COVID-19 Updates
Chamber Luncheon: Our Business Landscape

With great success we held our first in person event at The Assiniboia Downs on September 22, 2020. It was great to meet with people in person after such a long time. Our guest speaker was the Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minster of Economic Development & Training for the Province of Manitoba.

"The federal programs, I know as soon as they announce them, we do a dialog and deep dive, and say how will that affect Manitoba. ... They are not necessarily designed to help everybody; when you look at CERB for example: $2000 a month to Manitoba is a lot of money, and that is why we are having problems getting people back to work." The Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minster of Economic Development & Training for the Province of Manitoba

Pictured from L to R: Scott Johnston, MLA for Assiniboia; the Honourable Scott Fielding, MLA for Kirkfield Park and Minister of Finance; Kristi Meek, President | Executive Director, Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce; and the Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Development and Training
Community Town Hall: St. James Civic Centre Facility Expansion

The proposed project involves an expansion of the St. James Civic Centre with an approximately 14,000-square-foot addition. This includes several multi-purpose program and meeting rooms, as well as dedicated administrative space for St. James Assiniboia 55+. Additional facility renovations include improvements to the auditorium, main building entry, washrooms, and development of a community kitchen.

Kathy Roberts, Municipal Accommodations, Planning, Property and Development Department at The City of Winnipeg gave an update on the project. The work that is being done now is primarily electrical mechanical work and is a separate project from the the expansion. "The Civic Centre was built in 1966 so it is 54 years old. Its systems were primarily original, and most of them are at their end of life, and failing or about to fail, and a lot of it did not meet code. The lobby is also going to get a partial refresh ... and accessible washrooms."

Thank you to our community's government officials that attended and spoke to the progress being made on the project with regards to funding from all three levels of government, and to Meaghan Wilford, Executive Director, St. James Assiniboia 55+ Centre, and Connie Newman, Executive Director for the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres for speaking about the importance of the project to all generations that will be using the facility.

The Chamber will be sharing the facility drawings in the coming weeks, and we will ensure that regular updates on the project are provided to our community.

Pictured from L to R: Adrien Sala, MLA for St. James; Kathy Roberts, Municipal Accommodations, Planning, Property and Development Department, The City of Winnipeg; Meaghan Wilford, Executive Director, St. James Assiniboia 55+ Centre; Scott Fielding, MLA for Kirkfield Park; Connie Newman, Executive Director, Manitoba Association of Senior Centres; Kristi Meek, President| Executive Director, Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce; Scott Johnston, MLA for Assiniboia; and Scott Gillingham, Councillor for St. James.
Speech from the Throne

The Speech from the Throne opens every new session of Parliament. The Speech introduces the government’s direction and goals, and outlines how it will work to achieve them.

On September 23, 2020, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda.
Canadian Chamber: Throne Speech a start, but much more is needed to get Canadians back to work

(OTTAWA) – September 23, 2020 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s leading business association, released the following statement in response to today’s Speech from the Throne.

President and CEO Perrin Beatty said: “With COVID starting a second wave and our economy facing a bleak fall, what Canada urgently needs is a recovery plan that both protects the health of every Canadian and creates the conditions for business to reopen and for Canadians to resume more of their normal lives.

The Speech from the Throne provided some greater clarity, particularly on some of the government’s health policy, but we urgently need more information and speedy action if we are to prevent COVID-19 from inflicting even greater damage on the personal and economic health of Canadians. What we need is more than a patchwork of disconnected initiatives. We must have a national strategy to manage and defeat the virus."
In The News
Manitobans Reminded Minimum Wage Will Increase October 1

Manitoba Finance reminds Manitobans the minimum wage will increase by 25 cents to $11.90 October 1.
The increase of 25 cents per hour will raise the current minimum wage to $11.90 from $11.65. This adjustment is based on Manitoba’s 2019 inflation rate of 2.2 per cent, rounding up to the nearest five cents.

Budget 2019 implemented the reduction of the sales tax rate to seven per cent from eight per cent, effective July 1, 2019. This broad-based tax cut benefits all Manitoba families and businesses, with an estimated total savings of $325 million in the first full year and growing in each subsequent year. On July 1, 2020, Manitoba eliminated the sales tax on property insurance premiums, saving families and businesses an additional $75 million.
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