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CFIB statement on the end of federal tax change consultations

October 2, 2017 – As the hurried consultations for the biggest small business tax changes in decades comes to an end today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) submitted a detailed response on behalf of its 109,000 small and medium-sized business members and released the following statement.

Sask small biz optimism falls in September; all provinces see declines

Regina, September 28, 2017 – Regina, September 28, 2017 - Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan dropped to an index of 50.9 in September from 52.9 in August, which is six points below the national average index of 56.9.

Increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour would be a job killer for Sask’s youth: new analysis

Regina, September 28, 2017 – Increasing Saskatchewan’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, as some are calling for, would disproportionately hurt young workers, potentially resulting in between 7,500 and 17,000 youth job losses, according to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Growing coalition confirms tax proposals will affect middle-class business owners

September 27, 2017 – The Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, a unified voice of more than 70 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of business owners across the country, has written a new letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau with professional analysis confirming that Ottawa’s tax proposals will affect middle-class business owners, resulting in higher tax rates than other Canadians with similar income levels.

Small business welcomes dedicated chapter in NAFTA

Ottawa/Montréal/Regina, September 27, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates the federal government, and its trade partners, for an agreement to include a new chapter in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) focused on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Small business calls on provinces to join campaign against unfair federal tax proposals

Regina, September 22, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging Canada’s premiers to join small business owners in the fight against the federal government’s tax proposals. As part of this effort, CFIB president Dan Kelly is in Winnipeg today to meet with the Manitoba government about the proposed changes.

New data shows federal tax proposals to have harmful effects on vast majority of small businesses

Regina, September 21, 2017 – An overwhelming majority (95 per cent) of tax professionals -- and small business owners themselves --say the proposed federal tax changes will hurt middle-class business owners and their families, according to a survey released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

CETA a big opportunity for small business—but still an unknown quantity: survey

Regina, September 20, 2017 – As the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) comes into effect tomorrow, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) lauds this significant policy achievement by successive federal governments.

CFIB presenting to House of Commons committee on NAFTA

Regina, September 19, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade, on Wednesday, to ensure small business owners’ views are heard as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues.

Small business owners to MPs: ‘Stop hitting us with new taxes’

Ottawa/Montréal/Regina, September 5, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will deliver 14,691 petition letters to MPs, today, from business owners concerned about the increased tax burden being placed on them by Ottawa.

Business groups unite, call on Ottawa to drop federal tax changes for small business

August 31, 2017 – 35 organizations from across the country have come together to form the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness — a unified voice to oppose the federal government’s tax proposals that would dramatically change the way incorporated small businesses are taxed in Canada.

Sask small biz optimism remains weak in August; still lowest in Canada

Regina, August 31, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan increased slightly to an index of 52.9 in August, from 50.0 in July, which is almost seven points below the national average index of 59.8.

Job vacancies edge up: almost 330,000 jobs left unfilled in Canada

Regina, August 24, 2017 – After a year of almost no change, Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate edged up 0.2 percentage points to 2.6 per cent — or 329,900 jobs — in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest Help Wanted report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Small businesses concerned about potential changes to NAFTA: survey

Regina, August 16, 2017 – Regina, August 16, 2017 - Nearly one-third (28 per cent) of Canadian small businesses that trade with the United States and/or Mexico say that the potential renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will alter their export and import plans, finds a new survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses. The survey comes as the renegotiation of the three-nation trade deal begins today in Washin

Sask small biz optimism drops in July; now lowest in Canada

Regina, July 27, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan dropped to an index of 50.0 in July, from 51.8 in June, which is 10 points below the national average index of 60.7.

Small business to Premiers: focus on “affordability crunch” and internal trade at Council of the Federation

Regina, July 18, 2017 – As Canada’s Premiers prepare for their upcoming Council of the Federation meeting (July 17-19), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) sent the following letter last Thursday on behalf of Canadian’s small business:

New federal tax blueprint raises uncertainty for small firms

Regina, July 18, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is raising its concerns about potential tax changes announced this morning by the Minister of Finance. This series of proposed changes is intended to address tax loopholes, but may alter legitimate ways small firms share income among family members.

Sask small biz optimism edges up slightly in June; but still lowest in the West

Regina, June 29, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan edged up slightly to an index of 51.8 in June, from 49.1 in May, but is still the lowest in Western Canada and nine points below the national average index of 60.9.

