Pandemic Response: Financial Supports
HIPC continues to explore ways to support the community during these trying times. Below are some initiatives: 

1- Support for Organizations: Hamilton Community Foundation Pandemic Response Fund

COVID-19 has placed each of us, our families and our city into a situation unlike any other in recent memory. In this rapidly changing and unpredictable landscape, Hamilton Community Foundation has established the Pandemic Response Fund. The fund supports charitable organizations across the city as they respond to the impact of COVID-19.

The Pandemic Response Fund addresses both the emergency needs of Hamiltonians today, and their emerging needs over the next weeks and months in what will no doubt be a long and difficult recovery. The fund includes three streams of support.

To access more information in English, Arabic or Spanish please click here.

2- Support for Families: Government of Canada 

The Government of Canada is providing up to an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20, within Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May. Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply.

3- Support for Property Tax Payers: City of Hamilton

The City of Hamilton is advising all residents that all property tax installment due dates will remain the same, at this time. The 2020 Interim Property Tax Instalment is due on April 30th- penalty and interest charges will be waived for a period of 60 days. More information is available on the City's website here. 

HIPC Releases New Report: Newcomers and Immigrants in the Hamilton Labour Market 
HIPC released a new report, exploring opportunities for improvement for newcomers in the Hamilton labour market. Previous research indicated that Hamilton was receiving fewer immigrants in comparison to other regions in Ontario. Also, Hamilton has tended to attract immigrants and newcomers whose levels of educational attainment have been somewhat lower than those seeking to settle in other parts of Ontario. 

The data in this report indicates that Hamilton’s newcomers have higher levels of education than previously, particularly women. Among recent immigrants in the labour force, almost half have a university degree, double the rate for Canadian-born Hamilton residents. Despite this, Hamilton’s immigrants are more likely than Canadian-born residents to be employed in occupations requiring a high school diploma or less.

The complete report is available on the HIPC Website. In keeping with these findings, how important is it for policymakers to ensure that newcomers are included in the planning of economic recovery in Hamilton?
Support Local Businesses in Hamilton
In small ways, you can make a lasting impact on Hamilton businesses during these challenging times. You can use this Hometown Hub to explore new places you can enjoy, right from the comfort of your home. In general, here are some ways you can support a local business.

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