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 Member Marketplace newsletter on Thursdays featuring sales, promotions, accomplishments, events, and general awareness of our membership. Email tom@gpchamber.com for info. 
Last week's issue can be accessed here.
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
We've teamed up with the City of Grande Prairie to deliver a series of free instructional workshops to support current business needs.

The goal of each session is to cover a specific topic in detail which will allow businesses to leave with a skillset or ability to action the content covered.

To access last week's session on Recruiting the Right Candidate and Keeping Them with Jennifer Caseley from Caseley Consulting, please click here.

Our next session is scheduled for April 15. More details to come.

If YOU have a topic you would like to see covered, or if you and your business have a skillset you'd be willing to share, please email tom@gpchamber.com or llevay@cityofgp.com.
CHAMBER COFFEE BREAK

The next Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce Chamber Coffee Break for members is April 9 at 10:00 AM . 

These virtual networking events take place every second Friday and offer an opportunity for our members to meet or reconnect online. 

The informal event is intended to be a light-hearted discussion including ice-breaker introductions, questions of the day, and current news topics of interest. 


For more information, contact our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email cindy@gpchamber.com.
Contact our office for more information on the Partnership Plan:
email connectgp@getintheloop.ca or phone 780-831-0362
The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce is offering the Edmonton Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) to businesses in Grande Prairie. TAP familiarizes participants with exporting resources to support the development of a customized export plan with the mentorship of industry experts.
 
More than 60% of Edmonton graduates are actively exporting to international markets and have experienced an average revenue growth of 24% one year after completing the program. Over $1.7 billion in export revenue has been generated nation wide by TAP graduates one year post-graduation.
 
We are in the process of recruiting candidates for the Grande Prairie session starting on May 10. If your company is interested in joining the program, we highly encourage you to apply today as registration closes April 26.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to John Gerum at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce at jgerum@edmontonchamber.com or 780.409.2128. You can also visit the Edmonton TAP website which lists the eligibility criteria as well as alternate dates at www.edmontonchamber.com/TAP.
March Economic Development Update from the City of Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie’s Mayor thinks digital training program grant will have a significant impact

Council approved setting aside $100,000 from City Hall’s Economic Recovery Fund for this program. Businesses could apply for funding to cover 25 per cent of the cost of training that charges more than $300 per person, up to a maximum of $2500. It would cover 50 per cent of the cost for training that charges less than $300 per person up to a maximum of $1250.

Applications for Community Group Funding are open until April 30 to support community groups or agencies across Grande Prairie.

More information on this opportunity and how to apply is available at the Community Group Funding listing at cityofgp.com/funding.
Join the County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network for a Private Online Live Course With Disney Institute – New Date!    
 
The County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network is pleased to announce that Disney Institute will be offering an exclusive 5-hour Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence live online course on April 7th, 2021 at 10 a.m. for our members.    
 
Presented live online by Disney Institute leaders, Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence offers the opportunity to build knowledge and discover proven Disney business insights from our chain of excellence. The presentation will include Disney best practices in leadership excellence, employee engagement and quality service that can be adapted and applied to your own profession, team or organization to achieve greater results.
 
Register today with special booking code CGP22 Visit Disney Institute for more details, then find our event listed in the course schedule to enroll.
County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network
presents Todd Hirsch: Four Economic Rules to Unlearn - and what it means for Alberta in 2021

Please join us on May 4, 2021 for our guest speaker, Todd Hirsch as he talks about Four Economic Rules to Unlearn... and what it means for Alberta in 2021. REGISTER HERE

As with most things in life, economic dogma is full of "truths" that many of us accept unconditionally. But as we move through the pandemic, some of our old ways of thinking about the economy need to be challenged. What does this mean for Alberta in the second half of 2021? And what can we expect next?

Todd Hirsch is the Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. For over 20 years, he’s worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada.

CGPBSN partners - Community Futures Grande Prairie - County of Grande Prairie - Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce - Grande Prairie Regional College - Grande Prairie Regional Tourism - Peace Wapiti School Division - TLR Enterprises - Western Cree Tribal Council.
The time has come to introduce the Northern Alberta Bilingual Tourism Network (NABTN) to the public. After months of planning the rollout, the Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta (CDÉA) is proud to unveil the website routes-ab.ca where visitors can choose from among some 200 attractions in Northern Alberta and use an interactive map to create a
personalized itinerary.

Incorporated into the tourismealberta.ca digital platform, the section dedicated to northern bilingual tourism routes also offers internet users the opportunity to select a thematic circuit offering a variety of experiences. Equipped with this new, entirely bilingual tool, visitors from across the country can now access an infinite combination of points of interest and email their selection or share it on social media. An intuitive experience combining accessibility and autonomy awaits them with just a few clicks.

