ACC weekly update
September 16, 2021
Network news
Alberta Perspectives survey updates

Our Vote Prosperity pillar 3 survey is now live on building healthy communities: https://www.albertaperspectives.ca/c/r/VP2021pillar3



Canadian Chamber AGM proxy submission

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!
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Best wishes to Rick More!

Following 17 years of service, Rick More will be retiring from his role as CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce.

Rick, we wish you nothing but the best. Congratulations on the well-deserved retirement!

Chamber of commerce rapid testing process
 
We originally shared the below information in our May 13 weekly update email. We are re-sharing this information as chambers continue to see increased demand for rapid tests.

The ACC continues to partner with the Government of Alberta to provide rapid tests to the businesses within your community.

Local chambers can submit a request form (Attachment 1) to rapidtesting@gov.ab.ca 
to receive the tests. Chambers will then receive an agreement (Attachment 2) explaining their requirements, including submitting weekly reporting to the Government of Alberta. After the chamber has signed the agreement, it will receive its requested number of tests.
  
Chambers will provide businesses with the application form which includes the rapid testing guidelines and terms and conditions (Attachment 3). As long as the business does not require any amendments to the guidelines, the chamber of commerce can approve the application form and provide the business with the tests. This application form also includes the terms and conditions so the chamber does not need to enter into agreements with each individual business. If modifications are required, the business should contact the Government of Alberta directly.
 
The business will be required to submit reporting to the chamber each week including the number of tests it used, the number of positive tests and positives were confirmed by PCR test (Attachment 4). The Government of Alberta is working on making this reporting digital to streamline the process, however until a digital solution is created, the report needs to be submitted each Wednesday at rapidtesting@gov.ab.ca
 
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If you have further questions, please contact Ken Kobly.
ACC welcomes Elavon payment processing

On this week's chamber call, we were joined by representatives from Elavon payment processing. Chamber members looking to take advantage of the this program should fill out this form or call 1.844.935.3621.

Chamber leaders seeking to offer this exclusive program to your members should contact Philip Jung at philip.jung@elavon.com

Government of Alberta news
New vaccine requirements and COVID-19 measures in Alberta

Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency.

Measures in workplaces, indoor private gatherings, places of worship, schools and children’s activities, as well as mandatory masking and physical distancing in all indoor public spaces begin Sept. 16.

Restrictions on restaurants, indoor gatherings, weddings and funerals, retail, entertainment venues, and indoor sport and fitness beginning Sept. 20.

Starting September 20, discretionary businesses and events must follow one of these 2 options:
  1. Implement the Restrictions Exemption Program requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result to continue operating as usual, or
  2. Follow business capacity and operating restrictions.


New card-sized COVID-19 vaccination record

Starting on Sept. 16, Albertans will be able to print a copy of their card-sized COVID-19 proof of vaccination or show it on their phone or tablet.

Vaccination incentive launches

Eligible Albertans can now register to get a $100 debit card for receiving a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

August job numbers: Minister Schweitzer

Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer issued a statement about the August 2021 Labour Force Survey.
Government of Canada news
Canada Employment Insurance Commission sets the 2022 Employment Insurance Premium Rate 

The Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) made available the Actuarial Report and its summary for the 2022 Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate. The rate is set at $1.58 per $100 of insurable earnings for employees and $2.21 for employers who pay 1.4 times the employee rate, which is unchanged from the 2020 and 2021 premium rate.
Resources
Venture for Canada Intrapreneurship

Students across Canada are contributing to innovating small business by working on 7-week projects of up to 70 hours each (4-10 hours/week). Students work solo or in an interdisciplinary team of up to 5 students (up to 350 project hours per group). Employer commitment is 10-20 hours over 7 weeks. Venture for Canada foots the bill and provides each student with a stipend for their work with you. New projects accepted each month.  


Nominate a business changemaker

The Globe and Mail is seeking nominations for the 2022 Report on Business Changemakers. They're looking to honour people relatively new to the business world (less than 10 years into their careers) who are making a difference with their ideas, accomplishments and impact.

More information and nomination form: www.tgam.ca/Changemakers
Featured Events
Bitumen Valuation Methodology webinar

The C.D Howe Institute is scheduled to release a report this month that supports fixing the Bitumen Valuation Methodology. They will be hosting a panel of policy experts on Thursday, September 30 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. MT.

If you'd like an invitation to this webinar, please email Kelly McTaggart, Community Engagement Advisor with CAPP.
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