Hamilton Economic Development


We’re pleased to see that despite the ongoing restructuring at the CBC, CBC-Hamilton was specifically mentioned as a project still moving forward.  This is great news from our vantage point as it cements this national outlet’s presence in our city and means another new “storefront location” being occupied in the downtown core.

There are so many economic good news stories going on in the city, stories that need a wider audience, stories that are changing our image for the better.  With the addition of CBC-Hamilton, this is yet another outlet to share those stories, highlight the great people doing business here and showing everyone why this is one of the best cities to invest in Canada.

We also look forward to this outlet adding more pedestrian traffic and interest in our downtown core, because we certainly advocate a pedestrian friendly downtown with amenities that are easily walkable in all directions.  We’ve been very, very fortunate to have great media partners in this city to get the good news out and now, beyond any doubt, we can officially welcome one more to our community- and that’s good news indeed!

Employment Crawl coming to Hamilton

On Wednesday, April 25th and Thursday, April 26th, the Economic Development Office will be participating in the first ever McMaster University Hamilton Employment Crawl (HEC).

This event is designed to educate 3rd and 4th year students at Mac as to the career opportunities that exist in the city post-grad and some of the quality of life amenities that make Hamilton a great place to live, work, play and learn.

One stop on the tour will be at the Small Business Enterprise Centre at City Hall. There, students will learn first hand how to start a business in Hamilton and the multitude of resources available for young entrepreneurs.
The tour will also be using the Twitter hashtag #machec for those that want to follow along online and Economic Development and Mac will be “twouring” the online community during those two days. For more information on Mac’s Hamilton Employment Crawl, visit:  http://studentsuccess.mcmaster.ca/careers/career-exploration/events/hec.html

Or, read about it here:


Salute to Small Business just days away

Join us for Hamilton’s 12th Annual Learning and Networking Opportunity, Salute to Small Business.

Salute to Small Business is a networking luncheon taking place at Carmens C Hotel on Monday, March 26. The luncheon features keynote speaker, Ron Buist, the former Marketing Director for Tim Hortons. Ron is the creative mind behind the nationally famous “Roll Up the Rim” contest. His presentation will be of great interest to small business owners, especially those who are looking for marketing strategies.

A limited number of tickets for Salute to Small Business are still available. In addition to the keynote speaker, the ticket includes a three course luncheon and two bonus sessions the week prior. The ticket price is $55 +HST and must be purchased in advance.

The bonus sessions include a March 20 lunch and learn and a March 22 dinner and learn. There is no additional charge for these sessions. The lunch and learn includes a financial panel which will feature a variety of financial programs geared to small business.  The dinner session will discuss the importance of branding in small business.

Tickets for Salute may also be purchased in a bundle with the Celebration of Business which also features the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA’s). Tickets for Salute and the OBAA’s are $130+HST.

For more information, visit http://investbak.2genbox.net/celebration-of-business-march-26/ or call 905-540-6400


Top 40 Under 40

Business Link Logo Hamilton OntarioThe Business Link Newspaper Hamilton-Halton is on the lookout for Hamilton and Halton’s top 40 under 40 business persons.

Certainly, one of the fastest growing segments of our local economy is that of the young professional cohort and so many great investments are being created/carried out by those 40 and under.


If you’re one of them, or know of someone who should be nominated for this honour, click here:


CBScene in the Core

Another exciting advancement for Downtown Hamilton. CBC is starting a new revolutionary digital newsroom in the core and last week announced the new location at 118 James Street North.  You can view their new blog here:


We at Hamilton Economic Development would like to welcome CBC News to the neighbourhood and encourage the community to visit the downtown and see why there’s so much excitement in the core right now.

From new condo units, to hotel developments, to creative GTA firms setting up shop here, Downtown is on the way up and whether you’re looking to invest or just enjoy the social side of the core, you can find the information you need at investbak.2genbox.net or through our friends at Tourism Hamilton via their website at www.tourismhamilton.com.

Hamilton Wins 4 EDCO Awards

On Thursday, February 2nd, the Economic Development Division was honoured with four provincial marketing awards from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) – one of the City’s best showings ever at these prestigious awards.

Hamilton won for best economic development website for the renewed investbak.2genbox.net site (where we partnered with web firm 2Gen.net), best annual report (https://www.investinhamilton.ca//onebillion) (where we partnered with design firm Factor(e) and Banko Media), best stand alone ad (view here) for our new LEED incentive program and best social media campaign for last September’s Sew Hungry Food Truck Rally on Ottawa Street (where we partnered with the Ottawa Street BIA and the Ottawa Street Farmers’ Market).

We are so proud of this accomplishment for the City of Hamilton and even more pleased to see that our creative and community partners could share in this wonderful honour from Canada’s largest provincial economic development organization. Congratulations to Tyler Cowie (Factor(e)), Dan Banko (Banko Media), Mark Wu (2Gen.net), Elisha Proietti (Ottawa Street Farmers’ Market) and Patti Hayes (Ottawa Street Business Improvement Area).

E-News Time

The latest edition of the Hamilton Economic Development e-newsletter is out.

Click here to learn about the good news in Hamilton’s economy, opportunities to network and a great chance to get your business featured in the Hamilton Spectator:

New Financial Incentives for Downtown

There’s a lot going on in Downtown Hamilton these days.

In 2011 alone, the International Village BIA and the Downtown Hamilton BIA accounted for nearly 40 new businesses in the core. Coupled with the announcements of all-day GO service coming soon, the creation of the McMaster Public Health facility at the corner of Main Street and Bay Street and the commencement of construction on a new hotel (Staybridge Suites), there is a sense of great renewal and activity in the core.

To accelerate this growth, Hamilton City Council recently expanded the areas where the Downtown Financial Incentive programs can be offered. These programs are designed to provide very low to no interest lending opportunities and grants to downtown developers, building owners and businesses and work is underway to expand the no development charge policy that applied to the former Community Improvement Plan (CIP) area to the expanded CIP area. Two new financial incentive programs include the Gore Building Improvement Grant Program and the Hamilton Downtown Commercial Façade Property Improvement Grant Program

To learn more click here or visit investbak.2genbox.net/downtown to get contact information for our staff.

2011: In Review

2011 was another outstanding year for Hamilton’s economy.

Here’s a quick year in review. Enjoy and welcome to 2012!




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.