Chamber Chatter - September 29 2020
Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This WEEKLY email highlights information and updates from our Chamber, the Alberta and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, and our municipal, provincial, and federal government partners.  
 
Be sure to watch for our weekly Chamber Member Connections newsletter on Thursdays featuring sales, promotions, accomplishments, events, and general awareness of our membership. 

For more information on Chamber Member Connections submissions,
please email tom@gpchamber.com.
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is inviting input from local job seekers, employees, and businesses asking for their insights about strengths and challenges in the local labour force as well as their priorities for workforce skills and training. Residents and businesses in the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, MD of Greenview and area communities are invited to participate.

Two surveys will run until October 31, 2020. They are part of a Labour Market Needs Assessment led by the Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the three municipalities and Alberta Labour and Immigration. The study is being guided by McSweeney & Associates.

The Job Seeker & Employee Survey is gathering critical information from local employees and job seekers, including factors making it difficult to find work; reasons for leaving or staying in a job; and factors that help gain and maintain meaningful employment. The Employer Survey seeks to better understand local labour force strengths and gaps, and also identify gaps and opportunities in skills, training, and workforce services.

Who can participate?
The surveys are open to all businesses, employees and job seekers in the City and County of Grande Prairie, MD of Greenview, Hythe, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Wembley, Fox Creek, Valleyview, Horse Lake First Nation, Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, and Grande Cache Co-ops and Enterprises. Job seekers and employees include people currently working, and those who are unemployed, consider themselves underemployed, or looking for their first job.
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce invites you to join our members and guests at a Ribbon Cutting for Ballad Consulting Group on Friday, October 16 at 11:45 AM. (Event runs from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM).

Ballad Consulting Group is located in Unit 101, 9817 - 101 Avenue, Grande Prairie.
BDC Small Business Week 2020 is set for October 18-24. This year's theme is "Forging the Way Forward". Join us as we recognize entrepreneurial resilience and forge a way forward in uncertain times. The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce will host an informative, entertaining and interactive virtual event on Thursday, October 22 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The event will include speaker presentations as well as local businesses sharing their stories of entrepreneurial resilience and innovation.

The cost is $20 + GST. Participants are urged to watch in their cohort groups while enjoying complimentary snacks either picked up from our office or delivered to YOUR office!

Our keynote speakers will be Linda Edgecombe, CSP, HoF, an award-winning celebrity humorist speaker, trainer and consultant; and Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC.

If you are interested in sponsorship and/or would like to share your story of adapting to the pandemic; employee resiliency; or what you've learned about your industry moving forward, contact Cindy Simigan in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email cindy@gpchamber.com. Selected businesses will be scheduled for interview with Eastlink TV on October 13-14. 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
NATIONAL Sponsor - BDC
GOLD Sponsors - City of Grande Prairie; County of Grande Prairie; GetInTheLoop; Grande Prairie Downtown Association; Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network
SILVER Sponsors - ATB Entrepreneur Centre; Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region
EVENT Sponsors - Eastlink TV; Jeffrey's Mill District; MD of Greenview; Shade Tree Chocolate Studio; Swan City Rotary Club
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The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce and the City of Grande Prairie are supporting local businesses on the road to recovery:
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The Chamber of Commerce along with the City of Grande Prairie  and County of Grande Prairie Economic Development Departments are working together to provide a unified approach to supporting local businesses. On our website is a list of resources to help you navigate the various levels of support for business.
KEEP YOUR CHAMBER INFORMATION UP TO DATE!

Thank you to the 1,300 member businesses for supporting our Chamber! In our efforts to best promote your services, we need your help. Please take a few moments to check your information with us including your contact information, and categories in which you are listed. We also ask you to review your web page with us to ensure you are making the most of your membership and look your best to users searching for your info!

Contact Leah Fujarczuk, Member Relations and Engagement, at 780-532-5340 or leah@gpchamber.com for more information on using your Info Hub with us!
PUT YOUR NAME UP IN LIGHTS!

Let us help you spread the word about your business! Send us an ad for our our Digital Sign outside Centre 2000 on 116 Avenue!

For more information on Digital Sign advertising with EXCLUSIVE RATES FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS, contact Leah in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email leah@gpchamber.com.
By joining the Alberta Perspectives insight community, you'll hear first about new Alberta Chambers of Commerce surveys and research.

Log into Alberta Perspectives anytime to access survey results (results we share directly with government), participate in quick polls, and catch media coverage of community insights.

Canadian Chamber: Throne Speech a start, but much more is needed to get Canadians back to work

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a statement in response to last week's Speech from the Throne. 
Government of Canada introduces legislation to support Canadians through Recovery Benefits and extend access to funds for emergency measures

The Government of Canada announced the introduction of Bill C-2 to create three new temporary recovery benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • A Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support.
  • A Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) of $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • A Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19 or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine.  
More support to help relaunch child care sector

Licensed child care programs will receive $87 million in new funding as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan and the federal Safe Restart agreement.

