Small business confidence continues to drop in Ontario
TORONTO, July 4, 2012 /CNW/ - As confidence among Ontario small business
owners continues to fall, the Canadian Federation of Independent
Business (CFIB) is delivering the following message to an all-party
committee at Queen's Park today: hiking payroll taxes will jeopardize
jobs and the economy.
"Increasing payroll taxes on hard-pressed small business owners is
essentially a tax on jobs," said CFIB's Ontario vice president,
Satinder Chera. "Entrepreneurs are forced to pay more, even if they
haven't turned a penny of profit. That isn't fair."
The threat of higher payroll taxes comes from a recent report on the
finances of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Already
struggling with a $14.5 billion unfunded liability, the WSIB and the
Ministry of Labour responded to the report by hiking - not cutting -
those liabilities. Ontario's workers' compensation system is funded
entirely through premiums on employers.
Higher payroll taxes could not come at a worse time. The latest CFIB
Business Barometer®, based on a monthly survey of business owners,
shows confidence continued to decline last month. Already trailing the
national average, business confidence in the province hasn't been this
low since November of 2011.
In May, CFIB sent an open letter to the major party leaders, asking them
for their commitment to stop the WSIB from hiking premiums on workplace
payroll. Premier Dalton McGuinty, Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath were
specifically asked to ensure that tax relief already delivered to small
businesses is not clawed back in the form of higher WSIB premiums.
"So far, only Tim Hudak has responded to our letter, pledging his
support for small businesses in the face of higher payroll taxes," said
Chera. "I hope today's presentation will allow small businesses to
lock-up support from Premier McGuinty and Ms. Horwath too."
Satinder Chera will appear at the Standing Committee on Government
Agencies at 2:20 pm today in Committee Room 1 of the Ontario
Legislature to deliver CFIB's presentation.
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 109,000 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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