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Weekly Update: September 18 – 24, 2020 Supports for Business Governor General Delivers Speech from the Throne On September 23, 2020, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda. The Canadian Chamber…

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Mandatory Mask Survey Results The results of our Mandatory Mask Survey have been collected. We received over 2700 responses from the community and we want to thank everyone who took the time out to give their opinion. Here are the results: Question 1: I am A business owner: 16.99% An employee: 57.17% Retired: 15.83% Unemployed:…

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Weekly Update: September 4 – 10, 2020 Supports for Business Government Announces Extension of Rent Relief for Small Businesses Today the Government of Canada announced the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will be extended for the month of September. The government also announced this will be the final extension for the CECRA program.…

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Weekly Update: August 28-September 3, 2020 Supports for Business Applications now open – Canada United Small Business Relief Fund The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund is now accepting applications. SMEs across Canada* can apply to receive a relief grant of up to $5,000 to help with their COVID-19 recovery efforts. Businesses can learn more…

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Weekly Update: August 21-27, 2020 Supports for Business August extension for CECRA for small businesses is now available The August extension is based on the existing program parameters for the April, May and June period. No new documents are needed to opt-in.  Not all tenants in the original application need to be included in the…

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Weekly Update: August 14 – 20 Supports for Business Changes to temporary layoffs, group termination and variances took effect August 15 Government of Alberta has passed the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, which includes changes to employment standards rules that are intended to save employers time and money. Changes to temporary layoffs, group termination…

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Weekly Update: August 7-13, 2020 Supports for Business Government To Provide Additional Funding To Ensure Continued Air Access To Remote Communities The Government of Canada has announced that it is seeking bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to ensure continuity of essential transportation services to remote communities for at least six months and will establish…

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Weekly Update: July 31 – August 6, 2020 Supports for Business Expansion of the BIG Grant – BIG Changes to the BIG Grant The City of Medicine Hat is proud to announce that the Business Innovation Grant (MHBIG) will now include up to $1,500 for registered ShopHERE powered by Google businesses for the use of…

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Weekly Update: July 27 – 30, 2020 Supports for Business Canadian Chamber Conducting Independent Tax Review The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our world and forcing everyone to think differently about many things. To help Canadian policymakers think differently about growing our economy while still paying for today’s health crisis the Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced…

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Weekly Update: July 17-23, 2020 Supports for Business Government Of Canada Rolls Out Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Improvement Details  The federal government released details of the proposed CEWS program extension and improvements. Legislative approval is still required, however the draft would:  Allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details…

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