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Wealthy Canadians Among Those Most Opposed To $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Business

Businesses argue a higher minimum wage will lead to job losses.

Business Lobby Groups Up In Arms Over 'Devastating' CPP Expansion

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Business

But economists disagree.

It's Time To Put Government Pension Bridge Benefits In The Past

Dan Kelly | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Dan Kelly

Ordinarily Canadians who retire before age 65 and choose to draw CPP early receive reduced benefits for the rest of their lives. That makes sense as they will not have paid in as much in premiums. The bridge benefit allows many government workers to claim their full pension early, penalty-free. If this seems rather unfair, that's because it is.

Small Businesses Thrive When They Go Beyond The Bottom Line

Dan Kelly | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

When I see a small business plugging away all the while continuing their charitable and community-spirited endeavours (often in the face of near-insurmountable odds), it behooves all of us to reconsider what it means to be "productive."

Canada May Hold The Key To Regulating The Global Payments Industry

Dominic Nicholls | Posted 11.27.2016 | Canada Business
Dominic Nicholls

As merchants cannot charge different prices for cash, credit or debit payments and obviously price-in the interchange fee, those consumers using cash (e.g. those on fixed incomes such as the retired) are, in effect, paying a hidden fee. So reducing interchange fees as far as possible make sense. Or does it?

Saskatoon Group Calls For Employers To Pay A Living Wage

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Alberta

A group in Saskatoon is calling on business owners to start paying employees a living wage.

Advice for Job Seekers, Straight From Employers

Dan Kelly | Posted 10.08.2016 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

I get it, landing your first job can be a daunting task. There are a lot of voices these days -- family, friends, teachers and "specialists" -- telling you what you need to do. The one voice you rarely get a chance to hear from is that of the employers themselves. The good news is they're eager to share.

Provincial Protectionism Hinders Trade Within Canada

Dan Kelly | Posted 09.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Dan Kelly

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has long been vocal about the limitations of these inter-provincial initiatives. We ask premiers to continue to show leadership on this file by renewing their commitment to deliver a modern, simple and effective AIT for Canadian small businesses by the end of 2016.

Alberta's Plan For $15 Minimum Wage Faces Petition

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Alberta

The federation is offering to set up roundtables so the government can hear directly from small businesses.

Many Temporary Foreign Workers Must Start Leaving Canada Today

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Business

April 1, 2015 is the deadline for those in low-skilled jobs to either become permanent residents or leave the country

Ontario's Booze Plans Unfair, Could Mean Violence Against Women: Critics

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Business

The Ontario Liberal government’s plan to liberalize the selling of beer and wine hasn’t even been officially announced, but it’s already being d...

CFIB Wants Special Visa To Replace TFW Program

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is calling on Ottawa to replace its controversial temporary foreign worker program with a vis...

Visa, MasterCard Reducing Fees, But...

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Visa and Mastercard have agreed to reduce the fees they charge merchants for using credit cards to complete transactions, a move one business...

This Province Just Made Things Much Tougher For Micro-Brews

CP | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Business

A new policy requiring some breweries in New Brunswick to sell a minimum amount of beer in provincially-run liquor stores has ignited a backlash with ...

Feds OK'd Thousands Of TFWs At Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Business

The federal government approved more than 15,000 temporary foreign worker (TFW) positions at minimum wage over the past four years, a fact labour lead...

6 Of The CFIB's Most Controversial Claims About Foreign Workers

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Business

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has been one of the most vocal supporters of Canada’s temporary foreign worker (TFW) program,...

Canada's Foreign Worker Program Has a Trust Problem

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Employers are not "hooked" on temporary foreign workers because they provide critical skills on an emergency basis (as the program was intended) but because they work hard (and presumably for cheap). So who's to blame? It's time for management to look in the mirror. For the last 50 years organizations have invested in just about anything except their employees, who are increasingly treated as replaceable widgets. The federal government is also complicit. Why should employers bother to train, motivate and engage their workers when they can simply replace them with foreign "temporary" workers?

Small Businesses Want This Holiday Gone

CBC | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

It's year two of Family Day in British Columbia, and Sacha Thompson, who owns the Flowerbox on Commercial Drive, says it will cost her an additional ...

PENSION PLAN SHOWDOWN

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is suggesting he may present his own targeted proposal on pension reform at Monday's meeting with provincial co...

Time To Limit Foreign Workers?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Business

Canada should place a limit on the number of temporary foreign workers it allows into the country, before the program grows too large and threatens Ca...

Feds Won't Budge On Jobs Program Provinces Don't Want

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - An internal document suggests Ottawa is preparing to push ahead with key features of its controversial skills-training initiative, despite pr...

Could Doubling CPP Payments Solve Canada's Retirement Crisis?

Paul Moist | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Paul Moist

A full doubling of CPP benefits would mean Canadian seniors retiring with adequate income, less fiscal pressure on federal and provincial programs for low-income seniors, more spending money and a stronger, fairer economy. That is something we can all benefit from.

Your Free Retirement Will Cost Someone

Dan Kelly | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

There's no free lunch in this world, and indeed, there's no free retirement. If retirement benefits are going up, then someone has to pay for it. The question we need to ask about any kind of a CPP/QPP increase is, what are the real costs, who pays, who can expect to reap the benefits, and what exactly can they expect to get?

The Staggering Cost Of Illness In Public Sector

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A new report suggests public sector employees in Canada take nearly five more sick, disability and personal days per year than Canadians wor...

Looking for Work? Apply to a Small Business

Dan Kelly | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

Finding yourself out of work can be a scary and demoralizing experience, and I sympathize with Canadians who are unemployed. And while the economy in parts of the country can certainly be better, I have news for the doomsayers: small business owners say they have thousands upon thousands of open jobs in almost all sectors, including construction, manufacturing, hospitality and retail.