MORE WORK TO BE DONE!
CFIB urged the Sask. government to provide small businesses with much needed cost relief.
Government responded to our asks, announced affordability measures:
- The small business corporate tax rate will remain at 0% until July 1, 2023.
- PST will no longer be added to fitness/gym memberships as of October 1, 2022.
- The PST increase will impact the hardest hit industries.
- Only 50% of businesses are back to normal sales and customers are slow to return.
Government must NOT move forward with this tax increase.
- Government should encourage people to return to these activities, NOT make them more costly.
- Adding the PST will only hurt struggling businesses in the hospitality, entertainment, arts and recreation sectors.
Made-in-Sask carbon tax
- Current federal carbon tax: $65/tonne
- 2024: $80/tonne
- 2025: $95/tonne
A Made-in-Sask carbon tax should be revenue neutral and include cost offsetting measures for small businesses.
No new labour costs
What Saskatchewan small businesses are saying about employer-paid sick days:
Concerned paid sick days will increase costs.
Cannot afford to take on the new costs associated with paid sick days.
DO NOT SUPPORT the implementation of permanent employer-paid sick leave in any capacity.
YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS.
“ Sales are down, traffic is down, no government program support and costs are rising. ”
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, RETAIL, MOOSE JAW
“ Like many other restaurants, we probably won’t make it to the end of the year. ”
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, HOSPITALITY, REGINA
“ Supply chains still slow, new construction very slow. Government subsidies decreasing, but incoming work not increasing. Very worried about this next fiscal year! ”
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, CONSTRUCTION, SASKATOON
“ This is a scary time to own a business. I am feeling very isolated and uncertain about the future. Government support (financial and otherwise) is so essential to make businesses feel valued and connected to a larger community. ”
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, WATSON
SIGN THE PETITION
Dear Premier Scott Moe
CC: My Member of Parliament
My business is far from a full recovery. Now is not the time to increase costs or taxes. Continue your efforts to support small business recovery.
Here is what my business needs to recover:
- Freeze the small business corporate tax rate at 0% until at least 2024.
- Avoid further increasing labour costs like the minimum wage, and do not introduce new stat. holidays or employer-paid sick days.
- Freeze education property tax mill rates at their new levels.
- Do not give municipalities taxation powers.
- Make any provincial carbon tax revenue neutral or include a plan to offset costs.
- Continue to reduce costly red tape and champion efforts to reduce barriers to inter-provincial trade.
- Avoid any further SaskPower or SaskEnergy rate hikes.
- Legislate the WCB’s surplus refund policy and require the Board to refund 100% of its annual surplus to employers.
- Take action to address labour shortages; reduce the complexity, red tape, and cost associated with hiring newcomers.