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Government kicks small business to the curb with passage of minimum wage/labour reform bill

Toronto, November 22, 2017 – CFIB urges the province to take time to educate businesses on new workplace responsibilities.

CFIB response to Fall Economic Statement

Toronto, November 14, 2017 – Announced on their own, today’s Fall Economic Statement initiatives would have been welcome news for small business. In fact, CFIB has long lobbied for reduction in small business taxation, incentives to hire youth, and enhancing apprenticeship training. However, the thousands of business owners across the province will be assessing today’s measures against a very tough backdrop.

CFIB to MPPs: Listen to small businesses about Bill 148’s impact during Constituency Week

Toronto, November 6, 2017 – MPPs prepare to spend Constituency Week in their ridings, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on all MPPs to meet with local business owners to hear their thoughts on Bill 148, which includes the government’s $15 minimum wage plan and other sweeping labour reforms.

CFIB to ask Ontario government to stop Bill 148 at Finance Committee

Toronto, October 31, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will call on the Ontario government to halt Bill 148 ($15 minimum wage & labour and employment standards reforms) during its presentation today to the Ontario legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

$15 minimum wage a job killer for Ontario’s youth: CFIB Report

Toronto, September 28, 2017 – Increasing the minimum wage to $15 in Ontario would disproportionately hurt young workers, potentially resulting in 68,100-155,900 youth job losses in the province, according to a new report released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

CFIB renews call to halt $15 minimum wage hike after FAO commentary

Toronto, September 12, 2017 – Today’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) report reinforces the need for the Ontario government to halt its reckless $15 minimum wage plan and conduct an economic impact analysis and fulsome consultations before taking any further steps.

CFIB statement on Ontario cannabis plans

Toronto, September 8, 2017 – We are deeply disappointed that the Ontario government has decided to implement a public-sector monopoly for cannabis sales in the province.

Ontario’s small businesses say “no” to card-based certification

Toronto, August 2, 2017 – Two-thirds (67 per cent) of small businesses in Ontario are opposed to replacing the current secret ballot vote process with a card-based system for union certification, according to a recent Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) poll.

34 per cent of businesses might sell, close or move due to Ontario’s minimum wage hikes

Toronto, July 21, 2017 – After being shut out of today’s committee hearings in Toronto on legislation to increase Ontario’s minimum wage by 32 per cent in only 18 months, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released preliminary results of an on-line survey that spell disaster for Ontario’s economy and job creators.

CFIB: Premier punishes small business with unaffordable minimum wage hikes that will lead to job losses

Toronto, May 30, 2017 – In response to the government’s radical labour announcement today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is demanding that the Ontario government stop punishing small businesses with higher costs they can’t afford – in particular, a $15 minimum wage – while rewarding big unions with easier unionization in private sector workplaces

CFIB statement on the release of the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

Toronto, May 23, 2017 – Representatives from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) are available to comment on the final report and recommendations of the Changing Workplaces Review, which were publicly released this morning.

CFIB asks MPPS to stand up for small business

Toronto, May 16, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today issued an open letter to all Ontario MPPs asking that they stand up for the province’s small businesses. The letter follows media reports that the government is considering a minimum wage hike to $15/hour, as well as radical changes to the Employment Standards and Labour Relations acts.

2017 Budget: Ontario Returns to Balance, Falls Deeper in Debt

Toronto, April 27, 2017 – For almost a decade, Ontario’s small- and medium-sized businesses have been asking the provincial government to eliminate the budget deficit. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to see that the province has finally managed to balance the books with the announcement of today’s budget.

Small business bracing for big labour law changes

Toronto, March 7, 2017 – Proposed changes to Ontario’s employment and labour acts could spell doom for many small businesses

Remortgaging Ontario’s hydro system: short-term relief for longer-term cost

Toronto, March 2, 2017 – Today’s Ontario government hydro announcement will provide some immediate and much-needed short-term relief to Ontario’s small businesses, but the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is concerned that this “resolution” of the hydro crisis is being passed on to the next generation of small business owners and residences.

For entrepreneurs, Collingwood is tops in Canada

Toronto, January 12, 2017 – CFIB’s chief economist in town to present findings of entrepreneurial report.
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