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CFIB calls on all parties to turn small business talk into action

Small business election platform makes 46 recommendations

Toronto, May 25, 2018 – With two weeks left to go before the provincial election, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today launched “Turning Small Business Talk into Action”, its small business platform with 46 recommendations to improve business affordability and competitiveness in Ontario.

“Every election, party leaders and candidates position themselves as the champions of Main Street,” said Julie Kwiecinski, CFIB director of provincial affairs, Ontario. “With increasing government debt, higher labour and energy costs, and NAFTA uncertainty, it’s imperative for parties to back up their small business talk with plans for immediate and concrete actions if elected.”

On behalf of its 42,000 Ontario business members, CFIB is looking to the next government to quickly deliver a clear plan to balance the budget and reduce Ontario’s ballooning debt, eliminate time-of-use electricity pricing for small businesses, reduce the small business tax rate from 3.5 per cent to 0 per cent, and reverse the decision to parallel the federal tax measures on income-splitting and passive investment income.

The remaining 41 platform recommendations cover issues ranging from the minimum wage and employment standards to recycling, red tape, and financial literacy.

In a recent CFIB survey, 96 per cent of small business owners said they will vote on June 7. 

For media inquiries or interviews, please contact:
Milena Stanoeva, CFIB
[email protected]

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CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 110,000 members across every sector and region, including 42,000 members in Ontario. Learn more at

May 25, 2018

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