Chamber Chatter - July 14 2020
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Bear Creek Golf Club

  • Registration
  • Shotgun Start
  • Buffet Dinner served by Course Staff and can be eaten on site or taken home
  • Mulligan and Grand Prize Draws
  • 4-Person Texas Scramble Format

Member Registration: $150+GST/person; ($600+GST/four-person team)
Green Fees, Power Carts, and Supper included

* Please contact Cindy Simigan at  for sponsorship opportunities and for more information.


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For more information on Digital Sign advertising with EXCLUSIVE RATES FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS , please contact Leah in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email
The Chamber of Commerce along with the City of Grande Prairie and County of Grande Prairie are working together as a Business Resiliency Taskforce to provide a unified approach to supporting local businesses.

On our website is a list of resources to help you navigate various levels of financial support and reopening guidelines.

The Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership also has Business Relaunch business information which can be found HERE.
The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding.

Businesses, cooperatives and non-profits can use these funds as they see fit to help offset a portion of their relaunch costs, such as implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, which could include:
  • physical barriers
  • purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies
  • paying rent and employee wages
  • replacing inventory and more

The Government of Alberta has committed up to $200 million in funding for the program.

The program provides a one-time payment to organizations that saw a 50% revenue reduction in April or May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant funding amounts are calculated based on 15% of the eligible organization’s pre-COVID-19 monthly revenue up to a maximum of $5,000 per business, cooperative or non-profit organization.

Businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations as a result of public health orders issued by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health may be eligible.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a revenue reduction of at least 50% in April and/or May 2020 as a result of public health orders.

Application intake will remain open until August 31 or for 4 weeks following the start of Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – whichever is later. 

Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch


Masks are now available at more than 700 partner restaurant locations, including those without drive-thru service, adding more than 100 new locations and expanding the availability of masks to Albertans. No purchase is necessary to pick up masks in restaurants, either at the counter or through drive-throughs.

A&W, McDonald’s Canada, and Tim Hortons partner restaurants are handing out eight masks per person for this distribution. Albertans are encouraged to pick up masks for family and friends to reduce traffic at partner restaurant locations. Masks will be available at restaurants while supplies last.

A larger number of long-term care and supportive living, seniors facilities, community groups, social service organizations, libraries, court houses and places of worship will be distributing masks to their residents, clients and members. Municipalities without easy access to a partner restaurant location are again being supplied with masks to distribute to their residents, as are First Nations communities and Metis Settlements. 

Four million masks are being provided to 20 transit systems across Alberta to be used by transit riders.


Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Tanya Fir has appointed five members to the Northern Alberta Development Council to promote growth in northern Alberta including two from Grande Prairie.

  • Cody Beairsto, reappointment – A partner in a family-run surveying and engineering firm founded 54 years ago in the Grande Prairie area. He previously served one year as president and four years as a member of the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce.
  • Loretta Lieverse, new member (effective Sept. 14) – A partner with MNP’s Assurance Services team in Grande Prairie and recipient of the 2017 CPA Alberta Early Achievement Award for exceptional service to the accounting profession and to the community as a tireless volunteer. She also serves as a board member and chair of finance with the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.

The council advances development in Alberta’s north and advises the government on economic and social development opportunities.


The Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program , part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, will bring multi-billion dollar investments to petrochemical projects throughout Alberta, helping to strengthen and diversify the province’s economy and create new jobs for Albertans.

Government will work with industry over the summer to finalize the program guidelines. More details about eligibility, process, governance and reporting requirements will be available when the program is officially launched in early fall.

On July 25, make a purchase from a local small business, add your name to the big spend list, and share on social using #TheBigSpend

Leading Influence, a national not-for-profit organization, is launching an idea called " The Big Spend ." The Big Spend is about challenging every Canadian wage earner to spend on purpose in a locally owned business on one day (July 25th). It's a collaborative effort of community groups, chambers of commerce, business associations, etc. that are partnering together and leveraging their networks to support a crucial sector of our national economy. This is a non-partisan, non-political initiative intended to benefit communities across Canada.

The County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network is proud to host the 2nd session in the series “Mastering the Pandemic- Finding Success Amid the Chaos on August 11 at 9:00 am and will host Grande Prairie Regional College – Continuing Education Department, Revolution Group, Maddhatters and Better than Fred’s.
Join us as we listen to how our local groups have pivoted to remain resilient. Learn what their best practices have become, mistakes that were made, or things they would have done differently. There is plenty of time for questions.
Please see the link for more information on this and future events.
Ballad Consulting Group's Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management training program is set to kick off July 26th in Grande Prairie and we are actively recruiting participants to join the program. It is fully funded by the Government of Alberta for clients accessing EI or CERB. 

More information about the program can be found on our website:

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Perrin Beatty, issued the following statement about today’s announcement that the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program will be extended:

“Today’s announcement to extend the CEWS until December is positive news for businesses everywhere, as they take the first steps towards recovery.
There is a clear need for continuing support for SMEs and for a number of sectors, including hospitality and travel, which have been hard-hit and will be slow to return to normal.

An effectively updated CEWS program must encourage Canadians to transition from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to the wage subsidy. The program must create a positive incentive to return to work.

A successful CEWS update must also expand revenue eligibility and provide absolute clarity and consistency about the criteria for eligibility. Too many businesses are still uncertain about their ability to qualify for the program.

Reintegrating Canadians back into the workforce will take a longer and more challenging course than originally anticipated. Canada needs a broader discussion about how to reform Employment Insurance to reflect current and future workforce needs, ensuring Canadians remain connected to the labour force and including strong upskilling and reskilling components.

Our shared recovery will depend on how quickly we can get businesses back up and running. We need an efficient transition from emergency subsidies and towards a growth-driven recovery. An effective CEWS that helps get Canadians safely back to work can be a positive first step.”

Infographics: Deeper Insight And Analysis From The Canadian Survey On Business Conditions

As part of our efforts to better understand what Canadian businesses are experiencing during COVID-19, we have partnered with Deloitte Canada to develop deeper insight and analysis into the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC). Deloitte Canada’s research is included below:

Employees' mental health and well-being | Webinar with Sunlife

How to support employees’ mental health and well-being during COVID-19 and beyond:

In a recent survey by Sun Life, over half (56%) of Canadians surveyed said COVID-19 is negatively impacting their mental health. Join this discussion to learn how to develop and maintain a positive mental health environment in your organization.

Monday, July 20, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MDT


WestJet will begin offering flights to 48 destinations across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe, the airline announced Monday in releasing its August schedule.

The flights will service 39 cities in Canada, five in the U.S., two in Europe and one each in Mexico and the Caribbean. 

"The airline will reintroduce non-stop Dreamliner service from Calgary to London (Gatwick) and Paris effective August 20 and will continue to serve five key transborder destinations including Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York (LaGuardia) and Orlando," WestJet said in a statement.

"The airline will also offer service to Cancun, Mexico and will resume operations once-weekly to Montego Bay, Jamaica."

The August schedule — which covers from July 16 to Sept. 4 — marks a 10 per cent increase in flying compared to July, but is a 75 per cent decrease compared to the same month in 2019.

The WestJet schedule in August includes:

Calgary-Grande Prairie 3x daily
Edmonton-Grande Prairie 6x weekly
Grande Prairie-Calgary 3x daily
Grande Prairie-Edmonton 6x weekly