Merry Christmas

The Board of Directors and administration of the Chamber of Commerce wishes everyone the best of the season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Province Extends Deadline for Flood Recovery Programs

Small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the June floods will now have until June 30, 2014 to apply for help under the Alberta Flood Recovery Programs.

In response to the June floods, the Government of Alberta introduced the Hand-up plan; including loan and interest rebate programs to help Alberta’s flood affected small businesses, agricultural producers and not-for-profit organizations to get back on their feet.

“We have heard concerns that small and medium-sized businesses need more time to assess their needs following this disaster. The extended deadline will give these organizations the time to properly determine and apply for the support they need to help their businesses recover.”

– Doug Horner, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance
Extending the original deadline from December 31, 2013 until June 30, 2014 will enable businesses to take advantage of these programs once they have a better understanding of their needs and the future business climate in their region.

Organizations are encouraged to contact their financial institutions or the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) to determine their eligibility for these programs. Information is also available online.

Approximately 1,500 small businesses were directly affected by the June floods.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta’s resources to ensure we’re able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Related information

Alberta Flood Recovery Loan Guarantee Program

Alberta Flood Recovery Interest Rebate Program

AFSC Alberta Flood Recovery Loan Program

Scotiabank Grand Re-opening

The High River Scotiabank is going home.

Please join them for their Grand Re-Opening on Friday, December 13th, 2013 from 1 – 4 PM

Special Guest Appearances:

  • Lanny MacDonald, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Calgary Flames Street Team: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Harvey the Hound: 2:00 to 3:00 PM

For further details on a fantastic contest please see the Scotiabank Grand Re-Opening Flyer.



2013 Santa Claus Parade Report from Mr. Ted Dawson, Parade Chairman


27th Annual Santa Claus Parade December 6th, 2013.

Wow! Where do we start?

The 27th Annual Santa Claus Parade was a great success in spite of the cold temperatures. A huge “Thank You!!” to all of the participants in the Parade and to the spectators who came out to enjoy the evening. It is a testament to the hardiness and ingenuity of High Riverites as some spectators brought their own propane tanks with catalytic heaters attached to take the chill off the evening. The hot chocolate provided by different businesses and groups around the Parade route and the fire pits manned by the Red Cross were very well received and enjoyed

A huge vote of “Thank You!” is in order for:

· Lynette McCracken and Sharon Panas of the High River & District Chamber of Commerce;

· The Town of High River:

o Mayor Craig Snodgrass & Council

o Peter McDowell and everyone in Operations & Roads

o Joan & Kelly in Communications & Dayna in Tourism

o Ross Shapka and By-Law Enforcement

o The Fire Department

· S/Sgt. Ian Shardlow & the RCMP;

· the High River Times & Kevin Rushworth:

· Golden West Radio:

o Charlie Brown – AM1140

o Jodie Seeley – Sun Country 99.7FM

o Jamie Hall – the Eagle 100.9FM

· All the businesses and volunteers who helped with rebuilding the Santa Claus Parade float.

· Lorri MacCarl and All the volunteers who came out to decorate the Downtown buildings. Without all their help and assistance, the Parade would certainly not have turned out as well as it did.

Thank you also to Mayor Nahid Nenshi of Calgary, Global Calgary and CTV Calgary for their support and to the Canalta Hotel Group for their “Flood High River with Lights” campaign.

As in every year, we have a panel of Judges viewing the Parade. This year, the Judges were unanimous in their opinion that, because of the conditions, every entry deserved a “First Place” for participating! When pressed for entries they felt stood out, a real variety surfaced. The Town of High River, the Town of Okotoks, Falun Dafa Association of Calgary (lotus blossom), Servus Credit Union, McBride Career Group, Sheppard Family Park, High River AutoPlex & RV, Tim Hortons, Royal Bank, Tervita, Ecole Beausoleil, Canadian Pacific Puffer Billy Express, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, High River Stetsons 4H Club and the 1st High River Scouts were all mentioned, but it came back to the fact of so much participation by so many different businesses and groups. “Congratulations!” to everyone who ‘braved the elements’ and participated!

The 28th Annual Santa Claus Parade will be held on Friday, December 5th, beginning at 6:30 PM.

The theme of the Parade will be “Joy to the World!”

Ted Dawson, Parade Chairman