Alberta’s move to cut Corporate Income Taxes is part of a larger trend taking place across Canada over the past two decades around reducing federal and provincial statutory CIT rates, broadening the tax base, and improving the neutrality of taxes. Saskatchewan's approach historically has been less market-based and relies more on the state attempting to promote tax competitiveness through the use of targeted tax incentives for key sectors of the economy that have growth potential and/or are sensitive to tax policy changes. The Saskatchewan Chamber recommends a larger discussion about tax competitiveness. Read more here.
The Saskatchewan Chamber is pleased that the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has launched an independent tax review for a more competitive, simpler and fairer tax system as a critical driver of Canada’s recovery from COVID-19. The Saskatchewan Chamber was a co-sponsor of this resolution in 2019 and considers the launch of this tax review as an important step in creating tax reforms that will support economic growth. Read more about the review here.
The annual Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Membership Survey is an important tool that guides the focus of the Chamber as a membership-based advocacy organization. Your feedback is valuable! To complete the survey by August 21 at 4:00 PM, please click here.
The WIL Digital Program supports Canadian businesses that offer student work placements in IT and tech sectors,
including but not limited to: Cybersecurity, Artificial intelligence, Fintech, Intelligent retail, Advanced manufacturing, Entertainment and gaming, E-health, Connected transportation and Green technology. Find out more about the program here. Find the eligibility checklist here.

The RBC Future Launch scholarship is an innovative, new program for Canadian youth (aged 15 to 29) who are either studying part-time or not currently in school and have the desire to learn something new. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on their drive, commitment to lifelong learning, and how they plan to use the funds to pursue their chosen learning opportunity. Unlike traditional scholarships, grades and transcripts are not required to apply – and non-traditional reference materials (such as visual arts, music, poetry, video blogs) can be submitted as part of an application. Application deadline is August 27!
Read more here.

SaskPower is partnering with Natural Resources Canada to help Saskatchewan businesses become more energy efficient!
For a limited time, businesses with fewer that 500 employees may qualify for a no-cost walk-through energy assessment and energy efficiency training while funding is available or before March 31, 2021. Read more here.

Events & More
Canada United™ is a movement that brings fellow Canadians together to show their support for local businesses. Essential to our economy and communities, these businesses need our help now more than ever. So, join the movement and show local some love. Join in here.

The Call for Nominations for Canada's Volunteer Awards will be open from August 6 until September 30, 2020. Now is your chance to recognize the impact that outstanding volunteers, not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises and socially responsible businesses create in your communities, especially now during this uniquely challenging time in Canada. Read more here.

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce members have access to a natural gas rate stability program, offered by Hudson Energy. Apply before September 1, 2020 to get significant energy savings over the long-term. Read more here.

Sask Business in the News
Flair Airlines has announced that it will be flying twice a week to Saskatoon and Regina, Mondays and Fridays, beginning in August 2020. Read more here.

The Conexus Arts Centre officially opened its doors in 1970 and has been a hub for arts and culture in Saskatchewan for 50 years. The building was designed by Izumi, Arnott, and Sucijama, and is built out of Estevan brick and Manitoba Tyndall stone and is an iconic building in Regina. Read more about the Conexus Arts Centre here.

The SaskTel LoRaWAN network across Regina and Saskatoon offers cost effective opportunities for businesses to enhance operations with machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and “Internet of Things” (IoT). “Today’s announcement further illustrates SaskTel’s strong commitment to being a leader in their industry and an innovator in Saskatchewan,” said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. Read more here.
The Saskatchewan Consortium announced the first round of the Government of Canada’s Investment Readiness Program. Recipients of the program were awarded $403,350 to 11 social purpose organizations within Saskatchewan. A second round of applications opens September 8, 2020. Read more here.
Indigenous Engagement Charter
The Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) Solar Farm is a 816kW AC power generation system, expected to produce about 1.6 million kW-hrs. of electricity per year. Read more on the MLTC Solar Energy Farm here.
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