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Weekly Update: October 16 – 22, 2020

Supports for Business

Last Reminder For CECRA For Small Businesses

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance is set to end soon. Property owners that have already been approved for rental assistance have until October 30th 2020 to opt-in for the extensions. The application portal will close at 11:59 PM EST on October 30th. Visit the program website for details.

Alberta Innovates Innovation Relief and Recovery Program

The Innovation Relief and Recovery Program is designed to provide COVID relief and recovery funding for pre- and post-revenue high potential, high growth, technology or knowledge-based Alberta small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This program is designed for pre- and post-revenue high potential, high growth, technology or knowledge-based Alberta SMEs. Eligible applicants can apply for up to $10,000, paid directly to the service provider, to cover eligible expenses charged by the service provider for the purpose of one or more of the activities outlined in the detailed program description found here: https://albertainnovates.ca/programs/innovation-relief-and-recovery-program/. A call for applications is now open until November 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Target start date of projects is December 1, 2020 with all projects ending before March 2, 2020. Projects are a maximum of three months long and funding is paid directly to the service provider.

Funding for Canada United campaign

An investment of $12 million to support the Canada United campaign was announced to support local businesses in communities across the country. As part of the Canada United movement, RBC brought together more than 70 of Canada’s leading brands, the national chamber of commerce network and business associations to rally Canadians to “show local some love” by buying, dining and shopping local.

Grants up to $5,000 are available to small businesses so they can cover the costs of physical modifications to their businesses to meet local health and safety requirements. The grant can also be used to help firms enhance their e-commerce capabilities so they can do more business online.

The new application window will for the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will  open on Monday, October 26, 2020.  Canadian small business can learn more and apply for the grant online through Go Canada United.

Launch of farmer-led research in Alberta

The $37-million annual agreement will see the organization prioritize agriculture research projects that reflect the needs of farmers and ranchers in Alberta. RDAR has also finalized its initial research priorities and will release a targeted call for proposals. Under this new model, agricultural research in Alberta will lead to tangible benefits for farmers, including higher profits, a more abundant food supply at lower cost for Albertans and ultimately a higher quality of life in rural communities. More information.

Supports for the energy industry 

Supports to energy companies will include an exemption from property taxes for three years when drilling new wells and building new pipelines. The government will also eliminate the Well Drilling Equipment Tax provincewide for new drills. Additionally, the government will lower assessments for less productive oil and gas wells while continuing the recently introduced 35 per cent assessment reduction on shallow gas wells for three years. These measures are to provide much-needed certainty to industry, investors, municipalities and other taxpayers now and into the future. More information.

Funding for Alberta Enterprise Corporation's (AEC) Accelerate Fund III

Alberta’s government is investing $5 million into the Alberta Enterprise Corporation’s (AEC) Accelerate Fund III, an additional investment that will bring the total funding available to tech startups to $15 million. The Accelerate Fund provides money to Alberta’s early-stage tech startups and entrepreneurs, matching dollars already raised through angel investing, to assist with the operational and administrative costs of launching a new business. More information.

New legislation introduces payment timelines in the construction industry

New legislation will introduce prompt payment timelines into Alberta’s construction sector. Proposed changes to the Builders’ Lien Act are the first in almost 20 years and address long-standing concerns within the construction industry, including payment timelines, lien periods and adjudication. More information.

Laying the groundwork for geothermal development

Modelled after the Oil and Gas Conservation Act, the Geothermal Resource Development Act would provide the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) with the authority to regulate the safe, efficient and responsible development of Alberta’s geothermal resources. The legislation clarifies industry requirements, establishes the AER’s oversight authority, and establishes government’s ability to receive revenues, such as royalties and fees, for geothermal development. More information.

Advancing Alberta’s Recovery Plan

Bill 35, the Tax Statutes (Creating Jobs and Driving Innovation) Amendment Act legislates two important components of Alberta’s Recovery Plan – the acceleration of the Job Creation Tax Cut and the Innovation Employment Grant. the Job Creation Tax Cut was accelerated to lower the corporate income tax rate to eight per cent, effective July 1, 2020, a year and a half ahead of schedule. The Innovation Employment Grant (IEG) will attract small and medium-sized Alberta businesses that invest in research and development (R&D). More information.

