The KCC has made a lasting difference since its inception, for a full overview of the KCC's activities since 2017 till date please click here. Here are a few more notable items from 2018:
August - During the month of August of this year, the KCC had the opportunity to tour the Kitikmeot region. The tour enabled the KCC to disseminate the preliminary Kitikmeot Economic Development Strategy Report as well as create more awareness around the KCC, while surveying the economic landscape of the region. The KCC extends its sincerest appreciation to the Government of Nunavut, ED&T, for its funding support of this tour and many other KCC initiatives. The KCC was pleased to partner with the Canadian Executive Services Organization CESO, for this regional tour. To view the regional tour report and see the pictures please click here.
Also notable in August was the KCC's participation in the Gordon Foundation Policy Recommendations on how the Federal government can better direct funding support and services to small and medium sized businesses in Nunavut, the full recommendation report can be found here. The recommendations were presented in person to: Global Affairs Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Senator Patterson, Stats Canada, and Employment & Social Development Canada.
September - KCC hosted its first AGM as well as attended the Canadian Chamber AGM where KCC along side the Canadian Chamber Territorial Committee got the Gray's Bay Road and Port Resolution passed at the Canadian Chamber's AGM by a majority vote of 98.9%. About 312 of the over 500 Chambers across Canada were present at the AGM. This is great news for our young chamber and for the Kitikmeot Region. It means that the democratic chamber movement across our nation have tasked our Canadian Chamber Staff and Board to champion this Grays Bay Port and Road Project on our behalf (more info here).
October - On the MTS Barge Cancellation issues the KCC organized town hall meetings for affected businesses and community members in Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk. The KCC also actively engaged media so as to bring awareness to this devastating situation. KCC surveyed all affected businesses and submitted a summary to the Government of Nunavut's Economic Development Departments. The KCC has since retained the legal services of Cooper Regel, for more information please visit our website.
November - KCC hosted a joint Lunch and Learn session with WSCC on recent mandatory Cannabis Legislation for all businesses. Senior WSCC Safety Officer Vicki Lloyd explained to the business owners present that it is now mandatory that all businesses have impairment policies, before they make their rounds to enforce this 2018 legislation they're making the rounds to create awareness in 2018, please click here for more info. Nursing professionals that were present were surprised to find out that WSCC actually encourages collaborative/direct discussions between employers and disability claimants, and access to relevant information for the SME employers. KCC also raised business owner concerns that WSCC could do a better job in monitoring/touching base with long term disability claimants who may have travelled to remote communities or outside the region.
Also notable in November of this year, the KCC submitted a petition to the Honourable Lorne Kusugak, Minister of Community and Government Affairs. The petition was submitted in partnership with the Kivalliq, Baffin and Iqaluit Chambers of Commerce, along with the Nunavut Economic Development Officers. The ask is that Section 112 of the Hamlet Act be amended to eliminate the $200 Worker’s Compensation Assessment Fee that small businesses with no employees have to pay in order to get their local hamlet business licence certificates. Click here to view the submitted petition. We encourage you as members to reach out to your local MLA and join us in making this legislative change a priority.
In December of 2018 the KCC has prioritized efforts for the following:
1) Please note that Transport Canada is planning a Community Consultation Tour January 2019 for Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay regarding the First Air and Canadian North Merger. More details to be distributed to members in 2019.
2) The KCC has partnered with Nunavut News to create the first ever Kitikmeot Visitor’s Guide. To view other guides previously done for the Kivalliq Region, City of Yellowknife and Iqaluit click here. If you have not done so already, the next 30 days is your chance to promote your business in this Kitikmeot Guide, which will be mass distributed at the Yellowknife airport, the Kitikmeot airports, visitor centers, as well as the upcoming trade show, etc. Click here to get the booking details, and be sure to mention the KCCNN10%OFF code for a discount, deadline for bookings is Jan 20, 2019. Please note that members of Travel Nunavut can receive marketing assistance of 50% of their expenses up to a max of $1000, click here to confirm details.
Lastly, if you have beautiful pictures from across the Kitikmeot, touching stories and/or content you’d like to see included in the Kitikmeot Visitor’s Guide, please email: Advertising@nunavutnews.com and Admin@KCCnunavut.com
3) The KCC will be seating with the Polar Knowledge procurement team in the new year to discuss upcoming procurement needs. If you have not provided us your business service description for the KCC’s 2019 regional business directory please before Jan 20th, 2019.
4)The 2019 Kitikmeot Trade Show is scheduled for February 11th – 13th, 2019 in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. This will be the 20th Anniversary of the Kitikmeot Trade Show and our theme for this year is “Building on 20 Years of Success!”. Click here to register before the January 15th 2019 early bird deadline.
5) The KCC is partnering with the KIA to deliver a Regional Strategic Action Plan Meeting (tentatively May 2019), more information will be distributed early 2019. If you are interested in joining the initial stakeholder engagement planning meetings please email: ExecutiveDirector@KCCnunavut.com
We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come. We wish you a very happy holiday season and a New Year filled with success. If you are not a KCC member and would like to become one click here and follow the online instructions. 2019 is going to be bright, KCC is excited to offer its members more exclusive benefits in the new year!