CFIB’s Municipal Business Report: small business friendliness across Western Canada

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s (CFIB) first Municipal Business Report encourages municipal governments in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to foster environments where small- and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) can thrive and continue to make our local communities vibrant places to live. The report challenges municipal governments across Western Canada to establish policies that make it easier for business owners to do what they do best: run their business.

The report examines municipal taxation of businesses, red tape reduction and small business friendliness policies. The findings can be used as a benchmark for municipal governments to improve these three areas and learn from other municipalities.

The report outlines critical issues facing small business owners in the west using primary data and provides recommendations for municipal governments to follow.

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