Member News: Medicine Hat Receives Award of Excellence

The community of Medicine Hat was recently presented with an Award of Excellence for building community capacity at the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Conference in Jasper, AB. This award recognizes the community’s ability to take ownership and action to improve health by changing structures, processes, relationships and access to resources. This award is part of the Communities ChooseWell initiative.  Communities ChooseWell is a provincial initiative of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association that promotes and supports the development of programs, policies and partnerships that foster community wellness through active living and healthy eating.

New Member: Nailed It Custom Cabinets

At Nailed It Custom Cabinets we are driven by our passion to offer, and provide, custom cabinetry and woodwork that will enhance your living spaces by complimenting your personality and fitting your lifestyle to simplify everyday tasks. We demonstrate our pride and commitment through extensive attention to detail, and the highest standard of true craftsmanship. We specialize in a site-built, and site-finished process. We deliver all raw lumber and material and set up our “portable” shop on each project, and build everything right in place. Once all units, and detail work is assembled and fastened, it is all finished and sprayed together which enables a seamless finish between all elements. Our process keeps our overhead minimal so that your funds are better represented within your project, and allows for design flexibility right to the end to ensure your satisfaction. Our desire, is you at your best. We help you attain your best by accenting the atmosphere of your home through woodwork detail, and cabinet solutions that makes your life more natural and enjoyable.

News We're Following for the Week of November 28 - December 2, 2016


New Member: VW Manufacturing

VW Manufacturing can help your farming operation thrive with the best drill points for your air drills and prompt, helpful service. Our aim is to help growers get on with their business of farming by delivering the most reliable, efficient carbide tips in the industry. All products are manufactured to ISO 9002 standards. Direct seeding is extremely demanding. Create the perfect seed bed by ensuring your drill point is cutting 100% of the time. Our full carbide drill points maintain their width and do not “narrow up” when used. Large amounts of fertilizer are also able to be placed safely in the proper location for optimum fertilizer uptake. As a grower, we understand the importance of getting the best value for your dollar when investing in your equipment. That’s why farmers are turning to us for quality, cost-effective drill points thanks to our advanced technology and low overhead. Our full carbide drill points cost less per acre and bushel produced than any other drill point and are proven to last longer giving you solid return on investment. VW Manufacturing offers a full line of drill points and air drill openers ready to be shipped as needed to meet a busy farmer’s schedule. Visit our website or contact us at 403.528.3350

CALL TO ACTION: Phase III - Minimum Wage Survey

The Alberta Government raised the provincial minimum wage to $12.20 per hour on October 1, 2016. It has also reaffirmed its intention to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018.

Given the tremendous response we received on our first two surveys, the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and our network is conducting a third phase survey to identify the impacts to business as a result of the most recent increase and the anticipated impacts of a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2018.

The Government recognizes the ability of the chamber network to connect with members of the business community, and has asked us to provide and update on impacts to date and expected impacts of further changes to the minimum wage.

The input of our members is invaluable. The Alberta Chambers of Commerce collectively received over 2400 responses to Phase I and Phase ll of our Minimum Wage Survey. Our goal is to maintain this level of participation and we need your help to do it.

It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/minwagesurvey3

The survey will close on Friday, December 16, 2016.

We appreciate the participation of all of our members and thank you in advance for your help in conducting Phase IIl of the survey.


Do you want options for wage subsidies, recruitment and youth employment programs?

Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) is a 4-16 week wage subsidy program that provides funding to eligible Alberta employers to hire high school or post-secondary students into summer jobs from May to August. A standardized wage subsidy of $7.00/hour to a maximum of 37.5 hours/week will be provided to approved applicants. Watch for new information soon to be released for the 2017 STEP.

Canada Green Corps is a new youth wage subsidy program recently launched by the United Nations Association (UNA) of Canada for renewable energy companies.

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with financial assistance to hire young talent. In addition to meeting the needs of innovative SMEs, this Program facilitates the transition of highly skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market.

Career Focus (federal) provides funding for employers and organizations to design and deliver a range of activities that enable youth to make more informed career decisions and develop their skills.

Skills Link (federal) provides employers and organizations funding to assist youth facing barriers to employment through the program.

Canada Summer Jobs (federal) provides funding for Canadian not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer job opportunities for students.

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) is a program where full-time students can apply for student jobs within the federal Public Service of Canada.

Students and recent graduates can apply for summer jobs and internship opportunities through the Young Canada Works program at Canadian Heritage and Parks Canada.

Alberta Community and Co-operative Association Career Focus Internship program is a program to assist with internships.

Careers Next Gen provides a summary of wage subsidy programs that are available.

5 Minutes for Business: Keep Calm and Climate On

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business guest writer, Katrina Marsh, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Director of Natural Resources & Environmental Policy, examines President-elect Donald Trump's effect on North America's burgeoning approach to climate. One that will likely result in a roadblock putting a halt to the international momentum on climate as well as the U.S. as a primary driver behind the movement. How must we brace ourselves for the potential ramifications of Trump's pending presidency? How will it affect the outlook on climate not only for Canadians, but globally?

Read 5 Minutes for Business to find out what Canada must do to ensure uncoordinated policies do not erode competitiveness. For more information, please contact Katrina Marsh.

Need Funding for Training: Try the Canada-Alberta Job Grant:

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is a funding program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of Alberta’s changing economy. Employers can apply for up to 2/3rds of eligible training costs, with up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee in government contributions. Click here to find out more.

New Apprentice Training Award

The new Apprentice Training Award is a $1,000 financial award for registered apprentices who are unemployed in their trade and attending second, third or fourth period technical training at an approved technical training provider in Alberta, on or after August 1st, 2016. To be eligible, an apprentice must:
  • be registered in the Alberta apprenticeship program,
  • be registered in a second, third or fourth period technical training class on or after August 1, 2016,
  • be unemployed in their trade for at least 30 consecutive days immediately prior to the start of technical training, and
  • not be a previous Apprentice Training Award recipient for the same training period.
Watch for further details in January 2017.

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