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Welcome to the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce

Supporting Local Business


The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce supports local businesses. We will continue to advocate for our members during this time and we will continue to support the use of local businesses during the rebuild of our community.


 Support for Bridge Financing  


The Chamber supports the initiative from the Fort McMurray Construction Association calling for the immediate creation of a program from the provincial government to provide bridge financing to businesses of the Wood Buffalo region. The letter, which was sent to Premier Rachel Notley, can be found below.  FMCA call for Bridge Financng Support for Business 


 BDC Support for Business


The Business Development Bank o Canada has announced that it is offering immediate payment relief to clients. They will be waiving principle and interest payments for the next three months! News Release


78th Annual Provincial Conference & Policy Session  

 

The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce attended the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Plenary Session in Red Deer on May 13 & 14. The conference provided your Chamber with the opportunity to meet with representatives from Calgary, High River and Slave Lake to discuss their experiences with natural disasters. Chamber Executive Director, Alexis Foster, presented a late resolution to the delegation regarding the Alberta budget cuts to wildfire management. The policy to reinstate the wildfire management budget was passed without objection.  


Business Help Form


 Community Futures Wood Buffalo has developed a business help form to assess current business needs. The form is for any Fort McMurray business owners who are looking for assistance or advice on topics such as insurance, bridge financing, HR/payroll, etc.This information is being collected by Community Futures Wood Buffalo for the Business Triage Database and will be used to help support your business sustainability. The form can be found here.









Relief and Rebuild Services


The Chamber supports the use of local businesses wherever possible. We support Council in their communications with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Emergency Management Department about the importance of using local contractors and businesses. If you would like to support rebuild efforts please complete the form below.


Offer of Resources form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1E3lFMdGI2WozqeTJVUwLXVHDXWmFNbv02ZKx1sF0k_w/viewform 


Procurement Process During an Emergency (provided by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo)

  1. The province process starts with the first call for any good or service requirement to a local vendor and/or a vendor with which we have an existing standing offer agreement.(SOA)  
  2. We will only call an out of town vendor in the case where the local vendor is not available to do the work, or he/she cannot complete the work according to our specific schedule. We have been challenged finding local vendors in town as a result of the evacuation order.  
  3. We have asked IT to develop a database that will allow vendors to register their company's information during the evacuation period, in addition to the use of our municipal vendor registry database. They recently completed this database, please share the link with your members as follows:   https://apps2.rmwb.ca/VendorRegistry/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FVendorRegistry%2FVendors%2FDetails%2F385  
  4. As well, vendors are encouraged to send in their company information to our central email address, logisticscantf2@gmail.com. All local vendors that have offered their services by way of this mailbox are called when needs for their products or services arise.


Business News Network





Our Board President, Bryce Kumka, speaks to BNN on what the Chamber is doing to support local business. Read the article here.



Employee Communications 


Ongoing communications with employees is critical at this time. We would like to encourage all businesses to connect with their employees to ensure they are receiving necessary information as it becomes available.


Some important information that you may wish to share:


  • Will your company be providing wage continuance to your employees at this time? If you are unable to provide wage continuance, employers will be required to provide a Record of Employment (ROE) so employees can apply for Employment Insurance.  Employers can complete an ROE here. The Employment Insurance application and additional information can be accessed here.
  • Ensure that they have registered with the Red Cross. They can register here  
    • Updates on financial resources available to evacuees. The Red Cross is providing:
      • $600 for each eligible adult, $300 per child will be provided to registered evacuees
      • The funds will be distributed through an electronic funds transfers (EFT), and by using the information provided by evacuees when registering (alternatively money orders, cash cards or vouchers may be leveraged if an EFT is not an option for an individual)
      • The e-transfers of funds will be starting today and may take 24-48 hours to be received.


The Government of Alberta is providing:

  • $1,250 for each eligible adult, $500 for each dependent child under 18
  • One debit card will be issued for each household and will be pre-loaded with the total amount that all members of the household are eligible to receive
  • Red Cross registration is required first and can be done through www.redcross.ca or by phoning 1-888-350-6070.


  • Available mental health resources, such as the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 or Health Link at 811
  • Work timelines and other updates as you receive them. Everyone is excited to get back into our community and to help rebuild. As your organization gains information regarding the re-entry process please share this information with your employees. The more informed a person is the more engaged they will be.





 A Message from the Regional Emergency Operations Centre 


The Regional Emergency Operations Centre has been inundated with an enormous number of offers for resources and assistance. We are hugely appreciative of these offers and are working to develop a system to make good on them.  


To help, we've developed a "offer of resources" form that allows us to better understand what is being offered. You can help by filling out the attached form, provided in the link below. We'll then assess this information, identify resources needed, and use the information to help coordinate allocation of these resources.


Offer of Resources form


We appreciate your patience while we work through this tremendous outpouring of support. Please only submit one form per type of offer - if we require your assistance you will be contacted.  


With Heartfelt Thanks, REOC




Fort McMurray Wildfire Update


May 10, 2016 - It has been a week since the Fort McMurray wildfire forced a mandatory evacuation of our community. The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce has set-up a temporary office at the Leduc Regional Chamber for the interim and we will be continuing to operate as best as possible during this time.
The Chamber understands that this is a difficult time for many of our members. As such we  would like to encourage business owners to contact us if they are looking for assistance. We will continue to send out up-to-date information throughout the upcoming weeks.


 The Fort McMurray Chamber is working closely with the Alberta Chambers, Canadian Chambers, multiple levels of government and community partners to provide you with pertinent information as it becomes available to us. We will be attending the Alberta Chambers of Commerce in Red Deer this weekend and we will be advocating on behalf of our membership.


 We will continue to work closely with Chambers which have experienced similar situations in the past to provide a network for our members where you can access advice and ask questions from businesses who have underwent similar problems due to a natural disaster.   Inquiries about when and how you can get back into the region can be answered by contacting the Provincial Operations Center (POC) at 1-866-618-2362. http://www.aema.alberta.ca/provinicial-operations-centre


Office Space
 
Is your business looking for temporary office space? The Fort McMurray Chamber has received numerous offers of office space to extend to our membership. If you are looking for temporary office space please email Alexis at afoster@fortmcmurraychamber.ca


Insurance
 
We would like to encourage all members to reach out to your insurance provider as soon as possible.

Chambers Plan


Chambers Plan Prairie Region and all our affiliates send heartfelt thoughts to everyone affected by the devastating fires in the Fort McMurray area. Our deepest sympathy to all those affected.  

Through our Business Assistance Service (BAS), which is included in every Plan, the provider ArÍte has put their entire network of counsellors on standby to support our clients affected by this overwhelming situation. The Fort McMurray fire will affect more than just physical property. Residents and even those living outside the danger area can be affected by fear, anxiety, a sense of loss and uncertainty.  


ArÍte's professional counsellors can assist clients with working through immediate and longer term concerns. Toll free: 877-412-7483 877-922-8646

 

2016 Schedule of Events

All currently scheduled events have been cancelled. We look forward to bringing you a new schedule of events once the mandatory evacuation of Fort McMurray has been lifted.