A black icon outline of the scales of justice, representing the important causes championed in support of small business success by CFIB.

Over ---- important causes championed in support of small business success.

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Millions of small businesses have been positively impacted by our advocacy work.

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More than ---- signatures received in support of fair treatment for small businesses.

Our Advocacy Efforts

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has been Canada's champion of small business for over 50 years.

Today, with more than 97,000 members located in communities across the country, we are Canada’s largest non-profit organization devoted to creating and supporting an environment where small businesses can thrive.

We advocate for small business with politicians and decision-makers at all three levels of government (municipal, provincial, and federal). As a non-partisan organization, we influence public policy based on our members’ views, ensuring that you have a chance to affect the laws and policies that affect your business.

CFIB President Dan Kelly, Executive VP of Advocacy Corinne Pohlmann, and two colleagues hand delivering 50,000 signed petitions to parliament.

Our Wins

CFIB President Dan Kelly and Canada's Minister of Finance announcing a joint initiative to reduce credit card fees for small businesses in Canada.
Credit Card Processing Fees

After 15 years of CFIB advocacy, the federal government, joined by CFIB, announced an agreement between Visa, Mastercard, and the federal government for lower credit card fees for small business. 

CFIB continues to advocate on this topic by putting pressure on government to speed up the implementation timeline, expand the agreement to additional credit card providers, and review size thresholds to benefit more small-and medium-sized businesses..

Intergenerational Transfers

On June 29, Bill C-208 amended the Income Tax Act (ITA) to allow families to transfer shares of their small business, family farm, and/or fishing corporation to their children or grandchildren and be treated equally to those who were passing on their businesses to an unrelated corporation.

These new rules allow the “selling party” to pass on their company shares and absorb capital gains by using the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption (LCGE).

Pandemic Supports

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, CFIB's lobbying efforts were integral in the establishment of federal economic relief measures for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) eligibility for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS).

A CFIB executive presenting the Golden Scissors Award to Canada's trade ministers, for the signing of the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) in 2017.
Internal Trade

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) was signed on July 1st, by all provinces, territories and the federal government. Replacing the dated and ineffective Agreement on Internal Trade, the purpose of this new agreement is to reduce and eliminate barriers to the free movement of people, goods, services and investments within the country.

CFIB is holding governments to account to ensure progress continues. 

Our Current Initiatives