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Mandate Letters to Provincial Government Ministers 

Premier Danielle Smith has issued mandate letters to the multiple Government Minister to address various issues. The Ministers of Energy, Environment and Protected Areas, Justice, Public Safety and Emergency Services, and Trade, Immigration and Multiculturalism received letters outlining actions for the the Alberta government to address government overreach, defend Alberta’s energy interests, and enhance trade and investment. While the letters to the ministers of Affordability and Utilities, Children’s Services, Culture, Education, Municipal Affairs, and Seniors, Community and Social Services outline specific actions the Alberta government will take to help Albertans deal with the national inflation crisis, improve quality of life and increase supports for families, seniors and vulnerable Albertans. View all the mandate letters here 

Premier Danielle Smith also issued a statement demanding federal action on affordability. 

Budget 2023 

Listening to Albertans through public consultations is a valuable part of the process to develop a budget.  

For the Government of Alberta, in addition to public consultations, they will also be receiving input from groups including community and business leaders. Albertans can share their views and ideas for the next budget by filling out an online survey and joining telephone town halls with Finance Minister Travis Toews. Businesses, municipalities, industry associations, community organizations and other groups can send budget submissions through an online portal on behalf of their organizations. Find out more and get involved. View the release and other quick facts about 2022-2023 first quarter update.

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For the municipalities, they are currently reviewing local budgets with a plan to approved these before the end of the year.  

The City of Medicine Hat will hold budget deliberations at a Council Committee of the whole on November 16th. The public can watch the deliberations in City Hall Council Chambers or on the City's YouTube channel starting at 4:00 pm. The Town of Redcliff will hold a special Council meeting on November 15th at 5:30 pm, which the public is welcome to observe. 

Business Data Lab

Canadian Chamber Business Data Lab

Working in collaboration with Statistics Canada, the Business Data Lab will bring together a variety of data sources to track evolving market conditions, providing Canadian businesses with critical information to help them make better decisions and improve their performance and is available to businesses and Chambers across Canada to use as resource . https://bdl-lde.ca/ 

Advocacy in Action

South Zone Healthcare Planning

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is creating the South Zone Healthcare Plan to help shape the high-level strategic vision, direction, and clinical service plans for AHS’ South Zone for the next 10 to 15 years. The South Zone Healthcare Plan will be the road map for decision-making and prioritization to provide quality, accessible and sustainable health services. The development of this plan will require a zone-wide approach, reaching into the communities served by the zone to understand their unique perspectives and priorities.

To do that, AHS needs to hear from you. They invite everybody to share their ideas to service the health needs of the community now, and into the future. Start by taking their survey here, and register to receive updates - including when we will be meeting with communities - as this project progresses.

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Business Groups call on Canadian and U.S. Governments to Restore Service to NEXUS and FAST Applicants ASAP 

Along with nearly 60 business associations, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce signed a joint letter from the Canadian business community calling on Canada and the United States to restore service to NEXUS and Free and Secure Trade (FAST) applicants as quickly as possible.

As tourism and other economic activity across our shared border resumes after years of being severely weakened by the pandemic, Canadian businesses are concerned about the failure of the two governments to agree to terms for the reopening of NEXUS and FAST enrollment facilities in Canada, which has resulted in a backlog of nearly half a million applications.

Next Level Events

2022 Presidents' Reception + Membership Appreciation

Thursday, November 24, 2022 (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

Scott Lehr, President of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting, Presidents' Reception and Membership Appreciation

Our Annual General Meeting, President’s Reception and Member Appreciation will feature appetizers, cash bar, and the opportunity to meet and network with Chamber of Commerce members, current/past Directors and Presidents of the Board, and the Chamber operations team and recognize members who are celebrating milestone anniversaries with the Chamber. Our Annual General Meeting follows the reception. Take 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.

Register Here

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Community Futures

Innovate over Lunch

NOV 28, 12–1 PM.

