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Fall 2022 Business Skills Training

Check out the next line up of business skills training programs schedule for September 2022. Applications are being accepted now, so don’t wait until you busy with summer plans. Appy today! 

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Apply Now! Spring 2022 Business Skills Training Programs

Here they are! The next session of business skills training through the Workplace Education Programs! 

**Professional development at NO COST to your business!**
**Just 4 hours per week for 10 weeks!**

To learn more…. 

Dead line to apply: April 4th.

March 2022 Newsletter

EHCC Newsletter March Edition

What are your pre-budget questions for the Kings-Hants MP Kody Blois?

To help prepare for the next federal budget, our Kings-Hants MP Kody Blois is meeting with the EHCC next week. We want to hear from our members about what questions we should ask and what feedback we should give him, on what the federal government priorities should be for the upcoming year, according to businesses of East Hants.

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey and provide your feedback or questions for Kody Blois, MP no later than Wednesday, February 23rd by noon.

What are your pre-budget questions for Kings-Hants MP Kody Blois? 


** Note at this time there are 4 vacancies for Director-at-Large positions; 1 for the 2022-2023 term and 3 for the 2022-2024 term. If you or someone you know would be a great addition to the EHCC board, please let us know!
Expressions of Interest must be received by February 28th, 2022
The East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. At this meeting, the 2022/2023 EHCC Board of Directors will be elected. In preparation for the election, the Nominations Committee has been mandated to prepare a list of candidates.

To facilitate the preparation of the list and to ensure that the process is open to all members, the Nominations Committee is now issuing a Call for Expression of Interest from the EHCC Members to serve on the Board of Directors. Read More… 

If interested in serving on the Board of Directors with the EHCC, please contact us: and for the Expression of Interest Form please click here.

Call For Donations for Silent Auction in Support of Food Banks!

The EHCC is hosting its 5th Annual Memorial Trivia Night Food Bank fundraiser VIRTUALLY Tuesday, February 8th, 2022, at 6:30 pm.

We’re calling on local business for donations for the silent auction that will run from January 31 to February 14.  If interested in donating, you can access the donation letter here and send an email to with the following information:

  • Business/organization name
  • What the item is and a detailed discription
  • Picture of the item
  • Approximate value
  • Address of the location for pick up of item


Federal Government Announces Expanded Supports for Business

The Federal government just announced an expansion to two of their support programs for businesses and individuals. The Chamber has been advocating for support for businesses through this most recent round of restrictions, and we are extremely pleased that these new adjustments to their programs will help our hard-hit sectors. Read more…


Further COVID-19 Restrictions Announced

Further Provincial Restrictions Announced

Today, Premiere Tim Houston and Dr. Strang announced further provincial restrictions due to the Omnicrom variantand are effective 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 22 until at least January 12, 2022

The list of restrictions includes, but is not limited to:

Gathering limits

  • physical distance and mask requirements remain in place
  • indoor and outdoor informal gatherings are limited to 10 people from the same household or consistent social group
  • there are to be no in-person events such as festivals, special events (including receptions), sports games or tournaments, or arts and culture performances
  • a limit of 10 participants indoors and 25 outdoors applies to sports practices and training; physical distance is not required, and masks are recommended when possible indoors and outdoors; spectators are not allowed
  • a limit of 10 participants indoors and 25 outdoors applies to professional and amateur arts and culture rehearsals and virtual performances
  • gathering limits of 25 per cent of capacity to a maximum of 50 people indoors and outdoors apply to social gatherings, such as faith services, wedding ceremonies, funeral ceremonies


  • places like retail businesses, malls, museums, libraries and recreation and leisure businesses and organizations can operate at 50 per cent capacity with physical distance; some examples under recreation and leisure include dance and music lessons, climbing facilities, escape rooms, indoor play places, arcades, golf, shooting ranges and dog training
  • fitness and recreation facilities can operate at 50 per cent capacity with physical distance; personal training is allowed with as much physical distance as possible
  • personal services like hair salons can operate at the maximum capacity possible with physical distancing but cannot offer services that require removing masks
  • food establishments and liquor-licensed establishments can operate at 50 per cent capacity, they must have physical distance between tables; barriers may only be used to achieve 50 per cent capacity but not exceed it; there is a limit of 10 people per table; they must stop dine-in service at 11 p.m. and close by midnight; takeout, drive-thru and delivery can operate later; only one performer is allowed

There is no change in the requirement for proof of full vaccination for discretionary activities. It is still required for attendees and volunteers, even in places where gathering limits and physical distance will apply.

For the full list of restrictions and for more details please visit: Further Provincewide Restrictions to Slow Omicron Variant – Government of Nova Scotia, Canada



The Province announced December 17, additional support for NS businesses impacted by the new provincewide public health restrictions. The Chamber along with other stakeholders began meeting with Government early last week, and are pleased to see the rapid response from government.

The Sector Impact Support Program will provide a one-time grant of up to $7,500 to help small business owners in industries such as restaurants offering in-person dining service; bars and other licensed drinking establishments; fitness, recreational and leisure facilities including gyms, yoga studios, indoor play areas, arcades, climbing facilities, dance programs and music lessons; boat and walking tours; private museums; rinks and arenas that are not municipally owned; and live performing arts facilities.

The Sector Impact Support Program will be funded through the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Response Council. It is expected to cost about $10 million depending on participation. The Premier stated  that if this is not enough, there will be more.

 Applications will open early January. Eligible businesses can receive the following amounts based on November 2021 gross payroll costs:

Payroll costs between $1,000 and $15,000 – grant of $2,500
Payroll costs between $15,001 and $25,000 – grant of $5,000
Payroll costs between $25,001 or more – grant of $7,500

To learn more about the Sector Impact Support Program, click here.


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