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New Vaccine Incentive Program and New Covid-19 Restricts

A one-time incentive of $100 is now available for all Albertans age 18 or older who receive a first or second dose of vaccine between Sept. 3 and Oct. 14.

  • Mandatory masks for all indoor public spaces and workplaces
  • Restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, nightclubs and other licensed establishments will be required to end alcohol service at 10 p.m.

New Restricts started Sept. 4 at 8 a.m.

OHS laws effective date

The OHS Act and OHS Code changes will come into effect in late 2021, giving employers and workers more time to adjust to the new legislation, extending the original September 1 implementation date. Find out more about the key changes.


Special Ballot requests now being accepted ahead of the 2021 Municipal Election

City residents who will be out of town between Saturday, October 9, and Monday, October 18, are able to participate in the 2021 Municipal Election by requesting a Special (mail-in) Ballot. Requests for special (mail-in) ballots must be received before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 4. To request your ballot, contact Jessica Robinson, Deputy Returning Officer for the City of Medicine Hat.

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Third vaccine doses available Sept. 1

Third doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available for all seniors living in congregate care facilities and for immunocompromised Albertans starting September 1. In addition, mRNA doses will be made available to Albertans who are travelling to a jurisdiction that does not accept visitors who have been vaccinated with Covishield/AstraZeneca or mixed doses. Find out more.


Fuelling Our Business Community

Employers elated with new labour attraction toolkit for Medicine Hat region

The Move to Medicine Hat labour attraction toolkit was officially launched today. This web-based tool allows employers to have all the information needed for talent attraction in one spot. From housing costs, and school availability, to fun places to visit, and things to do in the community, this site includes key information new residents are likely to ask about the region.

Created by Tourism Medicine Hat, in partnership with Community Futures Entre-Corp and the APEX Regional Innovation Network partners, and funded by Alberta Labour and Immigration, working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services, the website was created from insights provided from employers needing to attract skilled talent to the area. Read More.

The Power of Community

Redcliff Brick Plant Park – Grand Opening

We were pleased to attend the grand opening of the Redcliff Pressed Brick Park on August 27th, hosted by the Town of Redcliff and I-XL Ltd. Mayor Dwight Kilpatrick represented the Town, along with several Councilors and Town staff.

Clayton Sissons, President, Malcolm Sissons, Vice-President, and Graham Sissons, retired Vice-President, along with former I-XL colleagues from I-XL were also in attendance, including Allen Dillman, who was Superintendent of the Redcliff brick plant up until its closure.

Read the full blog post!

Enriching Your Business

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Calling all Alberta-based Women Entrepreneurs!

Our partners at AWE have put together a survey to capture your thoughts on the current landscape for women entrepreneurs. Your responses will help entrepreneurial service providers better understand the barriers and obstacles women entrepreneurs face across Alberta so that we can collectively tailor our services to meet your needs moving forward into the future. This survey will take you 7 minutes. Survey participants will be entered for an opportunity to win one of five $100 VISA Gift cards. Fill out the survey today:

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Energy Savings for Business

Energy Savings for Business will help eligible Alberta businesses reduce emissions, decrease operating costs, grow their operations and become more competitive, while creating skilled jobs and boosting economic recovery.

Recognizing that time is money to Alberta’s businesses, the program will offer streamlined applications, quick turnaround times, expanded technology lists and clear, timely, comprehensive information. ESB will give businesses fast access to incentives for cost-effective efficiency measures:

• Up to $250,000 is available per project
• Up to $500,000 per parent company is available to cover the cost of products and services.
• Minimum incentive amount of $500 *NEW

Advocacy in Action

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Business Beat: ACC and Medicine Hat & District Chamber Publish Vote Prosperity Campaigns

Each election season, Chambers of Commerce across the country release Vote Prosperity content online, via print and through external publications for public access. The purpose of Vote Prosperity is to ensure that prospective voters are as informed and ready as they can be for the upcoming electoral period. The Medicine Hat & District Chamber Vote Prosperity page is available here, and the ACC Vote Prosperity is available here.

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Chamber Announces 2021 Business Awards In-Person Event Info and Tickets on Sale!

This year the Chamber will be hosting the Business Awards at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, Friday, October 22nd, 2021. The event will kick-off around 5:30 pm where individuals can network and enjoy the Appy Hour which includes local restaurants and entertainment. Guests will then proceed to the Main Theatre room at 6:30 pm where the Award Ceremony will premiere and stream virtually. Tickets are officially on sale; tickets will be priced at $75 per person (Membership discounts will automatically be applied) and $15 for virtual event tickets. Save October 22nd in your calendars, and join us as we celebrate the everyday heroes within our business community and be inspired to discover the hero in all of us. Read the full press release!

Work Safety: Occupational Health & Safety - What Business Owners Need to Know!

Tuesday, September 21 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety, otherwise known as OHS, is the governing body designed to keep the workplace safe and workers healthy.  Businesses in Alberta that have employees are required to follow OHS laws and regulations.  Occupational health and safety serves 2 important purposes: to educate and to enforce.  They will educate on the OHS Act, Regulations, and Code.  They also have the responsibility to enforce non-compliance.

Hybrid format: individuals can register to attend virtually or in person. Register Now!


Announcing TC Energy’s Sponsorship of ASIST Programming

The Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Southeast Region (CMHA ASER) is pleased to announce
that thanks to a generous donation by TC Energy all suicide intervention training programs offered by
CMHA ASER will be provided at no cost to participants for the remainder of the year.

CMHA ASER currently has three ASIST workshops scheduled for the remainder of the year (Sept. 16–17,
Oct. 14–15, Nov. 25–26). Each of these interactive, two-day sessions will certify participants in suicide
intervention for three years. More information and registrations

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