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Federal & Provincial Investment Confirm Hamilton is LRT Ready

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce congratulates the federal and provincial governments for working together to fund an unprecedented investment in transit across our region, including the Hamilton City Council-approved B-Line LRT project that will run from McMaster University to Centennial Parkway.

This announcement comes after a decade of collective community advocacy from the Chamber and countless Hamilton organizations and citizens who believe in the transformative economic and social benefits this once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure investment will generate for our entire city.

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Hamilton Chamber to Roll-Out Free Rapid Tests to SMEs in Hamilton

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

MAY 7, 2021 – HAMILTON: Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario and Canadian governments, launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative. Through this initiative, test kits will be distributed through participating local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in Ontario – including the Hamilton Chamber – to small- to medium-sized employers (SMEs).

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INDUSTRIAL WASTE HEAT RECOVERY REPORT: Heat Wasted by Hamilton’s Bayfront Area Industries could heat 45,000 local homes

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

APRIL 29, 2021 – HAMILTON, ON: New analysis from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce – funded by The Atmospheric Fund and developed in cooperation with local heavy industry, the City of Hamilton, and other stakeholders – shows the feasibility of using waste heat from the Bayfront Area, including the potential for a district energy system to serve the heating and cooling needs of adjacent buildings.

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2021 Federal Budget – A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

On Monday, April 19 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, released Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience, the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that brings all Canadians along.

The COVID-19 recession is the steepest and fastest economic contraction since the Great Depression.

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2021 Provincial Budget – Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

On March 24, the Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, released Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. The 2021 Budget is the next phase of Ontario’s response to COVID-19 and is the second Budget the government has delivered during the pandemic.

The 2021 Budget builds on the government’s record investments in response to the global pandemic, bringing total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy.

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Ontario Vaccination Support Council Portal: Seeking Volunteers from the Hamilton Business Community

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

March 22, 2021 – HAMILTON, ON: The Ontario Vaccination Support Council (OVSC) launched an online portal to connect Ontario’s public health units with private sector organizations offering local support.

The portal will allow for two-way communication between the private sector and public local health units so that organizations can volunteer time or resources to support the province’s vaccination efforts.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Ontario Provincial Government Decisions on Findings of Hamilton Transportation Task Force

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

February 9, 2021 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce welcomes today’s commitment by the province to work with the federal government to fund the B-Line LRT project in Hamilton, following last year’s advice from the Hamilton Transportation Task Force (HTTF) to invest in higher-order, intra-city transit in the City of Hamilton.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Joins Chamber Partnership Initiative

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Joins Chamber Partnership Initiative to Support Business Growth and Student Career Development across Canada
Partnership connects employers to students – offers eligible employers $7,500 in wage subsidies

February 5, 2020 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has joined the Chamber Partnership Initiative across Canada to support the development of business growth and student careers.

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce Releases 2021 Ontario Economic Report

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

On January 28, 2021, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the fifth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER) detailing the experiences and confidence levels of Ontario businesses based on data collected through multiple surveys conducted over the past several months.

Click here to review the 2021 Ontario Economic Report

According to the OER, Ontario witnessed a steep decline in real GDP growth (-5.6 percent) in 2020 but is projected to see a moderate rebound of 4.8 percent in 2021, fuelled largely in part by expectations for vaccination rollout and the eventual re-opening of the economy. 

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Hamilton Chamber Launches City-Wide Online Survey to better understand Hamilton’s Employment Disparities during COVID-19

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

JANUARY 6, 2021 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has launched a city-wide online survey to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the careers of working women within Hamilton.

The survey can be found at womenoutofwork.ca.

Taking only 10-20 minutes to complete, depending on one’s experience, this survey will allow women to share any challenges, barriers, and successes they’ve encountered as a result of COVID-19.

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