Women out of Work: Assessing Hamilton’s Employment Disparities During COVID-19

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected female-dominated sectors in Canada and women are facing excessive barriers to re-entering and remaining in the workforce. In Hamilton, this is no exception.

Looking to understand and address the gender disparities that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our local labour market, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce conducted a study over the course of 2020-2021 that heard from nearly 1,600 self-identified Hamilton women. Through the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, we have created a report that will be launched on August 11th, 2021.

For more information, please contact Project Manager, Katie Stiel at k.stiel@hamiltonchamber.ca


Attend the Launch Event!

Join us virtually on August 11th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm as we present the key findings from the Women out of Work Study and speak to the tangible policy recommendations that have been developed to encourage and support women remaining in, and re-entering the workforce.


Upcoming Spotlight Events

This project will also be hosting a series of spotlight events designed to highlight key study themes and findings. All events are free and do not require membership with the Chamber. Click the links below to register:

Women out of Work: Remaining Resilient with Mental Health
Tuesday, August 17, 12pm – 1pm 
It is clear that Hamilton women are worried about the current and future impacts of the pandemic on their mental health. This event will look to share the findings of the Women out of Work study in regards to women’s mental health in Hamilton, and further a conversation about supports and strategies individuals, parents, and employers can utilize to remain resilient. 

Women out of Work: Rebuilding Hospitality & Culture in Hamilton
Thursday, August 19, 12pm – 1pm
While many female-dominated sectors have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, women working within Hamilton’s hospitality sector have reported the highest degree of negative job impacts. This event will look to share the findings of the Women out of Work study, and further a conversation about the opportunities that exist to help support the sector, and the women within it, as it recovers from COVID-19. 

Women out of Work: Ensuring a Fair & Equitable Hamilton Recovery
Wednesday, August 25, 12pm – 1pm
Research has shown that the pandemic has more heavily impacted Black, Indigenous and racialized women (BIPOC), younger women, women with disabilities, and low-income workers. This event will look to share the findings of the Women out of Work study, and further a conversation about the ways in which Hamilton can move towards an equitable and fair COVID-19 recovery. 


This research was conducted by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce with the support of our project partners: Goodwill the Amity Group, Workforce Planning Hamilton, and YWCA Hamilton.