CFIB cautions Finance Ministers against doubling CPP

TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - According to a survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Canadian small businesses are overwhelmingly opposed (71 per cent) to a mandatory doubling of Canada Pension Plan (CPP) premiums and benefits.

"Proposals by unions to double CPP would serve as a major job killer as economists worldwide recognize that payroll taxes are a drag on job growth and economic development. With EI payroll tax premiums set to rise for the next several years beginning in 2011, an increase in CPP premiums could hamstring Canada's economic recovery just as it begins to gain momentum," said CFIB president Catherine Swift. "Entrepreneurs already pay double the rates of other Canadians and they would be faced with massive increases if this option is considered," she added.

This was the message sent in a letter sent earlier this week by CFIB to all federal and provincial finance ministers which went on to ask that they seriously look at the concerns small businesses have with the retirement income system. CFIB's recommendations come in the lead up to the Federal/provincial finance ministers meeting on Sunday, June 13.

"Our members want to see fairness in the discussion at the federal/provincial ministers meeting next week. Rather than mandating it, government needs to offer incentives and remove impediments to boost coverage. Businesses must be brought on board as willing participants, instead of being shoe-horned into a one-size-fits-all scheme that could have serious negative effects on their businesses, and the economy overall," added Swift. Fully 49 per cent of Canadian businesses surveyed said that, already, they cannot afford to provide retirement savings benefits to their employees.

CFIB also analyzed Statistics Canada data, showing that civil servants not only earn significantly more than employees in equivalent private-sector positions, but also receive much better retirement benefits. CFIB described it as "ludicrous" that the private sector continues to fund the abundant public sector pensions to which they will never have access.

To view the full list of recommendations and to read the submission, visit: www.cfib.ca.

SOURCE Canadian Federation of Independent Business

For further information: For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact Adam Miller or Meghan Carrington at 416.222.8022 or via email public.affairs@cfib.ca


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