COVID-19 Business Continuity & Recovery Information

Last Update: 07/02/2020, 9:00AM

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Economic Development, and the Flamborough and Stoney Creek Chambers of Commerce, are closely monitoring and assessing new developments pertaining to COVID-19, as well as its impacts on Hamilton business.

As business owners, employers, employees, and citizens, we recognize that this rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 is causing worry and concern.

To support you through this uncertainty, we have gathered and prepared several resources that you can navigate through on the green drop-down menu (on mobile) or on the left hand navigation (on desktop).

On this website, you can find access to:


Monitor COVID-19

Stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving situation, and on the nature of the virus itself, by frequently checking municipal, provincial, and national websites.


Recent Government Updates

For all older updates, please click here.

AS OF June 17, 2020: The Ontario government passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing evictions of commercial tenants and protecting them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19. The legislation applies to businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance for evictions from May 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020.

AS OF June 16, 2020: The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide, to help develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province. Check out the new resources here.

AS OF June 16, 2020: Prime Minister Trudeau announced the federal government will be extending the CERB by 8 weeks.

AS OF June 15, 2020: The Ontario government announced today that Hamilton can move forward into Stage 2 of reopening. This means more people can get back to work and more recreational activities will reopen. 

Effective Friday, June 19 at 12:01 a.m. the following will be permitted to open: 

  • Personal care services
  • Personal services
  • Restaurants & bars
  • Shopping malls & centres
  • Photography, Film & TV
  • Tour & guide services
  • Water recreational facilities
  • Outdoor recreational facilities and team sports
  • Beaches, parks & camping
  • Drive-in & drive-thru venues
  • Weddings, funerals and similar gatherings
  • Libraries
  • Community centres
  • Attractions & heritage institutions
  • Small outdoor events

For a detailed list of what can reopen in Stage 2, click here.

For sector specific guides to help prevent COVID-19 in the workplace, click here.

For all older updates, please click here.


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