Strong Economic Results Are Product of Robust Business Sector, Says Canadian Chamber

The Economic Update revealed on October 24, 2017 revealed that the Canadian economy is performing better than expected, something to be celebrated by the hundreds of thousands of businesses contributing to these latest gains. "Greater economic growth and a lower deficit are good news for all Canadians. It is especially encouraging for the businesses that are carrying our economy forward, often with great risk and little reward,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Business-friendly measures such as improving access to capital and skilled labour, greater regulatory clarity and a more balanced tax rate would further boost Canada’s economic well-being.

“Despite some of today’s positive findings, uncertainty looms. As storm clouds continue to accumulate over our trade relations with the U.S., it is critical that Canada get its house in order. Chief amongst that is the need to return to a balanced budget. Canada must also invest in the tools our businesses need to reach new markets and continue contributing to our global exports” Mr. Beatty said. “With the right measures, such as an overall tax review, we can provide a more competitive environment to our businesses. And when businesses succeed, they contribute more tax revenue to measures like the Canada child benefit, or to reducing our deficit, and that helps all Canadians,” concluded Mr. Beatty.

Member News: Mayor to Declare November 2017 Family Violence Prevention Month

November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. What started out as a grassroots movement by concerned citizens in the town of Hinton, AB in 1986 inspired the Alberta Legislature to support family violence prevention as an ongoing provincial initiative. Today, hundreds of Alberta communities and thousands of individuals are actively involved in preventing family violence by providing public education and services. Read More

City of Medicine Hat Supplementary Assessment and Tax Notices

Supplementary Assessment and Tax notices began to be mailed out by the City of Medicine Hat and the Roll opened for inspection on this past Friday, October 20, 2017 in the Assessment Department, City Hall, weekdays except public holidays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If there are any questions or concerns regarding a supplementary assessment, prior to filing a complaint, please contact the City Assessment Department at 403-529-8114 to speak with an available Assessor, and possibly avoid a formal complaint to the Assessment Review Board. If you object to the entry or omission of names, or the assessment of property, you have until December 20, 2017 to submit the Assessment Review Board Complaint form. An agent may file a complaint on behalf of the assessed owner by submitting and Assessment Complaint Agent Authorization form. Forms are available at the Assessment Department, Main floor, City Hall or by clicking here. For further information, please contact: Sue Sterkenburg, AMAA, City Assessor, City of Medicine Hat, 403-529-8114.

New Member: Sheena's Paper Cuts

Sheena's Paper Cuts takes folded books and makes an unique gift for any occasion! Every book will be slightly different then the last, from word, dates & pictures! Books are made to order specifically to what you are looking for.

Government of Alberta Asks for Feedback on Farm and Ranch Safety

Albertans are invited to provide input on how occupational health and safety rules could apply to the unique nature of farms and ranches. The technical working groups that reviewed the occupational health and safety rules have completed their work. Their recommendations are now posted online, and Albertans can provide their input. The government has said it will take as long as is needed to consult with and listen to farmers and ranchers before making any changes. Albertans can provide feedback before Jan. 15, 2018. Government will then begin drafting regulations based on both the recommendations and public feedback. Read More

New Member: Westburne Electric

Westburne is much more than electrical products. In fact, Westburne is a Canadian market leader in energy solutions, renewables, lighting, wire and cable, automation and connected network solutions.

Business Beat: The Best Businesses Start With One Employee

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. A surprising statistic to those that advocate for increased big business development, over small business startup. Small micro-businesses contribute to the Canadian economy in a big way, generating a GDP (gross domestic product) that far exceeds the national average and are massive job creators in their communities and local economies, accounting for 35 per cent of all private sector employment in Alberta.

The power of microbusiness is real, and provides significant opportunity for those looking to become entrepreneurs but are worried about how they might achieve a big business scope....The truth behind a healthy economy, is a diverse mix of micro-business, small business and larger scale industry. One without the other, leaves the economy unbalanced. Read More...

Take 15-20 Minutes to Complete the 2021 Census of Population Content Consultation

Statistics Canada is conducting a public consultation on the 2021 Census of Population from September to December 2017. We encourage you to participate in this online consultation and to forward information about the consultation to other census data users. The online consultation questionnaire is designed to gather information about how and why Canadians use census data, the type of information they believe should be available from the census, and details of other data sources that could be used to supplement or replace current census content. The information gathered during consultation will help Statistics Canada assess the data needs of Canadians and evaluate whether emerging social and economic trends are reflected. Your feedback will help Statistics Canada determine the content of the 2021 Census of Population questionnaire. Click here to compete the consultation questionnaire.

News We Following for the Week of October 23 - 27, 2017

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