Media Centre

 

Sask small biz optimism stuck in neutral in September; still below the national index

Regina, September 29, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan remained constant in September with an index of 54.1, down 0.8 points from 54.9 in August, but still below the national average index of 59.0.

New report on EI: Small business strongly supports reinstating youth hiring incentive

Regina, September 14, 2016 – With a government review of Employment Insurance (EI) service quality underway and EI premium rates for 2017 being announced this week, CFIB’s latest report on EI offers guidance to policymakers as they consider changes to the system.

Early signs show agreement for lower credit card fees is working

Regina, September 14, 2016 – Canada’s small business community is pleased to see preliminary evidence that credit card fee reductions introduced by the big two credit card providers in 2015 are being reflected in the “swipe fees” charged to merchants. CFIB appreciates the efforts made by Visa and MasterCard in working with the small business community and the federal government towards greater fairness in the payments industry.

Canadians misinformed on CPP expansion deal; oppose plan if it affects wages

Regina, September 8, 2016 – A new Ipsos poll reveals that most Canadians don’t know how the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) works or what CPP expansion will mean. When presented with some of the probable effects on wages as a result of the expansion, 70 per cent of employed Canadians said they would oppose the hike. In light of this latest information, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) calls for the expansion deal to be put on hold until full education and consultation can take place.

Canada Post deal provides short-term relief for small business; fixes nothing

Regina, August 31, 2016 – Averting a postal service disruption is a relief for Canada’s small businesses, but the tentative deal between Canada Post and its largest union fails to address the fundamental problems affecting the corporation and its customers: unsustainable pensions that continue to push costs up.

National job vacancy rate holds steady in Q2

Regina, August 31, 2016 – Canada’s job vacancy rate held constant at 2.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The hold comes after three straight quarterly declines and represents roughly 303,100 vacant full time and temporary positions across Canada.

Small businesses preparing for Canada Post service disruption

Regina, August 26, 2016 – 72-hour notice of strike latest threat to mail service; resolution needed

Sask small biz optimism improves in August; but hiring plans hit record low

Regina, August 25, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan improved in August to an index of 54.9, up 3.8 points from 51.1 in July. This index remains below the national average index of 59.8, and is 7 points below August of last year (61.9).

RBC, CIBC losing grip on small business market

Regina, August 23, 2016 – As Canada’s big banks release their quarterly financial results, new data from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) shows significant shifts in which banks Canada’s small- and medium-sized firms are using. While Royal Bank still has the largest share of small and medium business customers, the landscape is changing.

CPP increase not so “modest” according to small business

Regina, August 11, 2016 – The proposed Canada Pension Plan (CPP) increase may be pitched as “modest”, but small business owners are saying it’s anything but, according to the latest data from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Sask small biz optimism loses traction in July

Regina, July 27, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan dropped in July to an index of 51.1, down 3.7 points from 54.8 in June, and remains below the national average index of 57.6.

CFIB available to comment on Council of the Federation meeting

Regina, July 20, 2016 – Senior officials from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be available to comment on various important issues being discussed by Canada’s premiers this week at the Council of the Federation meeting in Whitehorse.

BC consulting on CPP – Other provinces should too

Regina, July 15, 2016 – With British Columbia today launching a public consultation on CPP expansion, and Quebec planning a consultation on QPP in the fall, CFIB is encouraging other provinces, including Saskatchewan, to take the opportunity to consult.

New small business data on CPP: expansion without consultation “irresponsible”

Regina, July 6, 2016 – With a July 15th deadline looming for provincial leaders to commit Canadians to a lifetime of increased CPP, eight in 10 small business owners are calling on governments to delay a final agreement in favour of consulting with Canadians and conducting a full economic impact analysis according to a new Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) survey.

Canada Post lockout: work stoppages and unsustainable pension plans need to end

Regina, July 5, 2016 – With unionized Canada Post workers on 72-hours notice for a lockout, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is encouraging the postal service to find a solution to their growing pension problem and urging a quick settlement before any mail disruption.

Sask small biz optimism improves again in June; still below national index

Regina, June 30, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan increased again in June to an index of 54.8, up 3.3 points from 51.5 in May, but still remains below the national average index of 60.0.

Employers welcome 100% rebate of Sask WCB’s $281.5 million surplus

Regina, June 29, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) decision to rebate 100 per cent of its $281.5 million surplus to eligible employers in 2016.

CFIB files Freedom of Information requests across Canada on CPP deal

Regina, June 28, 2016 – Did any government do an economic impact analysis before signing on to the CPP agreement in principle? That’s the question the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) seeks to answer, after filing Freedom of Information (FOI) requests with all eight provinces that signed the agreement, as well as the federal government this morning.

Finance Ministers ignore warning signs and move to hike CPP

Regina, June 21, 2016 – Canada’s finance ministers decided to hit small business owners with another tax yesterday, with an agreement in principle to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), a devastating move for Canadian workers and the economy in general.

