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.

The Straight Truth: A Pension Plan Hike Is A Terrible Idea

Dan Kelly | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Dan Kelly

There will be a lot on the line for Canadian workers and business owners. But it's not too late to put the brakes on a proposal that will destroy jobs, hold back wages and even push some businesses over the edge in years to come.

Immigrants Are The Solution To Canada's Labour Shortage

Dan Kelly | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

Economic immigration has always been the lifeblood of Canada's economic success and has played a key role in the building of our great nation. While our immigration system has many goals, employers have a priority to ensure that immigrants of all skill levels are able to come to Canada for jobs where they struggle to find Canadians to fill them.

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."

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 10.08.2016 | 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.

Small Businesses Need Your Support

Dan Kelly | Posted 06.11.2016 | 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 05.04.2016 | 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 additional ...

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...