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Chamber News & Updates

ECONOMISTS OPTIMISTIC INFLATION WILL SLOW DOWN IN COMING MONTHS

November 25, 2022
With one final policy rate to come this year, economists believe that Canada’s inflation rate with begin to decline in the coming months. The Bank of Canada has delivered six consecutive rate hikes this year, all done with the goal of bringing inflation under control. It’s expect the Bank of Canada will deliver its final policy rate on Dec. 7.
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GET READY FOR THE 2022 GREY CUP FESTIVAL

November 9, 2022
While we don’t know who will be playing in the Grey Cup game on Sunday, November 20 at Mosaic Stadium, we do know what will be going on in Regina during the Grey Cup Festival.
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PROCUREMENT PROCESS DIRECTION DELIVERED AT INFORMATION MEETING

November 8, 2022
SaskPower and the Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement (SBP) recently held an informational meeting regarding the procurement process for businesses. Hosted by the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, the event was conducted by John Lax, Director of Industry and Stakeholder Relations for SBP, and Rhea Brown, Director of Procurement and Contract Management for SaskPower.
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NEW OHS AMENDMENTS TO HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF MODERN WORKPLACES

November 3, 2022
On November 3, 2022, the Government of Saskatchewan introduced Bill 91 The Saskatchewan Employment (Part III) Amendment Act, 2022. The amendments come after engaging stakeholders in a review of the occupational health and safety provisions of the Act.
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BUSINESS GROUPS WANT GOVERNMENT ACTION ON CREDIT-CARD SWIPE FEES

November 2, 2022
A number of business groups are calling for government action on credit-card swipe fees which has become a hot button issue across Canada.
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2022 SPEECH FROM THE THRONE

October 26, 2022
A new session of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly opened today (October 26) with the Speech from the Throne, delivered by Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty. Premier Scott Moe said Saskatchewan is currently enjoying record new investment and is leading the country in economic growth, while the province’s population is on track to reach 1.2 million people this year.
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BANK OF CANADA INCREASES POLICY INTEREST RATE BY 50 BASIS POINTS

October 26, 2022
The Bank of Canada increased its target for the overnight rate to 3¾ per cent today (Oct. 26) , with the Bank Rate at 4 per cent and the deposit rate at 3¾ per cent. The Bank is also continuing its policy of quantitative tightening.
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2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS — EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

October 17, 2022
The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce is currently inviting expressions of interest for volunteers to join our 2023 Board of Directors.
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CCEC HONOURS JOHN HOPKINS WITH COUNCIL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

October 13, 2022
John Hopkins, the long-time CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, was honoured with the CCEC Council Award of Excellence on Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada annual meeting in Ottawa.
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CANADIAN BUSINESSES CHALLENGED BY WORKFORCE “SKILLS GAP”

October 12, 2022
The Conference Board of Canada is reporting that Canada’s labour force is facing a large skills gap that was widened during the pandemic. CTV News delved into the report which indicated Canada is in a critical time that requires an investment to create a more skilled work force to remain competitively globally.
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LEARN HOW CPP INVESTMENTS IS INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE

October 6, 2022
CPP Investments is the organization responsible for investing CPP contributions not immediately needed to pay benefits. The meeting will be an opportunity for people to hear directly about how the CPP Fund is doing.
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AN INTRODUCTION TO WORKING WITH SASKATCHEWAN’S PUBLIC SECTOR

October 5, 2022
SaskPower and the Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement will present on the ins and outs of doing business with Government of Saskatchewan ministries and Crown corporations on Tuesday, October 11.
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CARBON RX PARTNERING WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN CARBON CAPTURE PROGRAM

October 4, 2022
Regina’s Carbon RX is looking to partner with Indigenous communities to naturally sequester carbon, providing economic and environmental benefits.
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EDDIE LEMOINE TO SERVE AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT SHOWCASE

September 29, 2022
The All-Nations Career & Business Showcase, which will be held on Thursday, October 20, will feature keynote speaker Eddie Lemoine. The best-selling author will share his expertise and experience with attracting and retaining a skilled workforce. His audiences represent 83 countries and his speeches have been translated into five languages.
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SASKATCHEWAN TOURISM SECTOR STILL GRAPPLING WITH STAFF SHORTAGES

September 27, 2022
While many industries in Saskatchewan have regained their market place after dealing with the challenges of the pandemic, tourism-linked business are still feeling the impact. Employers are finding it difficult staff their businesses and are still in a self-described “survival mode.”
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DONATION DRIVE IN REGINA FOR JAMES SMITH CREE NATION

September 14, 2022
The Leadership of James Smith Cree Nation, including Chiefs and Council, have tasked Warriors of Hope with organizing a donation drive in Regina to assist with the difficult times that it is facing. We ask for your support, in any capacity, may we all come together as one.
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JOHN HOPKINS HAS LASTING LEGACY AT REGINA SOUNDSTAGE

