Chamber Responds to Minimum Wage Increase

(Medicine Hat) The local Chamber of Commerce adopted a Policy on minimum wage in May 2015, followed by the adoption of the same policy through the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Policy Conference on May 23, 2015. On May 29, 2015 the Government of Alberta announced that it would be holding consultations on Minimum Wage increases during the month of June. The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce quickly responded in a letter issued on May 29th, resulting in inclusion in a consultation on June 11th in Edmonton. Following the consultation the local Chamber issued an additional response on June 15th requesting a more strategic approach and balanced solution. On June 29, Minister Lori Sigurdson announced the Government's first steps towards raising the minimum wage. Effective October 1, 2015, Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase as indicated below:

  • An hourly minimum wage of $11.20 (from $10.20) for most employees;
  • An hourly minimum wage of $10.70 (from $9.20) for employees serving liquor as part of their regular jobs (note the liquor server rate will be eliminated in 2016);
  • A weekly minimum wage of $446 for many salespersons, including land agents and certain professionals; and
  • A monthly minimum wage of $2,127 for domestic employees.
This represents a nearly 10% increase in the minimum wage and nearly 17% increase in the liquor server’s wage rate. The Minister indicated that the Government will continue to phase in increases, with the minimum wage reaching $15 per hour by 2018. See more...

The 2015 City of Medicine Hat Census is set to end June 30 - are you in the count?

Since Monday May 18, census takers have been in your area to count each resident in every home, apartment or other lodging place within the city limits. If a census taker calls and you are not home, they will leave a blue call back card for you to complete and will return to pick it up. Alternatively, residents have three other options to return their census information:

1. Use the unique pin number to enter online
2. Email the information to [email protected]
3. Call the census hotline at 403.529.8382

We only require the number of residents, their age group and gender. For each resident counted, our community receives $252 in grant dollars that fund public transportation, road and lane construction, and fire services. Census data is also used to help plan amenities in your neighborhood. Ensure you are in the count before June 30!

M2M Discount of the Week: 10% off at Mr. Lube

If you are planning a road trip or vacation this summer, you should know that Mr. Lube offers Chamber members and their employees 10% off on all parts and services.  Save time - and money by presenting your Member card prior to servicing!

Benefit Highlight: Is your Business hosting a Grand Opening this summer?

If your business is celebrating a Grand Opening, Re-Opening, Expansion, Relocation, Anniversary or Ground Breaking this summer, we want to help! Let us know in advance, and in addition to providing you with all of the information you need to know to host a successful and well-attended event - and having staff and/or board members on hand to assist or bring greetings - we can provide the use of our Ceremonial Grand Opening scissors for a great photo op!

Contact us about your event today!

Watch your Mailbox!

Membership renewals went out last week and should be hitting your mailbox soon.  Enclosed in every mailed renewal is a bookmark and letter highlighting some of our work and successes over the past year, and every member should be proud that their investment and engagement helped to make it all happen.

If you have not received your renewal statement by mid-July, please contact us to have another sent.  Membership renewals are due by September 1, 2015, and renewals received back by August 7, 2015 are entered into an early bird draw to receive a free membership for 2016-2017.  Congratulations to last year's winner - the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta!

New Member: McGuffy's News Medicine Hat

McGuffy's News Medicine Hat has a whole new look and feel!  The weekly feel-good read that you have known and loved for years has upped its game in a big way!  Crystal & Colin Metz purchased McGuffy's in December 2014 and right away started making changes to ensure that each client of  McGuffy's would see a great return on their investment.  Crystal has been a business owner in Medicine Hat for over 12 years and understands that importance of making your marketing dollar stretch.

So what's new with McGuffy's News?
  • You will find us at 85 high traffic locations throughout Medicine Hat and Redcliff and continue to add more
  • We are delivered to over 4000 homes in Medicine Hat and Redcliff each month
  • We have a new state of the art website
  • We love our community and our focus is promoting Not-for-Profit organizations, local talent and events!
  • We have brought McGuffy’s News local.  We create, print and deliver all locally!
  • We are VERY affordable and offer a great return on your investment!
We look forward to working with the great businesses of Medicine Hat and area!  If you would like more information on our rates, please visit our website or email us.

Member News: Application Deadline for Stampede Store Decorating, July 14th

The deadline to enter this year's Stampede Store Decorating Challenge is July 14th with judging to take place on Friday, July 17th.  This year's theme is "Celebrating Heritage & Horses".

Categories this year are Institutions and Community Services, Banks, Retail Stores, Non-Retail, Bars/Restaurants/Hotels/Fast Food, Professional Window Decorating for both new and past entrants.  Get your whole company involved and show off your western hospitality during the month of July.  Interested businesses can enter to compete here.

Judging is based on Decoration, Originality and Employee Participation.

M2M Discount of the Week: 10% off at Holiday RV

If your RV is in need of a little TLC or accessorizing before your next camping trip this summer, go to Holiday RV in Redcliff, present your Member card and receive 10% off all regularly priced parts and accessories

Benefit Highlight: Want some additional free promotion?

Does your business have a product or service that could be offered at a discount to your fellow members? Join our Member 2 Member discount program to receive free additional promotion and reach new customers!

Now is a great time to join the program for next fiscal year (starting September 1st) - all members who submit their discount details prior to Friday, July 24th will be included in printed promotional materials that are included in renewal packages!

If your business isn't able to offer a discount, you can still take part by encouraging your staff to "show their card" when visiting participating member businesses and by distributing Membership cards and circulating the available discounts to all of your employees at the beginning of each year so that they can enjoy the discounts provided. New cards for next fiscal year will be included in renewal packages that all renewed members will receive over the summer.