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Information For Business
City Announces COVID-19 Assistance Package
City Council announced a COVID-19 assistance package to support residents and businesses in coping with and recovering from the economic impacts of the pandemic. Although the responsibility for public health and economic well-being of the community largely rests with other levels of senior government, the City has chosen to augment and support provincial and federal programs to customize for local conditions. Read more.
Prepare Your Business
On Monday, May 4, the government hosted a telephone town hall to answer questions about businesses re-opening in Phase 1. Watch the recap here. Here are some other important resources for you to look at.

For Consumers: Shop Smart Campaign
ATB BoostR
ATB wants to help support your business throughout COVID-19. Cash flow continues to be a challenge for many businesses and the ATB crowdfunding platform can help. With ATB BoostR, you can:
  • Receive donations from your crowd (friends, family and fans).
  • Sell your existing inventory online.
  • Pre-sell products, experiences or gift cards.
And from May 1 to July 1, every dollar raised goes to your business. They are waiving all fees, and there’s no minimum amount you need to raise in order to get your funds. The money you raise will be added to your account weekly. Find out more.
Information For Community
Update for Parents
The province is working with school authorities and education system partners on developing a comprehensive re-entry plan that considers three scenarios, which could exist by September. They are:
  • Normal school operations are able to resume.
  • Schools are partially re-opened, with some level of restrictions.
  • Teacher-directed at-home learning continues.
Up to $17.8 million in grants will be provided to child care centres  and approved family day home agencies to ensure they are ready to safely restart and support families through Alberta’s economic recovery.
Deadline to reapply for CERB
Canadians who are receiving income from CERB through the CRA must reapply for another four weeks of benefits. The renewal payments are not automatic, meaning anyone who applied for CERB between April 6 and April 10 will need to reapply for the benefit on the CRA Website. If you applied for CERB through Service Canada (you are EI eligible) you must reapply every 2 weeks.
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Advocacy in Action
The Government of Canada   announced $252 million   to support farmers, food businesses and food processors that provide essential services to Canadians every day by ensuring a safe and reliable food supply. However this falls far short of the $2.6 Billion asked.
Our ask specifically during COVID 19 is for agriculture supports during the pandemic .
  • Producers need supports such as risk management solutions, interest free or forgivable loans and grant options to assist during this time, particularly with the supply chain issues and processing challenges that are occurring. Supports must take into account the whole supply chain and financing options outside of just FCC.
  • We need to assist all agriculture and agri-food sectors in order to help aid in compliance to health and safety measures and new technologies, as well as adapting products to respond to changing requirements.
  • Funding could be used for technological supports/funding to assist with the requirement to rework production lines and retrofit workplaces and innovate in agriculture and value-added food processing in order to accommodate increased demands, the physical distancing requirements and additional sanitization requirements, as well to support producers and agri-food industry as the supply chain challenges and delays are causing financial hardships. 
Change Through Mutation and Evolution
We have all heard the term "Evolve or Die". We use it in industry, "It's Darwinian, you're fighting for survival every year; you evolve and grow, or you die. It's really that simple." (Douglas Conant). We use it in sport, "the evolution of the sport is so fast, if you slow down for a second, you're past." (Chuck Liddel). We use it in literature, "Get busy living, or get busy dying." (Stephen King). Most scientists believe that evolution is actually caused by mutation that arises when something changes within a natural environment. When predatory animals have become more plentiful and skilled at hunting for example, the natural environment of predators changed.  Read more
Catalyst for Change
We are currently looking for energetic, enthusiastic and progressive Board members who have a desire to sustain and grow a strong business environment in our community. 

We encourage individuals who are interested in becoming involved in the Chamber of Commerce to volunteer by sitting on a committee or task force as a way to gain experience and become familiar with our organization and our mandate prior to becoming a Board of Director.
Interested in Volunteering? Fill out our  Volunteer Form .

If you are interested in putting your name forward you’ll need to be a
  • member in good standing for a minimum of two years,
  • free of any conflict of interest
  • willing and able to attend board meetings.
Interested? Find out more details in our  Nomination Package and fill out our Nomination Form
#YXHHeroes
Wedding Star
Who Is Weddingstar? Weddingstar Inc is a Canadian company that has been in business for over 40 years. With a focus on the wedding market and, in more recent years, an expansion to personalized gifts, Weddingstar has always been able to respond quickly to the ever changing market demands.  In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Weddingstar is shifting its product design, manufacturing and supply chain to create and offer affordable non-medical cloth face masks and mask accessories. With this pivot, Weddingstar has begun re-hiring staff that had been temporarily laid off.
With your Weddingstar cloth face mask , you and your loved ones can go out in the world and feel secure. Your purchase allows them to donate face masks to non-profits in need. They are now accepting bulk orders. Contact for inquires.
Congratulations Nicole Neubauer!

The Alberta government has   established an industry advisory committee to act as Champions of Agriculture and has asked Medicine Hat's Nicole Neubauer to serve as co-chair. We know the agriculture industry will be in good hands!
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Driving Business Forward
Every summer students look for work in order to save of up for their next year of education but also to start building their resumes and to gain experience. This year, with COVID-19, gaining those experiences will be a challenge but we do know there are businesses who will step into the role of mentor and provide youth with experiences that they will be able to use in their careers. Investing in students and giving them crucial experiences shapes not only the future of that individual youth but our future workforce. Our award sponsor TELUS, like businesses who mentor and hire youth, are forward thinking and are committed to creating meaningful change. Do you know a business that is committed to supporting and employing youth? Make sure to nominate them today for our Mentorship Award!
All nominations are also forwarded to the Alberta Chamber's Business Awards of Distinction. Click here to see this year's finalists.
Sparking Conversation
Are you planning on re-opening in Phase 1
Yes
No
I am already open
I can't re-open until phase 2 or 3
Last week: Are you aware of the safety measures that will need to be in place at your business?
Yes: 75% No: 25%
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