90,000 small business owners tell finance ministers: No new CPP/QPP /ORPP pension taxes!

Regina, June 16, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has collected more than 50,000 petitions from small business owners opposed to Canada Pension Plan (CPP)/Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) premium hikes being debated at next week’s finance ministers’ meeting in Vancouver. Of these, 3,731 petitions are from Saskatchewan business owners. A further 40,000 petitions have been collected in opposition to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).

National job vacancy rate sees third consecutive decline in Q1

Regina, June 7, 2016 – The national private sector job vacancy rate declined for the third straight quarter, dropping to 2.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s (CFIB) latest Help Wanted report. The 2.4 per cent vacancy rate among full time and temporary jobs accounts for roughly 301,000 positions across Canada. In Saskatchewan, the private sector job vacancy rate dropped 0.2 per cent to 2.0 per cent, representing 7,000 unfilled jobs. This is down from

Small biz pleased Sask budget avoids tax hike, controls spending and plans to balance by 2017

Regina, June 2, 2016 – – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says Saskatchewan small business owners are pleased the 2016 provincial budget contains no tax hikes, controls spending and plans to balance the provincial budget by 2017.

Small biz tells Sask WCB to rebate 100% of $281M surplus to employers

Regina, May 30, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) to listen to employers and give back 100 per cent of its $281.5 million in excess surplus in 2016.

Sask small biz optimism sees modest rebound in May

Regina, May 26, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan saw a modest rebound in May to an index of 51.5, up 2.7 points from 48.8 in April, but remains below the national average index of 58.2.

CFIB proposes path to permanent residency to replace Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Regina, May 18, 2016 – The Canadian dream shouldn’t require a PhD – it’s time to replace the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is proposing an Introduction to Canada Visa that provides a pathway to permanent residency for workers in entry-level categories. That was the central message delivered by CFIB senior vice president of national affairs and partnerships, Corinne Pohlmann, in a presentation this afternoon to the Standing Committee on Human Resources,

Storage facilities, campgrounds punished for being too small

Regina, May 12, 2016 – Hundreds of Canadian self-storage facilities and campgrounds are receiving massive bills from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), because they don’t have the required number of employees to qualify for the small business tax rate. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) wrote a letter to CRA and the Department of Finance, this week to denounce the heavy penalties on businesses as a result.

Freezing small business tax rate will send chill through Canadian economy

Regina, May 11, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on the federal government to reinstate their promised small business tax cut after a Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) report found that freezing the rate will cost the economy $300 million per year, and will cost small business a whole lot more.

Canada’s small business owners are four times more likely to be low income than rich

May 2, 2016
Just like Canadian workers, the vast majority of Canada’s small business owners are firmly entrenched in the middle class, according to the latest small business profile from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Sask small biz optimism improves slightly in April

Regina, April 28, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan improved slightly in April to 48.8, up 1.8 points from 47.0 in March, but still below the national average index of 59.2.

Time to reform municipal sick day policies

Regina, 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.

CFIB statement on provincial election

Regina, April 5, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party on their election win, and offers its sincere appreciation to candidates from all parties who put their names forward.

Party leaders respond to small biz election issues; mixed bag of commitments

Regina, March 30, 2016 – With the Saskatchewan election less than one week away, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is releasing the results of its 2016 Leaders’ Survey on Small Business Issues. Party leaders responded to questions on key issues including balanced labour laws, sustainable spending, red tape reduction, improving roads/infrastructure and a competitive tax environment.

2016 budget breaks election promise to small business

Regina, March 22, 2016 – Regina, March 22, 2016 – In reacting to the 2016 federal budget presented today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is deeply troubled that the federal government broke an election commitment to middle class small business owners across the country.

Fraud cost small businesses $6,200 last year

Regina, 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.

Sask Election: Don’t overlook small business

Regina, March 10, 2016 – With the Saskatchewan election underway, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging party leaders to pay close attention to small business priorities.

Fraud hits one in five small businesses

Regina, 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).

Sask small biz optimism drops in February

Regina, February 25, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan dropped in February to an index of 52.4, down from 58.7 in January, now below the national average index of 54.7.

Sask small biz optimism up again in January

Regina, January 28, 2016 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan increased again in January to an index of 58.7, up from 56.3 in December, remaining above the the national average index of 54.3.

Quebec ministers win national Golden Scissors Award for cutting red tape on small businesses; Sask receives Honourable Mention

Regina, 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.

Canadian farmers continue to bear the brunt of red tape

Regina, 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

Regina, 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: Saskatchewan maintains “B”

Regina, 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

Regina, 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; Two finalists from Saskatchewan

Regina, 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

Regina, 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

Regina, 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.
Do something positive for your business!
Twitter icon

CFIB


Our Spokespersons across Canada.
Close