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Wednesday June 2nd, 2021
Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce
Elevating, Connecting, & Advocating
June Business Book Club
Wednesday June 16th, 2021 from 5:30-7:00pm
A Tribe Called Bliss by Lori Harder
Join us with a beverage and a snack from a local Bow Valley Business!

Want to #buyitinthebow? Purchase your book locally at Café Books for a 10% discount! Use "Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Book Club" for discount in store. 10% discount only available for instore purchase at Café Books.

More info about June's pick:

In Inspired by Lori’s own journey through loss, loneliness, and disconnection and her fears of remaining an outsider and of never reaching her dreams, A Tribe Called Bliss details how Lori shed unfulfilling, surface-level friendships and discovered her untapped potential. Step by step, she lights the way to show you how you can achieve deep, meaningful relationships that accelerate and support your highest potential, while providing the tools to ensure unshakable faith in yourself and your journey.

All are welcome and invite a friend!
Click HERE to register for June Business Book Club!
June BVCC Conversation Café 
COVID-19 Inclusive Recovery
and Involvement 

Wednesday June 26th, 2021 from 8:00-9:00am 

Join the BVCC and  Laurie Edward, Executive Director of Banff Canmore Community Foundation (BCFF) and James Morton from Jarislowsky Fraser - Global Investment Management, to learn strategies for building local economic resilience here in the Bow Valley and the role that community-held assets can play. 

BCCF will share how it builds and stewards a community-held endowment for the benefit of the Bow Valley. As we navigate uncertain and difficult times and begin to reach for an inclusive recovery, learn about how BCCF is helping buffer the challenges and realize the opportunities. And discover how Chamber members can become involved.
Click HERE to register for June Conversation Cafe!

Welcome NEW BVCC Members!

The Town of Canmore

Add Your Business To The Canmore Business Directory

Whether you are looking to shop, dine, pamper yourself, or service your car, you can do it in Canmore. Check out the Canmore Business Directory in the Town of Canmore's Business Hub! Want to add your business to the directory?  Click HERE to submit your information.  Need to update your listing? Email with "Open For Business" in the subject line.

The Town of Canmore and the Tourism Task Force would like to invite you to join in a meaningful conversation regarding tourism and its role in, and impacts on, the Town of Canmore, it’s residents and neighbouring Indigenous communities. This process will lead to a shared understanding and will define a comprehensive, balanced and sustainable framework for tourism and the tourism industry in a way that:

  • Preserves the social fabric of the community,
  • Maintains and where possible enhances ecological integrity, and
  • Continues to ensure Canmore’s long-term economic health.

You will be joined by other members of Canmore’s community including residents; tourism operators; non-tourism business owners; interest groups; clubs and organizations; and Town of Canmore council and staff. 

Workshop dates
Monday, June 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Wednesday, July 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 22 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
A secure Zoom conference link and instructions will be provided to all participants prior to the meeting.

Click HERE to register and get involved

The Government of Alberta

Phase 1 Open For Summer Plan 

We have entered phase 1 of the GOA's Open for Summer plan.  The following restrictions are still in place or have been eased: 

-Outdoor social gatherings, with distancing, increase to up to 10 people. 
-Indoor social gatherings are still not permitted.
-Outdoor patio dining can resume with a maximum of four people per table. 
-Everyone at the table must be members of the same household or for a person living alone, dining parties are limited to two close contacts.
-Physical distancing and other restrictions still apply.
-Outdoor physical, performance, and recreational activities are permitted with up to 10 distanced people, for all ages.
-Retail can increase to 15 percent of fire code occupancy (must maintain the ability to distance).
-Personal and wellness services can reopen, by appointment only.
-Wedding ceremonies may have up to 10 people, including the officiant, bride/groom, witnesses, -and any photographers/videographers. Receptions remain prohibited.
-Funeral ceremonies may have up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy, or organizers not considered guests. Receptions remain prohibited.
-Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.

Learn more about Alberta's Open for Summer Plan HERE

Alberta Jobs Now Program 

Businesses and non-profits can apply for funding to reduce the cost of hiring and training Albertans for new jobs. The Alberta government will subsidize 25% of a new hire's wages/salary, up to a maximum of $25,000, for one year. Some, but not all, of the plan's elements are:

  • Eligible employers are Alberta-based and can be either a non-profit, business, or sole proprietorship that has been incorporated/registered for at least on year.
  • Employers are hiring for new or vacant positions for at least 52 weeks.
  • The new employee be unemployed at the time of hiring, and cannot be a family member (+ other restrictions).
  • The cost of training the new hire can be included.
  • During the 52-week period the employee can change while the subsidy continues (via a process with gov't)
  • Two payments are made (after receiving proper supporting docs) by the Alberta government:
    • 50% of the subsidy is paid after three months
    • The final 50% is paid after 52 weeks of employment is completed
Learn more about the Alberta Jobs Now Program HERE

Kananaskis Conservation Pass

Starting June 1, purchase a daily or yearly pass to experience Kananaskis Country and the Bow Valley Corridor while supporting conservation efforts in the area. All vehicles stopping in Kananaskis Country and provincial sites in the Bow Valley Corridor will need to purchase a Kananaskis Conservation Pass. Sales begin June 1.

