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Practices for a Safe September 

Parents, caregivers, educators, and employers are still grappling with big questions about returning to school and work this fall. No one has all the answers. 

In all cases, it is advisable to continue to practice safety precautions at home and in the workplace. The three rules are: keep a 2m distance between yourself and others, wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and always wear a mask indoors and around other people. 

Adhering to safety procedures is key now more than ever before. City of Hamilton has done a tremendous job in keeping our community informed. There's a wealth of resources available on the website at: https://www.hamilton.ca/reopens.

If you need safety signage for your organization, feel free to request multilingual signage posts by emailing: immigration.partnership@hamilton.ca. 

Check out this video series created by Refugee 613 on the use of face masks available in 11 different languages to share with your clients and your community. We all have a responsibility to keep each other safe. 

SPRC Releases Bulletin on COVID-19 in Hamilton
Hamilton's Social Planning and Reseach Council (SPRC), a key HIPC partner, has released new findings on the impact of COVID-19 on our city including a section on equitable recovery. Key findings indicate that persons and groups already experiencing inequality are seeing the most acute effects of the pandemic. This comes in alignment with previous research indicating that COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on radicalized individuals in Ontario and elsewhere. 

The SPRC research also revealed that Hamilton neighborhoods with higher concentrations of people living on low incomes and people who identify with a racialized group have higher rates of COVID-19.
 
* Figure taken from the SPRC release
The effects of the global pandemic persist, and there are concerns that numbers could increase again. SPRC recommends that social justice principles must be centred in COVID-19 response efforts, and modernizing our social safety net for the most vulnerable should be at the top of the list of actions. Otherwise, inequality and suffering in our city will increase.

As we collectively think about recovery, how can the changes that we have seen in our economy and society, namely the impact of COVID-19 on our unemployment rates and our vulnerable population, inform our actions moving forward? 
World Literacy Day
In honour of World Literacy Day earlier this week, what do the numbers say about education rates among immigrants in Hamilton? There are two HIPC research projects that help answer this question. The facts are: 
  • 22.9% of immigrants have high school diploma or equivalent
  • 35.2% of immigrant have university accreditation at bachelor level or above
  • 4.0% of immigrants have apprenticeship or trades certificate
To learn more, check out our Newcomers and Immigrants in the Hamilton Labour Market: Outcomes and Opportunities for Improvement (2020) report and the Demographic Profile of Immigrants in Hamilton (2019).
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