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Fuelling Our Business Community
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner!
Celebrate how lucky we are to call YXH home this month and discover these amazing businesses:
Quick Check Up

Being an entrepreneur does not just mean owning or running a business. It is a set of skills that make people more successful wherever they are; it is a mindset, to be sure. It is a mindset of perseverance and overcoming challenging situations in new and innovative ways, refusing to quit.
Your Weekly Tune Up
Due to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, review of the impact to market value and the late scheduling of 2020 review board appeals, the property assessment notices have been extended. Property Assessment Notices will reflect the valuation date of July 2020 and condition/characteristics of the property as of December 31, 2020 for the 2021 taxation year. All property types will be mailed their Property Assessment Notice for Tax Year 2021 on April 14 with a complaint deadline of June 22.

The separate mailing of the Assessment Request for Information (ARFIs) for both Non-Residential and Multi-Family income-producing properties will be tentatively May 6th mail date with a 60-day filing deadline of July 6.

Currently, there is no change to the mailing date for the 2021 Tax Notices planned.
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is a training program where an employer applies on behalf of their present or future employee(s) for eligible training costs. Employers decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees. There have been important changes that expand eligibility to help businesses access the training they need. These temporary changes are effective from February 18, 2021 until February 28, 2022. More information.
Albertans who were born in 1946 or earlier can now book their vaccine online or by calling 811. Appointment availability will be determined by vaccine supply. Phase 2 vaccinations will be offered in a staged approach and once completed, will have vaccinated anyone aged 50 to 74 years, anyone with high-risk underlying health conditions, First Nations and Métis people aged 35 and older, residents and staff in congregate living settings, and eligible caregivers. Phase 2 is targeted to begin in April, depending on the supply of vaccine. More information.
Alberta parents who use child care will receive $561 per child with the new Working Parents Benefit, a one-time payment to help parents with the cost of child care. The Working Parents Benefit will see $108 million go to families that used child care – including licensed or unlicensed daycare, day homes, out-of-school care, or preschool – from April to December of 2020. More information.
February 22 marked the official launch of the 2021 Tax Season and individuals can now file their 2020 income tax and benefit return. The CRA has taken steps to accommodate those who need extra assistance when filing their taxes this year with a number of additional supports. More information.
The Department of Finance released draft legislative proposals that would provide applicants with more flexibility in determining the revenue decline for the wage and rent subsidies for the qualifying period from December 20, 2020, to January 16, 2021, and ensure that Lockdown Support is available to an eligible property owner whose tenant is not arm’s length but has a qualifying business at the property that is subject to a lockdown and must shut their doors or significantly restrict their activities under a public health order. Details on the measures proposed are available in the backgrounder.
The department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, has launched a newly designed online hub for the Canadian tourism sector. The site contains information and resources for businesses in the tourism sector, including the latest financial supports available for tourism businesses. Read more.
Want to know what else happened that you need to know?
Enriching Your Business
Every month we summarize important news and what you need to know about what is happening at the Chamber on our reoccurring news page in the Medicine Hat News. As a member you can purchase exclusive advertising space to promote your business, service, product or organization. Remember this is also circulated digitally too! Find out more on our Member Benefits page.
Job Postings
Do you have a job opening? Find out how to post your opportunity on our page by watching our Job Postings video.
Welcome to our New Members
Advocacy in Action
Budget 2021 and the Roadmap to Recovery
The release of the provincial budget allows the Chamber to ascertain alignment between government and Chamber priorities while also providing an opportunity to discuss those items absent from the fiscal plan.

Canada 360° Economic Summit on Wednesday, February 17 brought together some of the brightest minds in the Canadian business community to discuss the challenges businesses are facing because of the pandemic and the innovative public policies needed to foster a sustainable economic recovery. Watch the videos

And remember to register for the upcoming Executive Summit Series on March 25th.
Fill up on Funding
The Energy Savings for Business (ESB) Program has released new measures eligible for incentives. You can submit multiple applications for the same location, providing they do not exceed an incentive level of $250,000.
The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) offers eligible employers up to $7,500 when they hire Canadian post-secondary students for work integrated learning (WIL) placements. In a period of downturn, SWPP can be valuable in helping employers boost capacity with new talent while offsetting costs.
Youth Internship Incentive Program is funding to hire apprentices and increase the number of employers supporting work-integrated learning internships in trades and technologies. By providing a financial incentive for employers, this program will expand an employer’s ability to achieve their goals as well as to enhance opportunities for youth that align with Alberta’s skilled worker needs. For more information, contact Kristi Liboiron, Field Director at KLiboiron@nextgen.org
Next Level Events
2021 Employer Information Session for Student Wage Subsidy Program Assistance
Helpful Webinars
International Women's Day 2021
Find more webinars in our Webinar Calendar
Sparking Conversation
Do you feel the provincial budget will impact you:
Postively
Negatively
Last week's poll: Tell us how your shared some local love this past month:
Ordered from, dined in or picked up food from a restaurant: 54.5%
Bought a gift from a local retailer: 36.4%
Booked a staycation: -
Booked an appointment and indulged in some pampering: 9.1%
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