ACC weekly update
October 7, 2021
Network news
Letter to GOA re: ratepayer refund

The ACC sent a letter to the Government of Alberta expressing support for AltaLink's application to provide $120M in refunds to Alberta ratepayers. 

Alberta Perspectives survey updates

Our annual municipal red tape and competitiveness survey is now live. Please share this survey with your members and contacts. With local elections right around the corner, this is the ideal time to gather the latest insights from YOUR community.


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Canadian Chamber AGM proxies

If your chamber will NOT be taking part in the Canadian Chamber AGM, please complete the proxy submission form. This is critical for a strong Alberta voice at the national level!
New business exceptions process
 
Our network has created our own process for businesses to submit their request for a health order exception. Alberta businesses will be able to submit their request through an online form. Chambers will then share these responses with local MLAs and advocate for action.
 
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Government of Alberta news
More support for businesses keeping Albertans safe

In response to the latest public health actions, government is providing funding to help offset costs of implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) and support training for workers.

“Businesses need support to survive in our ever-changing health environment. Today’s announcement acknowledges this, providing assistance for businesses participating in the REP program. These training grants will help keep business owners, employees, and patrons safe and our economy moving.” – ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly

Vaccine eligibility expands, milestone hit

More than 75 per cent of eligible Albertans are now fully immunized against COVID-19 Starting Oct. 6, Albertans age 75 and older and First Nations, Inuit and Métis people age 65 and older can begin booking for a third dose at least six months after their second dose.

COVID-19 fourth wave in schools

Alberta’s government is resuming public reporting of COVID-19 cases in schools, initiating contact notification in schools, clarifying COVID-19 outbreak definitions, providing rapid testing kits and encouraging school authorities to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination policies for adults.

Driving unemployed Albertans back to work

Funding totalling $5 million in 2021-22 will provide 500 unemployed Albertans with the opportunity to obtain a Class 1 driver’s licence. The grant program is part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

Canada invokes 1977 pipelines treaty: Joint statement

Premier Jason Kenney and Minister of Energy Sonya Savage issued a statement on the federal government invoking the dispute settlement provision of the 1977 Transit Pipelines Treaty.

Dow investment in Alberta: Premier Kenney

Premier Jason Kenney issued a statement on Dow announcing to build the world’s first net-zero carbon emissions ethylene and derivatives complex in Alberta.
Government of Canada news
Government of Canada to assist Alberta with COVID-19 response

The Canadian Armed Forces committed to providing up to eight critical care nurses to assist in intensives care units in hospitals in Alberta. The Canadian Red Cross is planning to provide up to 20 medical professionals, some with intensive care unit experience, to augment or relieve existing staff working in hospitals in Alberta. 

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers

The Government of Canada announced that, as of October 30, the Government of Canada will require employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees. Also effective October 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel.

Backgrounder: COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the federal workforce

As early as November 15, public servants who refuse to disclose their status or who are not fully vaccinated will be placed on administrative leave without pay. Employees who are unable to be vaccinated based on a prohibited ground as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act, such as a medical contraindication, may request accommodation.

Statement by Minister Garneau on Line 5 transit pipeline

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued a statement on Michigan’s efforts to shut down Line 5.

Resources
C.D. Howe publication: Bitumen valuation

Today, the C.D. Howe institute released a publication titled An Oil Sands Inequity: Alberta’s Outdated Bitumen Valuation Program. The brief reviews oil sands bitumen prices used in Alberta royalty calculations and argues that they should be set by market prices, not formulas.
Featured events
BDC Small Business Week

BDC Small Business Week is back! Join the Business Development Bank of Canada from October 17 to 23 for an annual celebration of entrepreneurship.
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