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Federal election: small business owners will take substance over style

October 8, 2015 – With Election Day just over the horizon, Canada’s small business owners will be looking to policy over personality when it comes time to cast their ballots.

Small business confidence continues downward trend in September

Toronto/Montréal, September 24, 2015 – Canada’s small business confidence dropped for a fourth consecutive month in September, slipping to 56.0.

Federal party leaders respond to small business election issues

Toronto/Montréal, September 17, 2015 – With Election Day just over a month away, federal leaders are sharing their vision for Canada’s small businesses with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Election 2015: Lower tax rate for small biz good for all Canadians

Toronto/Montréal, September 17, 2015 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) strongly disagrees with the Canadian Council of Chief Executive’s latest report on Canada’s corporate tax system, authored by Jack Mintz, which proposes abolishing the small business corporate tax rate.

Quality of job candidates slipping: small businesses

Toronto/Montréal, September 1, 2015 – As new Statistics Canada data confirms that job vacancies remain stubbornly high despite persistent unemployment levels, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is releasing new data on what’s on the minds of small business owners when they look to hire.

Business confidence continues slide in August

Toronto/Montréal, August 27, 2015 – Canada’s business confidence continues to struggle in August. CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index fell for the third consecutive month to 56.7, its lowest point since April 2009. The index has dropped almost eight points in 2015.

National job vacancy rate drops in Q2

Toronto/Montréal, August 25, 2015 – Approximately 325,200 job openings remain unfilled across the country, according to the latest Help Wanted report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Nationwide openings in full-time, part-time and temporary positions sit at 2.6 per cent, down a tenth of a percentage point from last quarter.

Smallest businesses make biggest investment in training

August 12, 2015 – Canada’s smallest businesses lead the way in employee training, investing nearly $2,000 per employee on average each year according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ (CFIB) latest report.

CFIB launches small biz election platform as leaders enter first debate

Toronto/Montréal, August 6, 2015 – As party leaders prepare for the first debate of the federal election campaign, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is launching its small business election platform, highlighting the top election priorities for Canada’s entrepreneurs.

Business Barometer®: small biz confidence takes a beating in July

Toronto/Montréal, July 30, 2015 – Canada’s small business confidence took it on the chin in July, as CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index slipped another full point to 58.2, its lowest level since mid-2009.

Gold star for premiers: apprentices allowed across provincial borders

Toronto/Montréal, July 16, 2015 – CFIB applauds Canada’s premiers for taking a strong first step in the fight to remove internal trade barriers, as they meet in St. John’s. The Provincial-Territorial Apprentice Mobility Protocol will allow provinces to recognize each other’s technical training programs, work experience and examination results for apprentices as they move between provinces and territories in Canada.

Business Barometer®: small biz confidence stuck in low gear in June

Toronto/Montréal, June 25, 2015 – Canada’s small business confidence continued to sputter in June, as CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index slipped a full point this month to 59.4. Although the index is still near the six-year low it reached this past February, the survey results suggest we are probably seeing its lower limit.

UQAM student joins CFIB’s Montreal office for coveted internship

Montréal, June 22, 2015 – The next generation of great Canadian policy minds has arrived at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Eight of the nation’s brightest students will undertake major policy research initiatives for CFIB as part of this year’s CFIB-Scotiabank Internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship program.

CFIB supports Private Member’s Bill to ease business succession planning

Toronto/Montréal, June 11, 2015 – A new private member’s bill promises to address a significant flaw in Canada’s succession planning rules and would save Canadian small business owners hundreds of thousands of dollars when transferring their business to a family member.

Win $500 for showing your #SmallBizLove

Toronto/Montréal, June 10, 2015 – Starting today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Interac are giving Canadians the chance to show their favourite small businesses some love, and win a $500 shopping spree, through the #SmallBizLove contest.

New internal free trade needed to remove provincial barriers

Toronto/Montréal, June 8, 2015 – CFIB is urging federal and provincial trade ministers to push hard for a new internal trade deal that removes trade barriers within Canada.

