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On Monday, December 4, 2017 the final set of employment standards regulations were approved and the employment standards information has been updated since that time. Our blog provides a quick summary of the changes coming into effect January 1, 2018. General information about employment standards rules can be found online. Read More
 
Gaslamp Village Media Inc. is offering a savings up to $750 on digital marketing packages. Beginning with a Starter Web package which includes a mobile responsive, semi-custom design, 5 standard pages, CMS framework, contact form, full technical support & many more features. Also available to Chamber members are discounted SEO packages which include improve search rankings, google analytics, detailed SEO plan & more!
 
 
The federal government announced new rules for income-sharing by introducing a reasonable test for family members, except if those family members are:
  • A spouse over the age of 65
  • Over 18 who make a "substantial labour contribution" of at least 20 hours per week
  • Over 25 who own 10 per cent or more of a business that earns less than 90 per cent of its income from the "provision of services"
The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance released their report on tax reform the same day recommending a delayed implementation of any tax changes for at least one year and, consistent with chamber advocacy. Read More
 
This can be marked as a win for Medicine Hat and a win for our Chamber, as we had encouraged Government to make sure that they considered our region for alternative energy projects and also had a policy on alternative energy which was adopted in 2014. We had not renewed it last year, as the Government was moving in that direction. Read More
 
The past 12 months were an eventful year for business in Medicine Hat. Unemployment is down compared to 2016. Commercial construction is up. New neighbourhoods are breaking ground. It appears helium is on the horizon. Aviation history was made in our back yard. A 200-megawatt wind farm was recently announced 50 kilometres from the city. process.  Read More
 
 
Celebrate our 50 year's in business with savings of up to 50% off!  Richardson's Jewellery was established in 1967 and continues to showcase the most complete selection of jewellery products in our region. From our well priced Canadian diamonds to our fun and fashionable sterling silver we've got the perfect gift! 
 
In this edition of  5 Minutes for Business, Jayson Myers, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Policy, examines the role profit plays in driving growth and assuring economic prosperity for Canadians. This role should be a fundamental tenet of all government decision-making. Our governments must at least be aware of the negative impact higher taxes and regulatory compliance costs have on profits, job creation and business investment. This holiday season, let's celebrate profit! Read  5 Minutes for Business.
 
 
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