Hamilton Economic Development



The Nix Colour Sensor is a homegrown Hamilton product. Now selling all over the world and winning international awards. This affordable colour sensor was developed by a McMaster Engineering grad and each device is still proudly made in Hamilton, Ontario.

Awesometown Comes to the Ambitious City

Another creative industry to add to Hamilton's Downtown core, Awesometown Entertainment has worked with 20th Century Fox, Aardman Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Classic Media, Gameover and Big Idea Productions among others.

One city. Spend it Here.

Did you know there are 13 Business Improvement Areas (BIA) in Hamilton and that together over 1,800 businesses in these BIAs account for over $500Million in commercial assessment. Shop local. One city. Spend it here.

Small Business Fall Mini-Series Now Open

Join Hamilton's Small Business Entreprise Centre this fall for a workshop series. Visit hamiltonsbec.eventbrite.ca for more information.

Hamilton Home to Stryker Canada Head Office

Hamilton has been chosen as the site for the expansion of Stryker Canada's national offices. This involves a 120,000 square foot expansion in Flamborough- helping to retain 250 jobs in Hamilton with anticipated significant growth slated for the coming years.

Downtown Hamilton PopUp Park

The City of Hamilton recently created a temporary PopUp Park- 20 parking spaces at a large city parking lot- at John/Rebecca streets. This is a temporary measure in preparation for a future permanent public park in the area. The PopUp park features artificial turf instead of real grass, a bike track, seating, shade, fencing, an accessible ramp and free Wi-Fi.

ProVantage Automation

Provantage Automation specializes in developing custom factory automated solutions for companies to increase productivity, profits, and competitiveness. They are industry experts in PLC programming, HMIs, motion control, robotic integration, custom machine design, supervisory control systems, and more.

Office Space- Downtown Hamilton

From Class A space to funky brick and beam, Downtown Hamilton has the sites, the sounds, the people, and the vibe for your next urban investment. For more information, visit: www.investinhamilton.ca.

The Hamilton Consulate

Two day interactive and informative event takes the Invest in Hamilton message directly to a GTA audience.

Hamilton's Bayfront Strategy

Hamilton’s Bayfront Industrial Area (the "Bayfront") is a 1,149-hectare mixed industrial area on the shore of Hamilton Harbour and adjacent to some of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. The Bayfront has been part of Hamilton’s industrial, economic and cultural legacy for decades, and it was here where Hamilton grew its reputation as one of Canada’s major manufacturing centres. Today, manufacturing is still very much a part of this area; however, the City of Hamilton is conducting a study to guide future improvements, investments and redevelopment. The Bayfront Strategy will contain short, medium and long-term visions and actions to position Hamilton’s oldest industrial area for a future of continuing productivity and investment. Bayfront Industrial Study Map Jan 2017 The Bayfront Strategy will be completed in two phases and includes a public and stakeholder consultation program. Phase 1 included a market opportunities study associated with the Bayfront and was completed in late 2015. The City has initiated the second phase of this study which will develop an action plan to ensure the efficient use of the Bayfront, encourage growth and investment, and improve the environmental conditions and image of the area. The Phase 1 Background and Marketing Opportunities Study report identified a series of opportunities and constraints related to the future direction of the Bayfront. The report concluded that this land is best suited to remain as an industrial area in both the short and medium term, with the potential to change land use in the very long term.

Hamilton's West Harbour Project

The City of Hamilton’s strategic focus for the West Harbour is guided by the principles and goals in two plans: Setting Sail Secondary Plan West Harbour Recreation Master Plan Plans for the West Harbour include: enhancing cultural, residential, commercial and recreational uses providing a greater range of attractions year-round bringing economic opportunity through new construction, employment, tourism, cultural & commercial development This multi-million dollar redevelopment project will transform the West Harbour into a vibrant, mixed-use, transit supportive and pedestrian-friendly community that is the jewel on Hamilton’s waterfront. www.hamilton.ca/westharbour

The Hamilton Lunch

Food and beverage manufacturing has been growing exponentially in Hamilton over the past several years. These international brands are all located in Hamilton, and contribute to the "Hamilton Lunch" that you can enjoy anywhere in Canada! www.investinhamilton.ca/food

Hamilton Delivers

Hamilton is one of the prime North American Gateways for global goods movement, logistics and distribution. Through its strategic partnerships with the Port of Hamilton, the 24 hour John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, strong links to international trucking and rail lines, access to suppliers and 400 series highways/QEW, Hamilton is considered the backbone of Canada’s advanced manufacturing sector, Hamilton is “at the centre of it all.” Located in the middle of Canada’s most populated province (Ontario) and within a one day’s drive of 170 million people from across Canada and the United States, Hamilton stands alone in southern Ontario as the only city that can offer all four modes of transportation, rail, road, air, port, with lower costs, efficient and uncongested global connections to serve external markets. Recently, major infrastructure investments have been made in Hamilton goods movement resulting in new business opportunities and revenue growth. These include: the new Red Hill Creek Parkway, purchase of employment lands with airside access, new HWY #6, airport CAT 2 ILS system, terminal expansion at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Hamilton Port Authority acquisition of Pier 22 formerly Stelco lands, and HWY H2O initiatives including seaway lock upgrades. Hamilton was the first Canadian City to become a member of the economic, environmental and social solution, known as HWY H2O. Hamilton continues its proactive enhancements pursuing Rapid Transit for the betterment of the community and resultant benefits for goods movement.


Novacro is a family-owned machine shop which has expanded to 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space operating out of 2 adjacent buildings in Stoney Creek.

