Hamilton Economic Development

Quick Facts

Location: Southwest corner of Lake Ontario. Ontario, Canada
Latitude 43.97N; Longitude 78.10W; Time Zone : EST
Population (2016 Census): City of Hamilton – 536,917
Market (500 Mile Radius): 120 million people
Incorporation: Region – 1974
City of Hamilton – 1846
New City of Hamilton – 2001
Regional Land Area: 1,117.23 sq. km.
Population density per square kilometer (2016 Census): 480.6
Hamilton CMA Labour Force (February  2017): 422,600 (seasonally adjusted, 3 month moving average) *
Top Five Employers: Hamilton Health Sciences Corp
McMaster University
City of Hamilton
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.
Unemployment Rate (February 2017): 5.9%
Total Private Dwellings (2016 Census): 222,918
Housing Starts (2016): 2,119
Housing Completions (2016): 1,767
Building Permits (Total 2017): $1.364 (Billion)
Canadian Bond Rating (2016): AA (stable)
University: McMaster University
Enrolment – 2015/16
Full time: 27,987
Part-time: 1,878
Summer Session: 9,468
Redeemer University College
Enrolment – 2015/16
Full-time & Part-time: 690
College: Mohawk College
Enrolment – 2015/16
Full-Time: 16,225
Part-time: 1,242
Apprentice: 2,345

*Hamilton CMA (Census Metropolitan Area)

For Statistics Canada – Tables by Metroplitan Area, Hamilton please visit www.statcan.gc.ca


Reaching average highs of 26.3° C (79.4° F) in the summer months and experiencing seasonal averages as low as –9.7° C (14.5° F) in the winter months, City of Hamilton experiences a wide temperature range. As a result, the climate for the area between Hamilton and Niagara (known as a Golden Horseshoe) is ideal for growing crops especially fruit. Boasting four full seasons, City of Hamilton is an ideal destination to visit.

June through August, the City enjoys warm days with an average temperature of 25° C (77° F). Although the nights can be cool, the temperature rarely dips below 14° C (57.2° F). Mid-September to mid-November can range between a mild Indian summer to a cool autumn. The daytime average temperature is 13.8° C (56.9° F) and 4.7° C (40.5° F) at night. The coldest months of the year are January to mid-March, with temperature averages 0.2° C (32° F) for the daytime high and –7.8° C (46° F) for night.

Springtime is just around the corner in March, coming with an awakening of plant life and a rise in temperature. The temperature averages in April and May are 14.8° C (58.7° F) for a daytime high and 4° C (39° F) for night.

Temperature Statistics

Month Min. Max. Month Min. Max.
January -9.7 -2.2 July 15.1 26.3
February -9.1 -1.2 August 14.5 25.1
March -4.5 4.0 September 10.2 20.7
April 1.2 11.2 October 4.4 13.8
May 7.3 18.5 November -0.4 7.0
June 12.4 23.7 December -6.2 0.9

Precipitation Statistics

Annual Rainfall 765.8 mm
Annual Snowfall 161.8 cm
Days with maximum temperature > 0 305.5 days







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.