Yorkton Chamber of Commerce Blog Items

Did You Know?

  • Harvest Meats produces 3.5 million hotdogs per WEEK!  If you laid those hotdogs end-to-end, they would stretch 486 km.  That’s a lot of hotdogs!! (From Yorkton to North Battleford, the distance is 469 km!) 
  • Yorkton Chamber of Commerce is not the only Yorkton business/organization to sign Saskatchewan’s Health & Safety Leadership Charter.  Other local signatories include Access Communications; Key Auto Group; Morris Industries; Parkland College; Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd; Royal Auto Group; RH Electric; Value Tire & Battery; and Yorkton Co-operative Association (now Legacy Co-op).



Paid Interpersonal Violence Leave – Employers Need to KnowDid You Know?

On May 13, 2019 paid job leave for survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence was introduced and passed in the Saskatchewan Legislature.

Employees will be able to take five paid days and five unpaid days under Bill No. 172, The Saskatchewan Employment (Paid Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Violence Leave) Amendment Act, 2019.  Previously, employees could take a 10-day, unpaid leave.

To be eligible, an employee, employee’s child or a person for whom an employee is a caregiver must be the victim of interpersonal or sexual violence and the employee requires time off work to:

  • Seek medical attention;
  • Obtain services from a victims’ services organization;
  • Obtain psychological or other professional services;
  • Relocate, either temporarily or permanently; or
  • Seek legal or law enforcement assistance and attend court appearances.

Employees must have worked for an employer for a minimum of 13 weeks and may be required to provide evidence of the services being received if asked to qualify for the leave.

Employers are required to keep personal information confidential.

The Saskatchewan Employment (Paid Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Violence Leave) Amendment Act, 2019 came into effect May 15.


For more information, contact the Ministry of Labour Relations & Workplace Safety 306-787-5353.



Vote Prosperity

While business is doing its part to make Canada more prosperous for more people, the federal government has a critical role to play.  That is why the commitments each of the federal parties make during this fall’s federal election campaign will be critical.

No organization understands this reality better than the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  It’s the voice of more that 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing more than 200,000 businesses of all sizes, in all sectors of the economy and from every region of the country.  Vote Prosperity reflects the priorities and concerns of job creators in communities across Canada.  Developed in partnership with Canada’s provincial and territorial chambers of commerce, Vote Prosperity lays our seven priorities, along with a series of specific measures, to attract investment to Canada and help businesses create jobs, grow and strengthen our communities.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is calling on all the federal parties to support Canada’s job creators by including these priorities in their election platforms.  Together, a brighter, more innovative future can be built for Canadians.

The 7 priorities include:

  1. A Regulatory System that Works for Everyone, including Business
  2. A Tax System that is Fair, Efficient and Modern
  3. Access to New Ma5rkets Around the World and the Elimination of Trade Barriers at Home
  4. Resources to Help Small and Medium Canadian Companies Grow and Succeed at Home and Abroad
  5. Innovation and Infrastructure to Make Canada the Most Connected Country in the World
  6. A Workforce with the Skills, Education and Training to Prosper
  7. A Healthier Pharmacare System for Healthier Canadians

To learn more about Vote Prosperity, visit VoteProsperityCA.ca

The All Candidates’ Forum for the Yorkton – Melville constituency, hosted by the Yorkton Chamber, will be held at the Gallagher Centre October 9.



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