Your Weekly Tune Up
Additional public engagement opportunity for recreation amenities, facilities
On Wednesday, November 24, the City will host an information session at the Veiner Centre from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. regarding parks and recreation facilities around the city.
Numerous city staff from various departments will be on hand the same day from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the auditorium at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede for a larger public event. This session, open to the general public, will allow for one-on-one conversations to discuss the Parks & Recreation Master Plan, as well as the future of facilities in our city.
Extended Producer Responsibility
In spring 2021, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) engaged on three proposed policy changes to enable a regulatory framework for extended producer responsibility (EPR) and develop systems for single-use plastics, packaging, paper products and hazardous and special products. Input has been summarized in a What We Heard report and stakeholders are now invited to comment on the What We Heard report until December 15, 2021. Comments can be sent to: AEP.RecyclingRegulation@gov.ab.ca
Bill 83, the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Amendment Act was introduced on November 15, 2021 to enable the creation of an Extended Producer Responsibility Framework. Any feedback collected will be used to further refine Alberta’s EPR framework, which is targeted for implementation in 2022.
Modernizing Alberta’s electricity system
The Electricity Statutes Amendment Act would help further modernize Alberta’s electricity system and encourage adoption and investment in emerging energy systems and technologies that can lead to long-term benefits for ratepayers and the electricity industry. The proposed amendments would allow unlimited self-supply with export while ensuring that transmission system costs are balanced among all system participants.
Alberta and Canada sign child-care agreement
The Government of Alberta has negotiated an agreement with the federal government that will ensure $3.8 billion committed by the federal government goes toward the expansion of accessible, affordable and high-quality early learning and child care that gives Alberta families the choice and quality they deserve. This plan will reduce fees for parents of children aged zero to kindergarten by half in early 2022 and provide an average of $10 per day child care by 2026.
Quick Check Up
Fuelling Our Business Community
2021 Leadership Lunch-In (Virtual)
We hosted our annual Leadership Lunch-In on Tuesday November 9th, 2021. We brought together representatives from all levels of government in our region. Evolving from the annual Mayor’s Breakfast, we will brought together our MP, MLA’s, Mayors from Medicine Hat, Redcliff and the CAO of Cypress County and Base Commander from CFB Suffield for a town hall style event that offered our members an opportunity to connect with their elected representatives and gain insight into their activities. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions on issues that were of importance to them. This event provides an avenue to have an open dialogue with those that are in decision making positions.
The Power of Community
2021 Midnight Madness
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with a downtown collective group of stakeholders, was pleased to host the 2021 Downtown Midnight Madness. Midnight Madness is a yearly event that usually takes place a week before Black Friday to encourage people to shop early and support the local shops and owners within the downtown core.
COVID-19 has put a lot of rough patches on business over the past 18 month's. Launching a successful event for many businesses to gain the reach that they needed was amazing to see. We look forward to the future collaboration and organization of the event in years to come!
Random Act of Kindness Week November 14th - 20th
Enriching Your Business
Group Insurance & Employee Benefits Enjoyed by 30,000 Canadian Businesses
The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan has been protecting Canadian firms for over 40 years. More than 30,000 small to midsize businesses choose the Chambers Plan to protect their employees with comprehensive group benefits, including Health and Dental insurance, making it Canada’s #1 employee benefits plan for small business.
Your Employees can receive 3 hours of counselling for:
- Marital and family problems
- Work-related problems
- Dependency problems
- Personal problems
The Chambers Plan is the simple, stable, smart choice for business; combining accessibility, flexibility and the stability of pooled benefits. Firms choose the Chambers Plan year after year because it offers unsurpassed value and customer service.
Fill Up On Funding
Apply Now: $2,000 REP Grant now available to help with costs
The Restrictions Exemption Program Implementation Grant is now open to all eligible businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations. In-scope small and medium-sized organizations may use the one-time funding as they see fit.
To apply for the implementation grant, organizations must:
- be on the list of eligible in-scope operators of organizations
implement the Restrictions Exemption Program consistently as part of daily operations
- verify proof of vaccination, a recent negative COVID-19 test or proof of medical exemption for patrons age 12 and older
be a permanent establishment in Alberta
- employ fewer than 500 employees
Organizations must ensure all of their information is complete and correct when applying. Incorrect or incomplete information may delay receipt of payment or cause the applicant to be denied payment.
Advocacy in Action
Partnership with Japan will champion Alberta energy
The MOU, signed by Premier Jason Kenney and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), renews a commitment to natural resource cooperation and development, including improving cooperation on environmental technologies like hydrogen, ammonia, and carbon capture, utilization and storage.
The agreement will also focus on increasing Alberta’s investment attraction activities with Japan, strengthening efforts to get Alberta energy products to tidewater. Read More
Next Level Events
2021 Presidents' Reception, Membership Appreciation and AGM - Virtual
Our Annual General Meeting takes a look back through the past year and learn how the Chamber of Commerce has played a pivotal role in our business community through our advocacy efforts, business engagement and member benefits programs.
Virtual Presidents' Reception, Membership Appreciation and Annual General Meeting
Thursday, November 25th
5:30pm - 8:30pm.
- Proposed changes to the Business Corporations Act would align Alberta with other provinces.
- Declaration: Women’s Entrepreneurship Week Nov 19-26
- More investments from Alberta’s Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund
- Alberta’s government is investing an additional $21.5 million for Albertans experiencing homelessness and family violence.
- Children aged 5-11 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
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