Retain Your Assessment Appeal Eligibility: Submit Your Property Assessment Request for Information (RFI) Forms by August 1st

If you are a property owner of an improved non-residential property class, the deadline is quickly approaching to submit your Request for Information (RFI). The last day to submit is August 1st. We are encouraging property owners to submit their data as the first step towards developing the 2018 assessment roll. Submitting your RFI is the best way to ensure the assessment roll reflects current market information, as higher response rate on RFI submitted will increase the statistical confidence level in the resulting assessment values. In addition, for property owners to be eligible to appeal their 2018 assessment, they must respond completely to a RFI by the August 1, 2017 deadline. As always, property owners are encouraged to contact the Assessment Department directly if they have questions regarding their property assessment or if they require assistance in completing their Request for Information forms. The City has released an updated video to further explain their process, and the Assessment Department can be contacted at (403) 529-8114 or [email protected].

Business Beat: Investment in Innovation

The Government of Canada has allocated millions of dollars to innovation programs because investment in people and technology will continue to transform and drive positive change in our economy. The 2017 Budget, Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, describes a mission to make Canada more innovative. Innovation improves a product or a process; it can be an idea that offers a solution to a problem that may then evolve into a new product or service. The new product or service creates an industry which results in new jobs and that spurs growth in Alberta’s economy. Read More

New Member: Aquatic Elevation

Aquatic Elevation is Medicine Hat's very own float centre. Providing 2 sensory deprivation tanks filled with 1100lbs of Epsom salts to facilitate your floating experience. Their float centre offers floating in one of two sensory deprivation tanks. Used for relaxation, stress relief, or healing. 

Canadian Free Trade Agreement Reduces Regulatory Red Tape

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), which is an intergovernmental trade agreement, was signed by Canadian Ministers and entered into force on July 1st, 2017. Its objective is to reduce and eliminate, to the extent possible, barriers to the free movement of persons, goods, services and investments within Canada and to establish an open efficient, and stable domestic market. Read More

New Member: Reece Custom Process Equipment

Reece Custom Process Equipment proudly manufactures custom packaged equipment, vessels and spooling for the Oil and Gas industry. Situated in the Medicine Hat area of Southern Alberta on the Trans-Canada Hwy, Reece supplies quality products throughout Western Canada, the USA and various international markets. The dedicated team of professionals at Reece work with our clients to fully understand their specific needs and use our extensive in-house experience in the industry to collaborate with the client and develop the best solution. This leads to projects that are delivered on time, on budget, with uncompromising quality and guaranteeing satisfaction. "It's our custom to do custom work."

Alberta Tax Credit Spurs Investments, Creates Jobs

Seventeen Alberta businesses from around the province are expected to support more than 1,500 full and part-time jobs by upgrading or expanding their facilities. The Alberta government is assisting the businesses to take on new construction projects through the first intake of the Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC). The government is investing about $27 million worth of credits in the first round of CITC, leveraging about $381 million of investment by the companies as they build up their facilities. Businesses from the first intake represent a variety of sectors ranging from manufacturing to tourism in both urban and rural communities. Over the course of the program, the CITC is expected to leverage about $700 million in capital investment and support about 4,600 direct and indirect full-time jobs. Read More

New Member: Uniquely Different Decor & More Inc.

Uniquely Different Decor & More Inc. is a family run business in Redcliff,AB. They have an amazing selection and with an ever changing inventory, they carry something for everyone's home decor and gift ware needs at GREAT prices.

Member News: More Participants in 28th Annual Chili Cook Off Needed

As you probably know the 28th Annual Chili Cook Off is quickly approaching, this Saturday the 22nd. At the moment we have only 19 teams registered and we need 25-30 in order for there to be enough chili to last more than an hour. We know that everyone’s costs have risen and that this might be a hectic time of year but we would really appreciate your participation in the busiest and most anticipated event that happens in our Downtown every year. The Chili Cook Off draws the largest crowds and we would like to ensure the event keeps happening. The deadline for registry has been pushed back to this Wednesday the 19th for those who would like to participate please contact Robin Anton at City Center Development Agency.

Statistics Canada Results from the 2016 Census of Agriculture

Agriculture data has been collected in Canada since 1666, with 2016 marking the 22nd Census of Agriculture since Confederation. The Census offers a comprehensive picture of the Canadian agricultural sector every five years. It tracks changes in crops and livestock, as well as advancements in farming methods and practices. With 193,492 agricultural operations and 271,935 operators counted in 2016, there is plenty of data to dig up. Read More

News We're Following for the Week of July 10 - 14, 2017

EU, Canada Agree Start of Free Trade Agreement - Reuters
Trump Comes on Board Anti-Protectionist Measures But Not Climate Change at G20 - Times Colonist / Canadian Press
How Trump Administration Positions Put America in Conflict with G20 Nations - CTV News
Phillip Cross: How Canada's Weak Dollar Strategy Flopped - and Then Backfired - Real Estate + Tourism
Credit Rating Agency Issues Negative Long-Term Outlook on Alberta Finances - CBC
'Over to You, Governor Poloz,' as Canada Adds 45,300 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Dips - Canadian Press
Job Rate Getting Better and Better - Medicine Hat News
Japan to Host TPP Pacific Rim Trade Pact Talks - CTV News
The Agony and Ecstacy (and Loonie Impact) of a Bank of Canada Rate Hike Today - The Globe and Mail
Federal Government Urged to Support 11 Nation Trans-Pacific Partnership - Farmscape
B.C. Blazes Hit Forestry Sector - Globe Advisor
Update 1: Alberta Supports B.C. Wildfire Response - Government of Alberta
AHS Pulls Integra's Fixed-Wing Contract - Medicine Hat News
Former Astronaut Julie Payette to be Named Canada's Next Governor-General - Globe and Mail
What an Interest Rate Hike will Mean for Local Consumers - 570 News
TPP Minus U.S. Offers Tremendous Opportunity for Canada - Farmscape
Suncor Energy Releases 2017 Report on Sustainability - Canadian Business Journal
Gwyn Morgan: If They Kill Trans Mountain, Canada's Rule of Law is Broken - Financial Post
Canada and Mexico Look to Increase Agricultural Trade - Global News
Bilateral Speed-Dating: Many Canada-US Meetings Today, Including PM and VP Pence - Times Colonist
Don't Count the Oilsands Out, Says Industry Pioneer Rick George - Financial Post
Where Will the Next Wildfire Hit? No Matter Where, We're Not Prepared - The Tyee
Interest Rate Hike: Why Steven Poloz Still Sounds Anxious - Macleans