In March of 2020 the world came to a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ontario government called a state of emergence and immediate shut down of all non-essential businesses in hopes of “flattening the curve” of the pandemic. While this was a decision made with the best interest of the health of Ontarians, it did have both short term and long-term effects on the provincial economy.
As Canadians we continuously strive for a barrier free society built on equity and fairness. While steps have been taken towards this admirable goal, more can still be done. This is the central belief for “A Seat at the Table”, a group focused on promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities on Canadian corporate boards.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a stand-still. In Ontario, this resulted in numerous lock downs and restrictive measures that heavily impacted businesses. The pandemic’s lasting effect is still being felt by businesses, especially when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees. The OCC (Ontario Chambers of Commerce) and the Discover Ability Network believe that one answer to this widespread issue is through utilizing an untapped talent pool of people who self-identify with a disability (PwD).
January 25, 2022 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce together with Mohawk College have launched an initiative under an Ontario Labour Market Partnership (OLMP) to support local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) with workforce development and retention strategies.
The project aims to generate a workforce development and onboarding strategy along with a community asset map scanning the Hamilton SME landscape, their needs, existing resources, and gaps in resources to support SMEs and job seekers alike in a COVID-19 recovery context.
January 14, 2022 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the call is now open for nominations for its annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) & Hamilton Citizen of the Year Award, presented by RBC Royal Bank.
To submit an application for your business – or nominate a business – visit obaahcc.ca
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Nominating & Governance Committee has made its recommendations for candidates to fill five upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors. Meet them below!
Our new Directors will be sworn in at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Event details will be posted soon on our website.
October 20, 2021 – HAMILTON, ON: On Saturday, November 20, 2021, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is bringing back Hamilton Day. The organization first held the event in 1931 during the depths of the Great Depression to boost spirits and the local economy. While it was only one day in an economic downturn that carried on for years, Hamilton Day was symbolic of a rallying spirit in the face of adversity.
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.
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.
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.