The Kensington & Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to be able to host the 15th annual KACC Business Awards Gala & Christmas Social on Thursday, Nov 25th. The Chamber likes to recognize and highlight achievements of their members each year and enjoy a nice evening with some networking amongst members. 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!! Purchase online or by contacting the Chamber office.
If you could please take a few minutes and nominate a business/individual who is a member of the Kensington & Area Chamber of Commerce in any or all of the below categories, nominations close on November 1st! Please feel free to nominate your own business or business you work for! Nomination categories and form or email the Chamber with your nomination.
For a complete listing of members, please see the Chamber's website member directory.
You will see more details on each category on the nomination form.
Message from the Town of Kensington
The Town of Kensington Business Park located behind Pine Acres RV and Trailside Plaza on Route 2 is currently under construction. There will be two entrances, one beside Trailside Plaza and the other across from Sunset Drive. Most of the underground infrastructure for water, sewer and storm drainage is already in place. While the Business Park will not be totally complete this fall, you should see a lot of changes over the next few weeks. Cement curbing has been started and paving should be starting soon. Most of the roads will be paved with at least one layer of pavement. We will soon start taking applications for the sale of lots. We look forward to the completion as we feel it will be great for the economic development of the Kensington Area.
Rowan Caseley - Mayor
Town of Kensington Website

"You can tell everyone left feeling inspired to boost trails within the community!!"
- Lindsay Murray, CCTP -

Completely filled with inspiration, insight, education, and of course -- PASSION!
We want to thank you all so much for your attendance and look forward to working and meeting together on trail experiences within our community.
For those of you that would like to connect with The Island Walk, simply search @theislandwalk on social media channels!

Thank you all again for your continued support in connecting the Heart of PEI, creating opportunities that increase longer stays and enrich visitation!
The more we work together, the more we can accomplish and help support each other, not just seasonally, but year-round!

Anyone that would like to be involved with the Heart of PEI committee, please reach out to Julie at the Chamber or Jenn at


Hamster/HMS Office Supplies new Member Benefit!
HMS is pleased to offer to our chamber members, the following discount:
NEW accounts – 25% off first order*
After first order/existing members: 10% savings*
*Applies to office products only. Excludes wholesale, furniture, postage and select other products. Members must notify us of their membership. Delivery is no charge!
This is in celebration of our 40 years, and the soon-opening on our new store at 65 Queen St, Charlottetown
Thank you to HMS Office Solutions and congratulations!
HMS Office Solutions Website

Instant IMPRESSIONS: Mandatory Vaccination
Atlantic Chamber of Commerce
In recent days, the federal and a few provincial governments have introduced mandatory vaccination requirements.
On behalf of our network Chambers and Boards of Trade, we would like to get a quick sense of Atlantic Canadian’s perspectives about mandatory vaccination.
Please share your impression in this ~1-minute / 1 question survey.
New funding to help with cost of tablets to verify PEI Vax Pass

A new fund is available to help Island organizations, required to implement the PEI Vax Pass, purchase tablets to scan PEI Vax Pass QR codes used to verify people’s proof of vaccination. The COVID-19 – Vax Pass Implementation Fund supports businesses, not-for-profits, and non-governmental organizations that may need to purchase a new tablet to implement a vaccine passport system in their business or operation. The fund provides up to 75 per cent of the eligible cost of purchasing a tablet to a maximum of $525 per tablet. If multiple tablets are required, the fund covers up to $2,100, for a maximum of four tablets. 
Government announces targeted COVID-19 support measures

Last week, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland announced that the government is moving from the very broad-based support that was appropriate at the height of lockdowns to more targeted measures that will provide help where it is needed, while prudently managing government spending. The proposed changes to business support programs include:

  • Extending the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022, for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10 per cent and increase the subsidy rate to 50 per cent.

  • Delivering targeted support to businesses that are still facing significant pandemic-related challenges. Support would be available through two streams: Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, which would provide support through the wage and rent subsidy programs, to hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, and restaurants, with a subsidy rate of up to 75 per cent. Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program, which would provide support through the wage and rent subsidy programs, would support other businesses that have faced deep losses, with a subsidy rate of up to 50 per cent.
PEI Business Women's Association News!
Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)
As a Canadian employer who continues to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to apply for one of the two subsidies to cover part of your employee wages.
The CRHP and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) support wages you pay through different phases of your economic recovery. Each claim period, eligible employers can claim either CRHP or CEWS, whichever is higher.
Next deadline:
  • December 30, 2021: Last day to apply for claim period 17
Next period opens
  • November 1, 2021: First day you can apply for claim period 21
Refer to this Website to see the difference between CRHP and CEWS.
Hummingbird Creative
Did you know the hummingbird is the only bird that can fly upside down? Just as her name sake, Grace admits Hummingbird Creative may be small but also versatile and resourceful. Grace values her role as a small business; the personal touch she offers clients, the supports she gains from local business networks and her love for a shared creative challenge.  
Signs are an essential component in the overall marketing strategy for small business. Maybe you have seen Grace and her hummingbird mascot called Flicker, as they fitter around the community, in a branded Hummingbird Creative vehicle. She enjoys working with business clients and communities to develop their signage to welcome, promote and direct.  
Grace finds it fascinating to learn about the past and is pleased to work with communities and associations to design, document and publish their stories and histories. 
For more info check out her website!
Island Stone Pub
Island Stone Pub - Kensington Station Globally Inspired Locally Sourced Island Cuisine & Hospitality in the Historic Kensington Station. Seasonal Patio Dining along the Confederation Trail. Dine In and Take Out Services Available.
Check out their Facebook page for their hour and delicious daily specials!
Kennedy Metals
Kennedy Metals Inc is a family owned business located in Pleasant Valley.
In 2014, they constructed the present manufacturing facility in an effort to reduce order lead times and increase our customer service level.
They have continued to increase their product offering allowing them to better serve the needs of their customers.
Find more information on our website: