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

Recent research has confirmed that COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting female-dominated sectors in Canada and women are facing excessive barriers to re-entering the workforce. In Hamilton, this is likely 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 is conducting a study over the course of 2020-2021. Through the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, the project will result in a research paper that will include tangible policy recommendations on how to best encourage women to successfully re-enter and remain in the labour market after COVID-19.

The Hamilton Chamber launched a survey in January and it is now closed to responses. We are so pleased by the overwhelming response from Hamilton women. We will be continuing our research with focus groups and interviews, and plan to have a final paper ready for the community by August 2021. Stay tuned!

This research within this project is being conducted by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce with the support of our project partners: McMaster University, Goodwill the Amity Group, Workforce Planning Hamilton, and YWCA Hamilton.