National Consultations Launched to Improve CRA Services for Small and Medium Businesses

Starting this fall, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will hold Serving You Better consultations with small and medium businesses and accountants. Small and medium businesses will be able to share feedback face-to-face with CRA senior officials at sessions hosted by local chambers of commerce, and accountants will be able to share feedback with CRA senior officials at sessions hosted by Chartered Professional Accountants Canada in cities across Canada. Read More

Fourth Industrial Revolution: Will Canada Act or Be Acted Upon?

The fourth industrial revolution is an absolute juggernaut of technological evolution that is moving exponentially faster than the first three. The right framework for Canada to be an actor in the coming data economy is one that creates trust and incentivizes innovation. Over the past 12 months, we have been exploring the critical intersections between prosperity, technology and privacy through a series of roundtables and discussions with data industry and privacy experts. Over the coming weeks, we will be releasing a series of thought-provoking papers that reveal the essence of these discussions.

First up? Canada's data opportunity will be examined in Data for Good. Watch your this upcoming report. To read the full blog post, click here.

City of Medicine Hat Requiring Contractors to Pre-Qualify for HSE through ComplyWorks

In an ongoing effort to ensure health, safety and environment (HSE) practices are adhered to at the workplace, the City of Medicine Hat (CMH) is enhancing its requirements for contractors who wish to bid on City projects. Commencing January 1, 2019, the City will require all contractors to pre-qualify for HSE ComplyWorks. ComplyWorks is a third party software system that assists with contractor management and compliance. Read More

City Reminds Residents of Impact of Postal Disruption

The City of Medicine Hat reminds residents that there are options available to ensure continued customer service and business operations during a postal disruption. Delays are expected in outgoing and incoming mail, therefore, the City will not attempt to mail paper invoices the first week of a service disruption. Residents are still responsible to pay their bill during any postal disruption so it is important to ensure you continue to make payments when they are due. This decision to recommence mailing utility statements will be reassessed, as information regarding the length of the service disruption becomes available. For options to consider in order to keep receiving your statements click here.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership Programs

In Alberta, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) represents a federal-provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector. CAP delivers programs developed in consultation with stakeholders, and is organized under five themes: Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change; Products, Market Growth and Diversification; Science and Research; Risk Management; and Public Trust. To see which programs are currently accepting applications click here

New Member: Red Arc Manufacturing

Red Arc Manufacturing offers metal fabrication for various industries such as oil and gas, agriculture, military and industrial plant maintenance. Their objective is to offer superior services & products at a reasonable price and develop enduring customer relationships through quality innovation, strong attention to detail, and professional service. 

Business Beat: Tracking Medicine Hat's Business Cycle

It's official. Canada's biggest cryptocurrency mine is up and running in Medicine Hat. Construction of Aurora Sun, meanwhile, is well underway. Add in all of the commercial construction going on around town, and you can't help but feel optimistic about Medicine Hat's future prospects. Is the optimism warranted? What does the data say? Lacking real-time gross domestic product tracking for Medicine Hat Census Agglomerations (CA), we can look at housing starts, building permits, and employed labour force data to get a better sense of where we're currently in the business cycle. Read More

Funding to Support Irrigation Efficiency in Alberta

Applications are being accepted for the Irrigation Efficiency program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). The purpose of this program is to increase water savings and reduce energy use in irrigated agriculture by assisting producers with the purchase of more efficient irrigation equipment and systems. Any active producer who owns an irrigated operation in Alberta can apply. The amount of the grant producers receive depends on the type of updated being planned. Producers can apply more than once, but each parcel can only receive one grant in the lifetime of the program. For application forms, terms and conditions, long-term irrigation plans, visit the Irrigation Efficiency program, webpage, part of

Starting a Local Food Selling Business in Alberta

 As the popularity of local food grows in Alberta, it is important for budding entrepreneurs – from retailers to restauranteurs – to know what rules and regulations apply to their venture. Selling into one market channel - such as a farmers’ market - has completely different permits and packaging requirements than a restaurant, different expectations than a storefront, or shipping out of province. Some resources that are available to navigate through the requirements of different markets include the Alberta Public Health Act, and under that, Food Regulation. These regulations govern food manufacturers, distributors, restaurants, caterers, and farmers markets. Municipal and local regulations are also important. Farm Direct Marketing: Know the Regulations - General Legislation, Business Basics for Alberta Food Processors and BizInfo are a few resources that are available. 

For more information or to talk to a new venture business development specialist, contact the Alberta Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276). 

New Member: shoeboxbookkeeping

At shoeboxbookkeping, we know what your business needs to run smoothly. We're experts at bookkeeping and we know what it takes to be tax compliant. You can be sure you're getting the work you need. Running a business can bring more questions than answers. That's why we're here to answer questions whenever you need us. Your bookkeeping needs will evolve over time, we will grow with your business. We'll stay on top of these changes and ensure you're always getting the support you need.