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May 7th, 2021


Tuesday, May 11th 12-1pm
Facebook live on our Chamber page

Once again we will be holding our Annual State of the City Address virtually. The showing is open to everyone to enjoy. Simply find the live feed video on our Facebook page during the noon hour on May 11th. It will also be saved so those that missed it can watch it later. 

We'll hear messages from:
Our Chamber President Gabe Mercier 
President and CEO for the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Chuck Davidson,
Mayor Dowhan on his address on behalf of council and more.

DRAW ANNOUNCEMENT: For those of you who share the live feed and comment on the original video with #StongerTogether and #SupportParkland,  will be entered into a draw for 5 envelopes containing gift cards from various businesses in the Parkland. They are a mystery as to where the gift cards are for, and the value is somewhere between $100-$250. 

Economic Summit
Thursday, May 13, 8am-4pm
Everyone is welcome to join the FREE virtual 2021 Manitoba Economic Summit and 90th annual general meeting and policy debate. 

Some of the confirmed contributors, panels, and sessions include:

  • Dr. Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • The Honourable Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C., President & CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Pandemic Pivots – Business success stories panel moderated by Mariette Mulaire, President & CEO of World Trade Centre Winnipeg
  • Manitoba Business Matters – A discussion of critical employer considerations, health & safety matters, and recovery resources featuring representatives from CPA Manitoba, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman Law and 1Life Workplace Health & Safety.
  • The Path to Normalcy – Special invited guests who will introduce us to new supports for businesses, and dig in to existing resources and tools that businesses should be examining and adopting.
  • Business Meeting chaired by outgoing MCC Chair Peggy May, CEO, Southport Aerospace Centre

To register for the summit - click here

Our Policy Is Back On The Table  
In May 2017, a policy which we submitted to the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce was passed by the membership at the AGM. This policy was to increase the reach and capacity of rural mobile services in Manitoba. At the MB Chamber's policy debate which will be a component of their AGM on May 13th, our policy will be up for renewal. We have made some adjustments to it so it is more encompassing of the issue revolving around broadband in rural Manitoba as well. Fingers crossed that the membership chooses to vote it through again so we can continue to lobby government on these crucial services that all Manitobans deserve access to. 
To see our policy, follow this link and
it is on page 35 POLICIES UP FOR DEBATE 

AGM & New Board of Directors
The slate of proposed 2021/22 nominated board of directors for the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce has been released and our Executive Director Stephen Chychota is on the roster. Congratulations Stephen and fellow nominees! 
Click here to view the proposed MCC board slate for 2021/22. 


We have the full stories featured on our website. Please visit this link and enjoy some of our amazing local business stories. 
Click Here for
Members Inspire Stories

Hopefully, you've been noticing our stories in the Dauphin Herald and Parkland Shopped these last few weeks and been enjoying them! We have a few more that will pop up in the paper for May as well. Keep a close eye out for those. These are inspirational stories of some Chamber Members from across the region. These businesses took on the challenge of the pandemic and did what they could in order to continue serving the community.


If it's just you at your business or you're managing a team, the Chambers Plan has options for any scenario. Employee benefits packages from Chambers Plan have all the essentials, plus so much more. With stable rates and ultra-flexible support services, it’s clear to see why it’s Canada’s #1 Plan. To see why, CLICK HERE


Provided by MB Chamber of Commerce


Super-Site info updated - CLICK HERE

Dauphin COVID-19 Vaccine Supersite To Open
The COVID-19 Vaccine site previously operating in Dauphin as a pop-up site will become a permanent supersite opening on May 10th. The site will remain at the Ukrainian Orthodox Hall located at 304 Whitmore Ave. E.

Appointments are now being taken for eligible individuals for the Dauphin Supersite. You can book your appointment at a super site online at with an email address and health card number, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222.
The eligibility criteria changes often, so please check -



As we've navigated complexities since the arrival of the pandemic, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and us have made it our mission to help our business community persevere. More than one year later, we're still working through changes to protocols and critical workplace health practices, and assessing evolving emergency relief funds.
Business is Unusual: A Coronavirus Survival Guide for Manitoba Business 
They have also launched an e-newsletter and a robust companion platform, Manitoba Business Matters, to guide Manitoba organizations through the next phase of pandemic recovery.


First Data provides simple, affordable, and transparent pricing. If they cannot beat your current processing fees, you will earn a $1,000 Visa® gift card1.  This is for members only.

For a limited time, we are offering members a $300 rebate to switch their payment processing to First Data1
Let us know if you'd like more information on how First Data can help your business and we can get you connected with our direct Fist Data contact.




Let's keep it going for our newest member to the network!  

The New Beginnings Daycare which is located in Ochre River. If you'd like to find out a little more about them, visit their facebook page or contact (204) 733-2592

Signup for a free trial membership here and see what it's all about. Over 280 other businesses are keeping their membership active and reaping the benefits. 

Your Chamber is the LEAST EXPENSIVE and MOST EFFECTIVE "employee" your company can have.




Managing Mental Health as a Canadian Business Owner during COVID-19, with RBC
Every day should provide you with an opportunity to check in on the well-being of yourself and your employees. With this week marking Mental Health Week in Canada, it’s a good time for business owners to check in on their own and their employees’ psychological well-being. RBC has outlined four steps business owners can take to manage through this uncertain time.
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Provided by the Canadain Chamber of Commerce Business Recovery Bulletin. 


Imagine being able to reach thousands of football fans with your messages...Imagine what you could do with a $50K sponsorship? Purolator & Winnipeg Blue Bombers know the importance of #MBSmallBiz, and they've partnered to award one small business a $50,000 sponsorship for the 2021 season.

If your small business is making a big impact in the community, submit an online application for consideration between May 5 to 26, 2021.

Five (5) finalists will be invited to submit a two-minute pitch video of why their company is the most deserving small business. Only one will WIN the big prize! Each finalist will receive $500 in shipping credits from Purolator and a custom Blue Bombers jersey with their company name.
Learn more about this cool pitch competition & apply now:

Wage Subsidy Program 
The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) is an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) designed to help employers located anywhere in Canada hire college and university students on work placements.
Employers hiring eligible students may receive a wage subsidy up to up to 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each net new placement or 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each net new placement for the following under-represented groups: Indigenous people, person with disabilities, newcomer, first year student, visible minority and/or women in STEM.

Applications may be submitted through the online portal at
For More Information contact the Ontario Chamber of Commerce directly:

Manitoba Youth Jobs Program and existing Green Team grants
The new $15-million Manitoba Youth Jobs Program will provide employers a 50 per cent subsidy on wages paid to eligible employees during the program period of May to September 2021, with a maximum of up to $25,000 per employer.

More information is available online for the Green Team program at  and Manitoba Youth Jobs Program at


Canada–Manitoba Job Grant
The Canada-Manitoba Job Grant helps employers offset the costs of training new employees, or costs associated with developing the skills of their existing workers to meet the requirements of their present job, or to attain a promotion.

To access the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant – Employer Fact Sheet, please click here.
To access the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant Application form, please click here.
(The CMJG application is an Excel spreadsheet. It takes time to open. Please be patient. Thank you!)
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions related to the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant, please click here.


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