Le moment est venu de présenter au grand public le Réseau touristique bilingue du nord de l’Alberta (RTBNA). Après des mois de déploiement, le Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta (CDÉA) est fier de dévoiler le site Web routes-ab.ca qui permettra aux visiteurs de choisir parmi quelque 200 attraits dans la région du nord pour créer leur itinéraire personnalisé par le biais d’une carte interactive.

Incorporée à la plateforme numérique tourismealberta.ca, la section dédiée aux routes touristiques bilingues du nord offre également aux internautes la possibilité de sélectionner un circuit thématique proposant des expériences variées. Équipés de ce nouvel outil entièrement bilingue, les visiteurs de partout au pays peuvent maintenant accéder à une combinaison infinie de points d’intérêt, envoyer leur sélection par courriel ou encore la partager sur les médias sociaux. C’est une expérience intuitive qui les attend, alliant accessibilité et autonomie en quelques clics.
$6M for medical students to work in rural Alberta

The funds will be used over three years to help students pay for the costs of medical school. In exchange, students will complete residency training in rural Alberta and agree to practise in a rural Alberta community when their schooling is complete.

The Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP) will administer the new Return of Service Agreement program.
Massive expansion of rapid testing in Alberta

Alberta’s government is offering millions of free rapid testing kits to public, private and not-for-profit employers and service providers provincewide.
Expanding child care options for working parents

Alberta’s government is allocating $9.7 million in grants for operators to create 1,500 more spaces in day homes and daycare centres, including overnight care.
Rent assistance redesigned and improved

Following a review, Alberta's government has redesigned its Rent Supplement Program. With more flexibility in housing choice, the program will include a long-term benefit for those most in need and a new temporary benefit for working Albertans and those between jobs. The redesigned program will provide critical housing support for about 11,600 households – 3,800 more than are served today.
Free webinars offered by Employment Standards

Alberta Employment Standards is offering free webinars beginning March 31, 2021. The webinars will provide an overview of the Employment Standards Code and Regulation, and cover changes from Bill 32: the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, as well as changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics will include new rules for break timesdeductions from earningsgeneral holiday paytemporary layoffsMinisterial and Director variances and group terminations. The webinars will also cover Alberta’s job-protected leaves

Webinar Dates & Times:
Wednesday, March 31: 10 – 11 AM
  • Overview of employment standards, with a focus on changes related to COVID-19 (including temporary layoffs and job-protected leaves)
Wednesday, April 7: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
  • General overview of employment standards in Alberta 
Wednesday, April 14: 10 – 11 AM
  • Overview of employment standards, with a focus on general holiday pay changes, and vacation pay

More dates to be announced.
Each webinar includes a live Q&A chat session to give participants a chance to ask questions to employment standards education specialists.
Sign up for a webinar on the registration page. 
If you are unable to attend a live webinar, you can find recorded webinars online.
Government Announces Additional Pandemic Support For Vaccines, Health Care, and Municipalities 

The Government of Canada introduced Bill C-25. This legislation would provide an additional $7.2 billion in support for urgent health care needs across the country, the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, and for local infrastructure projects in our cities and communities.


Government announces extension of Canada Emergency Business Account to help small businesses

The Government of Canada announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021.
Carbon Tax Ruling Provides Policy Certainty but Concerns Remain About the Competitiveness of Canadian Businesses

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled the federal government's carbon pricing regime is constitutional. 

Following the decision, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued a statement that reiterates that while the decision provides clarity, the issue remains divisive for many Canadians. Understanding that the federal carbon tax and its incremental increases on the price on carbon over the following decades are here to stay is one thing. Ensuring businesses are able to successfully navigate a carbon price with confidence is quite another.

Applied Research: Supporting a Business-led Recovery, with Polytechnics Canada
Webinar | April 1 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET | Virtual

As Canadian businesses look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and toward recovery, many will want to revamp or re-tool their operations. This is where applied research can be a game-changer, a ready-made solution for post-pandemic economic recovery utilizing post-secondary innovation capacity to help businesses respond to challenges.
 
During this 90-minute session, Polytechnics Canada CEO Sarah Watts-Rynard will provide attendees with an “Applied Research 101” before being joined by the leadership of two polytechnic institutions and their industry partners. The panel will provide insights into the partnership lifecycle, including the initial challenge, the engagement process, funding, project activity and results. An audience Q&A will wrap up the session. 

IR4: Beyond Paris: Greening Canada’s Transportation Technology 
Webinar | April 7 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET | Virtual

Canada has long been a leader in the global fight against climate change. Nowhere is this more evident than in its transportation sector. Whether it's planes, trains or automobiles, each has a significant role to play in meeting not only Canadian environmental objectives, but global targets as well. Industry has and continues to demonstrate leadership in ensuring a clean future for people around the world.

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