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  • 17 Nov 2021 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    It's that time of year to get out your Christmas Lights! Win Chamber Bucks! Residential & Business Awards! The judges will be out the week of December 10-17th ! Looking forward to all the amazing lights!


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  • 28 Jun 2021 12:06 PM | Anonymous

    https://manitobabusinessmatters.ca/manitoba-government-reopens-bridge-grant/

  • 28 Jun 2021 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    https://manitobabusinessmatters.ca/province-launches-new-30-million-healthy-hire-manitoba-program/

  • 12 Dec 2020 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    The Morris Chamber Of Commerce wants to support our local business. Our local retail business are being hit hard this year! The Chamber has bought alot of local gift cards to support these businesses and we want to give them to you! Tomorrow we will be starting our 12 Days of Christmas Contest! Please share this! Support Local !

    https://www.facebook.com/Morris-Chamber-of-Commerce-143472332424547

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  • 13 May 2020 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    May Premium Adjustments Due to
    COVID-19

    We are now able to confirm the following credits, which represent portions of the premium you were billed for May, will be applied to your June billing:
     

    • Dental: 50% premium adjustment
    • Extended Health: 10% premium adjustment

     
    Once again, there is nothing for you to do. These credits will be applied automatically. While certain healthcare providers were given permission to reopen at the start of May, we will continue to support firms and their employees in this way until such time as employees are able to make use of these services and claims experience begins to return to normal.
     
    Chambers Plan is founded on a pooled approach to benefits, contributing to its unparalleled rate stability. Rates are established, fully or partially, in keeping with the combined experience of all firms on the Plan. We want to assure you, we will continue monitoring the situation to protect the stability you have come to expect, and which is central to the Plan. 

    Virtual Counselling Support Just a Call—
    or Video—Away

    As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, safely supporting the mental health of business owners and their employees is more important than ever. With a Chambers Plan Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offered through our partner, Arete®, you and your employees can feel confident you will receive high quality, confidential psychosocial counselling from Arete, delivered safely by phone, video and—when it is safe to do so—in-person sessions. 

    To access counselling support, simply call Arete at 1-877-412-7483 and provide your Firm and Certificate number to the Arete intake team. They will actively listen to your concerns and will work with you to identify and match you with the professional best suited to meet your needs. The Arete counsellor network in Canada is extensive and will provide the confidential mental health support you or your employees need—however and wherever you need it. If you are interested in supporting your employees by adding EAP to your Plan, please contact your advisor, or, email info@johnstongroup.ca.  

    Expeditionary Behavior During Isolation & Confinement,
    with Canadian Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk


    The strategies used to ensure mission success in space are also applicable to organizational settings and home-isolations on Earth. We are joined by Canadian astronaut, Dr. Robert Thirsk, to learn the valuable lessons from previous space crews that can be applied to current missions and can be helpful to us as Canadians living and managing the effects of the pandemic. Register now for this one-day-only webinar.    

    Thurs. May 14 at 1:00PM EST / 10:00AM PST

    Register

    The Chambers Plan Business Resource Centre now features Lessons from Canadian Businesses. Find out how businesses have transformed their business models and innovated throughout the pandemic. Click the button below to view Cheryl's story on how she grew the e-commerce side of her business. There are more stories coming every week. Subscribe to receive updates.

    “Don’t focus on what you have lost; focus on what you can gain.”

    Every day you are figuring out the “new normal”. When can I open my doors? Will my staff come back? Will it be safe for my staff and my customers?...

    -Cheryl Zealand, Founder & CEO
    Cranked Energy Bars

    Read Article (there's a video too!)

    Your local advisor is a benefits expert and is always ready to assist you with your questions. You can also contact Chambers Plan Customer Service by email at info@johnstongroup.ca or phone 1.800.665.3365.

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  • 13 May 2020 9:52 AM | Anonymous

    UPDATES - FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    1) NEW! Prime Minister Trudeau announced today a Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing, in order to keep operations going. The objective is to help protect Canadian jobs, help Canadian businesses weather the current economic downturn, and avoid bankruptcies of otherwise viable firms where possible. This support will not be used to resolve insolvencies or restructure firms, nor will it provide financing to companies that otherwise have the capacity to manage through the crisis. The additional liquidity provided through LEEFF will allow Canada’s largest businesses and their suppliers to remain active during this difficult time, and position them for a rapid economic recovery.

