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Chamber News & Updates

CHAMBER CHAT PODCAST: EPISODE 5, KEVIN DUREAU

February 22, 2024
Episode 5 of Chamber Chat features Kevin Dureau, CEO of the Regina Construction Association. Kevin joins podcast host Trent Fraser of Fraser Strategy Inc. to discuss the role the RCA plays in representing its members, how construction is an important segment of the economy and how his entrepreneurial background has impacted his career.
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CHAMBER CHAT PODCAST: EPISODE 4, KIRBY KAZEIL

February 8, 2024
Episode 4 of Chamber Chat features Kirby Kazeil, co-owner of Suds Car Care Inc. Kirby joins podcast host Trent Fraser of Fraser Strategy Inc. to discuss how it came that he and his wife Natalie opened Suds in 2003 and grew it into the successful family business that it is today.
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KYLE ADDISON INSTALLED AS CHAIR OF THE CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

February 2, 2024
Kyle Addison was officially installed as the chair of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce board of directors for 2024 on Thursday night at the 138th Annual Chairs Inauguration Dinner at the Hotel Saskatchewan.
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CHAMBER CHAT PODCAST: EPISODE 3, CHRIS LANE

January 25, 2024
Episode 3 of Chamber Chat features Chris Lane, President and CEO of Economic Development Regina (EDR). Lane joins podcast host Trent Fraser of Fraser Strategy Inc. to discuss how EDR identifies, develops and promotes opportunities that advance economic prosperity in the Greater Regina Area (GRA).
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BANK OF CANADA MAINTAINS KEY INTEREST RATE AT 5%

January 24, 2024
As expected by many economic experts, the Bank of Canada (BOC) announced Wednesday that it was holding the key interest rate at five per cent. In its announcement, the BOC also indicated it has begun discussing a possible timeline for cutting the rate.
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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT MISSIONS 2024

January 17, 2024
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Immigration and Career Training is accepting expressions of interests for the Workforce Recruitment Missions 2024.
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PROVINCE’S INTERNATIONAL OUTCOMES EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS FOR Q3

January 15, 2024
Saskatchewan continues to tell its story on the global stage, which has led to a host of new trade partnerships and opportunities for the province in the third quarter of the 2023/2024 fiscal year. 
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CHAMBER CHAT PODCAST: EPISODE 2 JAMES BOGUSZ

January 10, 2024
James Bogusz, President and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority, joins host Trent Fraser for the second episode of Chamber Chat, the bi-weekly podcast from the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce.
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TONY PLAYTER MAKES APPEARANCE ON CTV MORNING LIVE SASKATCHEWAN

January 9, 2024
Tony Playter, CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, dropped by CTV Morning Live Saskatchewan on Monday to chat with executive producer/anchor Darrell Romuld.
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COULD 2024 SEE INTEREST RATES REDUCED?

January 3, 2024
Business experts believe the Bank of Canada’s interest rate will begin to fall in 2024 but given the number of variables involved, there is caution in their forecasts.
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CHAMBER CEO PROVIDES CIVIC BUDGET BREAKDOWN

December 20, 2023
Historically during past budget presentations, City Administration would ask for a high mill-rate increase based on projected needs. Following three days of discussions and rate payer presentations, Council would decide that a more reasonable lower mill rate was needed and reduce it.
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CHAMBER CHAT PODCAST: EPISODE 1 MURAD AL-KATIB

December 20, 2023
The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce unveiled its news project today with the released of Chamber Chat, a biweekly podcast.
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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA LAUNCHES PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATIONS

December 19, 2023
The Government of Canada recently launched pre-budget consultations to hear from Canadians about what matters most to them in advance of Budget 2024 — the next step in the federal government’s economic plan.
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Regina Chamber to Attend Budget Deliberations

December 12, 2023
On Wednesday, the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce will be asking Regina City Council to examine the proposed budget and find fiscally responsible options to reduce the mill rate. Following the direction of our members, the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce is recommending some changes to the current proposed budget.
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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELEASES 2023 FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT

November 22, 2023
The Government of Canada released its 2023 Fall Economic Statement on Tuesday which delivers the next phase of the government’s economic plan to help create good jobs, build more homes, and make life more affordable.
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RAA & WESTJET ANNOUNCE ADDITION OF DAILY U.S. CONNECTING FLIGHT

November 21, 2023
The Regina Airport Authority and WestJet made a significant announcement on Monday morning, unveiling a year-round daily flight connecting Regina and Minneapolis. Getting a connection hub in the United States has been a priority for James Bogusz, CEO of the Regina Airport Authority. Although passenger volumes are currently at 90 per cent of the pre-pandemic levels, the lack of a daily, non-stop flight to the U.S. was a major issue for the RAA.
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CITY OF REGINA RELEASES PROPOSED 2024 BUDGET

