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Small businesses want easier trade in the Atlantic region

November 28, 2014 – Small businesses across Atlantic Canada agree that provincial and federal leaders should commit to bringing down trade barriers between provinces, and that it should be just as easy to trade between provinces as it is to trade between countries. This is all detailed in CFIB’s new report Building a “New East Partnership.”

Island small business confidence rebounds in November

Charlottetown, November 27, 2014 – Charlottetown, 27 November 2014– Business optimism in Prince Edward Island climbed in November back to levels seen earlier in the year. This comes after several months of low confidence numbers.

PEI business confidence continues to trail national average

October 30, 2014 – While small business optimism across Canada has surged upwards in October, confidence in Prince Edward Island has fallen for the fourth consecutive month—dropping to a nation-trailing low of 52.7.

Canada’s Small Business Saturday is this weekend

October 23, 2014 – Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach met with Jana Furness at The Juice Box in Montague, to show his support for Canada’s Small Business Saturday, which will be held across Canada on October 25th.

Island business confidence falls back in August

August 28, 2014 – Business optimism in Prince Edward Island fell back sharply in August to 56.5—equalling its low score for 2014.

CFIB president in Charlottetown to meet with Finance Minister on small biz issues

July 8, 2014
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) president Dan Kelly will be in Charlottetown tomorrow (July 9th) to discuss pension policy with Finance Minister Wes Sheridan, and will be available to talk to the media about various issues concerning small businesses in Prince Edward Island.

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.

Minimum wage hike means bigger tax bill

Charlottetown, April 11, 2014 – Charlottetown, April 11, 2014 – While minimum wage earners are welcoming the announcement of a hike to their wage rate on June 1st, government’s inaction on bracket creep will mean that the biggest winner in today’s announcement will be government itself.

PEI looks to sign on to Ontario’s misguided provincial pension plan

Charlottetown, March 5, 2014 – Charlottetown, March 5, 2014 – With Prince Edward Island and Manitoba now looking to sign on to Ontario’s misguided plan to launch a new “made-in-Ontario” provincial pension program, small business owners are once again expressing their firm opposition to such a plan, which would cost jobs, reduce wages and impose an undue financial burden on employers and workers in the participating provinces.

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.

PEI small business confidence at highest in over a year

Charlottetown, February 27, 2014 – Charlottetown, 27 February 2014– Prince Edward Island’s small business optimism posted another improvement in February, rising more than two points to 61.0—its sixth consecutive month-to-month gain. The index still trails the national average, but its latest reading is the best since early-2012.

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).

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.

PEI ushers in 2014 with a hidden tax hike

Charlottetown, January 6, 2014 – Charlottetown, January 6, 2014 – If you live in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or, Manitoba the new year means that you just fell further behind your fellow Canadians in terms of how much personal income tax you pay. To celebrate 2014, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released a report that reveals how three provinces are hiking taxes without even telling their residents.
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