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Government of Canada launches consultation period for renewal of Federal Tourism Growth Strategy

The strategy will focus on important areas such as workforce challenges and destination development, which have become increasingly significant since the first strategy was launched in 2019. Tourism stakeholders, business owners and employees, as well as members of the public, are invited to visit New Federal Tourism Growth Strategy to provide input and help lay the foundation for the future of Canada’s tourism industry. To share your views on how Canada can build on its reputation as a world-class destination, please send an email to tourisminfo-tourismeinfo@ised-isde.gc.ca. The deadline for submitting feedback is 11:59 pm (ET) on July 20, 2022.

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Chamber Presents to City Council

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce was pleased to present to City Council at their regular Council meeting on May 16th. It provided us the opportunity to profile who the Chamber is, the work we do, who we represent, how our advocacy works, the profile, events and successes in our community, along with our desire to build the relationship and strategic alignments with City Council moving forward.

You can view the City council meeting here: https://youtu.be/dPtuDEJvCDQ

Fuelling Our Business Community

2022 Business Awards - A New Era of Roaring Success

The ' Roaring 20’s ' was a period in history of dramatic social and political change, some freedoms were expanded while others were diminished. The 1920’s was an era of historical significance with monumental change that shaped the future.

We all recognize that businesses in the 2020’s have experienced significant social and political changes that have disrupted what our ‘normal’ life has looked like. This will leave many stories that will form part of our history, while playing a major role in the success of a new era.

As we navigate the ‘Roaring 20’s’ of this century, we celebrate our businesses, past and present, that have weathered the challenges and have emerged with new ideas, innovative practices, and even stronger connections.

Similarly, the 1920’s and our 2020’s are the beginning of a united force in supporting and strengthening our local economic prosperity.

It truly is, A New Era of Roaring Success.

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Grand Openings!!

Broken Diamond Equine Grand Opening. Equine assisted learning is the process of presenting our personal conflicts & insecurities to the horse who in turn offers us comfort & guidance. Horses act like a mirror into our feelings & fears. An EAL Personal Development Coach sees the horses reactions and communicates that to the client. This amazing new service is now being offered to Medicine Hat and Area.

Fèath and Elemi Grand Opening at their new location. Fèath and Elemi is a massage and wellness clinic that caters to facilitate a complete healing process by allowing the body and the practitioner to look at symptoms as a starting point. They specialize in many modalities including, Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Bowen Therapy. Specialized Kinesiology, Chronic Pain and Trauma, and Pediatrics.

The Power of Community

Call to action: Canadian Industry for Ukraine – How can I help?

The Government of Canada is making an appeal to Canadian businesses interested in providing support to displaced Ukrainians arriving in Canada. Canada has partnered with the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance – Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants (CISSA-ACSEI) and its national network of settlement organizations to provide direct and critical support to those in need. Donations from Canadian businesses will go to Ukrainians and other displaced persons making Canada their home.

If you own a business or run an organization in Canada and are interested in providing assistance, please refer to the information here.

Locally, Hatters Help Ukraine is also coordinating efforts to bring Ukrainian evacuees to Medicine Hat.

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Enriching Your Business

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Are you unsure about a diagnosis or need help deciding on a treatment option?

Have medical questions or concerns and want a leading expert's advice?

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Contact JoAnne Letkeman, Exclusive Chamber Group Advisor, 403-504-2166 ext 1.

See all our Value Added Benefits!

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Film and Television Tax Credit program

Alberta’s Film and Television Tax Credit launched in January 2020 and offers a refundable Alberta tax credit certificate on eligible Alberta production and labour costs to corporations that produce films, television series and other eligible screen-based productions in the province. Budget 2022-23 includes an increase of 40 per cent from Budget 2021 to the Film and Television Tax Credit program for a total of $70 million in 2022-23 and $225 million through 2024-25. Read the release and find out more about the Film and Television Tax Credit.

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Application deadline for CRHP, THRP and HHBRP

Although these programs ended on May 7, 2022, businesses can apply for support up to 180 days after the end of the claim period for which they are applying. If you have not yet submitted a wage or rent subsidy claim and think you would qualify, we have a number of accounting firms that could help you navigate the complex rules, claim process, and determine your eligibility.

Advocacy in Action

Time Sensitive: Letter of Support to fund Twinning remainder of Highway 3 Needed by May 25

The province (Department of Transportation) has been negotiating with the Federal government, through the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF), to twin Highway 3. The Federal government has requested letters of support from local/impacted Municipalities, Associations, and Business Stakeholders. Many stakeholders may have provided a letter of support between 2017 and 2019, however more recent letters are required. Unfortunately, the deadline for the Department of Transportation to submit these letters is this week. If you have the ability to prepare a current Letter of Support, please email your letter to Admin@Twin3.ca no later than 4:30pm Wednesday May 25th. If you need a basic template, contact our office at policy@medicinehatchamber.com or email the highway 3 Twinning Association at the email address above.

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Canadian Chamber Lays Out Three Priorities to Help Air Travel and Airports Grow at House Transport Committee

The Canadian Chamber’s Senior Director, Transportation, Infrastructure & Regulatory Policy, appeared at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Guy spoke to the devastating impacts of COVID on the travel and tourism sector and laid out three priority areas for the government to address to help the sector recover from COVID and return to growth. The priorities are to review and remove legacy COVID-era regulations that are no longer necessary; investing in airport infrastructure and technology; and developing an overall vision to improve passenger experiences. Find out more.

Next Level Events

The Digital Economy & The Programs Supporting It

This will be an informative event to talk about 2 amazing programs being offered to businesses in Alberta. We will be joined by guests from both Digital Main Street & the BDC.

The Digital Economy Program
• Digital Service Squads
• ShopHERE Powered by Google

The Canadian Digital Adoption Program
• Grow Your Business Online
• Boost Your Business Technology

When: May 31st, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (MST)
Where: Online (Remo Platform)

Register Here

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Chamber Invitation

Mint Smartwash Anniversary!!

Thursday, June 2, 2022 (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM) (MDT)

110, 1380 22nd Street SE
Medicine HatAB T1A7M4 Canada

You are invited to join Mint Smartwash for food and refreshments to celebrate their one year in Medicine Hat!

This free to attend event will allow everyone to network and meet their Owner and President! Help them launch into the next year with lots of laughs and joy! They hope all Chamber members are able to attend this special event.

Learn more.

2022 What's next for your business?

June 2nd, 2022  |  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The past two years have posed unique challenges and opportunities for many business owners across Canada. With continued uncertainty over COVID-19, market turbulence, and emerging and evolving trends—many are left wondering what to do next.

Adopting a forward-looking strategy that will help you plan your road ahead and navigate your next move in 2022 is essential to success. To help in this endeavor, Grant Thornton LLP and the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce invite business leaders to join a conversation discussing "What's next for your business?"

In this session, you will:

  • Gain a fresh perspective on your road ahead – whether that's to unlock opportunities, drive growth or plan your exit.
  • Learn how other businesses in your community plan to retool, re-focus, and build resiliency for the future

Register Here

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Other Events

May 31: How to Protect You and Your Business When Starting Out | Register

June 1: Navigating the Cybersecurity Landscape | Register

June 1: The Temporary Foreign Worker Program | Register

June 8: Hire a Worker Without a Labour Market Impact Assessment | Register

June 8: The Future of Responsible Artificial Intelligence | Register

June 9: Todd Hirsch - Changing the Narrative | Register

June 15: Global Talent Recruitment Strategies | Register

June 22: Restarting, Reimagining, Accelerating and Recuperating: Women in the Post-Pandemic Era - National Women in Business Summit | Register

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