Our Platform Policies
CFIB has created a small business platform for the municipal elections. We are asking Mayors and Councils across Manitoba to introduce key policies at the municipal level to improve the odds of your business’ success!
Fair Property Taxes
Property taxes disproportionately burden your businesses. In fact, the average gap in Winnipeg between what a business pays in property taxes and what a resident pays is over a 2.8 to 1 ratio. How is this fair? We are calling on municipalities narrow this gap so businesses no longer pay more than their fair share.
Construction projects disrupt a lot of things: roads, walkways, bridges. We know they also disrupt your business’ operations by minimizing vehicle and foot traffic, and limiting customer exposure. We are calling on candidates to create a detailed construction mitigation strategy to ensure the livelihood of small businesses is not put at jeopardy!
Cut the Winnipeg Business Tax
Winnipeg is the last major municipality in Canada to charge an additional tax on businesses. Property taxes already disproportionately burden small businesses, and the Winnipeg Business Tax is making a bad problem worse. We are calling on candidates in Winnipeg to make real progress to cut the Business Tax, and develop a long-term plan to eliminate it for once and for all.
Limit Spending Growth
When municipalities fail to rein in spending, small businesses take a hit – and so do local economies. Local governments are spending faster than cities are growing, and you are footing the bill. We are urging municipal governments to limit annual operating spending growth to the rate of inflation plus population growth.
Reduce Red Tape
Did you know that government regulation and paper burden cost Manitoba businesses nearly $1.2 billion in 2017 alone? To help cut municipal red tape, we are advocating to simplify business licences. This could mean no annual fees and/or less administration! We are also encouraging municipalities to create an online platform where you can submit your red tape concerns.
Control Municipal Wages
Not only are public sector wages higher than the private sector equivalent, they are also growing at two or three times faster than inflation in many cases! The collective bargaining and arbitration process is contributing to this and hurting municipal governments’ finances. We are calling for a public sector wage freeze and a review of these flawed processes.
CFIB surveyed candidates to determine where they stand on key business issues including taxation, sustainable spending, and red tape reduction.Read the survey responses now