St. John's, December 3, 2013
Almost half of all small business owners in Atlantic Canada say that better apprenticeship systems are needed to help address labour shortages. A new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) identifies apprenticeship changes as a potential solution to a looming Atlantic labour crisis.
St. John's, November 28, 2013
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Barometer index remains the highest in Canada at 74.7. Fifty-five per cent of respondents cite that their business performance is good, close to its historical average.
Toronto, November 12, 2013
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has opened nominations for its third annual Golden Scissors Award. This award recognizes individuals or teams of people who have demonstrated leadership and produced real results in cutting red tape for small businesses.
St. John's, October 31, 2013
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Barometer index recorded another strong gain in October, rising more than four points to 76.4—tops in Canada. Fifty-seven per cent of respondents cite their business performance is good, close to its historical average. Seventeen per cent plan on adding full-time staff in the coming months, which is the lowest so far in 2013, while 12 per cent plan to cut staff levels, which is a high for the year.
St. John's, October 23, 2013
Newfoundland and Labrador improved its Small Business Provincial Tax Index ranking from sixth in 2009 to fourth in 2013, but the province’s tax system still needs improvement in key areas, according to an updated report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
St. John's, October 21, 2013
Newfoundland and Labrador municipalities have substantial work to do to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit, according to a national report released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Out of the larger cities examined, St. John’s placed in the top ten.
Toronto/Montréal, October 18, 2013
CFIB applauds the federal government for finalizing a free trade agreement with the European Union. Canadian small business owners have supported trade arrangements that can open new markets for Canadian goods and services and help Canadian small businesses to grow.
Toronto/Montréal, October 3, 2013
In response to recent reports that PEI Finance Minister Wes Sheridan has made a specific proposal to other finance ministers on hikes to Canada Pension Plan/Quebec Pension Plan (CPP/QPP) benefits and premiums, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is available for comment.
St. John's, September 26, 2013
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Barometer index bounced up to 72.2 in September, its best result so far in 2013 and tops in the country. Fifty-six per cent of respondents cite that their business performance is good, close to its historical average. Twenty-four per cent plan on adding full-time staff in the coming months, which is the lowest so far in 2013, but still well above its historical average.
St. John's, September 3, 2013
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on mayoral candidates to “think small” as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians get ready to go to the polls on September 24 to elect mayors and councillors in their communities.
St. John's, August 29, 2013
Moving in tandem with the national trend, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Business Barometer index has jumped back above the 70-mark for the first time since late last year. August’s 70.4 reading is the second-highest in the country after Saskatchewan. Sixty-three per cent of respondents cite that their business performance is good and 27 per cent plan on adding full-time staff in the coming months--although labour shortages remain an ongoing challenge for about one-in-three.
| ||Toronto/Montréal, July 23, 2013 CFIB is disappointed the Competition Tribunal ruled against the case put forward by the Competition Bureau on Visa and MasterCard practices. Small businesses were hoping the case would be successful and provide merchants new powers to push back against rapidly rising fees imposed by Visa and MasterCard to process credit cards.|St. John's, June 18, 2013
Provincial public employees who retire early are eligible to collect a “bridge benefit” (a temporary income top-up that ends when a retired public servant reaches the age of 65) of $7,000 a year, according to a new study, The Case for Ending Early Retirement in the Public Sector, from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
St. John's, June 17, 2013
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has named Vaughn Hammond as its new Senior Policy Analyst for Newfoundland and Labrador. Based on the direction of CFIB’s 1900 members in Newfoundland and Labrador, Vaughn will lead the organization’s legislative, research and communication activities.
Vancouver/Montréal, May 29, 2013
With municipal leaders from across the country gathering in Vancouver for the annual FCM conference, CFIB is calling on them to take action on municipal overspending. CFIB released a report showing that spending has grown more than three times the rate of population over the past 12 years in Canada’s three largest cities – Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver – and in Canadian municipalities overall.
Toronto/Montréal, May 16, 2013
The percentage of unfilled private sector jobs remained steady at 2.5% in the first quarter of 2013, representing approximately 295,000 full- and part-time jobs, according to data compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
St. John's, March 28, 2013
Newfoundland and Labrador business owners saw a slight increase in optimism in March. Its Business Barometer index hovered back to the high sixties to hit 69.4, the second highest level among provinces and well above the national index of 62.9.
March 11, 2013
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and its over-1800 small- and medium-sized business members in Newfoundland and Labrador are calling on the provincial government to focus on spending, pensions, red tape and taxes in its upcoming budget.
Toronto/Montréal, January 25, 2013
With Canada’s fourth annual Red Tape Awareness Week™ drawing to a close, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has awarded its Golden Scissors Award to the Hon. Gail Shea, Canada’s Minister of National Revenue.
| ||Toronto/Montréal, January 24, 2013 Surveys about surveys, late fees for on-time payments and application overkill. If it makes absolutely no sense, then it must be red tape. Today, as part of Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its real-life stories of ridiculous government rules from across the country.|Ottawa/Regina, January 24, 2013
CFIB is putting a spotlight on the negative impact red tape has on Canada’s farmers. Most businesses cite red tape as their second highest concern behind total tax burden, but recent CFIB data puts red tape at the top of the list of farmers’ concerns (79%). Farmers are also the most likely to say the burden of red tape has grown: 72% report the burden has increased over the past 3 years, compared to 55% among all other sectors.
Ottawa/Toronto, January 23, 2013
The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Call Centre Business Helpline received a lacklustre grade of C minus from CFIB.
Toronto/Montréal, January 22, 2013
The federal government has earned a grade of B+ in reforming the regulatory burden on small business according to the yearly Red Tape Report Card.
Toronto/Montréal, January 21, 2013
Most businesses in Canada pay more per employee than their counterparts in the U.S. to comply with regulatory requirements, according to a report issued by CFIB. The report, launched to kick off Canada’s 4th annual Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, updates the total cost of regulation to Canadian businesses, and provides a first-ever direct comparison of these costs to those faced by U.S. businesses. The U.S. comparison was sponsored by KPMG Enterprise.
Toronto/Montréal, January 18, 2013
With only a few days left until the start of Canada’s fourth annual Red Tape Awareness Week (Jan 21-25), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its second Golden Scissors Award. The Award recognizes an individual who has successfully motivated or demonstrated leadership and courage, and produced meaningful and positive results in cutting red tape for small business.