• Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

    The Alberta Government has introduced Bill 30 An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans for First Reading. Bill 30 makes significant changes to the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards, which will result in new costs and administrative burdens for employers.

    The “Giving Tuesday” movement started in Canada in 2013 and has evolved into an annual movement taking place on the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, encouraging individuals and organizations to collaborate to find ways to give back to charities and causes throughout the holiday season. Giving can be in monetary ways and by volunteering and is not just limited to the time and money given by individuals. Business can, should, and does play a key role in assisting local charitable activities.

    Over the years Agri-Trade has expanded to utilize almost every square foot available of Westerner Park, including a substantial portion of the parking lot and still has a waiting list of want-to-be exhibitors. In 2016 we saw over 28,000 qualified agriculture buyers attend the show despite the prime harvest weather of plus 20 degrees following unusually early and heavy snowfall of that October. Those attendees saw 475 farm manufacturers showing the latest and greatest in agriculture machinery and technology

    While having close to 30 candidates for Council shows great interest in democracy and dedication to our City, it left little time for each candidate to present their platform and stances on specific issues. So in order to help inform voters and create a better opportunity for candidates to share their positions, we emailed the full list of questions to each candidate. Their answers can be found below.

    It has been nearly four years since municipalities had their last election, which means it is time for another. Across Alberta residents will converge upon local gymnasiums, community centres, and churches to cast their votes for councillors and the mayor. In many ways municipalities are the most directly responsible for the happiness and prosperity of their residents. Municipal elections should never be an exercise in who has the most, biggest, or best looking signs. Everybody knows why generally speaking

    Since the 2015 provincial election, Albertans have seen many increases to the cost of doing business. The recently implemented carbon tax has increased the cost of goods and will continue to do so as the tax will increase on an annual basis. We’ve also seen big increases to minimum wage, and will continue to do so until it reaches the government’s goal of $15 per hour. There have also been increases to payroll taxes, corporate and personal income taxes, and municipal taxes as well

    Everybody has heard of the classic idiom “it’s not what you know, but who you know,” and we’ve all seen it applied in our lives and the lives around us. People being people are just more likely to provide favours, benefits, or take a risk for those they know, and those they trust. In the context of business relationships, this is especially true.

    Each Chamber members gets a free listing in our online membership directory. With more than 100,000 visitors to our website annually this can be a valuable marketing tool for every member and it is important that you log in an update your information on a regular basis