Second Draft of Municipal Government Act Review Posted for Feedback

The provincial government released a second draft of the Municipal Government Act Review on Monday, July 24, 2017. Given the complexity of the regulations yet to be posted for public review and comment, the government will be staggering the posting of regulations to ensure Albertans are provided sufficient time to review and provide feedback. The majority of the regulations have been posted with the remaining two regulations to be posted in the coming months. Regulations will be posted until September 22, 2017 for Albertans to provide feedback. Read More

New Member: Kirbapeal

We know that you take pride in the condition of your home. We are here to help keep your vinyl siding, brick, stucco, and cedar looking new with our soft wash, low pressure washing. Not only do we take away the dinginess caused by the elements, we tackle any mold and mildew found on the outside of your home for no extra charge. Call Kirbapeal for a quote today!

Labour Market Information for Business

Understanding labour market information is essential to building a skilled and resilient workforce. Access to labour market information can help businesses make decisions that will improve their company, workforce and overall success. Here are links and information about resources that are available for businesses:

Changes to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (training subsidy of up to 2/3 of eligible training costs)
  • New: Up to 100% of training costs reimbursed when hiring and training eligible unemployed Albertans, up to $15,000 per trainee.
  • New: Sole proprietors can now apply to train their employees.
  • New: Travel assistance will allow more businesses outside Edmonton and Calgary to train their employees
  • For more information click here.
Medicine Hat Hiring Bulletin
  • A quarterly report illustrating local online recruitment efforts made by employers using data collected by software company 'CEB Talent Neutron' that tracks online job boards for new job postings advertised through online media
  • From April to June there were 1,238 new online postings in Medicine Hat (up 84 from Q1) with the top 3 occupations being transport truck drivers, retail salespersons, and retail sales supervisors.
Monthly Labour Force Statistics (LFS)
  • Labour statistics are gathered by the provincial government and can be accessed here.
  • The latest Briefing Package for June 2017 contains monthly labour force, employment, and unemployment data by economic region (page 7 showing Lethbridge-Medicine Hat economic region with the lowest unemployment rate in the province for the 6th month in a row at 4.8%.
Employment and Training Services Directory
  • This directory lists Alberta Labour's programs and services provided to help workers find and keep jobs, get training, and adapt to a changing labour market.
Labour Market Partnerships (LMP) Program
  • Grant funding available to enhance workplace human resource development and labour market adjustment strategies through community partnerships. The LMP program is designed to identify, develop and support projects with industry, organizations and community groups with common labour market needs.

News We're Following for the Week of July 24 - 28, 2017

Potential Hires Coming Up Short in 'Soft Skills', Employers Say - CBC
Economy, Marijuana and Court Delays fill Agenda for Meeting of the Premiers in Edmonton - CBC
White House Unveils 'Made in America' Week, Though Many Trump Products are Made Overseas -
Federal Government Extends Public Consultations as Launch of NAFTA Renegotiations Looms - Global News
U.S. Says it Aims to Cut Trade Deficits Through NAFTA Revamp - Financial Post
Trudeau Warns Against 'Tempting Shortcuts' in NAFTA Renegotiations - BNN
The Next Wave of Clean Resource Innovation - Telegraph Journal
Sarah Goldfeder: Washington's Report on its Negotiating Position for Revising NAFTA Reflects Trump's Hard Line on Trade. But it is also a Document for Domestic Consumption - Policy Options
NAFTA Talks: Trump Administration Announces Aug. 16 Start Date in D.C. - CBC
Protect Patents, Balsille Advises Ottawa - Guelph Mercury
Kinder Morgan Says Trans Mountain Pipeline Construction Will Begin this September - Daily Hive
How the Bank of Canada's Rate Hike Could Spell Trouble for Trudeau's Middle-Class Dream - Bloomberg / Vancouver Sun
Michael Dolson: Proposed Income-Splitting Rules Could Land Outsized Hit on Small Business - Globe and Mail
Infrastructure Gaps Block Canadian Productivity: Report - ReNew Canada
Five Potential NAFTA Sticking Points to Watch - MSN News
Timing May Be Urgent for Trump's Canada Envoy but Senate Questions Weren't - Chronicle Herald
Canada Needs to Draw Some "Red Lines" in the NAFTA Renegotiations - Canadian Business
NEB to Reconsider B.C. Natural Gas Pipeline Jurisdiction: Judge Rules - CTV News
After Facing Hurdles, Liberals Look to Meet Increased Youth Green Jobs Promise - CFJC Today
Conservative Party Merger Alters Landscape in Alberta's Oilpatch - Calgary Herald
Stephen Tapp: To Respond to Inequality, as well as the Perceptions that the Economy is "Rigged" and Deals like NAFTA are to Blame, Trade Must Become More Inclusive - Policy Options
Federal Government Seeks Comments on CETA Implementation Regulations - Borden Ladner Gervais
Canadian Business Warns Trudeau on Rising Cost of Climate Plan - Bloomberg
Supreme Court to Issue Landmark Rulings on Indigenous Relationship with Energy Sector - CBC
NAFTA Must Retain Dispute Resolution Mechanism, Says Trudeau - Maclean's
Targeted Infrastructure Investments Key to Solving Economic Challenges - Daily Commercial News