November 17, 2023
The City of Regina has released the Proposed 2024 Budget outlining a 2.20 per cent mill rate increase. This budget is part of the City’s two-year budget strategy, to provide residents with an estimate of future property taxes, in line with the City’s Strategic Priorities and long-term objectives.
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EDR REPORT PEGS COST OF UNFILLED JOBS IN REGINA AT CLOSE TO $500 MILLION

November 8, 2023
Regina’s labour market crunch is resulting in significant unrealized income for workers and governments alike, according to the latest report from Economic Development Regina (EDR) titled “The State of the Labour Market in the Greater Regina Area.”
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WESTJET CEO PARTICIPATES IN REGINA BUSINESS COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE

October 12, 2023
WestJet CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech was in Regina on Wednesday for a roundtable discussion with community business leaders. Von Hoensbroech addressed the gathering and then participated in a Q&A session which touched upon a number of subjects concerning WestJet and air travel in Regina.
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CHAMBER PARTNERING WITH THE PATS FOR 2023-24 SEASON

October 6, 2023
The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the Regina Pats for the 2023-24 Western Hockey League season. Like the Chamber, the Pats have a long history with the storied franchise significantly contributing to the fabric of the city.
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INTEREST RATE HIKES GENERATE DEBATE OVER MONETARY POLICY

October 6, 2023
Are increasing interest rates the best way to deal with inflation? Many central banks throughout the world, including the Bank of Canada, use this policy in an effort to get control over rising inflation figures. But in recent years, some economists are pushing back against this strategy, suggesting that the conventional wisdom behind this policy actually causes more issues than it solves.
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FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION MAY NOT BE THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER

October 2, 2023
For many people making the transition from an educational setting to a business setting or making a career change, they are motivated by finding the passion that would lead to a successful career. Scott Stirrett, founder and chief executive of Venture for Canada and a columnist for the Globe & Mail, believes this strategy is flawed.
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CCI URGES CANADA TAKE A SENSITIVE BUT SPEEDY APPROACH TO AI

September 18, 2023
The Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI), which represents more than 150 Canadian tech companies, issue a report on Friday advising on how Canada should approach the growth of artificial intelligence (AI).
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MIXED REVIEWS FOR EXTENSION OF CEBA REPAYMENT DEADLINE

September 15, 2023
Thursday’s announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the repayment deadline for loans under the Canada Emergency Business Account program would be extended appears to be a good news, bad news scenario.
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CHAMBER CEO PAYS A VISIT TO CTV MORNING LIVE

September 7, 2023
Tony Playter, the CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, stopped by CTV Regina this morning and was a guest on CTV Morning Live, chatting with senior anchor Darrell Romuld.
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BANK OF CANADA HOLDS STEADY ON INTEREST RATE

September 6, 2023
The Bank of Canada announced this morning that is maintaining its interest rate of five per cent. As announced by BOC governor Tiff Macklem, the overnight lending rate is at its highest level in 22 years.
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RISING INFLATION RATE MAY CAUSE ISSUES FOR THE BANK OF CANADA

August 15, 2023
Economists are predicting that the rise of the inflation rate in July will make it difficult for the Bank of Canada not to intervene. Canada’s annual inflation rate fell to 2.8 per cent in June — landing within the Bank of Canada’s target range of one to three per cent. But the inflation rate rose to 3.3 per cent in July and economists are predicting the Bank of Canada may have to become involved in dealing with inflation.
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CANADA’S ECONOMY UNEXPECTEDLY LOST JOBS IN JULY

August 8, 2023
Statistics Canada reported on Friday that Canada lost a total of 6,400 jobs in July after gains of 59,900 jobs in May. Additionally, the report indicated that Canada’s unemployment rate rose to 5,5 per cent, marking the third consecutive monthly increase.
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LOOMING CEBA DEADLINE HAS SMALL BUSINESSES UNDER PRESSURE

July 18, 2023
Small business are feeling the pressure as the deadline for repayment of Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)  loans is quickly approaching. CEBA loans enabled small businesses and not-for-profits to acquire interest-free loans up to $60,000 during the pandemic. The original deadline for repayment of these loans was extended last year to Dec. 31, 2023 in a bid to assist businesses that were still recovering from the pandemic.
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ADP CANADA HAPPINESS@WORK INDEX INDICATES CANADIAN WORKERS FELT HAPPIER IN MAY

