In Business for Your Business. Since 1971.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the country’s champion of small business. With over 110,000 members, we’re Canada’s largest non-profit organization devoted to creating and supporting an environment where your business can succeed.
Across Canada, we advocate for small business with politicians and decision-makers. As a non-partisan organization, we influence public policy based on our members’ views, ensuring that you have a chance to affect the laws and policies that affect your business.
We provide specialized business resources, including on-call counsellors, to help you navigate the daily challenges of running your business. We also offer partnerships with carefully selected service providers to deliver savings you won’t find elsewhere. And we keep you informed on key issues, so that you can focus on managing your business.
Your independent business is built on your ideas, plans, and aspirations. You dream of success, and our mission is to increase the chance of that happening by offering more resources, more value, and making sure your voice is heard at all levels of government.
We want to see a Canada where small businesses like yours can thrive. Everything we do is in pursuit of that vision.
I’m a business owner. What’s in it for me?
CFIB provides a personalized connection to practical resources, including advice from dedicated business counsellors, important business news, and tools and templates to help you manage your business. We’re in every province, coast to coast. We advocate for you, the Canadian independent business owner, and fight for fairer taxes, laws and regulations that will promote your success. Stronger small businesses mean a stronger Canada.
Being part of CFIB also means more value. We leverage the size of our membership base to negotiate great rates on products and services that help you save time, money, and frustration.
It began in a bathtub.
One evening in 1969, John Bulloch, a teacher at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, was soaking in his tub and reading the new federal White Paper on taxation. He was livid. The federal government had proposed a 50% tax rate for Canadian small businesses.
“The government exempted the powerful from its proposals, and proceeded to hammer small business and middle-income Canadians,” Bulloch said. After writing to the Finance Minister to denounce the White Paper and publicly sharing his letter, support poured in from across the country. The fury that followed led Bulloch and his supporters to form the Canadian Council for Fair Taxation, launch an all-out attack on the White Paper, and successfully have it withdrawn.
Despite their victory, Bulloch knew the need to have a strong voice fighting for the interests of independent businesses would only grow. That realization led him to change the name and to create the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
CFIB represents over 110,000 member businesses across Canada. Our membership reflects a diverse group of successful businesses of all sizes, in a wide range of industries, and in all major sectors of the economy.
- By Region
- By Industry
- Number of Employees
- Years in Business
Every January, we ramp up our fight against the regulatory burden for independent business. During Red Tape Awareness Week, we celebrate innovations—and highlight some of the most excessive regulations—to show elected officials and bureaucrats how red tape affects your ability to run a successful business. Learn more about how we challenge politicians to take action.
The Order of the Bear is a unique way of celebrating those in government who have done something to reduce the burden of red tape on small business owners like you. Nominate someone and meet past winners!
As part of CFIB’s partnership with Interac, we support small business with Shop Small Biz, an online directory where Canadians can discover local, independent businesses. Every October, we amplify this with Small Business Saturday, a campaign encouraging Canadians to support their local small businesses. Reach new customers on Shop Small Biz today!
CFIB’s elected Board of Governors includes members with extensive business experience and expertise from every province, as well as our CEO, Dan Kelly, and our Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategic Officer, Laura Jones. The Board oversees the governance of CFIB.Meet Our Board
You’re invited: CFIB’s annual meeting is coming up
When and where
Our annual general meeting (AGM) will take place at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, June 6, at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre at 8500 Warden Avenue in Markham, Ontario.
We will kick off with an info session, to outline what you need to know about the recent sweeping changes to Ontario’s labour laws.
The meeting will also be your chance to chat with a panel of CFIB’s experts, who will discuss how we’re fighting for your priorities with government, like the federal small business tax changes, along with some of our new savings programs and resources.
Special event on Ontario election: As the AGM falls on the evening before the Ontario provincial election, we will conclude the meeting by discussing each party’s commitments to supporting small business.
Along with the Ontario discussions, members will:
• Review last year’s financial statements for approval.
• Elect and re-elect governors to our board.
• Appoint this year’s auditors.
• Vote on amendments to our bylaws.
The bylaws and financial statements are available in the Member Portal. You can also get a copy by calling us at 1-888-234-2232.
If you’re a CFIB member as of April 7, 2018, you’re invited to attend and vote. Members who joined after that date can still attend without voting. To RSVP, please email [email protected].