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Hamilton Chamber Researching the Impact of COVID-19 on Female-dominated Sectors

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it is working with the Government of Ontario on a Labour Market Partnership to conduct research to measure the impact of COVID-19 on female-dominated sectors.

This project will be regional in scope and will be completed in partnership with the YWCA Hamilton, Workforce Planning Hamilton, Goodwill The Amity Group, and McMaster University.

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Hamilton Chamber Launches Post COVID-19 Economic Blueprint

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

July 29, 2020 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce published a Post COVID-19 Economic Blueprint for the City of Hamilton’s newly-established Economic Recovery Task Force.

In consultation with its members and tapping into its national, provincial and regional networks, the Chamber’s Post COVID-19 Economic Blueprint includes short term and long term recommendations for all three levels of government to ensure a smooth, equitable, and sustainable transition for Hamilton and beyond.

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Hamilton Chamber Preparing the Business Community for Mandatory Masks

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

[UPDATED JULY 20, 2020]

Wearing a mask or face covering will be required in enclosed public spaces beginning July 20, 2020 under City of Hamilton By-Law 20-155. This includes restaurants, retail stores and malls, hair salons, places of worship, public transportation, and other enclosed spaces.

For a full list of information and details on face coverings and the new masks by-law, visit hamilton.ca/masks

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Hamilton Chamber Signs Letter Urging US Government to Reconsider its Removal of the Trusted Traveler Program

· by Bianca Caramento

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce joined the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership in a shared letter, urging the US government to reconsider the removal of the Trusted Traveler Program.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) removal of New York State from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Programs (Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS) threatens the future of a robust international gateway and a shared culture.

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Open For Business – Continued Improvement to City Approval Timelines

· by Bianca Caramento

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce represents our members and their collective interests on the City of Hamilton’s Open for Business Sub-Committee.

This sub-committee is tasked with reducing red tape and improving efficiency in municipal government.

We are pleased to see that further progress has been made in approval times within the Planning and Economic Development Department (shown below).

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HCC Policy Resolution Approved at CCC AGM

· by Bianca Caramento

Last week, Chamber staff traveled to Saint John, New Brunswick for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s AGM, where chambers from across Canada voted on which policies the network will advocate for at a federal level.
The Hamilton Chamber proposed a resolution, Addressing Regulatory Barriers Affecting the Cannabis Industry. The resolution was approved with over 91% of the votes in favour.

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Federal Policy Platform – Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

· by Bianca Caramento

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has served as the definitive voice of local business since its inception in 1845. Throughout its history, the Chamber has played an important role in advocating for policies that enhance the social and economic prosperity of our city. Over the years, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has maintained a constructive dialogue with our federal representatives to address the concerns of our 1,000 members and the wider business community.

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McMaster Student Researchers Contribute to Hamilton Chamber’s Industrial Waste Heat Recovery Project

· by Bianca Caramento

This summer, we engaged two remarkable undergraduate students from McMaster University to assist with our Industrial Waste Heat Recovery Project, a business-led initiative funded by The Atmospheric Fund and focused on advancing next generation energy systems in Hamilton’s Bayfront Industrial Area (click HERE to learn more).

With input and encouragement from the Project Working Group, the students reached out to participating companies to gather vital information needed to help produce a baseline report on the current state of waste heat recovery systems and technologies in a study area that features two leading steelmakers and a range of other energy intensive industries.

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SUMMIT SPOTLIGHT: Taking Our Place On The World Stage

· by Richard Allen

The second annual Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit — a collaborative initiative led in part by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce — featured a keynote address by Barbara Dirks, former head of Silicon Valley Bank in Canada. Sponsored by Gowling WLG, the talk presented top reasons Canada’s Innovation Corridor, anchored by the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area and Waterloo Region, is on the rise among an elite group of globally ranked tech innovation hubs.

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