May 31, 2023
The ADP Canada monthly Happiness@Work Index for May 2023 reveals Gen Zs are bouncing back from their lowest score to date in April. Those located in Alberta, on the contrary, are showing the steepest month-over-month decrease in their Work Happiness Scores.
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ROYAL REGINA RIFLES PUT PLANS IN MOTION TO COMMEMORATE THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

May 24, 2023
The Royal Regina Rifles have initiated Operation Calvados, a detailed schedule of events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2024. The Allied forces launched Operation Overlord, the largest air and seaborne invasion of the Second World War, on June 6, 1944, in a bid to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation and create a path for the defeat of the Axis Powers.
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CHAMBER CEO TONY PLAYTER DISCUSSES BUSINESS ISSUES ON CTV MORNING LIVE

May 18, 2023
Tony Playter, the CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, was a guest on CTV Morning Live on Thursday, talking with senior anchor Darrell Romuld.
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DECLINING INFLATION RATE MAY BE HAMPERED BY HIGH WAGE GROWTH

May 12, 2023
High wage growth could be bad news when it comes to lowering the inflation rate. Wages for Canadians are now growing faster than inflation but economists are concerned the wage growth might hamper further reduction of the inflation rate.
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THE CANADA DIGITAL ADOPTION PROGRAM OFF TO A SLOW START

May 3, 2023
The Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) was created by the federal government to help small businesses upgrade their digital technology. However, in its first year the $4-billion program spent just three per cent of its budget on grants and loans.
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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN CANCELS SASKENERGY RATE INCREASE APPLICATION

April 27, 2023
The Government of Saskatchewan announced today that it has cancelled the SaskEnergy rate increase application.
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RIDERS HAVE A PLAN TO MEET THEIR BUSINESS CHALLENGES

April 21, 2023
Craig Reynolds, President and CEO of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, shared information and insight on Thursday as the keynote speaker at the latest event in the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce’s Luncheon Series.
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CHAMBER CEO TONY PLAYTER STOPS BY CTV MORNING LIVE

April 14, 2023
Tony Playter, the CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, was a guest on CTV Morning Live on Friday, talking with senior anchor Darrell Romuld.
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AND THE PARAGON AWARD GOES TO . . .

April 6, 2023
Thursday evening marked the 24th Annual Paragon Awards which are presented by the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce to recognize and celebrate Regina’s most outstanding businesses.
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DETAILS AND ANALYSIS OF THE 2023 FEDERAL BUDGET

March 29, 2023
The Government of Canada released its budget for 2023 yesterday, six days after the Government of Saskatchewan released its 2023-24 budget. The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, provided a foreward was released with the budget details.
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MINISTER BOISSONNAULT ANNOUNCES INVESTMENTS FOR TOURISM IN SASKATCHEWAN

March 16, 2023
The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, today announced a federal investment of $5,814,879 for 14 Saskatchewan tourism operators.
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LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD: REGINA NEEDS A VIBRANT DOWNTOWN

March 16, 2023
As a business leader in our community, you have the opportunity to make a difference and play a part in shaping and revitalizing Regina’s downtown. A multi-purpose entertainment complex located in Regina’s downtown would be a catalyst for economic growth and generate profound and lasting future benefits for our community.
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COMMISSIONAIRES CELEBRATE 75 OF EMPLOYING VETERANS & SERVING SASKATCHEWAN

March 10, 2023
On March 2, 2023, the South Saskatchewan Division of Commissionaires received a certificate commemorating 75 years of service to Saskatchewan from Regina & District Chamber of Commerce CEO Tony Playter. Commissionaires were founded in 1925 by veterans of the First World War to provide meaningful employment to those returning from the war effort. In 1948, Saskatchewan veterans of the Second World War founded a new division in our province.
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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2023 PARAGON AWARDS

March 3, 2023
Finalists for the 2023 Paragon Awards have been announced.
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CATALYST COMMITTEE REPORT TO BE PRESENTED TO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

March 1, 2023
Regina’s Catalyst Committee is hoping its final report, which is to be presented to Executive Committee today, will prompt private investment for the proposed projects.
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KINSMEN FOUNDATION PLEDGES $1 MILLION PLUS FOR NEW HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT

February 23, 2023
The Kinsmen Foundation – Saskatchewan’s Charity – today announced a pledge of $1 million dollars plus to invest in new health care equipment for the people of Saskatchewan. This pledge is possible due to the record-breaking total of more than $8 million raised at TeleMiracle 46 in 2022.
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TONY PLAYTER DISCUSSES BUSINESS ISSUES ON CTV MORNING LIVE

February 23, 2023
Tony Playter, the CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, stopped by CTV Morning Live on Wednesday to chat with senior anchor Darrell Romuld.
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PROJECTED RECESSION MAY NOT BE AS SEVERE AS PREVIOUS DECLINES

