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.


EHCC REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL – Creative, Rebranding Services, and Website Development

RFP for Creative, Rebranding Services, and Website Development for the East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the timeline and requirements, please click HERE. Deadline January 14th, 2022.


For information on the Workplace Education Programs offered in January, please click HERE!

New Restrictions Announced Dec 13th

For the latest restrictions announced by Nova Scotia and Public Health, please click HERE.

December Newsletter 2021

December Newsletter 2021 

EHCC Annual Members’ Holiday Party

Dear EHCC Members,

You’re invited to join us to our Annual Members’ Holiday Party.
Please join us for a drink, good food, door prizes, and the great company of fellow members!
Please RSVP to by December 6th.

4th Annual Workplace Education Celebration


Have you taken a Workplace Education Program through the East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce in-person or online? If so, you’re invited to join in the celebration of the hard work and commitment of you and many others.

Wednesday, November 17th at 6:30pm at the East Hants Sportsplex.
Please RSVP at

There will be food, networking, presentations, guest speakers and CAKE!

Have you completed a Program Pathway? 
Through the East Hants Workplace Education Program, we recognize those who have completed ‘streams’ or ‘pathways’ of programs, such as the Financial Pathway or the Technology Pathway, where participants have completed the required programs in a certain area of skills training.

We would like to present those who have completed a pathway with a certificate of recognition. To find out if you qualify for a pathway certificate please visit: Program Pathways. If you have, please email with the name of the completed pathway and your name.

We hope you can join us!

Please RSVP to

Member Services


ATTENTION EMPLOYERS!The call for applications for both the Youth Canada Summer Jobs and the Student Summer Skills Incentive program are now open! .**Deadlines to apply**Canada Summer Jobs is Jan. 25, 2022To apply: Summer Skills is Jan. 31, 2022 To apply: ... See MoreSee Less
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Do you know how to claim your vehicle for your business? What about how and what to claim for your home office? Or how to read your financial statements? . If you answered 'NO' or you're not 💯sure, we go you covered! . "DOLLARS & 'SENSE' " with Lynn MacKinnon will answer those questions and more! This business skills training will provide you with the knowledge to help you understand the rules and regulations of today's small business finances. Topics include: ✅ Basics and Definitions✅ Bookkeeping Concepts ✅ Home Office and Vehicle Use ✅ Budgets and Cash Flows✅ Pricing Strategies ✅ Financial Statements and Recording RequirementsFully funded; no cost to business owners, managers and employees. For schedule and program details visit: APPLY: ... See MoreSee Less
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The EHCC is looking to rebrand, so we're inviting submissions of proposals for the provision of creative services. For the full RFP details and timeline please visit: ... See MoreSee Less
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Now that the busy Holiday Season is behind us, it's time to take a look a the next session of business skills training through the Workplace Education Programs! .Check out what is being offered this winter beginning January 24th. ... See MoreSee Less
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