CFIB statement on the adoption of Bill C-208

Ottawa, June 23, 2021 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased by yesterday’s adoption by the Senate of Bill C-208 at third reading, which will finally amend the tax rules around the transfer of small businesses, farms and fishing corporations to family members.

This is the last step before the Bill receives Royal Assent and become law. CFIB has been calling for this important change for years, and has supported similar Bills in the past, but this is the first time that one has come this far. This Bill finally amends the unfair tax rules that penalize small business owners who wish to sell their business to a family member rather than a third party.

Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of business owners are planning on exiting their business by 2028, and many are counting on the sale of their business to finance their retirement. With this decision by the Senate, business owners can plan their retirement with more confidence, and will no longer have to choose between a bigger retirement fund or passing their business down to their children.

- Jasmin Guenette, Vice-President of National Affairs, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

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