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Toronto, December 13, 2016 – Ontario’s small businesses contribute to improving their communities through economic, charitable and social initiatives, as highlighted in a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

“Small businesses are actively building a stronger Ontario, not just with their minds, but also with their hearts,” said Julie Kwiecinski, CFIB’s director of provincial affairs for Ontario. “They provide jobs and stimulate local economies, while donating time and money, and acting as leaders and role models – all in an effort to make their communities better places to live, work and play.”

Ontario Small Business: Contributing Beyond the Storefront highlights the many different ways small businesses give back to their communities. Of Ontario CFIB members:

  • 88 per cent employ local residents;
  • 76 per cent make financial donations;
  • 74 per cent donate goods or services;
  • 60 per cent sponsor sports teams;
  • 48 per cent donate their time; and
  • 47 per cent promote local charities.

Ontarians agree that small businesses contribute positively to their communities in a number of different ways. In responding to a public opinion poll, Ontarians said that small business owners employ people in their community (86 per cent), offer products that serve their community’s unique needs (66 per cent), act as strong role models in their community (48 per cent), provide leadership and support (36 per cent), and provide financial donations (36 per cent).

The report (available here) also includes four recommendations to the Ontario government that would allow small businesses to focus more on job creation and community building.  

To arrange an interview with Julie Kwiecinski, please contact Ryan Mallough at 416-222-8022, or [email protected].

CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region, including 42,000 in Ontario representing approximately 500,000 employees.