Chamber Network COVID-19 News & Resources

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Updates

Effective March 23, 2020 the Hamilton Chamber is rescheduling the following events:

  • Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAAs) – rescheduled to Tuesday, June 9, virtually
  • March Business After Business (BAB) at Goodwill, The Amity Group – rescheduled to November
  • Mayor’s Breakfast – New date TBD
  • April Business After Business (BAB) at Wesley Urban – New date TBD

Office Closure
As of March 23, the Government of Ontario ordered all non-essential businesses to close. The Chamber’s staff will be working from home and can be reached by phone or email to continue serving our members.

Under the same mandate, please also note as of March 24, all Jackson Square Mall retail entrances will be closed.

Changes to Certificates of Origin
For companies requiring certificates of origin, please follow this process:
1. Send electronic copies of all documents requiring stamps to Diane Stephenson:
2. Diane will print, sign and stamp. (Please indicate how many copies you require)
3. Provide information for a preferred courier/account number to return the documents to you.

Please contact Diane directly if there are any questions or issues with this process.

Chamber’s Plan Employee Benefits
For any members that are on the Chamber Group Insurance Plan, please see the following update on March 18, 2020.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce team, in collaboration with Hicks Morley, have put together a toolkit to help support businesses be prepared for any human-resources or operational-related disruptions.

The guidelines and resources contained in this toolkit have been prepared to assist businesses in planning for and adaption to the disruption of COVID-19 and any future influenza pandemics.

Download the Toolkit here

Hamilton Chamber Members: Submit Your Needs & Concerns
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has established an online form for you to share your specific needs, concerns and challenges that the COVID-19 crisis has generated.  

We kindly ask that this form be used by our Chamber and Boards of Trade members only. Your input will be used to inform our government partners. There is no submission deadline. Keep forwarding your feedback as this crisis evolves.

Complete the Submission Form here

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Business Resilience Network
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery. Visit the website today.

Pandemic Preparedness Business Toolkit
To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, the CCC has launched a website: Pandemic Preparedness Business Toolkit.

Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Canadian Chamber also developed a brief guide from a number of best practice documents and designed to assist business planning and continuity efforts. This tool includes links to the some of the most relevant and credible information, best practice tools and resources and can be downloaded here: Pandemic Preparedness Guide.

International Chamber of Commerce

SOS Campaign
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has launched a new website for the SOS (Save Our SMEs) campaign. The website features key advocacy materials and is designed to help entrepreneurs find the insights and information they need to navigate through COVID-19.