Norstar Windows

Norstar Windows & Doors was established in 1993 and has quickly grown to become a leader in Aluminum Windows, Doors, Balcony Railings, Curtain Wall and Entrance system. They were the first ISO 9001 certified window company in Ontario.

Kubes Steel

Kubes Steel is the Great Lake Region's leading service provider of Rolling, Bending and Forming steel. Their specialty is heavy industrial custom fabrication projects that have rolling and bending requirements.

Handling Specialty

Since 1963, Handling Specialty has been exclusively dedicated to the custom design and manufacture of material handling systems for demanding applications. Their design capabilities and engineering expertise allows them to tackle one-of-a-kind applications that may have unique or extreme requirements involving usage, operating environment, and/or weight capacity. Whether it is a single custom personnel platform for a material handling integrator, a custom scissor lift, an automatic or manually guided vehicle for your manufacturing facility, or a major turn-key project for a multinational company, Handling Specialty has the team to make it a success.


Adventec is a team of technology driven, creative and entrepreneurial people specializing in problem solving. We are a vertically integrated Tier II supplier providing advanced, value added solutions to our customers through product design support, process development, tool design & build, and volume production. Our product mix includes high precision injection / insert molded components, CNC turned components, light gauge metal stampings, and assemblies.

Success in the City 2017

The annual event saw media and fashion legend Jeanne Beker speak to a crowd of nearly 200 top female entrepreneurs and professionals in Hamilton for International Women's Day.

McMaster World Congress Focuses on Sports Analytics

The McMaster World Congress is a prestigious conference that has taken place for the last 38 years. It is devoted to bringing together academic students and industry professionals from around the world. Through informative presentations and inspirational speaker sessions, the McMaster World Congress provides student delegates with knowledgeable information that would help them better understand how to adapt to real-world situations. The conference also provides ample opportunity for attendees to meet, socialize and network. The McMaster World Congress is one of the largest student-run events at McMaster University, promising to deliver functional and valuable sessions each year to students from every faculty. Since 1978, thousands have attended the conference each year, and it has continued to grow and prosper into a more reputable, headlining event. Today, the McMaster World Congress is one of the longest running business conferences in Canada, and consistently delivers exciting topics on an annual basis

Startup Crawl in Hamilton

To celebrate Global Entrepreneur Week 2016, Mohawk College and the City of Hamilton provided a Start Up crawl for students to experience Hamilton's entrepreneurial community.

Starter Company - Graduation Day

Through a program called Starter Company, you can get: one-on-one guidance from a Small Business Enterprise Centre advisor mentoring with a local successful entrepreneur access to business workshops on topics from writing a business plan and budgeting, to executing a marketing campaign funding of up to $5,000 experience running a business that will better position you to obtain more traditional financing, such as a bank loan Who is eligible You can apply if you're: an Ontario resident aged 18 to 29 not attending school full time To qualify for funding of up to $5,000, you need to be able to contribute at least 25% (in cash or in kind) of the grant amount. Go to https://www.ontario.ca/page/start-company-young-adults for more information.

ESTATE Program Building Skilled Trades Opportunities in Hamilton

‘Employer Skills Training Advantage To Employment’ A skills development program designed to fill specific workforce needs through focused, high level training, within 2 sectors identified in the Greater Hamilton Area. The sectors are: (1) Advanced Manufacturing/CNC (2) Mobile Industrial/Hydraulics Starting in May 2017, it will have a duration of 28 weeks classroom/shop integrated with on-site training with a partner company and guided by a ‘company mentor’. Training for the ‘company mentor’ concurrently to student training will facilitate an effective synergy through guided authentic experiential learning. This will shape skills development and fill specific skills gaps identified within the company. This co-training/mentoring model will support increased market competitiveness for the participating company and a well-trained employee. Program candidates will be charged $350 for administrative purposes, with $200 refundable to successful graduates. For more information, visit: http://www.iechamilton.ca/estate-1/

Chef Wars in Hamilton

Kicking off NOSH- Hamilton Culinary Week (October 17-23) this year was the first ever Chef War in the city. 10 chefs competing over 3 hours to see who was the best of the best. Congratulations to Chef Matt Kershaw (The Other Bird) and Shayne Madadi (Pokeh) who were the co-champions of Chef War 2016.

Ambition Is In Our Blood

Canada's most diversified economy, a strong, collaborative business community, a thriving arts scene, a place whose people give back time and again. It takes hard work to reclaim a city and renew its fortunes, but this is Hamilton. Ambition is in our blood! Special thanks to Producer Michael Pett (Colourblind Productions), Director Christoph Benfey (Low Key Studios), Double Barrel Studios in concept development, Bates Audio Productions, Collective Arts Brewing, Hamilton Health Sciences, In Fine Feather Yoga, Jonny Blonde, Mohawk College, REALTORS Association of Hamilton-Burlington, Rising Signs, Sanjay B. Patel, Simeon Hunter, SoBi Hamilton, and Twin Within for generously donating their time and resources to make this video possible.




Ranked Canada's most diversified economy, home to Canada's busiest multi-modal cargo airport, the busiest port on the Canadian Great Lakes, and centrally located within a one hour drive to Toronto, Waterloo and the Niagara/US Border, Hamilton is at the center of it all. With two internationally renowned post-secondary institutions in the city (surrounded by 23 other), a diverse and learned workforce and both ample greenfield and urban sites upon which to build, we're ready for your investment.

Welcome to unstoppable.