New Member: Custom Waterfalls

More Than Just Water Features!

Custom Waterfalls Inc is now offering landscaping. For all of your landscaping needs contact us and we'll be glad to offer you a free estimate on your ideal outdoor space.

We also handle sinking patios and general water problems.

Custom Waterfalls is dedicated to Medicine Hat and surrounding areas.


New M2M Discount: 10% off driveway repairs and patches

AA Driveway Repair is proud to offer fellow Chamber members a 10% discount on driveway repair!  AA specializes in repairing holes and cracks, patching and seal coating asphalt and power cleaning.

Call (403) 979-1481 to book your appointment today!


M2M Discount of the Week: Book Your Family Photos Now!

Take advantage of the predicted warmer than usual summer to book your family photos and as a Chamber member or employee, receive 15% off all your portrait orders from Len Moser Photography.


Benefit Highlight: Members Only Discount through CHAT/MY 96

CHAT 94.5 FM and CFMY 96.1 FM are one again offering the Members Only Advertising package for the months of July and August, 2014.

Chamber members will be able to purchase a one-week advertising package at a 60% discount on CHAT 94.5 FM, My 96 FM or both.

The package consists of 21x30" commercial units to be scheduled equally between 6AM and 8PM - Monday to Sunday - 3x per day.  As a bonus, 21x30 second commercial units (Midnight -6am, $252 value), creative writing and voicing are all included at no charge.  This package normally retails for $1,155 plus GST, but is offered to Chamber members for the low price of $462 plus GST for each station.

Packages are sold on a first come basis, and there is a limit of 20 available per station per month.  Members may only purchase one package per business per station per month.  To purchase this offer call the Radio Sales Department of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group at (403)548-8282.

 


News We're Following - June 24th, 2014


Member News: Fox Energy is Moving!

Fox Energy (FoxSafety, FoxSigns) is pleased to announce their new location at 2891 Box Springs Link NW effective July 2nd, 2014. Phone (403-548-8147) and Fax (403-548-8159) remains unchanged. You can also find them online at www.foxenergy.net


Advocacy News: Government of Canada announce comprehensive overhaul of the TFWP

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced a comprehensive overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This balanced package of reforms will ensure the TFWP is only used as intended, as a last and limited resort to fill acute labour shortages on a temporary basis when qualified Canadians are not available. By limiting access to the program, tightening the labour market assessment and implementing stronger enforcement with tougher penalties for employers who break the rules, businesses will have to make greater efforts to recruit and train Canadians for available jobs, including increasing wages. To offer greater clarity and transparency, the current TFWP is being reorganized and new International Mobility Programs (IMPs) are being created. The TFWP will now refer to those streams under which foreign workers enter Canada at the request of employers following approval through a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The new IMPs will incorporate those streams in which foreign nationals are not subject to an LMIA, and whose primary objective is to advance Canada’s broad economic and cultural national interest, rather than filling particular jobs. These reorganized programs will improve accountability, with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) being the lead department for the TFWP, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) the lead department for the IMPs. In addition, ESDC will publicly post data on the number of positions for temporary foreign workers approved through the TFWP on a quarterly basis, and will post the names of corporations that receive permission to hire temporary foreign workers through LMIAs. Click here for a complete list of announced changes to the TFWP.


Advocacy News: Municipal Affairs conducting detailed audit of tax roll

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see the City of Medicine Hat has been working with Municipal Affairs to follow up on the comprehensive audit of the 2008 assessment roll. It has been five years since the audit of the non-residential segment of the tax roll was completed and Municipal Affairs will be conducting a detailed audit in 2014 with results expected in the fall of this year. The detailed audit process focuses on methodology, practices and discretion applied in establishing the assessment roll and can share best practices adopted amongst other Alberta municipalities. It is important to note this audit will not focus on individual property assessment values and is not a replacement for the assessment complaint process. The Chamber is pleased to see the progress moving forward as we had recommended an audit in the policy titled ‘Impact of Increased Non Residential Property Assessments’, which was approved by the Chamber Board in September 2013.


Alberta is the most entrepreneurial province in Canada

The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS) recently released the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Alberta Report this week which confirms our province's strong entrepreneurial culture.

The rate of entrepreneurship in Alberta is 50% higher than the national average, with our percentage of youth entrepreneurs 80% higher than the national average and female entrepreneurs 60% higher than the national average.

To view the report, please click here.


M2M Discounts of the Week: Have family coming in from out of town this summer?

Save $20 off the rack rate at the Medicine Hat Lodge or get a $79.99 standard room at the Motel 6 by requesting the Chamber Discount when booking your room.

Use your Member discount card to help your family and friends save money on room rentals and save your spare room for what it's really good for.. all your stuff!


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