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Sask small biz optimism declines further in January; well below national average

Regina, January 29, 2015 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan fell slightly to an index of 55.1 in January, down from an index of 56.0 in December, and well below the national index of 63.5.

Regulation costs Canadian businesses $37 billion a year: $1.1 billion in Sask

Regina, January 21, 2015 – Canada’s Red Tape Report, issued on day three of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, revealed that the total cost of regulation to Canadian businesses has grown to $37.1 billion, up from $31.7 billion in 2012. In terms of time, businesses spent an average of 842 hours a year complying with government rules and paperwork in 2014. That figure was up 12 per cent from 2012. It costs Saskatchewan businesses $1.1 billion to comply with regulations from all levels of government, up from $960 million in 2012.

Canadian farmers burnt out by government red tape; 86% feel added stress – highest among business owners nation-wide

Regina, January 21, 2015 – Farmers are burnt out by excessive government regulations, confusing forms and bad customer service. These and other findings were released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), which also found that one-third of agri-business owners would not advise their children to start a business given the burden of government red tape.

Red tape grades a mixed bag; Sask maintains “B"

Regina, January 20, 2015 – On day two of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual report card that revealed Saskatchewan maintained a grade of “B” for its 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; Splits dubious honour with Ontario Labour Minister, Quebec mayor

Regina, January 19, 2015 – To kick-off Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, 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.

Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week™ is January 19-23

Regina, 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 Week™ (January 19-23) will reveal whether things are getting better or worse for the entrepreneur.
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