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Small business rejects mandatory pension plan

Toronto, December 8, 2014 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is very concerned with the provincial government’s decision to introduce enabling legislation for a mandatory Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) today.

Small businesses in Ontario pay more tax, get fewer services

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.

Ontario budget re-issued without changes

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.

Small business views on Ontario election

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.

CFIB analysis points to similar impacts in Manitoba, PEI

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.

Small business reaction to Ontario budget 2014

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.

Mandatory insurance coverage pushing small construction companies to the brink

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.

Small business applauds Ontario’s red tape relief initiatives

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.

Manitoba, PEI looking to join Ontario’s pension mistake. Provinces turn deaf ear to taxpayers on retirement savings

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.

Ontario government lacks small business vision

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.

Canada’s worst red tape offenders named: Temporary Foreign Worker Program, Multi-Material British Columbia joint winners of first annual Paperweight Award

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).

Small business representatives available to comment on Ontario's minimum wage announcement

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.

Little city, big idea: Langford, B.C., wins national Golden Scissors Award

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.

Small businesses welcome federal red tape legislation

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.

CFIA rules cost Canadian farmers $657 million a year

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.

The grades are in: Red tape progress across Canada is a mixed bag

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.

Canadians stressed out by government paperwork: Poll

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.

National “Paperweight” Award finalists announced

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.

Third annual national Golden Scissors Award finalists announced

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.

Canada’s 5th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™ coming January 27–31

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.
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