City of Hamilton wins Canada’s top award for brownfield remediation
For Immediate Release
Hamilton, ON- November 26, 2018 – At the annual Canadian Brownfields Network awards in Toronto last week, the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office took home Canada’s top award for brownfield redevelopment. Hamilton’s ERASE (Environmental Remediation and Site Enhancement) program was honoured as the top program in Canada.
“For cities like ours with a rich industrial heritage, brownfield remediation is always a top of mind issue,” said Jason Thorne, General Manager of the City of Hamilton’s Planning and Economic Development Department. “It is critical then that there are programs in place to facilitate the transition from former brownfield site to active redevelopment site and I believe no one in Canada does this better than the City of Hamilton.”
Hamilton’s ERASE program was first introduced in 2001 and is designed to assist property owners and developers in remediating former brownfield sites through a series of grants for site studies and actual remediation work. Older industrial areas of Hamilton have been the location of numerous past uses that could have potentially caused soil and groundwater contamination. This includes asphalt plants, petroleum storage, automobile wrecking yards, blacksmiths, textile mills, paint manufacturers, printers, dry cleaners and electroplaters. The City’s ERASE program has helped remediate many of these sites for new industrial, commercial, institutional and mixed uses.
In 2018, the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office revised the ERASE CIP (Community Improvement Plan) to ensure that the program remains responsive and relevant in regard to the redevelopment of brownfields within Hamilton- including providing additional incentives to support the remediation of heritage buildings and promote adaptive reuse in older industrial areas and former institutional buildings. Since 2001, 123 acres of brownfield lands have been remediated in Hamilton with an increase of approximately $3.13M in property taxes directly attributed to remediation and redevelopment of former brownfield sites.
“Clearly our program is working and is certainly a best practice for the rest of the nation,” said the City of Hamilton’s Urban Renewal Manager Judy Lam. “As we work through remediating these sites, we add value to the land, employment in our community and new tax revenues from our commercial/industrial sectors. There is so much potential for former industrial sites in Hamilton.”
Hamilton’s Economic Development Office is the central point of contact for business assistance. Its services are geared to serve new start-up companies, corporate relocations, and the expansion and retention of existing business. Its mission is to serve as the catalyst for continued economic growth, job creation, and revitalization in Hamilton.
Hamilton Economic Development
905-546-2424 ext. 1781