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Virtual Townhall with MP Glen Motz
Thank you to everyone who attended the Virtual Townhall with our Member of Parliament, Glen Motz this past week. We appreciate the opportunity to hear from the business community about the challenges and obstacles that they have faced over the last few months.

If you are a business that has questions about funding and supports don't hesitate to contact your Chamber at policy@medicinehatchamber.com and visit our COVID-19 Information & Resources page on our website which is a hub for all the latest information.
Weddingstar Inc. Offer Extended
When you can't physical distance it's best to wear a mask and Weddingstar Inc. can help you!
C hambers and their members will receive a 40% discount by using promo code Chamber40 by August 31, 2020. In addition, for every 100 masks ordered within our region, Weddingstar will donate 10 masks back to be distributed by your chamber to local organizations in need.
Your Weekly Tune Up
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Improvement Details
The federal government released details of the CEWS program extension and improvements which include:
  • Allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until November 21, 2020.
  • Make the subsidy accessible to a broader range of employers by including employers with a revenue decline of less than 30% and providing a gradually decreasing base subsidy to all qualifying employers.
  • Introduce a top-up subsidy of up to an additional 25% for employers that have been most adversely affected by the pandemic.
  • Provide certainty to employers that have already made business decisions for July and August by ensuring they would not receive a subsidy rate lower than they would have had under the previous rules.
  • Address certain technical issues identified by stakeholders.

Find more information on CEWS improvements . The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued a statement about the improvements helping to get Canadians back to work.

The Canada Revenue Agency is looking for 35 participants, consisting of business owners and accountants, to participate in a testing session for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) website and spreadsheet for the fifth claim period. Find more information .
Students Returning to School 2020/21
Students will return to learning in classrooms across Alberta at the beginning of the new school year. Schools will be ready to welcome students under scenario 1, which is near-normal daily operations with health measures.

Alberta’s government has developed a re-entry tool kit to prepare parents and students for what to expect in the new school year. In addition, students, staff, parents and school visitors will be expected to use a self-screening questionnaire daily to determine whether they can enter the school.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program Updates
Rent relief for Canadian small businesses is being extended through CECRA for small businesses. Here is what you need to know:

  • Only those tenants approved in the April, May & June application are eligible for the July extension.
  • If a business had an average revenue decline of 70% or more in April, May and June, they are deemed eligible for the additional month of rent relief. However, not all tenants in the original application need to be included for the July extension.
  • The requirement to claw-back insurance proceeds and provincial rent supports from the CECRA for small businesses forgivable loan amount for both existing and new applicants will be removed.

Existing applicants who are affected will be notified and will have any previously clawed-back amounts restored to their forgivable loan.

Canada US Border Closed Until August 21
The government has confirmed the current closure of the Canada-U.S. land border will be extended until August 21. The government will continue to reevaluate the situation on a month-by-month basis.

New Emergency PPE Program
The Essential Services Contingency Reserve will allow organizations that provide essential services to apply for temporary, urgent access to personal protective equipment and other critical supplies. It aims to help bridge gaps in their supplies to avoid any significant disruptions in services to Canadians. Eligible associations and organizations will be able to apply online for a range of equipment, available for purchase at cost. Registration will begin in early August. More information .
Revving up the Economy
Canada United
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce joined the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and RBC in order to rally Canadians to “show local some love” and support local businesses as part of a nationwide movement, Canada United.
If you're a business and you need to get online now is the time! An e-commerce program in collaboration with DMS ShopHERE powered by Google will help you set up an online store so that you're prepared for any eventuality. Get started today by contacting APEX.
Advocacy in Action
Recovery of the Food Industry
When the pandemic hit, our restaurants were among the first and the hardest hit. Notwithstanding their own losses, which includes 800,000 jobs lost, the food services industry stepped up to serve their communities, their customers, and continued to bring Canadians together – just in new and innovative ways. But despite their best intentions and best efforts, the food services industry will be among the last to resume normal operations, on a timescale stretching at least into the next 12-18 months. 

Following the  news release  and  joint letter  published by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and 20 other business groups on July 20, there has been significant media coverage of the dire situation the food services industry finds itself in.
Welcome to the Chamber!
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We’ve teamed up with community partners to create the #LocalFirstYXH campaign. If you are a business that would like to take part in the #LocalFirstYXH campaign, you can find the social media toolkit with messaging and graphics already created below:
Your Voice
Enriching Your Business
Helpful Webinars
See our Pandemic Training Calendar for more
Sparking Conversation
Did you shop local this past weekend as part of The Big Spend?
Last Week: Does your business have a pandemic plan in place?
Yes: 83.3% No: 8.3% I don't know: 8.3%
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