Toronto, October 7, 2014
Ontario small business owners continue to pay far more than their fair share of property taxes, according to a report released today by CFIB. The report compares property tax gaps in 230 municipalities, and it concludes that on average, business property owners pay between two and three times more in property taxes compared to residents.
Toronto, July 14, 2014
CFIB is disappointed that the Ontario government has done absolutely no work to address serious shortcomings in its May budget, simply re-introducing the same budget again in July. CFIB had previously expressed strong objections to the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), which unfairly singles out small businesses and their employees by hitting them with a new payroll tax, disguised as a pension premium.
Toronto, June 2, 2014
With the Ontario election fast approaching, 97% of small business owners in the province are concerned about the current state of the provincial economy. To make matters worse, 73% do not believe that their concerns and priorities will receive attention leading up to the election. This according to the latest CFIB survey of its members.
Winnipeg/Ottawa/Charlottetown, May 26, 2014
Ontario, Manitoba and PEI would add about half a percentage point to their unemployment rates if they carry through on plans for a mandatory provincial pension plan, with negligible benefits to show for it. According to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the plan would lead to 171,000 person-years of lost work and a permanent drop in wages.
Toronto, May 1, 2014
CFIB is deeply concerned with the government’s direction in the 2014 budget to increase taxes, shift away from fiscal restraint and impose a forced retirement plan on Ontarians. In particular, CFIB is vehemently opposed to the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, which will hurt small business owners and their employees by taxing everyone who issues and receives a paycheque and does not currently have a workplace pension.
Toronto, March 18, 2014
Expanding mandatory workers’ compensation coverage to business owners, directors and independent operators in the construction industry leads to increased prices and failed businesses. A recent survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) found that affected small businesses are paying, on average, $6,000 more a year.
Toronto, March 12, 2014
Small businesses across the province welcome the news that Ontario is enhancing its commitment to regulatory reform by “refreshing” the Open for Business initiative, which streamlines regulations and reduces government paperburden on businesses.
| ||Toronto, March 5, 2014 With Prince Edward Island and Manitoba now actively participating in Ontario’s plans for a mandatory provincial pension plan, small business owners are expressing alarm at the idea that some provinces would look to increase payroll taxes – taxes on job creation.|Toronto, February 19, 2014
New survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reveal small business owners across the country have dramatically different perceptions of their provincial governments’ vision for small business. The Ontario government is trailing in the provincial ranking, with only 15 per cent of small business owners feeling confident in their government’s small business vision.
January 31, 2014
This year’s first Paperweight Award goes to two programs that run neck-and-neck in making life even harder for small businesses through ridiculous rules and red tape: The federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC).
January 30, 2014
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is available to comment on the Ontario government’s expected announcement of an increase to the minimum wage.
January 30, 2014
The Mayor and City Council for Langford, British Columbia, population 29,000, are the winners of the 2014 Golden Scissors Award for their simple but transformative initiative of making business licenses permanent. CFIB officially presented the award to Mayor Stew Young today to mark the fourth day of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM.
Toronto/Montréal, January 29, 2014
Half-way through Red Tape Awareness Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) applauds the federal government for introducing new legislation that will reduce the red tape burden on small businesses.
Regina, January 29, 2014
For the first time, the cost of complying with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) regulations has been calculated, totaling $657 million each year for Canada’s farmers and agriculture industry. As part of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM
, CFIB presents these findings in its second CFIA Report Card.
Toronto/Montréal, January 28, 2014
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its 4th
annual Red Tape Report Card today, and the grades were all over the map.
Toronto/Montréal, January 27, 2014
As the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) launches its fifth annual Red Tape Awareness Week™, a new report estimates the cost of some of the most common regulatory headaches for Canadians to be at least $10 billion a year.
| ||Toronto/Montréal, January 24, 2014 With Canada’s fifth annual Red Tape Awareness WeekTM (January 27 – 31) just around the corner, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its new Paperweight Award.
| ||Toronto/Montréal, January 23, 2014 With Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week (January 27 – 31) kicking off in just a few days, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to announce the national finalists for its third annual Golden Scissors Award.|Toronto/Montréal, January 22, 2014
The endless rules that governments impose on Canadians and small businesses alike cost billions of hidden tax dollars annually. Now in its fifth year, Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week™
aims to demonstrate how real the red tape burden is for business owners and ordinary Canadians, and where we are in the effort to reduce that burden.