More info about the Kananaskis Conservation Pass HERE

The Federal Government of Canada

View all federal COVID-19 supports for business
Responding to COVID-19 and what you can do to reduce the impacts

June 2nd 2021:
Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH): Interchangeability of Authorized COVID-19 Vaccines 

"We continue to rely on scientific evidence and expert advice to guide our decision-making on the use of authorized COVID-19 vaccines. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has provided updated guidance on the use of mixed vaccine schedules in COVID-19 vaccination programs.

NACI recommends that:
-For individuals who received a first dose of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine (viral vector vaccine), either AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD or an mRNA vaccine may be offered for the second dose, unless contraindicated.
-For individuals who received a first dose of an mRNA vaccine, the same mRNA vaccine should be offered for their second dose. If the same mRNA vaccine is not readily available or unknown, another mRNA vaccine can be considered interchangeable and should be offered to complete the vaccine series.

NACI's recommendations were informed by current international studies of the safety and immune response produced from mixed vaccine schedules, the rate of severe blood clots with low blood platelets, referred to as Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT), associated with the use of viral vector vaccines, as well as the current and projected supply of mRNA vaccines.

As Chief Medical Officers of Health, we thank NACI for their analysis and fully support their recommendations. Provinces and territories, informed by NACI and other expert analysis, local epidemiology, and vaccine supply and logistics, will continue to adjust vaccination programs to bring the greatest benefit to our populations."

Click HERE to read the full statement

COVID-19 Vaccination In Canada

As of May 28, 2021 with data up to and including May 22, 2021.

In Canada, 19,230,680 people (50.60% of the population) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • 17,477,007 people (45.99% of the population) are partially vaccinated.
  • 1,753,673 people (4.61% of the population) are fully vaccinated.

An additional 2,092,200 people (5.51% of the population) have been partially vaccinated since the report last week.

Click HERE to read more about COVID-19 vaccination in Canada

June 21st Is National
Indigenous Peoples Day

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
Why not learn more about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples by reading a digital copy of one the books from the #IndigenousReads reading list or by exploring a virtual exhibit at your favourite museum.
Click HERE to read more about National Indigenous Peoples Day
Applications for the Regional Relief
and Recovery Fund (Phase Four) are open

The Government of Canada and Community Futures organizations (CFs) understand the difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the small business community throughout the West. As a result, the Government of Canada has made funds available to the CFs to provide support and assistance to SMEs through the rural stream of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

Apply now using the secure online portal. Your information will be held in a queue until program funds are received from the Federal Government. You will be notified when your application has been processed. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2021.

Clients with an existing $40,000 RRRF loan, can apply directly for up to $20,000 in additional funding by logging into our secure online application portal. 
Click HERE for more information on the RRR & CFC West

Chamber & Other Info 

The Town of Canmore has graciously offered to provide gloves, bags, and pickers if people want to use those to help with our Community Clean-up on June 5th. We are very appreciative of their support! Please contact TOC Public Works before June 5th at 403-678-1580 to arrange pick up.

Did you know…

BVCC members receive a 40% discount on 15 and 30 second ads all year round on 106.5 Mountain FM! Contact Gord today for more information all things Radio and Digital advertising on
Gord Elser
Account Manager, Bow Valley
106.5 Mountain FM
Banff's New Business Food Waste Requirement 

Banff Council has passed a bylaw that will require all buildings to provide infrastructure for diversion of food scraps and food soiled paper. The bylaw will come into effect on July 1st, 2021. Building owners and property managers are responsible for setting up a system and informing their tenants. For more information on the proposed bylaw amendments visit:
Cheers To You & Entrepreneurship!
The BVCC’s Mission is to sustain a successful business community in the Bow Valley by elevating, connecting & advocating for our members. The BVCC's Vision is where Bow Valley entrepreneurs and businesses grow, network, and find the support needed to thrive and prosper. Let’s safely support local businesses at every opportunity. They have never needed our help as much as they do now.
The Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce is located within Treaty 7 territory, traditional territories and home of the Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, and Tsuut’ina Nations, as well as Zone 3 Metis. We acknowledge and appreciate that we live, work, and play in their territory and commit to the work of reconciliation.
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