The Fort Saskatchewan and District Chamber of Commerce hosted their first ever virtual roundtable.
On Wednesday (Mar.25), the chamber invited members to meet via a video conference with the area’s MP, MLA and mayor. The focus was on what their levels of government are doing for local businesses and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The roundtable started with each government representative taking ten minutes to explain the steps their levels have taken to protect the interest of constituents. It ended with a question period.
MP for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan Garnett Genuis spoke about mortgage deferrals, wage subsidy, small business measures, income tax deferrals and the new Emergency Care Benefit.
“Another measure that we’ve been pushing for, as the Conservative caucus on the small business side, is allowing you to keep the GST you’ve collected,” said Genuis.
MLA Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk wanted to highlight the new Emergency Isolation support, the updated budget, education, property taxes and WCB premiums for businesses.
Fort Saskatchewan mayor Gale Katchur talked about the on-going safety measures the city has been taking, such as shutting down city facilities, enacting a special task force, a solid waste update, transit fares, handling refunds and utility deferral.
“One thing everybody has to remember is ‘deferral’ is not ‘cancellation’. These bills will have to be paid at some point in time,” said Katchur.
The Fort Saskatchewan chamber received kudos directly from the Alberta Chambers of Commerce as they were the first in the province to have a video conference connecting all three levels of government.
You can watch the entire video conference here.