Five priorities to achieve free trade success within Canada

Regina, June 29, 2017 – As Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments prepare to implement the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) as a birthday gift for the nation on July 1st, CFIB has identified five immediate priority areas for the newly-formed Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT) to tackle

CFIB commends Visa and Mastercard decision to allow merchants limited surcharging powers

Regina, June 14, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is praising announcements from Visa and Mastercard that they will soon allow merchants the power to levy limited surcharges when accepting credit card payments from consumers.

CFIB applauds feds for shelving anti-spam lawsuits

June 7, 2017
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) commends Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains and the federal government for indefinitely suspending implementation of the private right of action provision of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). This provision would have had harmful consequences on small business.

Sask small biz optimism takes nosedive in May; now 17 points below national average

Regina, May 25, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan dropped six points to 49.1 in May, from 55.1 in April. This is now 17 points below the national average index of 66.0 and also continues to trail Alberta’s index of 61.9.

Small biz deliver 1,000 reasons for Sask Government to continue opposing a costly carbon tax

Regina, May 17, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has collected more than 1,000 petitions from small business owners across Saskatchewan opposed to the introduction of a national carbon tax. Today, CFIB will deliver these petitions to Hon. Scott Moe, Minister of the Environment.

Massive tax hikes take toll on Sask small biz optimism in April; 1 in 5 businesses planning layoffs

Regina, April 27, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan declined again for a second-consecutive month falling to 55.1 in April. This is almost 10 points below the national average index of 64.4 and now also trails Alberta’s index of 57.9.

CFIB environment report: independent businesses finding their own innovative ways to grow greener

Regina, April 21, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a new environment report that shows ‘going green’ is a priority for a majority of small businesses in Canada. It reveals that the environmentally friendly measures small business owners have been implementing are motivated by their own personal views and their commitment to do their part to protect the environment.

Sask small biz negatively impacted by $908 million in tax hikes

Regina, April 12, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released new findings from a survey showing that the vast majority of Saskatchewan small businesses will be negatively impacted by the $908 million in tax increases announced in the recent 2017 Saskatchewan Budget.

CFIB celebrates new era of open trade among provinces

Regina, April 7, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) applauds the federal and provincial governments for ironing out a new internal trade deal that aims to remove trade barriers within Canada.

CFIB available for comment on new trade deal

Regina, April 6, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be reacting to the announcement on Friday of a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) between the federal, provincial and territorial governments.

Sask small biz optimism falls in March; 17% planning layoffs

Regina, March 30, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan fell in March to an index of 56.3, down 1.4 points from 57.7 in February, and is still well below the national average index of 62.9.

Sask budget takes one step forward on spending restraint; triple jump backwards with $908 million in tax hikes

Regina, March 23, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says the 2017 Saskatchewan Budget takes one step forward on spending restraint, but a triple jump backwards in our overall competitiveness by introducing massive tax hikes.

2017 Federal budget a relief for small firms but worries, tax hikes on horizon

Regina, March 22, 2017 – In responding to the 2017 Federal Budget, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) noted that small business owners will be relieved to learn there are no measures to raise taxes on capital gains or small business income in 2017.

Small business reaction to Saskatchewan budget & federal budget

Regina, March 21, 2017 – Marilyn Braun-Pollon, Vice-President, Prairie & Agri-business for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be available tomorrow to provide the small business reaction to the Saskatchewan budget and Federal budget. Braun-Pollon will be available in the rotunda of the Legislative Building immediately following the introduction of the provincial budget speech and the release of the federal budget.

Ontario hits new heights as national Q4 job vacancy rate remains steady; Sask remains at record low

Regina, March 16, 2017 – Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate was once again unchanged at 2.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the latest Help Wanted report put out by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), though Ontario saw its highest recorded reading since CFIB started measuring this indicator in 2004.

CFIB pegs taxes on small business income and capital gains as top concerns ahead of federal budget 2017

Regina, March 9, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released its list of recommendations ahead of the 2017 federal budget, citing a reinstatement of the promised reduction in the small business tax rate as a top priority. CFIB has also registered its concern amid rumours that the federal government may be considering reducing access to the lower rate of taxation on small business income or raising taxes on capital gains.

Credit card transaction costs on the rise for some Saskatchewan municipalities

Regina, March 1, 2017 – New research by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) shows that credit card transaction costs for the City of Swift Current increased 17 per cent from 2013-2015, while the City of Saskatoon increased by 14 per cent and the City of Regina increased by 12 per cent over the same time period. Some municipalities pay transaction fees for payments made by residents and businesses for municipal services, permits, licenses, etc.

