Ninety per cent of Canadian small business voters have made up their minds heading into Monday's federal election and a quarter have already voted, according to a member survey conducted this week by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Another 72 per cent of respondents say they will be headed to the polls on election day.
"It is fitting that the election takes place on the first day of small business week," said CFIB president Dan Kelly. "The spotlight that all federal parties have placed on the small business community and their issues speaks to the important place they hold in Canada's communities and economy."
A third of small business owners are calling it the most important election ever to their business.
Small business issues have taken centre-stage during the campaign. All parties have committed to reducing the small business tax rate from 11 to 9 per cent, as well as to making investments in entrepreneurship and training.
The campaign seems to have had an effect on entrepreneurs, with 42 per cent reporting that it has influenced their vote. Only seven per cent remain undecided.
"Business owners have been telling us that this election will make a big difference to their enterprises and their communities. On Election Day, they will make a big difference by casting a ballot," added Kelly.