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Dan Kelly

President, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Dan Kelly is President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In this capacity, Dan is the lead spokesperson and advocate for the views of the Federation's 110,000 small and medium-sized members' businesses across Canada. Follow Dan on Twitter @CFIB and learn more about CFIB at www.cfib.ca.
The Straight Truth: A Pension Plan Hike Is A Terrible

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

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.
06/16/2016 09:22 EDT
Immigrants Are The Solution To Canada's Labour

Immigrants Are The Solution To Canada's Labour Shortage

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.
04/29/2016 10:40 EDT
It's Time To Put Government Pension Bridge Benefits In The

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

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.
03/08/2016 12:53 EST
Small Businesses Thrive When They Go Beyond The Bottom

Small Businesses Thrive When They Go Beyond The Bottom Line

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."
12/24/2015 10:12 EST
This Holiday Season, Support Your Local Small

This Holiday Season, Support Your Local Small Businesses

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.
11/11/2015 01:53 EST
Advice for Job Seekers, Straight From

Advice for Job Seekers, Straight From Employers

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.
10/08/2015 05:24 EDT
Provincial Protectionism Hinders Trade Within

Provincial Protectionism Hinders Trade Within Canada

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.
09/04/2015 08:11 EDT
Small Businesses Need Your

Small Businesses Need Your Support

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.
06/11/2015 12:31 EDT
Do We Really Need the

Do We Really Need the Senate?

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?
05/04/2015 12:50 EDT
Public Sector Workers Are Making Out Like

Public Sector Workers Are Making Out Like Bandits

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.
04/07/2015 01:23 EDT
Canada's Free Trade Needs Some

Canada's Free Trade Needs Some Work

In the midst of this new day of free trade between nations, it is precisely the right time to take a close look at our own back yard, and frankly, it needs some work -- particularly given the renewed discussion back home in Canada regarding the difficulty of doing business from one Canadian province to another.
08/29/2014 12:38 EDT
CASL Isn't Targeting the True

CASL Isn't Targeting the True Spammers

I really don't think the Nigerian prince is reading up on Canada's new anti-spam laws. Offshore erectile dysfunction pill providers are likewise not going to stop pumping out the spam. But the local real estate agent trying to reach a few dozen strong referrals a year will now have a low cost form of marketing scaled back by government in the process.
07/09/2014 05:50 EDT
The Tooth Fairy Doesn't Fund Ontario's Retirement Pension

The Tooth Fairy Doesn't Fund Ontario's Retirement Pension Plan

With the Ontario election only days away, one of the issues that has remained largely under the radar is the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). While the idea surfaced when federal-provincial talks to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) failed late last year, specifics were shared in the 2014 Ontario budget tabled just before the election call.
06/09/2014 01:39 EDT
Setting the Record Straight on Temporary Foreign

Setting the Record Straight on Temporary Foreign Workers

It seems the recent firestorm around the Temporary Foreign Worker program has brought out the very best, as well as the very worst, in Canadians. The program has some flaws. But we all need to take a deep breath and avoid the temptation to convict an employer based on a media story.
05/09/2014 06:16 EDT
Red Tape Awareness Week Celebrates Five

Red Tape Awareness Week Celebrates Five Years

What is red tape, exactly? It's the extra time you spend applying for or renewing your passport or driver's license when the process isn't straight forward. It's the confusing rules and processes around seemingly simple tasks. And, it's costing us all billions of dollars a year.
01/31/2014 09:31 EST
Who Exactly Wants CPP Hikes? Not Working

Who Exactly Wants CPP Hikes? Not Working Canadians

While Canadians -- including small business owners -- support the CPP as it is, there are lots of good reasons why expanding it would be a bad idea, regardless of the timing. For example, while CPP appears to be well managed at the moment, it has been an unmitigated disaster in the past.
12/11/2013 05:22 EST
What the Cabinet Shuffle Means for Small Business

What the Cabinet Shuffle Means for Small Business Owners

As reasonably addicted social-media user, it was great to see the recent federal cabinet line-up released in real time on Twitter. I followed each name closely as I thought of the implications of each change for Canada's small business owners.
07/25/2013 05:28 EDT