Small business owners like you have told us that you believe it’s important to do your part in protecting the environment by taking steps to make your business greener. While most small businesses may not be able to afford big, expensive environmental strategies, many come up with creative and low-cost solutions to make their business more eco-friendly.
Making it easier to be green
Often, it can be hard to find information or resources from the government on ways your small business can become more environmentally friendly. That’s why we’re asking governments to:
- Provide a central resource online, where your business can access information on environmental measures, programs, and financing.
- Introduce an expense deduction or a 100% Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) rate for technology purchases to help your business access new “clean” technologies.
- Provide more financial incentives for energy efficiency such as a federal “green renovation” tax credit for businesses.
Here are some innovative ways members have told us they’re helping the environment:
"We use a service called Green Circle Salons which recycles everything down to the hair we cut off of people’s heads. We also have chosen two main product lines which have the environment and sustainability as one of the top priorities." - Hair salon, British Columbia
"Switched to much smaller work vehicles that get much better gas mileage—50% better. Recycle all electronic parts and refrigerant." - Appliance repair store, Alberta
"Conserving electricity is important to my company as electricity is very expensive. Equipment is turned off when not in use. New LED lighting for the showroom and shop area was installed, and new manufacturing equipment upgrades are now more energy efficient right out of the box." - Jeweller, Saskatchewan
Has your business gone green? Share your story or examples of actions you’ve taken to help the environment by contacting your CFIB Counsellor!