Capitalizing on Alberta’s mineral potential

Alberta’s government has struck an expert panel to help the province diversify its economy and become a world leader in mineral resource production.
Jobs for Alberta, innovative tech for the world

Alberta’s government is spending dollars from the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund on a series of programs that will get Albertans back to work and reduce emissions. The latest TIER investment will support 3,400 jobs on its own and up to 8,700 jobs when investments from industry and other funding sources are included.
Want to know how the CPP Fund is holding up in these challenging times?

On October 5, at 12:00 p.m. MDT, CPP Investments – the organization responsible for investing CPP contributions not immediately needed to pay benefits – will be holding a public meeting for Alberta so that you can hear directly about how the CPP Fund is doing. It will also be an opportunity to receive answers to your questions about the CPP Fund from a member of our senior management team.

To safeguard public health and help make our meetings more accessible, our meetings will be held via an online web platform that you can view on your computer or cell phone.

We hope you can attend, and we invite you to pre-register for the Alberta meeting by visiting our website here.

If you have any questions or if you want to submit a question in advance of the broadcast, please email us at contact@cppib.com.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce webinar series: Future of Transportation (September–October)

Like every industry, transportation has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These sessions will feature guest speakers from leading transportation companies and will focus on how the industry has responded to the pandemic and other significant events.


Cybersecurity: Risks, Issues And Trends Affecting Canadian Business

In Partnership with Field Effect, CIRA and Canadian Centre for Cyber Security - October 13 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Join us for a conversation with a never-before-seen panel featuring three of Canada’s leading cybersecurity organizations. We’ll explore risks, trends and recommendations for Canadian businesses…while encouraging and challenging you to bring forward all of your cybersecurity questions! 

Transform Your Industry At The Salesforce Industries Summit

Join Salesforce on September 30 to evolve your business to the changing landscape. Discover how to accelerate value, drive ROI and transform your industry. 

Northland Properties: COVID-19 And The Hospitality Sector

The entire Canadian hospitality industry, including restaurants, hotels and resorts, have felt the devastating effects of COVID-19 in terms of economic impact and loss of jobs. In this guest blog post for the Our Restaurants campaign, Northland Properties explains what it is doing to support Canada’s hospitality industry and to keep Canadians safe.
The City of Grande Prairie and Revolution Place are currently completing a public engagement project for the $55 million proposed Revolution Place Revitalization.
 
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce has been identified as a targeted stakeholder group in the project and as such, all of our members have been selected to complete a targeted survey to provide feedback on overall level of support for this renovation project, your usage and feedback on current and future programming and events, and features of the facility. It is recommended that you review the documents provided in the ‘Document Library’ on the right-hand side of the webpage for additional information pertaining to the proposed changes and their impacts.
 
To complete the survey, visit engage.cityofgp.com/rev-place-revitalization-stakeholders and log-on with the following credentials: USERNAME: GPCHAMBER and PASSWORD: GPChamber2020. Deadline to complete the survey is Sunday, September 27.
The Economic Recovery Program has been developed by the City of Grande Prairie to support businesses in the creation of employment and recovery activities in the wake of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Phase One of the program includes the Beautification and Patio Grant and the Local Marketing Grant.
 
The Beautification & Patio Grant matches 50% of Project Costs for up to a maximum $15,000 for any Façade improvement, landscaping or patio project that improves aesthetic appeal, pedestrian access and safety according to the Program Guidelines. Click here for full application details for the Beautification & Patio Grant.
 
The Local Marketing Grant matches up to 50% of Project Costs, to a maximum of $2,500 for the creation of a marketing plan or marketing content. Or, a grant equal to 75% Project Costs, to a maximum of $7,500 for the creation of a collaborative marketing plan or project involving three or more businesses. Click here for full application details for the Local Marketing Grant.
The Call for Nominations for Canada's Volunteer Awards is open until September 30, 2020. By nominating, you are helping to raise awareness of the vital role that volunteers play in strengthening communities across Canada. We all play a role in recognizing volunteers.
 
Now is the time to nominate a socially responsible business and/or social enterprise for an award in the following categories:
  • Business Leader - recognizes businesses and social enterprises that demonstrate social responsibility to benefit their communities.
  • Social Innovator - recognizes non-for-profit organizations and social enterprises that use innovative approaches to address social challenges in their communities.
For each category, one Canada’s Volunteer Award recipient will be selected in the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, and British Columbia and the North.

In addition to receiving an award at a ceremony from the Government of Canada, recipients can choose a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant of $10,000 (national award) or $5,000 (regional awards). Recipients also participate in an exemplary practices forum where they can share best practices and network with other sector leaders and Canada’s Volunteer Awards alumni community.

Do you know a business or social enterprise making a difference in your community? 
Nominate them to receive a Canada’s Volunteer Award and recognize them for their efforts. Please spread the word by sharing this message through your networks and on social media.

For more information, learn more about the nomination process or contact them at 1-877-825-0434 or Info-cva-pbc@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca. For updates on Canada’s Volunteer Awards, follow them on Twitter @ESDC_GC, Facebook @ESDC.GC and Instagram @esdc.edsc.