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Daily Update: June 30, 2020

Supports for Business

City of Medicine Hat & Tourism Medicine Hat Launch #myMHsummer Campaign

A partnership between the City of Medicine Hat, Invest Medicine Hat (IMH) and Tourism Medicine Hat is helping residents rediscover the city and celebrate beautiful staycation destinations right here in Medicine Hat.

The campaign will target residents and visitors and a number of local businesses have officially signed on to join the fun.

A dedicated webpage describing many of the opportunities is now live on the Tourism Medicine Hat website. Each week the City, IMH and Tourism will feature a new theme on social media including city trails, food and beverage, outdoor recreation, western heritage and more. Throughout the summer, prizes will be given out to residents that engage and share their special moments using the hashtag #myMHsummer.

A complete list of Instagrammable locations, weekly themes and participating businesses and attractions can be found online at

The campaign kicks off June 30 and runs until September 22. Residents are encouraged to follow Tourism Medicine Hat, Invest Medicine Hat and the City of Medicine Hat on social media to get the most out of #myMHsummer.

CRA Deadline Changes

The CRA has advised that T2 Corporation Income Tax Returns and T3 Trust Income tax Returns that would have been due in June, July, or August are now due on September 1. For T2s and T3s, as previously announced, any income tax balance due on or after March 18 and before September 1 will also be due by September 1. More Information

Government Ends GST/HST And Customs Duty Payment Deferrals

The federal government has confirmed it is ending the payment deferrals as planned on June 30, today. Businesses that continue to experience difficulty in remitting GST/HST and customs duty amounts owing can contact the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to make a request for the cancellation of penalties and interest, and/or for a flexible payment arrangement with the CRA. More Information

Supports for Individuals

Online Birth Registrations

Alberta parents can now go online to register their newborn’s birth information and to order birth certificates. Alberta’s online birth registry is easily accessible from any location via computer, tablet, smartphone, or any device connected to the internet. 

A further benefit of the online service is the ability for parents to apply for both the Canada Child Benefit and their child’s social insurance number from the Government of Canada at the same time they register birth information with the province of Alberta.

Travel restrictions at Canada-US border remain in place for July holidays

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding all travellers, ahead of the July 1 (Canada) and July 4 (United States) holidays, that travel restrictions are still in place at all Canadian international border crossings.

These measures remain in place until at least July 21.

All travel of an optional or discretionary nature, including tourism, recreation and entertainment, is covered by these measures across all ports of entry in all modes of transportation: land, marine, air and rail.

With the travel restrictions still in place, foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, will not be allowed to enter Canada if they attempt to come for any of the following examples of discretionary travel:

  • opening or checking on a cottage or seasonal home
  • sightseeing
  • boating across the border
  • fishing or hunting
  • visiting friends or a girlfriend, boyfriend or fiancé(e)
  • attending a party or celebration
  • driving in transit for the purpose of taking a shortcut through Canada to get to a United States (U.S.) destination faster
  • picking up a pet

Asymptomatic immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who meet the immediate family member definition and are coming to Canada for a minimum of 15 days will be exempt from the prohibition from entering Canada for a discretionary purpose. Read more information about Foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Unless exempt, boaters cannot currently enter Canadian waters (territorial sea and internal waters) or boundary waters for discretionary reasons. These reasons include: touring, sightseeing and pleasure fishing. Read more Information for foreign boaters.

The CBSA has temporarily suspended or reduced service at certain small vessel reporting sites, small airports of entry, ferry terminals and to the Remote Area Border Crossing program. Travellers should review the list of CBSA locations that remain open during this temporary service suspension.

One-time tax-free payment for seniors

The one-time payment for seniors is available to individuals who are eligible to receive the Old Age Security pension or the Guaranteed Income Supplement in June 2020. You do not have to apply. All individuals who are eligible to receive the Old Age Security pension or the Guaranteed Income Supplement in June 2020 will receive the one-time payment for seniors.

A one-time separate payment will be issued during the week of July 6, 2020. The one-time payment for seniors will be paid to your bank account if you are enrolled for Direct Deposit. If you are not enrolled for Direct Deposit, you will receive a cheque. More information.