    2) NEW! The federal government will also expand the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to mid-sized companies with larger financing needs. Support for mid-market businesses will include loans of up to $60 million per company, and guarantees of up to $80 million. Through the BCAP, Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will work with private sector lenders to support access to capital for Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions.

    3) The federal government confirmed last week it will send the provinces and territories up to $3 billion to increase the wages of essential workers. All the country’s first ministers agree that front-line workers who are risking their health and make minimum wage deserve a raise. It will be up to each province to decide which workers count as “essential” and will get a top-up. Details yet to come for Manitoba.

    4) CERB: The application process for the 3rd CERB period is now open through CRA. You must confirm your eligibility for each period for which you apply. If you are receiving your Benefit through Service Canada you must complete your EI Report Card to confirm your eligibility. The CERB Frequently Asked Questions site is updated regularly, and contains valuable updates about this benefit. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application/questions.html

    5) Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses is an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. To be notified by CMHC when the CECRA application process opens, register here.

    To access the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce's Financial Measures Guide,

    which includes information about all provincial and federal funding streams, click here.

    UPDATES - PROVINCE OF MANITOBA

    As of today, Monday, May 11, public health officials advised the number of lab-confirmed positive and probable cases in Manitoba is at 289, and there have been seven COVID-19 related deaths. Dr. Roussin says that we have indeed flattened the curve in Manitoba, but that we need to follow the numbers carefully as the virus is still circulating in our communities. "We are not out of the woods yet."

    1) The number of working Manitobans dropped by 64,200 in April, bringing the province’s documented number of job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic to 89,500. The province has posted the second-lowest decline in employment during the novel coronavirus shutdown, according to Friday’s monthly labour force survey. The report for this month, expected in mid-June, will be key to showing whether Manitoba’s economy is starting to turn the corner.

    2) The Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) application process is open. The province will advance each eligible business the non-interest bearing forgivable MGPP loan of $6,000 -- a loan that will be forgiven on Dec. 31, 2020 -- if the recipient attests at that time the business has not received any major non-repayable COVID-19 federal supports developed in response to the pandemic.

    3) All Manitobans returning to work are now eligible to access the temporary child care system to find a location that meets their needs. Families can use the online tool at eswchildcare.ca to view available spaces and then contact centres directly to finalize arrangements. To learn more about childcare options available to Manitobans at this time: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/childcare.html

    4) The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program promotes the hiring of high school and post-secondary students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides wage subsidies to employers (private and not-for-profit sectors) to employ students aged 15 to 29. For program details and to submit your application online (it takes just five minutes to complete), click here.

    If your Manitoba business was able to open in Phase 1, we'd love to hear from you!

    The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is always looking to spotlight our members and community leaders. Tell us about challenges, needs, and successes you encountered as you entered Phase 1 recovery. Email us if you would like to tell your story, share an experience, or provide valuable insights and lessons learned to help potential Phase 2 business owners be well-prepared!

    ·     If you're starting to think about re-opening your business, access the Workplace Guidance for Business Owners, detailing practical recommendations, physical distancing measures, required safety steps, hygiene protocols, PPE, etc. Click here to view the Province of Manitoba's complete Restoring Safe Services guide.

    ·     Remember: You can visit the EngageMB COVID-19 consultation platform to pose specific questions about your business type or industry.

    NEW RESOURCES for RETAILERS & MANUFACTURERS

    Very special thanks to our industry colleagues at Retail Council of Canada and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CM&E) for sharing these best practice guides. If you're a retailer or manufacturer, these will be extremely helpful as you restore operations:

    1) NEW! Retail Council of Canada has added two more playbooks to its recovery collection, for a total of four: Customer Health & Safety, Employee Wellbeing, Retail Operations, and Merchandising & Marketing.

    2) The CM&E's COVID-19 Resources section features a host of PDF documents regarding safe PPE use, re-integrating groups at work while maintaining social distancing, psychological health & safety, and more.

    Thank you to all Manitoba nurses across the Chamber network! You are true courage and caring in action.

    MCC SEEKING PPE PROVIDERS

    We're still seeking contact information for local companies able to sell Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Manitoba businesses. If this sounds like your organization, please email us details and contact info for a special project we're working on.

    Chuck Davidson, President & CEO

    Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

    t: 204-948-0107

    e: cdavidson@mbchamber.mb.ca

    Manitoba Chambers of Commerce | 204-948-0101|

    550-201 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3K6 | jointhechamber.ca

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