OTTAWA, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - After calling for a freeze of Employment
Insurance (EI) rates in 2012, small business owners can breathe a half
sigh of collective relief with today's announcement by the federal
government to lower the expected Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate
increase by half. "It is clear Finance Minister Flaherty has heard the
concerns of Canada's entrepreneurs by taking action to lower the
planned EI hike," said Dan Kelly, senior vice-president for the
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
CFIB is pleased government opted for a more modest EI premium rate
increase of $0.07 per $100 in insurable earnings for employers and
$0.05 for employees. This move will reduce the burden on business and
leave more money in the pockets of their employees.
With over 15,000 petitions from small businesses across the country
delivered to all federal MPs in recent days, CFIB is renewing its call
for an expansion and extension of the EI hiring tax credit. "In a
fragile global economy it makes good fiscal sense to support the job
creators in Canada. But, as rates will still go up in 2012 -- the
extension and expansion of the EI hiring credit in the next budget is
crucial to help offset this premium increase," Kelly said.
Furthermore, CFIB is urging government to finish and move forward on its
promise to review the way EI rates are set in the future. "We are
looking to the EI rate setting consultation review to come up with
solid recommendations to allow the EI system to work better during
periods of economic uncertainty so we do not have to face increasing
rates at the worst possible time," concluded Kelly.
As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses,
CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes
direction from more than 108,000 members in every sector nationwide,
giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all
levels of government and helping to grow the economy.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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