64.6 in June from an index of 62.0 in May.

Carleton student joins CFIB’s Winnipeg Office for prestigious internship

Winnipeg, June 22, 2015 – The next generation of great Canadian policy minds has arrived at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Eight of the nation’s brightest students will undertake major policy research initiatives for CFIB as part of this year’s CFIB-Scotiabank Internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship program.

Win $500 for showing your #SmallBizLove

Winnipeg, June 10, 2015 – Starting today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Interac are giving Canadians the chance to show their favourite small businesses some love, and win a $500 shopping spree, through the #SmallBizLove contest.

9 out of 10 small businesses want premiers to make free trade within Canada a priority

Winnipeg, June 8, 2015 – CFIB is urging federal and provincial trade ministers to push hard for a new internal trade deal that removes trade barriers within Canada.

City employees make $6.43/hr more than the private sector

Winnipeg, June 4, 2015 – Municipal government workers across Canada are making $6.43 more per hour on average in wages and benefits than their private sector counterparts – a gap of 22 per cent - according to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Manitoba small biz optimism still below five year average

Winnipeg, May 28, 2015 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba rose slightly to an index of 62.0 in May from an index of 60.2 in April. The index continues to lag Manitoba’s 2014 performance as well as the province’s five year average of 63.8.

Manitoba’s Affordability Myth Debunked

Winnipeg, May 11, 2015 – According to new research from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), in 2015, a two-income Manitoba family of 5 making $75,000 will pay $3,285 more in taxes/utilities compared to Saskatchewan.

Entrepreneurs disappointed with broken promises budget

Winnipeg, April 30, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is disappointed the Manitoba government has failed to implement many of its policy promises to improve Manitoba’s small business climate in the 2015 budget.

Manitoba small biz optimism continues lackluster performance

Winnipeg, April 30, 2015 – 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 60.2 in April from an index of 54.6 in March. This index level is below Manitoba’s five year average of 63.8 and slightly below the national average index of 60.5.

CFIB gives 2015 budget an “A”: Big tax cut for small business

Winnipeg, April 21, 2015 – According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), small business owners across the country will be thrilled to see several small business friendly measures in the 2015 budget, particularly the 18 per cent reduction in the small business corporate tax rate over the next four years. This builds on earlier announcements of Employment Insurance premium relief, new measures to address credit card fees and balanced budget legislation.

Revamped Code of Conduct ensures Visa, MasterCard rate cuts will be passed on to small merchants

Winnipeg, April 13, 2015 – As credit card fee reductions promised by Visa and MasterCard begin to take effect later this week, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) president Dan Kelly joined Finance Minister Joe Oliver at the Arts Market in Toronto today to announce new rules that will make sure small businesses see the promised savings.

CFIB Releases Small Business Budget Priorities; Targeted action needed to reboot provincial small business optimism

Winnipeg, April 8, 2015 – With only three weeks until the 2015 Manitoba provincial budget, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today publically released its top priorities for this year’s budget.

Manitoba small biz optimism at lowest level since 2010

Winnipeg, March 26, 2015 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest Business Barometer® Index, which shows small business optimism in Manitoba saw no change in March with an index of 54.6 from an index of 54.5 in February, and remains well below the national average index of 61.5.

Public sector workers earn more, work less

Winnipeg, March 23, 2015 – If you work in the private sector, you’re making up to $8,150 less per year, and working up to six hours more each week, than someone doing the same job for the government. This is one of several key findings from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ latest Wage Watch report, pointing to a huge wage and benefits advantage for public sector workers over the rest of us.

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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