February 17, 2023
In an appearance before the House of Commons finance committee, Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem indicated the forecasted recession for Canada is not expected to be as harsh as those experienced over the past few decades.
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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES INDIGENOUS PROCUREMENT POLICY

February 9, 2023
Regina city council approved an Indigenous procurement policy at Thursday’s council meeting. Passed unanimously, the policy has set a goal of 20 per cent of procurement contracts being awarded to Indigenous-owned businesses.
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CITY BUILDING SPEAKER SERIES OPENER FOCUSES ON CITY REVITALIZATION

January 30, 2023
The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, in partnership with the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce and Regina Warehouse District, presented the first event in its City Building Speaker Series on Fri., Jan. 27.
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REGINA CHAMBER & FHQ DEVELOPMENTS LTD. SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

January 25, 2023
The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce (RDCC) and FHQ Developments Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today at the Queensbury Convention Centre. The signing was held during the FHQ Developments’ Business Development Day — “A World of Opportunity.”
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JASON DITTMANN INAUGURATED AS 137TH CHAIR OF THE CHAMBER

January 25, 2023
Jason Dittmann of MicroAge Regina was inaugurated as the 137th Chair of the Regina & District Board of Directors on Fri., Jan. 20.
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FHQ DEVELOPMENTS AND REGINA CHAMBER TO SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

January 24, 2023
FHQ Developments Ltd. and Regina & District Chamber of Commerce (RDCC) will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, January 25 at 12 p.m. at the Queensbury Convention Centre during the FHQ Developments’ Business Development Day “A World of Opportunity”.
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REGINA CHAMBER & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REGINA ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP, NEW EVENT SERIES

January 19, 2023
With Regina’s economy reaching a vital juncture, two of the region’s preeminent agencies are joining forces to ensure businesses, investors and workers have the information they need to grow their world in Regina.
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TONY PLAYTER DISCUSSES BUSINESS ISSUES ON CTV MORNING LIVE

January 11, 2023
Tony Playter, the CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, stopped by CTV Morning Live today to chat with senior anchor Darrell Romuld.
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CANADIAN TAXPAYERS FEDERATION REPORTS ON 2023 TAX CHANGES

January 9, 2023
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation recently released its annual New Year’s Tax Changes report which highlights the major tax changes in 2023.
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STATISTICS CANADA SURVEY INDICATES EMPLOYMENT GROWTH IN DECEMBER 2022

January 6, 2023
Statistics Canada released the results of its Labour Force Survey for December 2022 today and the numbers indicate that employment rose by 0.5% while unemployment declined 0.1 percentage points.
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BMO BELIEVES INFLATION, RATE HIKES & FALLING HOME PRICES TO CONTINUE IN 2023

January 4, 2023
Bank of Montreal economists believe Canada is likely facing another year of inflated inflation with at least one more interest rate hike.
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REGINA BUSINESSES OPEN FOR LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING

December 23, 2022
As Christmas Day quickly approaches, retail outlets in Regina have been busy with shoppers looking for last-minute gifts. Despite the challenges caused by Canada’s high inflation rate, Regina residents are supporting local businesses.
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A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM CEO TONY PLAYTER

December 22, 2022
The magic of the holiday season provides us with additional quality time to connect with family and special friends. While the last few years have changed some of our holiday traditions, it has also created an increased appreciation for what is truly important in our lives.
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EMPLOYERS CAN BOOST WORKPLACE WELL-BEING WITH THE RIGHT PLAN

December 21, 2022
Businesses are finding that employees are dealing with social anxiety which impacts their work performance. There are ways for employers to boost the well-being of their employees but they must be careful when implementing new strategies for mental and physical well-being.
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SURVEY INDICATES MANY CANADIANS LOOKING TO CHANGE JOBS IN 2023

December 15, 2022
A recent survey by Robert Half, a business consulting firm, indicates many Canadians are looking to change their job in 2023.
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WHY WORKPLACE DIVERSITY IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

December 14, 2022
By having a diverse workforce, businesses can improve its recruitment, international sales and boost profits.
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BOC INCREASES POLICY INTEREST RATE BY 50 BASIS POINTS, CONTINUES QUANTITATIVE TIGHTENING

December 7, 2022
The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 4¼%, with the Bank Rate at 4½% and the deposit rate at 4¼%. The Bank is also continuing its policy of quantitative tightening.
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INFLATION IS HAVING A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON HOLIDAY SPENDING

December 5, 2022
Given the detrimental effects of inflation, the holiday season isn’t quite as jolly this year. The Angus Reid Institute, a national not-for-profit public opinion research organization, released a report this morning indicating that inflation is not only curbing Christmas spending but also harming charitable donations.
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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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