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Emergency Preparedness

The following is information from the Calgary Chamber that may be of interest to any Chambers looking to assist their members with disaster preparedness and insurance literacy. Any business across Canada can visit IBC.DiagnosticRocket.com and utilize a free diagnostic. Feel free to circulate to your members.

North American studies estimate that 43% of businesses impacted by a natural disaster do not reopen.
In 2013, Southern Alberta experienced extreme flooding, including in downtown Calgary. As a Chamber, we knew that our business community was at severe risk of significant negative impact if they were not up and running again as soon as possible.
In partnership with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, we worked to power our business community through an efficient and effective recovery by creating a network of support. The result was that more than 99% of Calgary’s businesses impacted by the floods reopened successfully. World Chamber Federation Special Project award.
Learning from our experiences from the 2013 Southern Alberta floods, the Calgary Chamber has worked with the Insurance Bureau of Canada to build a free diagnostic survey tool that will educate businesses across the country on disaster preparedness and insurance literacy.
Any business across Canada can visit IBC.DiagnosticRocket.com and utilize the free diagnostic. By taking this survey, businesses will receive personalized recommendations they can implement to help become more prepared for a disaster.

Cut the Red Tape

In January, the Ministry of Trade and Export Development launched a new page aimed at cutting red tape across provincial ministries, agencies and Crown Corporations.  The page, entitled Help Cut the Red Tape, is a site dedicated to gathering feedback from businesses and citizens regarding red tape issues they have encountered.  Businesses and citizens are encouraged to submit their experiences through the on-line platform and their submissions will be referred to the appropriate ministry, agency or Crown Corporation.  For more information, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/help-cut-red-tape

Opportunities for Employers through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant Program

The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant provides employers with funding to train new or existing employees to meet the skill requirements for available jobs.

The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant is open to private sector and non-profits in Saskatchewan. The grant not only helps organizations train employees, but it also provides opportunities for workers to improve their skills, and help them reach their career path goals.

Through the program, the employer contributes one-third of the training cost, while the federal and provincial governments contribute the remaining two-thirds. Employers may make multiple grant applications of up to $10,000 per employee, to a maximum of $100,000 per fiscal year.  Examples of the training costs that are eligible for this grant include: tuition and mandatory student fees, textbooks, software and other required materials, and exam fees. 

Training must be provided by an eligible third-party training institution and must be completed within one calendar year from the start date. Training must be approved by the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training prior to taking place in order to qualify for funding.

Visit saskatchewan.ca/job-grant to learn more.

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