Medicine Hat College. Powered by Alberta Innovates & supported by APEX Alberta, Southeast Alberta's Regional Innovation Network.

Greenhouses, bakeries, food producers, construction companies––if you're in the business of making goods by hand or machine, you're a manufacturer. Manufacturing & Export Enhancement (MEE) Cluster Alberta helps manufacturing companies in Western Canada adopt new technologies to grow and expand their domestic and international markets.

Register here: https://APEXLunchandLearnwithDavid.eventbrite.ca

The Art of Leadership

Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce Members SAVE $100 - The Art of Leadership, Canada's largest leadership conference, returns to Calgary on December 1st. This unique one-day conference features a riveting collection of world leaders, business icons, academics, and bestselling authors who share insights and strategies on the most critical issues facing leaders in our world today. Don't miss this unique opportunity to develop your leaders, engage your talent and build high-performing teams.

View More Here

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Enriching Your Business

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2022 Chambers Group Insurance Plan Lunch & Learn

Don’t miss out…..

Chambers Plan Lunch and Learn Event will be held in the Chamber Boardroom Wednesday, Nov 23,  2022, from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Is your small or medium-sized business currently looking into a Group Health & Dental Benefits program? Or perhaps you are already enrolled in one but would like to research all of your options?

Are you experiencing rate fluctuations with your current carrier?  If so, then this session is for you!

Come enjoy lunch with us and learn about the Chambers Employee Plan - the #1 Plan in Canada for Small Business.

We'll have you in and out in an hour! Limited Seating so register here early.

Hosted by: JoAnne Letkeman, Advisor, Brightan Financial Strategies Inc.

See all our Value Added Benefits!

Fuelling the Business Community

2022 Annual Leadership Breakfast

We hosted our annual Leadership Breakfast where we brought together representatives from all levels of government in our region. Attendees connected with our elected leaders, in an open dialogue and capitalized on the chance to influence the conversation. Evolving from the annual Mayor's Breakfast, we brought together our MP, MLA, MLA elect, Mayor of Medicine Hat, Mayor of Redcliff, and the Reeve of Cypress County for a townhall style event that offered our members an opportunity to connect with their elected representatives and gain insight into their current activities.

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Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce Hiring for Member Relations Coordinator

We are currently looking for an outgoing, positive individual skilled in business support and building member relationships, to join our team as our Member Relations Coordinator.

The Member Relations Coordinator serves all primary functions of membership services for the Chamber and its members, responsible for the coordination and implementation of the growth, retention, sales and marketing of membership services and supports to develop relationships in order to achieve a high level of member satisfaction.

Read More Here

Fill Up On Funding

Alberta Export Expansion Program (AEEP) 

The Alberta Export Expansion Program provides funding to help export-ready companies and non-profit organizations enhance access to international markets and attract global buyers. 

Alberta small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), municipalities, industry associations, Indigenous communities and economic development organizations promoting Alberta exports through outbound international business travel and bringing international buyers to Alberta. 

For-profit or municipal applicants may be reimbursed up to 50%, and non-profit applicants up to 75%, on eligible costs. Each applicant can apply to the program multiple times, but will only be eligible for up to a combined maximum of $25,000 in approved grant agreement(s) per program year (April 1 to March 31).

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Apprenticeship Funding 

You can receive $10,000 when you hire an equity-deserving first-year apprentice in one of 39 Red Seal construction or manufacturing trades, or $5,000 when you hire an apprentice that is not part of an equity-deserving group. 

  • Funding is available for Canadian small and medium-sized employers 
  • Use the incentive in any way you see fit 
  • Get support to help you recruit, onboard, and retain new apprentices 

Learn more. 

Youth Internship Incentive Program (YiiP)  

YiiP is designed to increase the number of employers in support ofwork-integrated learning internships in trades, technologies, and in-demand occupations.  

By providing a financial incentive for employers, this program expands an employer’s ability to achieve their business goals while providing youth opportunities to build Alberta’s skilled workforce. Find out more. 

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