Occupational Health and Safety Act Changes - June 1, 2018

As part of the updated Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act the definition of harassment and violence, including sexual and domestic have been updated. Violence at home affects people at work. the new definitions give the employees and employers tools to deal with workplace health and safety issues. Click here to learn more about these new definitions. 

Joint work site OHS committees or representatives will be mandatory under the updated OHS Act. A work site with 20 or more workers must have a committee. Sites with five to 19 workers require a representative. Workers in smaller businesses can still participate. When employers develop health and safety planes, they must do so in consultation with the committee, the representative or affected workers. 

After June 1, OHS officers will work with employers to ensure the changes needed have been successfully implemented at their work sites. Officers will assess the level of risk associated with any outstanding issues and work with employers and work representatives to set reasonable timelines to improve any outstanding health and safety requirements. 

For more information on the above or other recent changes to the OHS Act click here. If you have questions, to to Ask An Expert, or call the Contact Centre toll free at 1-866-415-8690. To receive the OHS E-Newsletter click here

New Member: Sweet Obsession Custom Cakes Ltd.

My name is Aleesha Smith owner of Sweet Obsession Custom Cakes and I’ve been creating fabulous cakes/cupcakes in Medicine Hat for over 8 years now. I am a home based business working out of a kitchen that was built in my basement specifically for baking. It’s licensed by the city and inspected by the health department regularly as food safety is a priority. I have a strong passion for baking and designing cakes and It shows in my work.

Business Federations issue Recommendations for G7 Governments

This month, the business federations of the G7 nations met for the 2018 B7 Business Summit, which was hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) in Quebec City. The Summit is the premier event for business representatives from G7 member countries to gather and discuss key issues facing the global economy, including growth, trade, innovation and productivity. The declaration from the B7 outlines specific strategies to mold the global economy towards a more inclusive and prosperous future, despite the many challenges the countries of the G7 are currently facing. The declaration includes 18 recommendations that center around three themes: resource efficiency, inclusive growth and scaling-up small business. These recommendations are rooted in the principal belief that growth generated by freer trade provides the best tool to lower poverty, creates a more prosperous middle class and raises living standards for all. Businesses and governments must unite against protectionism to preserve the role of open markets and global trade. It is imperative that we uphold our trade agreements and create new ones and by strengthening institutions that form the backbone of the global trading system.

The B7 Business Summit featured discussions with prominent figures from around the world and from the Canadian Government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at the welcoming breakfast, and many Cabinet ministers participated in theme discussions.

  • Click here to read the full Summary Letter.
  • Click here to view the B7 Declaration. 
  • For more information, visit the B7 Canada website.

Remember to File your Tax Return by April 30

Most Canadian income tax and benefit returns for 2017 are due on April 30, 2018. If you have a balance owing, the total amount is also due by that date. If you or your spouse or common-law partner are self-employed, you have until June 15, 2018, to file your return. However, if you have a balance owing, you must pay it by April 30. Filing your return by the deadline helps you avoid interest and penalties on any balance owing. It also helps avoid interruptions to your benefit and credit payments, such as the Canada child benefit, the GST/HST credit, and any related provincial or territorial payments. More information on how to make a payment to CRA or payment arrangements can be found here.

New Member: The Great Commission Foundation

The Great Commission Foundation (GCF) is a team of skilled administrative and accounting personnel dedicated to using their talents and expertise to enable people to follow God’s calling to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. GCF is a registered Canadian charity with Canada Revenue Agency (#85992 8483 RR0001). GCF works exclusively with Christian ministries and projects in a dynamic cooperative relationship. Ministries and projects engage in outreach activities and provide on-site personnel while GCF provides essential administrative and accounting expertise to enable them to do their ministry. It is a team effort working towards a common goal: the advancement of the Christian faith, education, and the relief of poverty.

FREE Business Directory

Members can utilize the Chamber’s website by adding information to their business directory listing. This can include your logo, pictures, videos, business description and more. This is a great tool for members that do not have a website as it acts as a “mirco website” and it can also direct traffic to the business website- if you do have one.  Members can also post job postings, events, RFP’s and Hot Deals for FREE.

Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Confidence in Canada Campaign

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade launched the Confidence in Canada Campaign to collectively sound the alarm about the signal our governments are sending about Canada's openness to investment and the looming potential Constitutional crisis around the ability to get federally, and provincially, approved projects built. 76 organizations across the country have signed a letter urging the government to create certainty and to uphold the rule of law and Canada's reputation as a place in which to invest, build and operate businesses. 

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has the following Call to Action:

  1. If you would like to add your organization's signature to the letter contact: Karen Graham or the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
  2. Share the website www.confidenceincanada.com and send a message to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, BC Premier Horgan and Cabinet and Alberta Premier Notley and Cabinet.
  3. Share your concern on social media by using #ConfidenceinCanada and express hope that governments will do the right thing and resolve the crisis of confidence in Canada's openness and attractiveness to invest and build businesses here.

Business Beat: Competitive Bidding and How To Participate in Current Opportunities

You may have heard that southeast Alberta is transitioning to renewables. Several construction projects are already underway in our region, and this presents a significant opportunity for local businesses to grow their revenue through the provision of goods, services and resources to these projects. Under Round 1 of the Government of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program (REP), four projects were approved in December 2017 as part of a total 26 projects being considered. The four projects approved are: 1. The Whitla Wind Farm, awarded to Capital Power Corporation 2. Phase 2 of Castle Rock Ridge Wind Power Plant, awarded to Enel Green Power Canada, Inc. 3. Riverview Wind Farm, awarded to Enel Green Power Canada, Inc. 4. Sharp Hill Wind Farm, awarded to EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. The remaining projects will be considered during REP Rounds 2 and 3, which officially started on April 4 with an intention to announce remaining awards by Dec. 31. Read More

New Member: Stick to Your Core Consulting

At Stick to Your Core Consulting, I work one on one with clients, speak at events and provide workshops for individuals and businesses. I tailor my services to each client's specific needs. I am driven and passionate about my clients achieving the long-term success they deserve. Do you have a goal you’re trying to achieve? Let’s work together to get you the results you want. Book your free consultation with me today to find out more.