Government of Canada invests in clean technology ecosystems

The federal government announced an investment of $100 million over four years, provided through the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). The investment will help the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) accelerate the development and adoption of innovative technologies and processes that seek to lower the oil and gas industry’s environmental impacts. More information.

Supports for Individuals

City Accepting Applications for Boards, Commissions and Committees

The City of Medicine Hat invites you to apply for decision making and advisory opportunities on our variety of Boards, Commissions and Committees. There are positions to suit every interest or professional discipline that will appeal to those who are seeking to add to their skills and network in our community. To review the opportunities listed below, or to download an application handbook, visit the City website.

Flu shots now available across Alberta

Flu shots are now available free of charge at pharmacies and doctors’ offices across the province. Alberta Health Services (AHS) is also offering immunizations by appointment for those under five years old and those in their household. More information.

Class 4, 5 and 6 Driver Exams will be privatized

Albertans will be able to book passenger vehicle road tests directly with local registry agents or through a new online system starting Dec. 1 for tests to be conducted after Jan. 5, 2021. Registry agents will be able to hire or contract driver examiners directly. More information.

New COVID-19 pilot planned for international travellers

A joint pilot program from the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada – the first of its kind in the country – will safely test an alternative to the current 14-day quarantine requirement for international travellers while continuing to protect Canadians from COVID-19.

Beginning on Nov. 2, COVID-19 testing will be offered initially at two ports of entry into Canada: the Coutts land border crossing and the Calgary International Airport in Alberta. Travellers who participate will receive a COVID-19 test upon entry into Canada before proceeding into the required quarantine. More information.

Community Supports and Resources

Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Signed by City of Medicine Hat, Town of Redcliff, Cypress County

The Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) document has been prepared following provincial legislation introduced in 2017. The ICF is intended to foster increased levels of intermunicipal collaboration by establishing a pattern for intermunicipal communication and connection, as well as encouraging and supporting delivery of services.

The ICF project was led by a Steering Committee consisting of appointed members of municipal Council of The City of Medicine Hat, Cypress County and the Town of Redcliff, staff from each municipality and a third-party consultant. More information.

City Announces Co-op as Naming Partner for Regional Event Centre

The City of Medicine Hat is pleased to announce South Country Co-op as the new title sponsor of the regional event centre.  South Country Co-op has a long history of investing in Medicine Hat and southern Alberta by supporting numerous organizations, events and causes, including the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, HALO, the Medicine Hat and District Foodbank and many more. The agreement will see the regional event centre, currently named after Canalta Real Estate Services Inc., renamed Co-op Place. See the announcement.

2020 Supplementary Property Assessment & Tax Notices Mailed to Residents

The 2020 Supplementary Assessment Roll for the City of Medicine Hat has been prepared and the Assessment and Tax Notices have been mailed out to residents. Prior to filing a complaint, property owners are encouraged to contact the Assessment Department to resolve any concerns and avoid a formal complaint to the Assessment Review Board. More information.

Advocacy

Business of Business - Salesforce

In this edition of the Business of Business, our own Perrin Beatty talks with Margaret Stuart Country Manager, Salesforce, about the important role small business will play in our recovery, the work Salesforce has done to help out small business and much more. Watch now.

New Resources

2020 Canadian holiday outlook: A retailer's guide to adapting amid uncertainty

One thing is clear: successful retailers will be those who adapt to our quickly changing business environment and understand what a more digital world means for how they interact with consumers. The Retail Council of Canada explores the retail trends and holiday shopping behaviours retailers need to be aware of in the coming months. Read More.

As Some Government Programs Come To An End, RBC Experts Offer Advice to Business Owners

Given many government and banking programs began in March – and were set to run for six months – much of the financial relief available to businesses is coming to an end. It is important for owners, therefore, to prepare for upcoming deadlines and have a transition plan in place. Read more.

The Outlook

This new report is a synthesis of a whole host of economic and social information into a quarterly snapshot that is designed to be both a deep and meaningful dive, but also something you can absorb in a 15-minute coffee break.  Read the report.

Red Bull Basement

Red Bull Basement is a global competition that empowers students to use innovation to drive positive change. Every idea is welcome and they encourage students to apply to offer solutions for a pressing, unmet need affecting life on campus or a greater challenge in the community. Find out more online and apply.

