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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Releases 2021 Federal Election Priorities

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce submitted our 2021 Federal Election Priorities to candidates across Hamilton’s five federal electoral ridings.

As Hamilton’s oldest institution at 176 years old, we have the privilege of speaking for our 1,000+ members that employ over 75,000 people in our community. On behalf of our membership, the Chamber presented a suite of policy recommendations to further support and strengthen our local economy for candidates’ consideration.

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Hamilton Chamber Launches Report “Women out of Work: Assessing Hamilton’s Employment Disparities During COVID-19”

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

AUGUST 11, 2021 – HAMILTON, ON: At a virtual launch event on Wednesday, August 11, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce released “Women out of Work: Assessing Hamilton’s Employment Disparities During COVID-19”. This report heard from nearly 1,600 self-identified women over the course of 2020-2021 and highlights the local impact of COVID-19 on women’s careers and livelihood.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Launches “Hamilton Rapid Testing” Program

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

JUNE 9, 2021 – HAMILTON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide small- and medium-sized businesses in Hamilton with COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Testing Kits for their workplace. This benefit for businesses is made possible through the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative – an initiative with the Ontario Chamber Network.

The rapid testing kits are free and are available for SMEs with fewer than 150 employees.

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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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