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Fuelling Our Business Community
When we map out our destination, there are just a couple of certainties: where you start and where you want to arrive. Along the way, there may be detours, construction zones, pit stops and traffic jams, but as long as you know where you’re going, you can always adjust your path to reach that final destination, charting the roadmap for the future. Check out our journey in the Annual Report and watch the AGM to meet our 2020-2021 Directors.

As we work to set the policy agenda for the upcoming 2020-2021 policy year, there are a number of new and renewing policy issues that we are considering. Please take a moment and let us know through the following pages which municipal, provincial and federal policies should be a priority.
There are 27 policies for your consideration below. Please note that you can choose more than one option when answering.


The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new rent subsidy, which chambers from across the country were asking for.

Your Weekly Tune Up
A state of public health emergency is declared November 24, 2020. New mandatory measures to stop the spike in cases are in effect.

As of October 26, 2020, eligible businesses currently operating through a personal bank account are able to apply for CEBA.
Deadline change: applicants now have until December 31, 2020, to apply for CEBA.

*COMING SOON CEBA support expanding from $40K to $60K. This expansion will be available to all eligible previous and new CEBA applicants. Updates will be HERE.

Have your say about Budget 2021 Alberta’s government is asking Albertans to help set the direction of the upcoming budget. The online survey is now live until Dec. 4, and telephone town halls will take place on Nov. 30, Dec. 2, and Dec. 3. More information is available at alberta.ca/budget-2021-consultation
The Regional Vitality Planning project’s main goal is to build a united Southeastern Alberta. To achieve this goal, a collaborative planning process will work to find common trends, identify collective advocacy opportunities, and align to the future needs of people, communities and business. The Regional SWOT conversation is open until December 11, 2020. Join the conversation.

With rising numbers of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions, Albertans are being urged to avoid gatherings, wear masks in public, maintain physical distancing and wash their hands regularly. As part of a public education campaign, AHS now has a video series called Straight Talk, in which public health messages are being delivered by healthcare workers, who talk from the heart about what they’re seeing and experiencing at work and in their communities as the virus spreads across the province.

In accordance with enhanced public health measures outlined by the Government of Alberta, the City of Medicine Hat will be suspending all group activities currently taking place at the Family Leisure Centre, Kinplex Arena, Hockey Hounds Recreation Centre and Co-op Place, effective Friday, November 27, 2020. The FLC will remain open to the public and will offer the following public programs:

  • Kinsmen Aquatic Park – pre-registration is required – public swim, lane swim, self-led water fitness and one-on-one lessons
  • Cenovus Arena – pre-registration is required - public skating and adult skating only
  • Fieldhouse – pre-registration is required - driving range
  • South Country Co-op Fitness Area – open at 25% capacity
  • Gymnasium – pre-registration is required - self-led activities
  • Basketball – one person per hoop
  • Floor Hockey – one person per net
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Quick Check Up

Once again COVID 19 puts pressure on the Alberta economy, small business in particular. On November 13, 2020, the Alberta government instituted targeted public health measures with additional enhanced public health measures announced on November 24th with the State of Public Health Emergency declared.
The Power of Community
Community Builder Spotlight:
South Country Co-op
We sat down with Paul Haynes, CEO of South Country Co-op to chat about the value Co-op brings to our community, their experience with the pandemic and the supports that have helped their team and the business community. We also take a sneak peak into what they have in store for the future and some advice they would offer to other businesses. Thank you for your commitment South Country Co-op and for your investment in our Chamber as a Community Builder!
Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
In the spring we released a video stressing the importance of preventing the spread of COVID-19. We thought it was appropriate to release this version of the video now as case numbers on the rise. We are urging our community to look out for each other and help protect those who are must vulnerable in our region.
Member Spotlight

This merger was formed to broaden and strengthen each of our services, and will further increase our ability to provide heating and cooling solutions to you, our client. We are dedicated to serving your needs and this will allow us to do so in a more diverse way.
Next Level Events
Save the Date for State of the City

Join our experts for one of the below dates, as they cover the changes Bill 32 brings and what you need to apply to your business to stay compliant. 

This Peninsula Live panel discussion is your opportunity to connect with Canada’s leading HR experts and get answers to your most pressing questions.

Dates and Times

Tuesday, December 1st at 11 AM
Wednesday, December 2nd at 8 AM
Thursday, December 3rd at 4 PM
Advocacy in Action
The Western Executive Summit took place on November 24th with a look at specific measures that our political leaders must consider to ensure a sharp and lasting recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics included:
  1. Harnessing Canada’s Tax System for Recovery
  2. Regulatory Recovery: Removing Red Tape so Business Can Grow.
  3. Canadian Transportation and Trade Infrastructure 2020 and Beyond
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Enriching Your Business
Let's Make This a Local First Holiday Season!
Show some local love during this holiday shopping season by participating in #localfirstyxh Christmas! Our community has everything you need to prepare for the holiday season with:
 

To learn more contact: membership@medicinehatchamber.com or follow our Facebook event 
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Sales and Promotions
Looking for help? Post your job openings today!
Did you know that you can post jobs and find jobs on our website? As a member you have exclusive access to the Info Hub which allows you to customize your directory listing, list sales and advertise your job openings.

Connect with Chantel for information.
Helpful Webinars
Part 2 - Transform Your Stress: The Resilience Advantage

December 2
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) – Q and A Session

December 2
Supporting Local Business; Essential To Our Economy And Communities

December 10
Resilience in the Workplace



December 17
Sparking Conversation
Have you applied for the SME Relaunch Grant from the Government of Alberta?
Yes
No
Not eligible
Last week's poll results:
With increased COVID-19 case numbers will you be downloading the AB Trace Together app?:
Yes: 11.1% No: 77.8% Already downloaded: 11.1%
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