Community Supports and Resources

Outdoor events increased attendance capacity

More Albertans can attend outdoor community events. The increase applies to attendees at community outdoor events such as festivals, fireworks displays, rodeos and sporting events, and outdoor performances.

All public health measures, including physical distancing, remain in place. Seated outdoor events will still require the necessary space between families and cohorts within stadium-style seating.

Any large gathering increases the risk of transmission. Evidence suggests that outdoor events have a lower risk of transmission, provided other public health guidance is followed. Alberta Health will continue to monitor case numbers and adjust as necessary.

For more information on outdoor and indoor gathering restrictions, visit

General relaunch guidance, including sector-specific recommendations, can be found at

City Council Meetings are Now Open to the Public with COVID-19 Practices in Place

Medicine Hat City Council will meet as scheduled on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be open to the public and is being held at the Esplanade Studio Theatre, 401 First Street SE.  Adjustments are in place to ensure alignment with current Alberta Health requirements related to COVID-19.  Please note that seating for the public will be limited.

Members of the public can view City Council meetings online at the City’s YouTube account at:

Options for input to a Public Hearing:

  • Attend in person at the Esplanade Studio Theatre, 401 First Street SE by 6:30 p.m.
  • Call in to the Public Hearing via teleconference at 1-833-353-8610 (participant code 2848289) by 6:30 p.m.
  • Email to between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the day of the hearing. 
  • Written submissions concerning proposed bylaws placed before City Council must be submitted by 12:00 noon, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to:
    • City Clerk Department, 580 First Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8E6

All submissions are treated as public documents.


National Cannabis Working Group Has Announced Two New Industry Councils

Our National Cannabis Working Group, comprised of over 70 industry-leading companies, is pleased to announce the creation of the National License Holders Council and the International Cannabis Council. These councils will help to support producers displacing the illegal market and to increase Canada’s leadership in the global cannabis market. Learn More

Mapping The Road To Recovery With Mediaplanet And The Canadian Chamber

In these times of uncertainty, businesses need the right tools, strategies and information to strengthen organizational resilience and avoid downtime. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce teamed up with Mediaplanet to educate Canadians businesses on the tools and strategies needed to remain resilient. Read More

Canadian Chamber Will Participate In IRCC Online Consultation On Immigration Levels And The Municipal Nominee Program

We will make a submission on Canada’s immigration levels plan, including the balance between different classes and programs, and how immigration can support Canada – particularly in light of the current pandemic. If you have questions about our submission please contact Leah Nord, our Senior Director of Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth.

Upcoming Webinars

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July 7: Sustainable Finance in Post-Pandemic World. Register now

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July 15: Profit from technology: Digital tools to drive efficiency and revenue.  Register here.

July 20: How To Support Employees’ Mental Health And Well-Being During COVID-19 And Beyond. Register Now.

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Canadian Business Resilience Network Video Content

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Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program explained. Watch now.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Explained: Watch Now.

Conflict Escalation & What to Do About It. Watch Now.

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Cybersecurity And The Ever-Evolving Work Environment, With Field Effect. Watch Now.

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Understanding Travel Insurance In The World Of COVID-19. Watch now.

What To Feel When Stressors Collide, With Canada Life. Watch Now.

Working From Home During COVID-19. Watch Now.

Webinar Series

AMHSA, CSSE, Howatt HR, AUMA Mental Health Webinar Series. Click here.

APEX Alberta Webinars: Watch the recorded series

BDC Webinar Series. Click here. 

BusinessLink: View upcoming events. Learn how to find bid opportunities. Register now.

CPA Small Business Webinar Series. Click here. 

CPHR Alberta: HR Pandemic Essentials. Click here.

Conference Board of Canada Webinar Series: Mental Health and COVID-19. Click here.

Constant Contact Webinar Series: View the line up of sessions and register.

D2L Webinar Series: Digital Transformation for Associations. Watch Now.

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Wednesday weekly: Business & Economic Recovery During the COVID-19 Crisis

Free Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)® IDS™ sessions. Register here.

International Economic Development Council Webinar series. Watch now.

Retail Council of Canada. Register here.

School of Public Policy. Register here.

StartUp Canada Women Entrepreneur Webinar Series: Click here.

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