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Redcliff Bakery Grand Opening
On Saturday, we were happy to attend Redcliff Bakery's Grand Opening for their new Medicine Hat Location! Congrats!
Your Weekly Tune Up
Reminder: Property Assessment Forms Due July 31, 2020
If you own commercial property make sure to return your ARFI forms by July 31, 2020. To simplify the process property owners can fill out the form mailed or use the PDF form found on the City’s website to enter the information for your fiscal period ending between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Forms can be returned by email to assessment@medicinehat.ca.
Federal and Provincial Governments Announce Safe Restart Agreement
First Ministers agreed to an FPT Safe Restart Agreement, supported by over $19 billion in federal investments, to help provinces and territories restart the economy over the next six to eight months while making Canada more resilient to possible future waves of the virus.

Funding under the Safe Restart Agreement will help provinces and territories, who have had to respond to COVID-19 in unique ways and have already made major investments and will continue to do so, in critical areas, such as healthcare, childcare and municipal services. First Ministers recognize that the territories and smaller jurisdictions face distinct challenges and circumstances, which will need to be addressed separately. More information.
Support for Women Entrepreneurs
The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) will provide financial support directly to women-owned businesses to address COVID-19 impacts on their short-term stability. This financing will support small enterprises that are struggling with working capital needs and are unable to access larger federal relief funding programs or unable to obtain a loan/credit from traditional financial institutions. Find more information .
Powering Medicine Hat College
The provincial government will give Medicine Hat College $850,000 to replace its electrical substation. The renewal project will also create about five new jobs in the Medicine Hat region. Medicine Hat College’s electrical substation is nearing the end of its service life and this investment will help avoid any unplanned power outages and disruptions to daily campus life while also ensuring staff and students have a dependable power supply. Find more information.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Improvement Details 
The federal government released details of the proposed CEWS program extension and improvements. Legislative approval is still required, however the draft would: 
• 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.

Find more information about CEWS and watch the video below that highlights funding and supports available to the business community.
Learn About the Funding Opportunities Available
Weekly Update: July 13-16
Have you missed our Daily Updates? Don't worry, we still have you covered. We will be putting together the news in a weekly update and publishing them on our blog so that you've got some reading for your morning coffee on the weekend. Check out our first Weekly update for July 13-16, 2020.
Advocacy in Action
Business Coalition Urges Governments To Work Together On Pandemic’s Challenges
A Sunny Look at Downtown
If you are looking for something to do this summer, I recommend taking a walk downtown Medicine Hat. There is a renewed sense of energy and it is reflected in all the new unique businesses that are opening at the heart of our city.
Recovering our Workforce Through Inclusivity
As part of getting Canadians back to work, we must ensure all Canadians have opportunities to participate in the recovery, as this is essential for economic growth and widespread job creation.
Board Nominations Announced
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the results of its recent board nominations, with one returning director and two new Directors slated to join the board later this year. The following nominees are slated to commence their 2020-2022 term following the annual general meeting in November:

• Mark Keller, Medicine Hat College
• Les Scholly, Pritchard & Co. Law Firm, LLP
• Reagan Weeks, Prairie Rose School Division No. 8

Welcome to the Chamber!
Revving up the Economy
The Big Spend
Remember to support local businesses this Saturday, July 25th as part of The Big Spend! The goal is to inject $100M into our economy on one single day. So buy local, report your purchase, use the hashtag #TheBigSpend on social media to let everyone know, and let's see if we can reach that goal.
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
Watch for Member Renewals
It's that time of year again, keep your eyes on your inbox this week as we send out renewal invoices. Pay your renewal in full for the year and LEVEL UP your membership for no additional cost! If you have any questions, please reach out to Chantel.
Helpful Webinars
See our Pandemic Training Calendar for more
Sparking Conversation
Does your business have a pandemic plan in place?
Yes
No
I don't know
Last Week: Have you visited a restaurant in person since they re-opened?
Yes: 83.3% No: 16.7%
Useful Links
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