City employees make $6.43/hr more than the private sector

Toronto/Montréal, June 4, 2015 – Municipal government workers across Canada are making $6.43 more per hour on average in wages and benefits than their private sector counterparts – a gap of 22 per cent - according to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Business Barometer®: small biz confidence remains cool in May

Toronto/Montréal, May 28, 2015 – Summer may be just around the corner, but there is still a chill in the air for Canada’s small businesses. CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index remained virtually unchanged from last month, creeping up only a tenth of a point to a cool 60.6.

CFIB and Chase Paymentech deliver credit card savings for small business

Toronto/Montréal, May 8, 2015 – Chase Paymentech and CFIB announced a new agreement that provides preferred pricing to small businesses in an exclusive offering for CFIB members that builds on recent rate cuts from Visa and MasterCard.

Business Barometer®: small biz confidence slips in April

Toronto/Montréal, April 30, 2015 – April showers were not the only thing putting a damper on Canadians’ mood this month. There was a slight but broadly based drop in small business confidence levels, as measured by CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index, with seven of 10 provinces reporting a decline, shaving a point off the national index to 60.5.

CFIB gives 2015 budget an “A”: Big tax cut for small business

Ottawa/Toronto/Montréal, April 21, 2015 – Small business owners are thrilled to see a small business-friendly budget, including an 18% reduction in the small business corporate tax rate.

Revamped Code of Conduct ensures Visa, MasterCard rate cuts will be passed on to small merchants

Toronto/Montréal, April 13, 2015 – As credit card fee reductions promised by Visa and MasterCard begin to take effect later this week, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) president Dan Kelly joined Finance Minister Joe Oliver at the Arts Market in Toronto today to announce new rules that will make sure small businesses see the promised savings.

82 per cent of small businesses support balanced budget law

Toronto/Montréal, April 8, 2015 – TORONTO, April 8, 2015 – Small businesses are strong supporters of balanced budget legislation and commend Finance Minister Joe Oliver on his announcement today at the Economic Club of Canada.

Business Barometer®: confidence rebounds in March

Toronto/Montréal, March 26, 2015 – Small business confidence warmed slightly in March, rising about a point and a half over February’s Business Barometer®. March saw a sentiment of guarded optimism in the energy-producing provinces and rising optimism in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec, yet the overall national reading of 61.5 still reflected a mood of uncertainty.

Public sector workers earn more, work less

Toronto/Montréal, March 23, 2015 – If you work in the private sector, you’re making up to $8,150 less per year, and working up to six hours more each week, than someone doing the same job for the government. This is one of several key findings from CFIB’s latest Wage Watch report, pointing to a huge wage and benefits advantage for public sector workers over the rest of us.

CRA Minister wins Golden Scissors Award for cutting red tape

January 23, 2015 – To wrap up Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, CFIB announced that the Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, is the winner of the 2015 Golden Scissors Award, for a simple change to tax policy that will allow small businesses to file their payroll taxes less often.

Red tape grades a mixed bag

Toronto/Montréal, January 20, 2015 – On day two of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual report card, grading the provinces, territories and federal government on their commitment to red tape accountability. The report card looks at measurement, public reporting and political leadership.

King of the CASL: CRTC Chairman shares Paperweight crown

Toronto/Montréal, January 19, 2015 – To kick-off Red Tape Awareness Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced the winners for its annual Paperweight Award, citing the most egregious examples of government red tape on small businesses.

Standard Life and CFIB introduce PrimaPension: a retirement savings solution for SMEs

Montréal, January 15, 2015 – Standard Life and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) are pleased to offer as of today PrimaPension – a new retirement savings solution designed specifically to meet the requirements of small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their employees.

Red Tape Awareness Week

January 14, 2015
The rules and paperwork that governments impose on small businesses cost billions of dollars annually. Now in its sixth year, Canada’s Red Tape Awareness WeekTM (January 19-23) will reveal whether things are getting better or worse for the entrepreneur.
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