COVID 19 Updates


Statement by Mayor Fred Eisenberger on Declaration of Emergency for the City of Hamilton

APRIL 17 2020

HAMILTON, ON – The Provincial Government declared a State of Emergency on March 17, 2020, to stop the spread of COVID-19. By virtue of the provincial order, the City of Hamilton was also in a State of Emergency.

On April 16, the province issued an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) to provide municipalities with the flexibility to deploy certain staff to where they are needed most. Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, has informed all heads of council of this order and has requested all municipalities to sign a Declaration of Emergency. See attached for the Minister’s letter.

This order is a temporary measure and provides municipalities the authority to take any reasonable measure necessary to respond to COVID-19 with respect to internal work deployment.

City council met March 20, 2020, and provided delegated authority to staff in order to manage the COVID-19 emergency situation and to maintain vital city services that keep our community healthy and safe.

To exercise this authority as requested by the province, I am declaring an emergency in the City of Hamilton under section 4 of the EMCPA concurrent with this order.

The declaration of an emergency by the City is a technical matter solely for the purpose of allowing us to redeploy staff and to use volunteers, if needed.

There is no additional cause for concern by the people of Hamilton.

The action we are taking today is purely technical in response to a request by the province that aligns us with a recent emergency order concerning emergency work.

We will continue to monitor and respond to this rapidly evolving situation to ensure we are providing the best support possible to the community as we work together to find our way through this challenging time.

Please continue to follow the advice of our public health teams to prevent the spread of the virus. For City of Hamilton COVID-19 updates, please visit and or call Public Health Services’ COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848 or email

Visit to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.


Late on April 15, 2020, Local 5167 was advised that City Council will cease payment to part-time and casual members who have not been in the workplace since March 13th. This change will take effect on May 5, 2020. They have said this is solely due to the financial hardships currently faced by the City.
The local is working with the employer to ensure continuation of seniority and service rights. This will only be in place until such time as the declared emergency ends, or until the employer reinstates programs and services that have been cancelled due to the pandemic. Additionally, we are seeking confirmation that all part-time and casual employees will be returned to their previous positions once the pandemic is over.
In solidarity,
Jay Hunter
President, CUPE Local 5167
Please remember that access to the City Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider Homewood Health is only a phone call away at 1-800-663-1142. You can also access their web site at
Financial Supports
Employment Insurance: There is a one-week waiting period for regular EI benefits. The waiting period for EI benefits related to sick claims has been waived by the Federal government in response to COVID19. This may also be under consideration for regular EI benefits
New Federal Emergency Benefit:



A message from the President Jay Hunter

CUPE Local 5167 is working with the Employer, Labour Relations and management teams to support the goals and direction of the Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus on our workplaces and the community, we continue to work to resolve public health concerns in relation to the  COVID-19 Coronavirus;

Attention City Unit Members:

This is a fast evolving situation and daily determinations on staffing are occurring. The Employer has decided to wind down many of their operations which has resulted in less staffing requirements. Where possible the employer has also assigned staff to work from home. Unfortunately not all required work can be done remotely.

We understand your concerns with attending the workplace. We have had many discussion with the employer regarding social distancing and personal
safety in the workplace.  We have be working on resolving issues. The employer has provided information on these items and we are happy to hear from you regarding specific  risks your feel you are facing in the workplace.

Attention All Members:

We have also been in contact will all employers. We continue to work through issues.

Please don’t hesitate to contact CUPE Local 5167 with specific risks you feel you are facing and we will address those issues with the employers.

Jay Hunter, President