CFIB delivers small business election priorities to federal parties


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Signed letters address their biggest concerns around affordability, labour and financing.

OTTAWA – Small business owners are calling on the federal parties to include measures that support economic growth in their election platforms.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), a national association that represents small businesses, including manufacturers, is delivering nearly 9,000 signed letters to the parties that detail business owners’ priorities in CFIB’s Small Business Platform.

“They want to see all parties put forward measures that address their biggest concerns around affordability, labour and financing. They’re not asking for government handouts, but they are looking for careful consideration and common-sense,” said CFIB president Dan Kelly.

Party leaders are asked to commit to:


• Reducing the costs of hiring and training by lowering the EI rate for small firms or introducing an EI holiday for youth between the ages of 15 to 24

• Addressing the growing tax burden by slowing down or halting additional CPP increases after 2019

• Repealing the federal carbon tax and instead working with each province to find a way to address climate change that minimizes any negative impacts on small businesses

• Making it as easy to sell a business to a family member as it is to a stranger

• Cutting red tape in policies, guidelines and legislation, and improving government services

• Supporting family-run small businesses by exempting spouses from the new income splitting rules

• Reversing new rules on passive investment income

• Putting in place a plan to balance the budget within the next five years

Earlier this summer, CFIB released its Small Business Platform with detailed policy recommendations on how these goals can be achieved. Click here for a copy.



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