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Business Beat: What Does it Really Take to Create Economic Growth?

Economies are complex and the responsibility for economic growth is often largely placed on governments. But the truth is there are many players who impact whether an economy will grow. For example our educational institutions must produce the skills and talent necessary to fill jobs needed for industry to produce goods and services. Research facilities…

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Share Insights on Skills, Training and Labour Market

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) is looking for insights on skills, training and the Alberta labour market. Do you struggle to find people with the skills you need to grow your business? Are there enough training opportunities in order for workers to capitalize on the current job market? What skills will be needed for…

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Pre-Budget Consultations 2020

The federal government has launched pre-budget consultations for the upcoming 2020 federal budget. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on the following: Strengthening the Middle ClassClimate Change and Protection the EnvironmentHealth and Safety of CanadiansReconciliation Take the surveys now. Do you have more to say? Send an email and add your voice to #YourBudget.

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Business Beat: Training is an Investment

Imagine this scene around a board table. Times are tight and balancing the budget is becoming an increasing challenge. As the costs for staff training are shared, one manager leans across the table and whispers to another, “Imagine spending that much money training our staff, and then they all leave.” The second manager whispers back,…

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Livestock Producers Receive Tax Relief for 2019

The federal government has released the final list of areas where livestock producers will receive tax relief for 2019. These designated regions are eligible for tax deferral as a result of extreme weather conditions. The livestock tax deferral provision allows livestock producers in prescribed drought, flood or excess moisture regions to defer a portion of…

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Take the Trucking and Bus Rules Survey

Do you have ideas on how to improve the rules for trucking and bus service companies? Make sure to complete the online survey by March 18th! As part of its review, government will also work directly with commercial trucking, bus and service companies to ensure the rules focus on safety while reducing red tape. The…

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Have Your Say on Auto Insurance

Do you have ideas on how to make auto insurance in Alberta better? Let the provincial government know your thoughts until March 6th by taking this online survey. A three-member advisory committee has been appointed to lead the review into auto insurance costs. The following principles will guide the committee’s work: Fair, accessible and affordable…

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Business Beat: New Face and New Voice at Community Futures

My name is Sandra Milne and I’m the new Regional Innovation Network (RIN) Coordinator for Southeastern Alberta. I was hired about a month ago to replace Elizabeth Blair who after a long 17-month wait, was finally reunited with her family in Frisco, Texas. Congratulations Elizabeth! everyone at CFEC wishes you an abundance of success and…

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Review on Alberta Health Services Released

Ernst & Young LLP released their Alberta Health Services performance review. The recommendations address four key areas: people, clinical services, non-clinical services and governance. The report indentifies a range of long-term savings initiatives with the potential to save between $1.5 billion and $1.9 billion annually. Read the summary report and full report.

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2020 Update on Business Vehicles

The Department of Finance Canada has announced the income tax deduction limits and expense benefit rates that will apply in 2020 when using an automobile for business purposes.  To find out what has stayed the same or changed read the press release from the federal government.

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