Sask small biz optimism sees another gain in February; still lags national index

Regina, February 23, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan gained ground again in February to an index of 57.7, up 2.7 points from 55.0 in January, but lags the national average index of 62.9.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business Partners with Mastercard to Meet the Needs of Small Business

Regina, February 16, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Mastercard today announced an agreement that recognizes the contribution and importance of small businesses to the Canadian economy and local communities. The partnership demonstrates the benefits of electronic payments in Canada while helping to reduce the cost of acceptance for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are members of the CFIB - Canada's largest organization representing SMEs.

Digital technologies growing more integral to small businesses, says CFIB

Regina, February 15, 2017 – The use of social media and other digital tools have become increasingly important in establishing and operating a small business in recent years, according to a survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), with over half of all small firms now utilising Facebook on a routine basis.

CFIB to MPs: Support the family succession bill

Regina, February 7, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is encouraging Members of Parliament to support Bill C 274, a Private Member's Bill put forward by the Honourable Guy Caron to amend the Income Tax Act as it pertains to the transfer of small businesses, family farms or fishing corporations. A vote on the bill is imminent.

CFIA earns Honourable Mention for national Golden Scissors Award

Regina, January 27, 2017 – On the final day of Red Tape Awareness Week®, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to award an Honourable Mention for the coveted Golden Scissors Award to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in recognition of its efforts to cut through a labyrinth of regulations for agri-businesses, and improve customer service, with the introduction of Ask CFIA.

Red Tape Reduction Day Law wins national Golden Scissors Award for cutting red tape

Regina, January 27, 2017 – To close out Red Tape Awareness Week™ 2017, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced this morning that the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of BC, and the Honourable Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction for BC, have been named the winners of the Golden Scissors award for leadership and producing meaningful results in cutting red tape for small businesses.

CRA helpline gets another poor grade from CFIB

Regina, January 26, 2017 – Third time is not the charm for the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Business Enquiries phone line. As part of its Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has conducted its third “secret shopper” evaluation of the CRA’s call centre, giving it a grade of C-.

Sask small biz optimism sees slight increase in January; but hiring plans remain weak

Regina, January 26, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its latest monthly Business Barometer®, which reveals optimism among small business owners in Saskatchewan increased slightly in January to an index of 55.0, up 1.0 points from 54.0 in December, remaining below the national average index of 60.1.

CFIB unveils 2017 Paperweight Awards to highlight outrageous red tape hassles weighing down small business

Regina, January 25, 2017 – Sidewalks to nowhere, rogue lemonade stands, and a war on sandwich spreads. If it seems ridiculous it must be the heavy hand of government rolling out another spool of red tape, restraining us all in a tangled mess of short-sighted regulations. Today, in one of the more popular items on the Red Tape Awareness WeekTM 2017 agenda, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released this year’s list of outrageous regulatory headaches for small businesses and most deserving of the ‘Paper

Canada’s red tape report card: Sask earns a B

Regina, January 24, 2017 – Today, during 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 political leadership, public measurement, and constraints on regulations.

CFIB commends Manitoba Government on landmark announcement of one-for-one law

Regina, January 23, 2017 – Earlier today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued a red tape challenge to provincial and territorial governments to follow the example set federally and legislate a one-for-one law. CFIB commends Manitoba for becoming the first province to accept the challenge and commit to legislate a one-for-one law. At a media event today with the Hon. Deputy Premier Heather Stefanson, the Manitoba Government announced it would introduce legislation that would require at least one r

CFIB to provinces and territories: one rule in, one rule out

Regina, January 23, 2017 – To kick off its annual Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is issuing a red tape challenge to provincial and territorial governments across the country to follow the example set federally and legislate a one-for-one law.

CFIB reveals Canada-wide nominees for red tape reduction award; Two strong finalists from Saskatchewan

Regina, January 18, 2017 – In the lead-up to Red Tape Awareness Week™ 2017 (January 23-27), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its 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.

8th annual Red Tape Awareness Week kicks off January 23, 2017

Regina, January 17, 2017 – Entering its eighth year, Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week™ (January 23-27) challenges governments to reduce the hidden tax of red tape for the good of all Canadians.

CFIB looks forward to working with new cabinet

Regina, January 10, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates the new members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, as well as those assuming new roles, and look forward to working with the new ministers on many of the issues affecting Canada’s 2.5 million entrepreneurs.
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