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Kamloops Chamber concerned about further business taxation

Kamloops, BC - Yesterday's provincial budget reflects a social agenda with meaningful investments in both housing attainability and childcare - two areas of deep interest to the Chamber - but it leaves the business community to pick up a $1.92 billion tab on MSP by the fiscal year 2020.

The BC Chamber's 2017-18 Collective Perspective survey flagged "affordability of housing" as the top issue "hurting" businesses in BC. Yesterday's announcements intended to "stabilize [the] market and curb demand" with investments of more than $6 billion over 10 years are a welcome move that will help small business owners address another key challenge in BC's tight labour market: recruiting and retaining staff.

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Materials will be in give-a-way bags at Leadercast Kamloops on May 4th and at the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference May 24 - 26th (hosted in Kamloops!). 

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Keep on top of your GST/HST account with the CRA's new

The Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) BizApp, a new mobile web app, is there to help you with your business accounts whether you're at home or on the go.
Check your expected GST/HST returns and the status of your filed GST/HST returns. You can then make payments by pre-authorized debit. All this can be done securely from your mobile device. It's all at your fingertips!
Need to do more than view your GST/HST account information? CRA BizApp lets you view and make a payment by pre-authorized debit to your corporation, payroll, and excise duty accounts too! You can also view the status of your filed corporation income tax returns.
To use the mobile web app, go to CRA BizApp to log in or register. If you are already registered for My Business Account, you can use the same login information to use CRA BizApp.

You can also use CRA's Business Tax Reminders app to create reminders for key CRA due dates for your payments and returns.
New tools to keep Canada working

The Alberta government is releasing online tools to encourage Canadians to share their views about actions taken by the B.C. government to block the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

People who go to will be able to:
  • Get facts about the pipeline and learn how they can get involved in the discussion.
  • Sign a petition asking the government of Premier John Horgan to honour the rules of Confederation and to stop acting outside the rule of law. All responses will be sent to him.
  • Email their member of Parliament and, if they live in British Columbia, their MLA.
  • Show their support through various social media channels.
An advertising campaign in Alberta and British Columbia will make people aware of the website and invite them to share their views.

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10 Horrible Habits You're Doing Right Now That Are Draining Your Energy

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One of the greatest ways that you can improve your daily productivity is to cut out habits that drain your motivation. They give you less energy to tackle the day and decrease happiness levels. The challenge is that life is full of distractions.

Read the full article to learn what 10 habits you can quit today that will help you increase your motivation and energy which will help you lead a more productive lifestyle.


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Green Living Expo

The 3rd Annual Green Living Expo is happening on April 28, 2018 and the City of Kamloops can't wait to see you there!

 This year's expo will host a full day of speakers, free zumba classes, a food truck festival, and over 50 booths! Our speaker topics range from healthy backyards, to living with pests and pollinators, to sustainable residential energy systems.