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.
Halifax , October 31, 2013 Nova Scotia’s October Business Barometer® index fell back slightly to 60.1, about a point and a half below September readings but roughly 10 points higher than May’s. Employment plans have tapered off as well, with only 12 per cent of businesses planning to hire in the next few months versus 17 per cent planning to cut back. A respectable 41 per cent of business owners, though, now say the state of their business is ‘good,’ which is near a five-year high.
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.
Halifax , October 1, 2013 With one week until election day in Nova Scotia, CFIB has released the results of a 15-question survey of provincial party leaders. PC leader Jamie Baillie has made some very attractive tax commitments; Incumbent Darrell Dexter makes a solid case for how his NDP would continue to balance the provincial books; while Liberal leader Stephen McNeil promises to bring additional flexibility to the province’s apprenticeship system.
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.
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).
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.
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.