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Your Weekly Tune Up
Expanded Public Health Measures
Mandatory public health measures will apply to all communities with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people and with 30 or more active cases. Changes include
  • K-12 Schools temporary shift online
  • Indoor Fitness
  • Retail
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Working from Home
  • Workplace Transmission
  • Restaurants, bars, pubs, lounges and cafes
  • Personal and wellness services
  • Health, social and professional services
  • Weddings, funerals, and religious services
Find more detail on these changes in the announcement.

Everyone 30+ and many Albertans 12+ with health conditions can book now for COVID-19 vaccines. Everyone 12+ can start booking May 10Book your vaccine.

Enhancing Mental Health Supports in Medicine Hat
A $100,000 grant from Alberta’s government will fund additional mental health therapist resources to work in partnership with the Medicine Hat Police Service and community partners. With this funding, the Medicine Hat Police Service will now have two trained mental health professionals to help them respond to mental health crisis calls and, where possible, create a pathway to community services. The project will begin this month. Read more.
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Quick Check Up
Fuelling Our Business Community
The 2021 Census is here
In May, your household will receive a letter to complete the 2021 Census questionnaire.
On your letter, you will find a secure access code that allows you to complete the questionnaire online.
Member Spotlight
Co-op Place New Sign Unveiling
South Country Co-op is the new title sponsor of the regional event centre (formerly Canalta Centre) Congratulations Co-op!

Do you have exciting news to share with us? Tag us on social media or email communications@medicinehatchamber.com
Enriching Your Business
Economic Impacts, Outcomes And Opportunities For Southeast Alberta In A Post Covid Economy
We must better understand the practices that have most negatively impacted businesses and the overall economy to mitigate these effects in the future. We also need to identify strategies and policies that can be implemented to improve business outcomes and our economic prosperity in our roadmap to recovery. For this reason, we conducted a survey and analysis to identify the significant impacts of Covid-19 on our business community. Read the summary or view the full report
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Power of Community
Medicine Hat Turns 115
Tourism Week: May 23- 30
Tourism Alberta is looking for video clips from you to be incorporated in a special video to celebrate your resiliency and ingenuity over this last tough year! All you need to do is submit a short video clip of yourself, answering the any or all of the questions below by May 20.
1. What is the most important thing you want Albertans to know about the value of the province’s tourism industry?
2. How can industry work together to recover, and build even stronger post-pandemic?
3. What helped you stay resilient over the past year, and how has your business evolved?
The Government of Canada has proposed new investments in Budget 2021 to help set national standards for mental health services and to support the Wellness Together Canada portal that provides 24-hour, free, and confidential mental health and substance use tools and resources. Budget 2021 also proposes new investments for mental health care supports.

More resources from Mental Health Week:
Advocacy in Action
Governments Need A Travel Restart Strategy Now
As Canada’s vaccination deployment continues, it is critical to execute a roadmap
that will set out markers for a restart to domestic and international travel. Key elements that need to be included in any strategy, are clear metrics for targeted travel restrictions, coherent rules across all modes of transportation and replacing broad quarantine measures with regulations based on a combination of testing, vaccination and other actions to protect public health. Read more.
Ongoing, Targeted COVID Support Programs Needed for Hardest Hit Sectors
Speaking on behalf of Canada’s hardest hit sectors, including tourism, travel, food services and accommodation, the Canadian Chamber underscored the need for targeted support while these industries work to recover from COVID-19 shutdowns and explained why supports may need to continue longer than currently planned.
Are you the owner of a Home Business?
The City of Medicine Hat would like to hear your voice!
We ask that you participate in this 10-question survey to help support Home Businesses. The purpose of this survey is to collect broad-based data only. The survey is anonymous and does not request personal information or business information that will be used to identify your home business.
As working from home may become more common than ever, the City is preparing to adjust its approach to regulating home-based businesses. We want to help gather some general information about current home-based businesses in the City from the business owners themselves. We want the rules to better reflect what is already operating as well as make any necessary adjustments considering these tough times for local businesses.
Your feedback will help the City prepare new rules for Council consideration and allow them to collaboratively guide adjustments to rules to better serve the owners of home-based businesses and the community as a whole.
If you would like more information, please email jimgen@medicinehat.ca.
Next Level Events
The Town of Redcliff and the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce are partnering together to bring updates to the Redcliff business community and provide an opportunity for a roundtable town hall-style event for our businesses in Redcliff to ask questions and bring new ideas.
Social Media Conference Series
There will be speakers leading each session, including a few of our local experts and business owners who are taking their social media to the next level. Speakers will lead attendees through a gradually more complex view of social media, the various platforms, and their tools and features. Starting with the basics and ending with the technical insights and the inspiration to apply them! Register Now.
Chamber of Commerce Vaccination Information Session
Get an overview of the vaccines that are approved, Alberta’s approach, vaccination program goals and roll out from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Trish Merrithew-Mercredi, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Health Public Health and Compliance Division on Wednesday, May 12 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Please Register in advance.
Fill Up on Funding
In case you missed it...
City of Medicine Hat launched the fourth phase of the Business Innovation Grant
SME Relaunch Grant Now open with expanded eligibility
Helpful Webinars
Sparking Conversation
Last Week's Results: Have you applied for the spring 2021 Alberta SME relaunch grant?
Yes - 0% No - 25% Not eligible - 75%
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