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Small business confidence hits 10-month high

Toronto/Montréal, April 28, 2016 – Canada’s small business confidence rebounded nearly seven points in April, climbing to 59.2, its highest mark since last June.

Time to reform municipal sick day policies

Toronto/Montréal, April 14, 2016 – A new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) shows some big-city sick day policies are costly and unfair as municipal government employees can bank unused sick days while most private sector employees cannot.

Sluggish job market in the prairies sees job vacancy rate decline in Q4

Toronto/Montréal, April 7, 2016 – The national private sector job vacancy declined 0.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015 according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s (CFIB) latest Help Wanted report. The 2.5 per cent vacancy rate among full time, part time and temporary positions, accounts for roughly 316,000 positions across Canada.

Record provincial lows reduce small business confidence to recession-era levels

Toronto/Montréal, March 31, 2016 – Canada’s small business confidence continued its downward track in March, dropping 2.4 points to 52.3, its lowest level since March 2009.

CFIB available to provide small business reaction to 2016 Federal Budget

Toronto/Quebec City, March 21, 2016 – Senior representatives from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be in Ottawa tomorrow to provide the small business reaction to the 2016 federal budget. CFIB president Dan Kelly and national French spokesperson (and senior vice-president for Quebec) Martine Hébert will be available immediately after the budget is tabled at 4pm (EST).

Fraud cost small businesses $6,200 last year

Toronto/Montréal, March 17, 2016 – Fraud is a major threat to the Canadian small business community, hitting victimized small businesses an average of $6,200 in financial costs in the past year, according to a groundbreaking new Canadian Federation of independent Business (CFIB) report.

Stop paying government workers to retire early

March 3, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling for an end to the unfair and costly “bridge benefit” perk – a little known incentive for government workers who retire early.

Fraud hits one in five small businesses

Toronto/Montréal, March 2, 2016 – Fraudsters have scammed 20 per cent of Canadian small businesses in the past year. This alarming finding is contained in a first-of-its-kind report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Oil-producing provinces weighing down small business confidence

Toronto/Montréal, February 25, 2016 – Small business confidence remained virtually unchanged in February, posting a 0.3 point gain to 54.7, remaining ten points below the level associated with normal economic growth.

Seven ways Canada’s federal budget can help small businesses create jobs: CFIB presents to finance committee

Toronto/Montréal, February 16, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is presenting its pre-budget submission to the standing committee on finance today, outlining key measures that will help Canada’s small business community navigate a difficult economy in 2016.

Payworks Strengthens Partnership with CFIB

Toronto/Montréal, February 1, 2016 – Canadian-owned Payworks is proud to announce it has renewed its partnership with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to offer CFIB members across Canada exclusive discounted pricing on payroll services. Payworks has been a member of CFIB’s Privilege Programs group of partners since October 2012.

Falling dollar, oil prices, send business confidence to post-recession low

Toronto/Montréal, January 28, 2016 – A free-falling dollar and the decline of oil have driven Canadian small business confidence levels to new post-recession lows in January as the national Business Barometer® Index dropped to 54.3, about 10 points below the level associated with normal economic growth.

Quebec ministers win national Golden Scissors Award for cutting red tape on small businesses

Toronto/Montréal, January 22, 2016 – To close out Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced this morning that Quebec ministers Sam Hamad, and Jean-Denis Girard, are joint winners of the Golden Scissors award for leading and implementing measures to reduce red tape on small businesses.

Farmers continue to bear the brunt of red tape

Toronto/Montréal, January 21, 2016 – Government rules and paperwork continue to hit farmers even harder than other small business owners, according to survey data released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), on day four of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM.

Halifax ‘patio police’ win red tape crown for burdening small business

Toronto/Montréal, January 20, 2016 – On the third day of Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced the winners of its annual Paperweight Award, citing the worst examples of government agencies and departments at all levels that are holding back small businesses with misguided rules, hard-to-follow processes and bad customer service.

Canada’s red tape report card: Maritime Provinces leap forward

Toronto/Montréal, January 19, 2016 – On day two of Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual red tape report card, grading the provinces and territories on their commitment to red tape accountability. The report card looks at measurement, public reporting and political leadership.

Red tape at Canada-US border discouraging small biz from trade

Toronto/Montréal, January 18, 2016 – – Red tape has one-third of Canadian small businesses thinking twice about trading across the U.S. border, according to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) on day one of Red Tape Awareness Week™.

CFIB reveals Canada-wide nominees for red tape reduction award

Toronto/Montréal, January 15, 2016 – In the lead-up to Red Tape Awareness Week™ (January 18-22), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for the Golden Scissors Award, which honours an elected official or others in government who have shown leadership and delivered meaningful results in cutting red tape for small business.

CFIB announces finalists for Canada’s worst red-tape stories

Toronto/Montréal, January 14, 2016 – In the lead-up to Red Tape Awareness Week™ (January 18-22), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its Paperweight Award, which is given annually to government agencies and departments that are holding back small businesses with misguided rules, hard-to-follow processes and bad customer service.

Red Tape Awareness Week™ (January 18-22) to spotlight $11 billion impact of government red tape on small business

January 13, 2016 – Government red tape is an $11 billion hidden tax that affects small businesses much more than larger firms. Entering its seventh year, Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week™ (January 18-22) will look at which governments are making progress and which are lagging when it comes to reducing unnecessary rules and paperwork on entrepreneurs.
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