August 25, 2022
“John would be honoured and extremely humbled to know that the Regina soundstage is being renamed in his memory.”
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CHAMBER WELCOMES PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT’S FOUR-POINT AFFORDABILITY PLAN

August 25, 2022
Earlier this week the Government of Saskatchewan’s released its four-point affordability plan which provides continued tax relief for small business while reducing the operating debt by $1 billion. The four-point affordability plan will also help residents and businesses address inflation and the rising cost of living.
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CYBERSECURITY THE FOCUS OF LUNCHEON SERIES EVENT

August 3, 2022
The Chamber’s 2022 Luncheon Series continues on Thursday, September 29 with “Is Your Business Ready?”
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WILKINSON ADDRESSES WORLD, NATIONAL & PROVINCIAL ISSUES

July 13, 2022
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, was in Regina on Tuesday and among his stops was an appearance at an event co-sponsored by the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.
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TONY PLAYTER NAMED CHAMBER CEO

July 5, 2022
The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Tony Playter as its new CEO. Playter is a proven leader in the community who has the vision, knowledge, and ability to lead the Chamber forward.
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JOHN HOPKINS TO RECEIVE 2022 SASKATCHEWAN ORDER OF MERIT

June 28, 2022
Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty announced the eight newest recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the province’s highest honour. The list includes John Hopkins, the former CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce.
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JAMES BOGUSZ IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE AIRPORT’S FUTURE

June 24, 2022
The latest edition of the Chamber’s Luncheon Series took place on Thursday with James Bogusz, President and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority, providing an interesting and informative presentation on the challenges presented by the pandemic and how the organization is moving forward. During his 35-minute presentation, which was followed by a Q&A session, Bogusz touched on a wide array of subjects.
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PROJECT RESILIENCE CONTINUING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

June 23, 2022
Project Resilience is an initiative created by the University of Regina to support students affected by war or other forms of political violence in their home countries so they may continue their studies here. On June 1, the Chamber was proud to join forces with the U of R for a Project Resilience fundraiser which featured a virtual chat with former Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney.
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A GREAT DAY NETWORKING ON THE GREEN

June 22, 2022
The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament — Networking On The Green — on Mon., June 20 at the Wascana Country Club and it was a roaring success.
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LEARNING TO LIVE WITH THE RISING COST OF INFLATION

June 22, 2022
Canada’s inflation rate hit 7.7% in May — its highest point since 1983 — as prices continue to rise from the grocery store to the gas station. But what, exactly, is inflation and how long will it remain at record highs? A breakdown of everything you need to know.
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RESILIENCE PROJECT EVENT WAS AN INSPIRING SUCCESS

June 1, 2022
On Wednesday evening (June 1) the University of Regina and the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce hosted a fundraising event for the Resilience Project.
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RPS CHIEF EVAN BRAY SPEAKS TO POLICING ISSUES & STRATEGIES

May 17, 2022
Evan Bray, chief of the Regina Police Service, took part Tuesday in the Chamber’s Luncheon Series and provided an interesting look at policing issues and strategies in the Queen City.
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AND THE PARAGON AWARD GOES TO . . .

April 12, 2022
The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce Paragon Awards were presented Friday evening. Sponsored by Nutrien and now in its 23rd year, the prestigious award show honours and celebrates Regina’s most outstanding businesses.
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CONEXUS ARTS CENTRE ADAPTING TO THE CHANGING BUSINESS WORLD

April 9, 2022
For most businesses in the food or entertainment industry, the pandemic has changed the landscape of how they do business. The Conexus Arts Centre, which offers catering, convention and entertainment services at its facility, has experienced this first-hand.
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2022 PARAGON AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

April 9, 2022
The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2022 Paragon Award finalists. The Paragon Awards honour and celebrate the most outstanding businesses in Regina and the surrounding area.
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REGINA CHAMBER WELCOMING UKRAINIANS

April 9, 2022
As the inhumane crisis in the Ukraine continues, the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to work with all levels of government to ensure the safety of those fleeing from these brutal attacks.
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“BACK ON TRACK” BUDGET TO ASSIST BUSINESS GROWTH

April 9, 2022
Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Trade & Export Development, spent some time Wednesday afternoon with business groups identifying key economic points of the 2022-23 Provincial Budget.
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JOHN HOPKINS HONOURED BY THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

April 9, 2022
In the 2022-23 budget announcement on Tuesday, Finance Minister Donna Harpauer honoured John Hopkins, the longtime CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce.
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A SUCCESSFUL WORLD JUNIORS BID HAS BENEFITS FOR REGINA & AREA

April 9, 2022
Last week the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce expressed its full support of the City of Regina in its joint bid to host the 2023 World Junior Championship.
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PANDEMIC AND INFLATION RATE CAUSING ISSUES FOR BUSINESSES

January 26, 2022
The combination of a low Bank of Canada interest rate and a high inflation rate is making things challenging for business owners throughout the country.
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