Hamilton Economic Development

Top Ten Reasons

It’s Time … to Invest in Hamilton

1. The Conference Board of Canada rated Hamilton as Canada’s most diversified municipality and Ontario’s fastest growing economy.

2. Hamilton stands alone in southern Ontario as the only city that can offer all four modes of transportation – rail, road, air and port with lower costs, and efficient and uncongested global connections to serve external markets.

3. Hamilton ranked 4th in connectivity and 10th in FDI strategy in the 2015-2016 FDI American Cities of the Future Report that looked at 421 North American locations.

4. Located in the heart of Ontario’s highly prosperous agricultural-based business and food processing region, Hamilton is one of the three largest food and beverage processing areas in North America.

5. Hamilton, the 9th largest regional economy in Canada, is located in the centre of the most densely populated corridor of economic activity in Canada with a GDP per capita of approximately $48,000 (2006, CAD).

6. Hamilton’s creative industries sector has become a major economic driver and a magnet for outside talent, and provides an economic advantage over competing communities without rich creative sectors.

7. Hamilton’s millennial population, which represents almost 28% or one in four Hamiltonians, is having a significant impact on Hamilton’s diversified economy, and the City’s economic and cultural renaissance.

8. McMaster University ranks as one of Canada’s top 3 most research-intensive universities (number of research dollars per faculty member), ranked 83rd of the top 500 universities in the world by performance, and is one of only four Canadian universities consistently ranked in the world’s top 100.

9. Mohawk College, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, is the largest trainer of apprentices in the province of Ontario.

10. Hamilton Health Sciences was ranked #2 out of 40 research hospitals in Canada and one of the 25 most influential research communities in the world. HHS leads the world in stem cell research and was recently selected by GE Healthcare to be the first site in the world to receive new prototype technologies for use in a molecular breast imaging research program.

… and here’s two more reasons

11. Reader’s Digest ranked Hamilton the 9th best city to raise a family of 42 Canadian major urban centres.

12. Colliers International Report identified Hamilton as an anchor city for future growth with 5 key attributes important to corporations to improve corporate balance sheets and attract and retain the best employees.




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.