Costly mandatory pension plan will kill jobs and growth
TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Independent
Business (CFIB) is deeply concerned with the government's direction in
the 2014 budget to increase taxes, shift away from fiscal restraint and
impose a forced retirement plan on Ontarians. In particular, CFIB is
vehemently opposed to the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan,
which will hurt small business owners and their employees by taxing
everyone who issues and receives a paycheque and does not currently
have a workplace pension. "In one of the worst Ontario budgets ever,
the government is picking the pockets of Ontarians, especially the middle class,
to pay for it," said CFIB's president Dan Kelly.
Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP): If implemented, the ORPP would require mandatory contributions from
employers and employees of 1.9 per cent each on earnings, starting in
2017. As a result, an individual earning $50,000 per year would take
home almost $1,000 less, with the same amount deducted from their
employer. "The majority of Ontarians who are struggling to save for
their retirement simply can't afford to," added Kelly. "Hitting them
with a higher payroll tax deduction on their paycheque is not going to
A recent CFIB survey of almost 3,200 small businesses, found that 79 per
cent are opposed to a new mandatory pension plan, with two-thirds
saying they would freeze or cut salaries and 42 per cent would reduce
the number of jobs. "It doesn't matter whether you call it a premium
or an investment, a mandatory pension contribution on top of the CPP is
a new payroll tax on jobs and will result in wage and job losses,"
noted CFIB's Ontario vice president Plamen Petkov. "This is a terrible
idea, even worse than the recently-debated CPP expansion. It will put
Ontario businesses at a competitive disadvantage to those in provinces
which choose not to join this pension scheme."
Deficit reduction: CFIB is alarmed that the government has increased program spending by
3.7 per cent over the last year, when it should have kept it to 1 per
cent as per the Drummond Commission recommendations. "The province
insists it will eliminate the deficit by 2017-18, but it continues to
miss interim targets and relies heavily on potential economic growth to
balance the books. Instead, it should seriously commit to reining in
spending and legislating a freeze on public sector wages and benefits,"
Infrastructure spending: About 84 per cent of small business owners expect new infrastructure
and transit projects to be funded by using existing revenue, not by
hiking taxes. While some existing revenue streams have been dedicated
to transit funds, the budget also increases personal and business
income taxes, among others.
Red Tape: The budget re-affirms the government's commitment to continue working
with CFIB on reducing the regulatory burden on small business.
"However, any potential gains from cutting red tape will be completely
offset by the impact the new pension plan would have on small firms and
their employees," concluded Petkov.
CFIB is also disappointed that no action was taken to address other
important small business concerns, such as repealing mandatory WSIB
insurance for business owners and independent operators in
construction, reducing high apprenticeship ratios, and providing an
immediate relief by cutting skyrocketing hydro rates.
CFIB is Canada's largest association of small and medium-sized
businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Independent Business
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