Manitoba to Increase Minimum Wage on October 1, 2019
( ; news release: March 28, 2019)

Manitoba's minimum wage will increase by 30 cents on October 1, 2019, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

"We are providing predictable and sustainable increases to Manitoba's minimum wage, which achieves the right balance benefiting both employees and employers," said Pedersen. "Based on Manitoba's Consumer Price index for 2018, the minimum wage increase will help our economy continue to attract new investment and participation int he workforce."

To read the entire news release: click here.
City of Winnipeg: Flood Bulletin #1
( ; news release: March 29, 2019)

Winnipeg, MB - In a news release issued on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, the Province of Manitoba forecasted that, with favorable weather, slightly less than 2009 flood levels on the Red River could be expected. With unfavorable weather and with the use of the floodway, water levels at the James Avenue gauge could reach 20.5 feet.

To read the entire news release: click here.
Employers Prosecuted for Workplace Incidents
( ; news release: March 29, 2019)

Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade is reminding employers to ensure that workplaces are safe and workers are adequately trained and supervised to perform their duties after two employers were prosecuted for violations of The Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations. Because of these prosecutions, penalties totaling more than $107,000 were ordered by the courts.

To read the entire news release: click here.
2019 Federal Budget
Investing in the Middle Class

"This is a pre-election budget for the people, and it doesn't show much in the way of improvements for or commitments to Canadian business," says Chuck Davidson, President & CEO, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. To read Chuck's full statement, click here . To peruse the Full Budget, click here .
Chamber Member Spotlight

The Chamber Group Insurance Company has assigned The WPG - The Wealth Planning Group Inc. as our new insurance adviser for our district. WPG has been a member of the Chamber since 2014. They provide financial advice and products for your successful personal or business finances. Some of their services are: Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Retirement Advice and many more. Please contact Michael Silver and Jason Bonneteau at (204) 989-7676 or at Their office is located at 2-1851 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3J 0G8. 
Happy 21 st Birthday to Long-Time Chamber Member: Pegasus Publications

In January 1998 Pegasus Publications Inc. opened its doors and launched the Manitoba Gardener magazine to the public. Founded by Dorothy Dobbie, the aim of the new company was to create a media source that was committed to publishing useful magazines that added value to readers, advertisers and the community at large.

With the success of Manitoba Gardener, came sister publications in Ontario and Alberta both receiving their own garden magazines targeted at the specific gardening requirements of each individual province. Our chamber of commerce joined the list of successful titles in early 2000, with Pegasus producing the directory on our behalf.

With continued success came the launch of The Hub magazine, partnering with the Winnipeg Airport Authorities to produce a publication that showcased the richness and depth of Manitoba. The Hub’s success focused on what our International Airport has to offer its many travelers and also to highlight the great business success stories throughout the province. Many travelers read The Hub and take it with them on their respective vacations, using it as a bragging piece while abroad. 

Lifestyles 55, launched in early 2009, is dedicated to the mature adult and is a publication that focuses on the needs and concerns of our very active over 50's community. It provides editorial covering issues-analysis, health, wellness, pet care, financial, food … and all sorts of other information of value to people over 50.

The early part of 2016 saw Pegasus head up a new consortium of businesses, each with a specific reach into the media world. The makeup of companies under this new umbrella covered printing, TV, radio, and website and social media development. Pegasus continues to use all of these experts under one roof with the aim of giving businesses the opportunity to plan out structured marketing campaigns at a more economical rate.

This brings us to 2019 and what is happening now. In April of 2019 Pegasus, will be launching its very own newsstand app, giving its many readers the opportunity to subscribe to their favorite gardening magazine online. Once downloaded the readers will have the opportunity to read offline at their own leisure.

An invitation to all Chamber members! Pegasus Publications is planning a race night for July 10 th tickets and are available through the Chamber. Please call (204) 774-4154 or email if you are interested. 
Lucky Louie Adventures

Lucky Louie has joined the Chamber for their 3rd Facebook Promotion which ran the week of March 11 - 15, 2019. Louie would like to THANK our members who hosted him at their business for an extremely fun adventure. The following is a list of the Party Places and the winners of the prizes which were provide by the hosts. Thank you to everyone who clicked and shared the different Facebook pages and for all the guesses.

FBC - Carol Golden
Dave's Quick Print - Wanda Richard
Boston Pizza (Birchwood) - Ken Pawluk

Our next Facebook Promotion will be Emma's Egg Hunt the week of April 15 - 19, 2019. For your company to be one of our featured businesses, please contact Dorothy (204) 774-4154 or (the Hunt Assistant). Emma would love to visit your business where you can help hide her eggs. Only 5 spots are available, so don't be disappointed.

Too soon to participate in this promotion? Check with Dorothy to see if you can participate in our next promotion the week of July 1st, 2019.
The Chamber would like to wish all our members, followers and friends a very Happy Easter. The Chamber office will be closed on Friday, April 19, 2019 for Good Friday observance. Good Luck in all the Egg Hunts.