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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 additi...

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.

The Politics of Supporting Small Business

Dan Kelly | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

The simple answer is that CFIB isn't right-wing or left-wing -- we're pro-small business. In fact, so are all of Canada's mainstream political parties, and (nearly) the entire country. And if you think the idea of Conservatives, Liberals and New Democrats agreeing with each other sounds wild and crazy, you might want to sit down when you read the next paragraph.

Saving The Young From Their Future Impoverishment

Dan Kelly | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

A Bank of Montreal poll found that almost a third of young Canadians haven't saved a penny for retirement, and only 10 per cent have given much thought to exactly how much money they're going to need to retire. Clearly, we need to get these folks saving, and fast. I'd like to see today's young Canadians -- particularly those without a gold-plated public sector worker or MP pension -- wind up with something, rather than nothing for their retirement. PRPPs can help employees at private sector small businesses save money for the future.

$6 Billion In 'Severance' Without Losing Their Jobs

CBC | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Politics

While federal budget cuts are sending some public servants to the unemployment line, most of those keeping their jobs will be laughing all the way to ...