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NEW Occupational Health and Safety resources 

Reminder - new changes will take effect on March 31, 2023. A three-year review plan is now in place to chart out which parts of the OHS Code will be reviewed next and to ensure the OHS Code is kept current.  

Visit the OHS Resource Portal for bulletins, infographics and recorded webinars supporting workplace health and safety in Alberta. 

Government of Canada introduces bill to create Employment Insurance Board of Appeal 

The Employment Insurance (EI) program provides crucial temporary income supports to Canadians in need. When Canadians identify potential discrepancies made regarding their claims or benefits, it’s important that they have access to a client-centric appeal process. That’s why today, the Government of Canada introduced a bill to amend the Department of Employment and Social Development Act and make consequential changes to other acts to enable the creation of the new EI Board of Appeal. Learn more. 

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2022 Canadian Entrepreneurship Census 

There is one week left to provide your input through StartUp Canada’s annual Canadian Entrepreneurship Census. Whether you’re a founder, small business or entrepreneur support organization, they want to hear about your thoughts and experiences this past year. By participating, you’ll be entered for a chance to be featured on the Startup Canada Podcast! Our Census will close on January 20, 2023, with results expected to be shared in February 2023. Find out more. 

Have your say: Modern, digital services 

Albertans are invited to share their opinions about their needs, expectations, and priorities when accessing online government services in an online survey. 

In addition to the public online survey, Alberta’s government will reach out to technology industry leaders, post-secondary institutions, health organizations, and Indigenous communities to hear their thoughts on how they can better interact with Alberta’s government departments. Insights gathered will help shape Alberta’s Digital Strategy. Learn more. 


Advocacy in Action

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Policy Taskforce Meetings

Predictable and Fair Market Value Assessments: The Chamber's policy, Predictable and Fair Market Value Assessments, is coming up for renewal so we're meeting to take a look at this policy and determine what updates need to be made to keep the policy-relevant.

Energy + Utilities: This meeting is to review the answers we got back from the City after our first Energy + Utilities Policy Taskforce meeting on August 22nd. Following the review, we will have a discussion about whether these answers are sufficient or whether further policy work needs to be done.

Sustainable Municipal Finances: This meeting is to review the Chamber policy, Sustainable Municipal Finances, and have a round table discussion on what policy updates are required.

City of Medicine Hat Municipal Economic Development Strategy: Taskforce with the intention of updating the policy, City of Medicine Hat Municipal Economic Development Strategy.

Next Level Events

The Conference

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is bringing a large-scale professional development conference to Southern Alberta. Hosting a panel of speakers that present new concepts and ideas that Medicine Hat has never seen before. This event will not only be an amazing learning opportunity but also will attract business owners from all over the province. 'The Conference' is going to feature a wide variety of speakers including topics of interest such as economic development, operational strategies, marketing, leadership, and motivation. 'The Conference' is perfect for long-term business owners looking to grow on a wide scale.

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This "new to" Medicine Hat Event looks to bridge the gap of learning opportunities within an ecosystem presented to professionals within and outside of the city. 'The Conference' will begin early on Thursday, May 25th, and extend into the afternoon of Friday, May 26th.

Get your event passport here

Food & Bev

Food and Beverage Expo

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its major sponsorship for the 2023 Alberta Food & Beverage Expo. The highly anticipated Food & Beverage Expo is set to return on February 25th, 2023. Read the full press release.

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is offering member businesses the opportunity to be promoted at the event and will be creating a Local First advertising book that will be handed out to attendees free of charge. These ad spots will allow any type of business to offer deals, coupons, or general promotions at the event. Interested members of the Chamber can reach out to for information on pricing and details.

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Our Home & Leisure Tradeshow is back! March 3rd, 4th, & 5th of 2023

Booth registration is officially open for our 2023 Home & Leisure Show! We will be running a FULL SHOW meaning we will be utilizing all 3 areas of the Cypress Centre as well as returning to our original date of the first weekend of March. Our tradeshow booths are always a high demand so please consider registering sooner rather than later to get the best spaces available as they fill quickly!

Chamber members receive -10% off their booth registration! Register Here. This year we have included amazing package add-ons for your booths like on site PSA Announcements, Social Media Packages, and even custom Drone videos of your booth to be used as promo for the weekend!

Looking to get involved in a different way? Perhaps sponsorship is the way to go!

In addition to exhibitors, we are looking for several sponsors. We have a lot of amazing sponsorship opportunities as it takes a big team to put on such a large-scale and well attended event. We would like to extend these offers out to our membership first, then to the public. By sponsoring you can receive amazing benefits such as, logo recognition on event marketing, at the event, ads in our show guides, complimentary show tickets, and the opportunity to hang your own banners in the show, and in our exclusive Exhibitor Lounge. View Sponsorship Opportunities!

Enriching Your Business

Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan

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

See all our Value Added Benefits!

Fuelling the Business Community

Exclusive insurance discounts with BrokerLink

Did you know Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce members and their employees can receive preferred rates on home and auto insurance through BrokerLink’s group insurance program?

BrokerLink is proud to provide quality insurance products, expertise and solutions to members and their employees. We will compare your coverage options and help get you the most appropriate protection possible at the best value.

Ask us about coverage for:

  • Business
  • Motorcycle
  • Tenant
  • Boat
  • RV, trailer and camper
  • ATV and snowmobile
  • Seasonal property
  • Identity theft

Additional Advantages & Savings

  • Convenient one-stop shopping for all your professional and personal insurance needs
  • Significant savings on all lines of insurance
  • No service or interest charges on monthly payment plans

Being part of a group has its perks

As a MHCC member, not only do you qualify for insurance discounts on your home and auto insurance, but your employees are eligible too! Be sure to share this with your employees so they are in the know about their potential insurance savings with BrokerLink.

Our dedicated and knowledgeable group insurance advisors welcome the opportunity to provide you with a free, no-obligation insurance quote. Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.

Call 1.833.998.3798, email, or visit us to make sure you’re covered.

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Inflation relief portal and payments coming soon 

Alberta’s economy has recovered strongly, but many people are struggling to heat their homes and feed their families. Alberta’s government has responded with the largest inflation relief package in Canada, with significant broad-based and targeted supports. Starting this month, six months of affordability payments will begin for Albertans through an application and distribution system that is fast, effective and safe. Learn more 

Google for Startups Accelerator Canada 

Applications for the fourth Google for Startups Accelerator Canada are open until February 1st. The 10-week virtual bootcamp will support startups with Google resources, mentorship and more.

The accelerator is designed to bring the best of Google's programs, products, people and technology to startups that leverage machine learning and AI in their company today or plan to in the future. In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the accelerator also includes deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition and leadership development for founders.

Apply today 


Government of Canada’s AgriAssurance Program helps trade certification 

GS1 Canada has developed a Trade Certification Program for 200 eligible Canadian small businesses with food products. From farmers and suppliers to manufacturers and distributors to retailers, restaurants and hospitals, it takes an interconnected network of companies to produce, ship, sell and deliver a single product. The program educates small businesses on how to meet trading partner requirements across grocery and foodservice channels and provides guidance and resources through the product listing process. Learn more 

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