This Holiday Season, Support Your Local Small Businesses

Dan Kelly | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

Later this month, we will see one of the largest shopping days of the year: Black Friday, where hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent on electronics, clothing, books and jewelry. Unfortunately for Canada's small businesses, not to mention the Canadian economy as a whole, many Canadians choose to flock across the border on Black Friday.

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.

Bad Economic News For Whoever Wins Canada's Election

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Business

Whoever wins Canada’s election on Monday will find themselves facing a business environment that’s gloomier than any seen since the Great Recessio...

Advice for Job Seekers, Straight From Employers

Dan Kelly | Posted 10.08.2015 | 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 09.04.2015 | 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.

Small Businesses Need Your Support

Dan Kelly | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

There is no denying that some Canadians and Canadian businesses are negatively affected by the current state of affairs in the economy, particularly in the energy sector. Global forces are at work, yet the constructive response is to put local forces to work by supporting Canadian small business. It's not just good for the economy, but it also builds stronger communities when we support our neighbours.

Do We Really Need the Senate?

Dan Kelly | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Dan Kelly

More than anything, it leads me back to the bigger question of whether the Senate is relevant at all. In my work as a small business lobbyist, I've met dozens of senators over the years, and many are wonderful people who take their appointment seriously and try to take on important public policy issues or causes. But do the costs outweigh the benefits? And if we do need a Senate, is the current structure delivering?

Public Sector Workers Are Making Out Like Bandits

Dan Kelly | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) recently released a report that leaves no doubt about this wage gap. Public sector employees are making a lot more than you are for doing the same job. To add insult to injury, public sector employees are also working fewer hours than you to earn their above-market wages.

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 ...

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,...

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...

Canada's Biggest Corporate Lobbyists

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Oil, gas and mining industry groups were far and away the most active lobbyists in Ottawa over the past year, according to an analysis from Macleans. ...

LOOK: Canada's 10 Most Entrepreneurial Cities

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Alberta

Everything is bigger out West, including the entrepreneurial spirit, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. The 2013 Communi...

Visa's Smallenfreuden: German for "a Really Bad Idea"?

Dan Kelly | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

CFIB was quick to counter Visa's ill-advised campaign with an online campaign of our own, re-framing the whole notion of smallenfreuden in a way that exposes what it really is: another cash grab by the card companies and banks.

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...

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.

Do You Want to Pay $9,000 for Someone Else's Pension?

Dan Kelly | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Politics
Dan Kelly

Imagine it's March, 2013 and you discover to your considerable horror that you must pay the government $9,000 in addition to the taxes you normally fork over. Sounds pretty far-fetched, doesn't it? Well, you and I, and every other man, woman and child in Canada are each on the hook for an extra $9,000 to pay for the $300 billion (or more) in promises to public sector pension plans that governments don't have the money to pay.

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.

Rachel Mendleson

Canada Risks Ending Up On 'Road To Greece' Business Group Warns | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada Business

Canada's combined federal and provincial net debt will pass $1.1 trillion at 11 p.m. ET on October 3, according to a recent calculation. But while som...