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July 2020 Newsletter

A Note From The Director

Over the past few months, the world has experienced a pandemic which has taken an enormous toll on our collective health and economy.  I am heartened by the fact that through excellent public health management in Hamilton we are starting to see signs of recovery.  From the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery, to the property tax assistance program, to the creation of Outdoor Dining Districts, to the expansion of the Digital Main Street program, to strong partnerships with all three Chambers of Commerce and 13 BIAs in providing up to date economic information, we have and will continue to be searching for new ways to help Hamilton’s business community. 

As Director of the Economic Development Office I want to take a moment to thank Hamilton’s investment community.  Your commitment to our shared economy is sincerely appreciated and I want to assure you that our team continues to be here when you need us now and in future days with all your investment needs.

 – Norm Schleehahn- Director, Economic Development, City of Hamilton

Economic Recovery Task Force Has Started

As part of the COVID-19 management plan, Hamilton City Council provided direction to create the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery.  This group, made up of Mayor Eisenberger, Councillors Naan, Danko and Whitehead and a collection of 24 individuals representing the private, public and non-profit sectors have commenced work to identify short to medium term actionable items to get Hamilton’s economy moving again.  This group is expected to be active over the next several months and if you would like to view the first meeting held on June 4th, please  click the link below:


Looking To Hire, Looking For Work?

Recently, Workforce Planning Hamilton, in partnership with the Economic Development Office, introduced a new tool to help the local business community looking to hire and those looking for work.  The COVID-19 job board aims to connect job providers with job seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is another way the community is coming together to help those most affected by the pandemic and if you have a position you would like to post or know of someone who is currently looking for work, please share this following link:


Free E-Commerce Websites Now Available 

The Hamilton Business Centre (HBC) has partnered with the Province of Ontario, Digital Main Street, Google, Microsoft, Shopify, and Mastercard to provide free websites for those small businesses looking to take advantage of the monumental shift to e-commerce.  Over the next several months, the HBC will be offering a team of digital specialists who will work directly with Hamilton small businesses and ensure that as many as 200 companies are selling online in just a matter of days.  If you have a business that could take advantage of this program or know of someone who has a small business that could benefit, please follow this link:


Congratulations To The Outstanding Business Award and BIA Award Winners

On June 9th, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce announced their winners of the annual Outstanding Business Awards and the City of Hamilton also recognized the winners of the annual BIA Property Excellence Awards.  Congratulations to this year’s winners and for the full list, please follow this link:


Hamilton Companies Covid-19 Pivot

During the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hamilton companies pivoted to provide their services to combat the spread of the virus.  Here are just three examples, click the articles to read the full story:

Longan Vision
Temperature Screening

3D Printing Canada
3D Printer Answers The Call

Hamilton Manufactures Answer Call in Covid-19 Battle
Covid-19 Battle


Privacy Policy Update

We care about your privacy and want you to trust that your information is respected while you visit our Invest In Hamilton website. That is why we are updating our Privacy Policy from July 2020.

The updates are designed to provide greater transparency and clarity around how we collect and use your information.  The new version also includes some important updates that are required for us to comply with the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other international laws which are championing the privacy rights of individuals.

We recommend that you read the updated version of the Privacy Policy. 


Hamilton’s Fusion Pharmaceuticals Goes NASDAQ

Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Hamilton-based cancer-treatment company, is seeking to be listed on the Nasdaq exchange filing its registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of US$100-million worth of common shares.  A great story of applied research and why Hamilton is the city “Where Innovation Goes to Work”. 

Empirica logo

Hamilton’s Empirica Therapeutics Grows

Empirica Therapeutics (founded by Dr. Sheila Singh, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Biochemistry and chief pediatric neurosurgeon at McMaster Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Jason Moffat, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto and an expert in functional genomics and gene-editing platforms) was recently acquired by US Based Century Therapeutics.  Empirca’s science is focused on brain tumour identification and treatment and the newly formed Century Therapeutics Canada will be headquartered in Hamilton.

Construction Ramps Up

As we emerge from the COVID-19 business lockdown, many construction projects are back on schedule.  Here are some highlights from across the city that show that Hamilton is once again open for business. 


What Else Is Happening IN Hamilton…

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