Equipping and enabling independent and franchised grocers for sustainable success.
Retail Membership is open to any full independent or franchised grocery store operating in at least four departments of the following: dry grocery, produce, meat, frozen, dairy, bakery, or deli.
Annual Fee Schedule
Store is Large (over 3500 sq. ft.)
$599.00 plus applicable taxes
Store is Small (under 3500 sq. ft.)
$299.00 plus applicable taxes
Every year, seven scholarships totalling $18,000 are handed out to deserving students across Canada.
Winner invited to annual Independent Grocer of the Year Gala in Toronto.
Six Regional Scholarships
1: high school (East region)
1: high school (West region)
Benefits to the CFIG member
1. A plaque for the Store Sponsor of each scholarship recipient.
2. Personalized assistance with any publicity opportunities.
3. Invitation to accept the National Scholarship sponsorship plaque at the annual Toronto gala awards night.
Reasons to join
5 reasons your store will benefit from a CFIG membership:
CFIG is the only Canadian association that represents
and protects the interests of over 6,900 independent and
franchised grocers at the provincial and federal
Get recognized through exclusive scholarships
and retail awards.
Keep up to date
Get instant alerts about food recalls, advocacy
and regulatory informs. Also receive our
6 times a year e-newsletter.
Discounts on 3rd party services
On the services you need to succeed like training,
consultation, award entry, and
admission to our trade-shows.
Network and share best practices
Continue your professional development
at seminars, events, and tradeshows.
“As a long-term grocery store owner/operator, I feel that the money I spend annually on a CFIG membership is money very well spent. I particularly value the Government and Industry lobbying work completed by Gary Sands, Tom Shurrie and the whole team at CFIG. Some recent examples of areas where I know CFIG has had tremendous influence are:
— David La Mantia, La Mantia’s Country Fresh Market
“CFIG is an over 50- year-old organization that deals with government advocacy. It’s very difficult for individual stores and companies to deal with all the issues they face. CFIG also provides various training opportunities, along with collaboration at conferences where you can learn from other businesses. If you’re not a part of CFIG, you’re missing a tremendous opportunity.”
—Darrell Jones, President, Overwaitea Food Group, Langley, British Columbia
“A membership of CFIG is an essential tool in an independent grocer’s toolbox. From the educational opportunities to the policy and advocacy work that CFIG does on behalf of independent grocers across Canada, the membership dues annually pays for itself. As we’re truly a family-run grocer, CFIG has been there to help us through this competitive sector.”
—Joe Longo, Chief Development Officer, Longo Bros. Fruit Markets, Vaughan, Ontario
“Through CFIG and their conferences, I have been able to develop relationships with other grocers and suppliers that would have otherwise been impossible.”
—Christy McMullen, Owner, Summerhill Market, Toronto, Ontario
Policy & Advocacy
How CFIG is Working for You.
Credit card fees: What’s in your wallet? 3 Hands
CFIG led the fight over the past three years in maintaining pressure on the government to bring forward further reductions in interchange fees. The credit card companies, banks and payment processors, the 3 hands in your wallet, continue to levy fees higher than other jurisdictions. Our efforts resulted in Visa lowering their grocery rates to 1.23% and MasterCard to 1.22%. In September 2018, Finance Minister Morneau announced further measures. An additional drop in the overall rate to 1.4%—along with cuts to premium card rates. This will help ensure that the lower rate for independent grocers to 1.22% will actually be realized. In addition, the government promised in the most recent federal election, to eliminate the interchange fees that are paid on the HST/GST. So 2020 will see further progress in the ongoing battle to narrow the gap between what is paid by small businesses and large chains. NEW RATES EFFECTIVE STARTING APRIL 2020.
Consolidation and Competition: The Squeeze Play
Retail and supplier consolidation has in some cases distorted fair competitive practices in the food industry. CFIG continues to raise the profile of this issue and the need to ensure that independent retail grocers are not singled out and treated unfairly in their dealings with suppliers. CFIG believes that a Code of Conduct for the grocery industry, will help provide more fairness and transparency in our industry.
Cheese Quota: Independents Get A Fair Slice
The implementation of the Canada-EU Trade agreement, known as CETA, will bring in several thousand tonnes of European cheese products into Canada with no tariff. Due to CFIG efforts, the government determined that 30% of the allocation would go to small- and medium-sized retailers and distributors, while 20% would go to the larger retailers and distributors. This is a five-year process and over this period, CFIG will be monitoring the implementation.
Beer and Wine – Here’s to You!
As the current Ontario government moves towards opening up the sale of beer and wine into all grocery stores in the province, CFIG is fighting to ensure fairness in the new framework. A system that in our view needs minimum pricing, increased margins and more flexibility for cross merchandising. Other measures that CFIG has already won include lower AGCO inspection fees (slashed for independents from $7000 to $1000) and exemption from providing a letter of credit.
In 2019, when it was announced that Loblaw had received a $12 million grant from Canada’s Ministry of Environment, we learned that the program they accessed had been concluded and in any event, there was a minimum $1 million spend on the part of the applicant. CFIG advocated vigorously to Ottawa that this was unacceptable. As a result, new energy support programs have been launched, geared largely to small- and medium-sized businesses.
CFIG & Coalition Win Tax Reduction
CFIG and the Small Business Matters Coalition we led, pushed for a small business tax reduction and further support for business investment. CFIG was invited to join the Prime Minister when the Federal government lowered the small business tax rate to 9% (now the lowest in the G7) effective in January 2019. As well, the government brought forward the ACCI which allows businesses to write off investments in the first year of purchase, as opposed to a multi-year write off.
In-Store Labelling Exemption
CFIG advocated to the federal government the need to recognize the unique challenges of a small business grocer. When new labelling requirements were imposed on the food industry, all products produced in-store or in a commissary for sale in a one-store operation, were exempted from nutritional and allergen labelling requirements. This has saved single- and multi-store grocers thousands of dollars annually. In January 2019, when the Safe Food for Canadians Act was proclaimed, CFIG’s efforts ensured that this exemption was maintained, in the face of opposition from some groups who wanted the exemption repealed
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