South Railway Street - Downtown Construction Update

In the Downtown Project area, Stage 2 is wrapping up and Stage 3 will begin this week. Please see below for important details about traffic accommodations and to view the Stage 3 map. In Stage 2, work on the water system, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer systems is now completed. This section of South Railway Street is reconstructed with new portions of curb and gutter and the first two lifts of asphalt are now in place. Crews are currently finishing up concrete, brickwork and new sidewalks. 

Once crews complete final touches, South Railway Street will re-open from 2nd Street to 3rd Street. Please note:
  • Two-way traffic will remain along 3rd Street (between S. Railway and 6 Avenue) until completion of Stage 3
  • The intersection at South Railway and 3rd Street will be controlled with 3 way stop signs for the time being until the traffic signal lights can be installed.
  • Please see the map below or click here for maps and other project information.
Stage 3 began on July 23 of this week. This means the closure of South Railway Street and 4th Street intersection. Access to downtown from the south off of South Railway Street will then be from 5th Street SE. Work on Stage 3 will continue through August until anticipated completion later in September.

For more information on the Downtown Project contact: Environmental Utilities Department, (403) 529-8176.

Business Beat: The Best Businesses Start with One Employee

Imagine a world where you couldn’t get a handmade crocheted washcloth. I just can’t. That simple crocheted washcloth, often sold online or at local markets, plays a significant role in the local, regional and provincial economy, by generating a revenue ripple that extends far beyond its $4 price tag. Some love the thrill of dreaming up ideas for billion dollar businesses, but microbusiness startups are a real opportunity in an economy aching to diversify, like Alberta’s. Microbusinesses like this, make the world go round, literally. The 2014 Government of Alberta Small, Business Big Impact report sites that 95 per cent of all businesses in Alberta are microbusinesses, and have between one and four employees. Read More

5 Minutes for Business: The Explosive Debate Around Minimum Wage

Big increases to minimum wage are becoming fashionable in Canada: first Alberta (from $12.20 currently to $15 in October 2018), then B.C. (from $10.35 to $11.35 in September 2017) and now Ontario (from $11.40 to $15.00 in January 2019, a 30% hike in 18 months). Are workers better off or does it mean fewer jobs? In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Hendrik Brakel, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, reflects on the debate.

Read 5 Minutes for Business.

New Member: Customs Print & Stitch Inc.

Customs Print & Stitch Inc. is a full service apparel decoration shop located in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. We offer in-house screen printing, embroidery and trophy & award engraving. In addition to apparel decoration services we offer a wide variety of promotional items and corporate gifts that can be customized for your business or event. Our showroom is full of a wide array of clothing samples so you can find the garment that's just right for your project. Our in-house designers can create original artwork that is optimized to look great when stitched or printed onto the garments you choose. Customs is also home to Township Tees. Our in house brand offers fun and fashionable Medicine Hat themed clothing items.

Have Your Say on Condominium Rules

Albertans are invited to attend one of five open-house events to provide feedback on condo governance issues. Input from those who own, operate or develop condos will help guide modern, fair laws that protect condo owners and support responsible self-governance of vibrant condominium communities. The engagement sessions allow condo owners, condo corporations, managers and other to suggest improvements to condo board governance issues, including:
  • voting procedures and general meetings
  • condominium  documents
  • financial documents
  • rules, rental deposits, and termination of agreements
  • insurance requirements
  • reserve funds
  • condo tribunal to resolve disputes outside the courts
An online survey will be launched after the open houses are complete. The survey will be based on input from the open houses.
Session Dates and Locations:
July 25
- 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Red Deer, Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery
July 26 - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Calgary, Macdonald Hall, Heritage Hall Building, SAIT Main Campus
July 27 - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Edmonton, Lister Centre, University of Alberta
August 1 - 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Lethbridge, City Hall Foyer
August 3 - 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Fort McMurray, Clubhouse Atrium, Syncrude Athletic Park

The Alberta legislature passed the Conduminium Property Amendment Act in December 2014. Since that time, regulatory work was underway to bring more than 50 amendments into force. The first stage of amendments, focused on new protections for buyers of newly built and conversion condominiums, is expected later this year. One of the new protections includes a buyer's ability to cancel the agreement and get their deposit back if a development does not finish their condo on time.

New Member: Mactavish & Company

At Mactavish & Company we believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success. We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen. Our continual investment of time and resources in professional continuing education, state-of-the-art computer technology and extensive business relationships is indicative of our commitment to excellence.