AWE Skills for Work

This 18-course series is based on a thorough investigation of employer and employee needs and is an excellent resource for anyone looking for skills development and employment readiness. Each course targets specific workplace skills and uses unique content tasks to ensure learners develop a strong skills foundation. This resource is available at no cost until February 2021. Find the courses here

Supply Chain Workforce Marketplace

The Supply Chain Workforce Marketplace finds individual talent to suit business needs. As a job seeker, your particular skills are matched to those that prospective employers and recruiters are looking for. If you have been displaced in your supply chain role due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking for an opportunity, or if your business is looking for skilled supply chain talent due to the shift in the workplace, create your free account today. Find out more.

Albert Film Commission Resource Directory

Alberta Film is excited to announce a new online tool that will enable the Provinces Screen-based industry workforce and support service companies to showcase their skills and services to producers considering filming in our province. All industry professionals including pre-production resources, production staff and technical crew, producers and production companies, equipment and stages, post-production facilities, and support services should register for a free account. The online application typically takes 10 – 20 minutes to complete.

Featured Webinars

October 27th

Selling and Shipping During the Holiday Season with eCommerce Canada | Register here.

October 28th

The Power of the Inbox in 2020 | FREE

Create Your First Email Campaign! | FREE

October 29th

The State Of The Pandemic Economy: Harvard Club Webinar Featuring Dr. Trevin Stratton | Register now.

November 3rd

Executive Eastern Summit Series with Right Hon. Paul Martin | Register here.

Foundations of Human Resources course series offered by Medicine Hat College in partnership with Mount Royal University, starts Nov 3. Click HERE

November 5th

Innovation Forum 2.0: Medicine Hat-made innovative ideas to support the social sector and improve the process for getting help to those in need | Register here for in person or here for online.

2020 Job Connector Virtual Event: How to Get Hired! | Register here.

November 24th

Executive Western Summit Series with Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos | Register here

Webinar Series

TourismRecovery.ca Webinar Series | View Resources here and upcoming sessions below:

  • Considering and Creating New Revenue Strategies
    Wednesday, October 28 – 12:00 PM MT
    Register Now
  • Building Strategic Community Partnerships
    Tuesday, November 10 – 12:00 PM MT
    Register Now
  • Adapting to New Market Realities:
    Products, Pricing, Placement, Positioning

    Tuesday, November 24 – 12:00 PM MT
    Register Now
  • Workforce Power Session
    Wednesday, December 9 – 12:00 PM MT
    Register Now

Board Leadership Calgary 2020 Virtual Learning Event

  • Board Governance Basics - Introduction to the Essentials of Effective Partnerships
    Saturday, November 7 - 10:00 AM
    Register Here
  • Funding and Financial Management - Cash Flow Management in Times of Uncertainty
    Friday, November 27 - 12:00 PM
    Register Here
  • People / Human Work - Anti-Racism and Equity for Everyone
    Friday, December 11 - 12:00 PM
    Register Here

Recorded Webinar

Exit Planning for Alberta Business Owners

Hazard Assessment and Control

COVID-19 Infection Control for your Business

Upcoming Webinars
On Demand Webinars

Alberta Bits & Pieces Webinar. Watch Now.

Alberta Phase 2 Relaunch Town Hall Recordings. Listen Now.

Canadian Business Resilience Network Video Content

13 Ways COVID-19 and Your Business Part 1: Watch Now.

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.

Crowdfunding through COVID-19. Watch Now.

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

Destination Canada: The Visitor Economy: Watch Now.

BDC Economic Pulse (April 20): Watch Now.

Facebook: Build Your Online Presence. Watch now

Facebook: Getting Creative with your Mobile Phone, With Facebook. Watch now.

How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business. Watch Now.

How to Navigate Government Programs with KPMG. Watch Now.

The Importance of Human Resources & Being Strategic When Your Business is Being Temporarily Impacted. Watch Now.

Keeping Your Company and Employees Secure When Working Remotely. Watch Now.

Leading During a Crisis and Switching to Remote Work. Watch Now.

Maintaining Sales in the face of COVID-19. Watch Now.

Relaunching Your Business. Watch now.

Rent Relief in a World of the Coronavirus: Watch Now.

Shopify E-Commerce Tools. Watch Now.

Social Media in Crisis. Watch Now.

Strategies for How Businesses Can Persevere And Recover From COVID-19. Watch Now.

Understanding, Accessing and Optimizing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Watch Now.

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.

Buyandsell.gc.ca: 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.

Travel Alberta Webinar Series. Watch Now.

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