Advocacy Alert: Minimum Wage Increase Survey Results

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce has delivered its Minimum Wage Submission to Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray. The submission contains results from their Phase II: Minimum Wage Increase Survey. The ACC has also secured a meeting with Minister Gray on March 18.

Background:

On October 1, 2015, the Alberta Government increased the provincial minimum wage from $10.20 to $11.20 per hour, $9.20 to $10.70 per hour for liquor servers, bringing Alberta’s minimum wage from the second lowest to third highest across provinces and territories. This change reflected a 2015 election campaign commitment to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018. In February, 2016, the Alberta Chambers of Commerce conducted its second survey of businesses regarding the impacts of minimum wage increases. The response was significant with nearly 800 qualified respondents. Based on these responses, the ACC has submitted recommendations to the Government of Alberta as it considers increases to the Provincial Minimum Wage in 2016. These recommendations reflect the priorities and concerns of the ACC and the 128 community chambers of the federation who represent over 24,000 businesses in the Province of Alberta.

Click Here to View the Submission.

Click Here to view the Cover Letter to Minister Gray. 

2016 Annual General Meeting

Members of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 17th at the Badlands Community Facility. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese networking reception at 6:30 pm, with the meeting to follow at 7:00 pm. Deadline to RSVP is Monday, March 14.

Agenda:

    President, Executive Director & Business Advocacy Committee Reports
    2014-15 Audited Financial Statements
    Election of Board of Directors (Four 3-year terms, one 2-year term)
    DDCC Support Services Funding Request
    Open Forum

Tickets: $20 members, $25 prospective members

Register here.

   

Meeting with MLA Rick Strankman

 On Tuesday January 26, the DDCC will be hosting a meeting with MLA Rick Strankman. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am at the Badlands Community Facility. This open dialogue with our MLA will provide an opportunity to discuss issues of concern to the business community, including the proposed minimum wage increases and Bill 6. This event is proudly presented by the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, your voice for local business. 

 

 

Upcoming Information Session

Do your plans for 2016 include hiring or training staff? If so, you may be interested in an upcoming information session on the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and the soon-to-be reinstated Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
Consider training new or current employees through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and get 2/3 of the direct training cost reimbursed up to $10,000 per person.  This employer driven program allows employers to decide on the type of training, who gets trained, and which eligible third-party trainer delivers the training.
The Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) is a wage subsidy grant that Alberta employers will be able to apply for in 2016. STEP grants will enable employers to offset the cost of wages for summer students, while providing students with work experience and transferable skills that are valuable in opening the door to the labour market upon graduation.

*Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016*

*Time: 7:00 pm

*Location: Badlands Community Facility

This session is open to the public and is co-hosted by the Town of Drumheller and the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce.

Corporate Members:

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