This Week in Business



Student Temporary Employment Program: The deadline for getting a subsidy to hire students is fast approaching.

The STEP program provides a subsidy of $7.00 per hour to a maximum of 37.5 hours a week, with a commitment of between 4-16 weeks. Applications are now open and will close on Feb 9, 2018. More at…/summer-temporary-employment-…

Business – to – Business Discounts: We are relaunching our B2B discount program in the spring of this year. The premise is simple: The Chamber has hundreds of Members who had thousands of employees and we want to encourage more of them to shop with Members of the Chamber.

We are asking your business to provide a discount, deal or other incentive for the program. For example, someone purchasing a popular full price item might get 15% off the price, the idea being that they will buy more than one item. Restaurants might offer a free upsize on a side or drink. Hotel chains could offer a discount code so that when folks need to travel for work or kids hockey, they will stay with your chain of hotels or restaurants.

We ask that you reach out to us no ny the end of the month at, or call the office 403 362 7641.
Pot at Mac’s? The parent company of Mac’s Convenience stores, Couche-Tard, told investors that it hasn’t given up on selling pot in its stores in Western Canada.

Federal Budget: The Federal Government is looking for folks to provide imput in the pre-budget process. They are also seeking recommendations from organizations like the Chamber. Feel free to let us know your thoughts by noon today, or fill out the surveys at…/prebudget-prebudge…/index-en.html

Employment Standards Webinars: Got questions about Alberta’s new Employment Standards? Alberta Labour is hosting free webinars on subjects like holiday pay, standards for farms and ranches and a general overview of employment standards. You can register here:

Stats Canada Report: Stats Canada will release wholesale trade figures for the country on Monday, followed by retail trade figures and payroll employment earnings /hours on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Disclosure: The Chamber believes in providing complete and transparent disclosure. If you are interested in any of our partnerships you can check out the terms and conditions here:…/Chamber%20Disclosure%20YTD.pdf

Budget: Thanks to the 42 folks who completed our survey and the 3 who called, the 3 who emailed and the one that sent us a Facebook message. We have made our submission to the City and expect to post it to our webpage shortly.

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Monday, January 22, 2018