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Buster's Pizza & Donair Grand Opening
We were honoured to be included in the grand opening at Buster's Pizza & Donair this past week. It's amazing that Medicine Hat was chosen for a franchise location and we wish the franchisee and staff many years of success! Also, the pizza was great!
Your Weekly Tune Up
Municipal Funding Under Safe Restart Agreement
The federal and provincial governments have pledged funds to municipalities under the Safe Restart Agreement. $2 billion in federal funding will be made available to cities and towns across Canada.

Alberta’s government is providing municipalities with $500 million in additional funding to build shovel-ready infrastructure projects starting in 2020. In addition, Alberta will match $233 million in federal funding to support municipal operating costs during the pandemic and $70 million to support public transit operating costs – for a total of $606 million. More information on Alberta's Recovery Plan.
Changes to Meat Inspection Regulations
Amendments to the Meat Inspection Regulation will provide Albertans with greater access to locally produced meat while maintaining food safety. These changes give operators more flexibility to meet legislated requirements and increase consumer access to high-quality local products.

The changes come as a result of consultation with industry and other stakeholders and include:

  • Increased licensing options for personal use slaughter. Consumers can now buy an animal direct from the farm and have the animal slaughtered on-site for their personal consumption.
  • Allowing provincially licensed meat facilities to salvage and sell meat by-products. As a result, abattoirs will be able to expand into markets that use meat by-products for human consumption, pet food and wildlife bait.
  • Allowing for video pre-slaughter inspections in emergency situations. Abattoirs won’t have to wait for an appointed inspector to arrive in person on-farm to perform an inspection if animal welfare is at stake.

Canada Revenue Agency Extends Payment Deadline
The CRA is extending the payment due date for current year individual, corporate and trust income tax returns, including installment payments, from September 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

The CRA is also waiving interest on existing tax debts related to individual, corporate and trust income tax returns from April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020 and from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 for goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) returns.

Expanded Testing in Pharmacies
Alberta is expanding asymptomatic testing at community pharmacies. Any pharmacy in the province that wants to participate and is able to meet the safety requirements can now offer testing to Albertans who have no symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19.

Statistics Canada Releases May GDP Numbers
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce commented: “May’s GDP numbers demonstrate that our economy is rebounding from all-time lows, but the growth numbers we’re seeing simply represent businesses reopening after needed lockdowns. Apart from a temporary rebound related to businesses reopening, the road to recovery begins now by focusing on the economic fundamentals that will bring back investment, stimulate demand and create new jobs. We must keep in mind that we are currently projecting a 12% quarterly decline in Q2, which is comparable to hard-hit countries like Italy (12.4%) and a larger quarterly economic downturn than the United States (9.5%). Our economy is still only 90% of the size it was in February, and public sector spending will only get us so far.”

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
A #CanadaUnited that puts Local First

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 Canada United movement. This movement encourages Canadians to support, shop and dine locally, celebrating and supporting our local businesses throughout the year, but particularly leading up to and including our Canada United Weekend from August 28 to 30, 2020. Read more
Canadian Chamber Conducting Independent Tax Review

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our world and forcing everyone to think differently about many things. To help Canadian policymakers think differently about growing our economy while still paying for today’s health crisis the Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced an independent tax review. To help formulate our final recommendations, a team of Canadian business leaders has been assembled to voluntarily explore ideas for harnessing Canada’s tax system for inclusive recovery and growth. Read more
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:
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August 10, 2020
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Last Week: Did you shop local as part of The Big Spend?
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