Open & Accessible Data

The City of Hamilton is dedicated to providing residents with the highest possible level of service.

Part of this service includes making GIS data available to the public to allow them to:

  • make the best possible decisions
  • understand the City's business
  • engage in the democratic process to the fullest extent possible

Data sets available


Accommodations

Layer name: ACCOMMODATIONS
A point feature representing various types of accommodations available in Hamilton including hotel, motels, bed and breakfasts and campus rooms.
Update frequency: yearly
Format: KML  | SHP


Addresses

Layer name: ADDRESS_POINTS
A point feature representing the distinct addresses for the City of Hamilton.
Update Frequency: daily
Format: SHP


Airport

Layer name: AIRPORTS
An area feature representing both the airport boundary and the runways.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML |  SHP


Arenas

Layer name: ARENAS
Point locations of arenas within the City of Hamilton, includes the arena name, address, community, and phone number as attributes.
Update frequency: yearly
Format: KML |  SHP


Bridges

Layer name: ASSET_BRIDGES
Point features representing bridge and culvert structures that are >=3 metres in span, including City, rail and private bridges.
Update frequency: weekly
Format: KML |  SHP


Beaches

Layer name: BEACHES
A point feature representing the City of Hamilton public recreational bathing beaches.
Update frequency: yearly
Format: KML |  SHP


Bikeways

Layer name: BIKEWAYS
A line feature representing the existing bikeways in the City of Hamilton. Type is represented by the following codes:

  • BL = Designated Bike Lane
  • HCOS = Cautionary Un-Signed Bike Route (on streets with High traffic volume)
  • HSBR = Signed On-Street Bike Route (on streets with Moderate to High traffic volume)
  • LCOS = Cautionary Un-Signed Bike Route (on streets with mostly low traffic volume)
  • MCOS = Cautionary Un-Signed Bike Route (on streets with Moderate traffic volume)
  • PMUP = Paved Multi-Use Trail (shared with pedestrians)
  • PS = Paved Shoulder
  • PSBL = Unmarked Paved Shoulder Bike Lane
  • SBR = Signed On-Street Bike Route (on streets with mostly low traffic volume)
  • SMUP = Unpaved (softer surface) Multi-Use Trail (shared with pedestrians)

Update Frequency: quarterly
Format: KML  |  SHP


Buildings

Layer name: BUILDINGS
Area features representing buildings were compiled by digitizing the building footprints from the aerial photography. Most residential buildings were compiled as "best-fit" rectangles. Smaller units, such as sheds, may not be captured.
Update Frequency: quarterly
Format: SHP


Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) Boundaries

Layer name: BIA_BOUNDARIES
Area features representing the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs).  A BIA is an association of commercial property owners and tenants, run by a volunteer Board of Management elected from its members, who fund through a special levy street and sidewalk beautification, festivals, and marketing and promotional campaigns for the area.
Update frequency: as amended
Format: KML  | SHP


Campgrounds

Layer name: CAMPGROUNDS
A point feature representing campgrounds located within the City of Hamilton.  Attributes include hours of operation and available facilities on site. For the value of some fields, -1 = true and 0 = false.
Update frequency: yearly
Format: KML  |  SHP


Cemeteries

Layer name: CEMETERIES
An area feature representing Municipal and privately owned cemeteries. Source of information is from the Hamilton's Heritage Volume 6, Inventory of Cemeteries and Burial Grounds published by the Planning and Economic Development Department.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Community Improvement Project Areas (CIPA) Boundaries

Layer name: CIPA_BOUNDARIES
Area features representing the Community Improvement Project Areas, designated by By-law 11-172 as amended, indicating where various financial incentive programs and other community improvement initiatives may be available, as specified in the Downtown and Community Renewal Community Improvement Plan.
Update frequency: as amended
Format: KML  |  SHP


Community Improvement Project Areas (CIPA) Corridors

Layer name: CIPA_CORRIDORS
Area features representing the Community Improvement Project Areas, designated by By-law 11-172 as amended, indicating where various financial incentive programs and other community improvement initiatives may be available, as specified in the Downtown and Community Renewal Community Improvement Plan. 
Update frequency: as amended
Format: KML  |  SHP


City Boundary

Layer name: CITY_BNDRY
An area feature representing the City of Hamilton boundary limits.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


City Waterfalls

Layer name: CITY_WATERFALLS
A point feature representing the publically accessible waterfalls within the City of Hamilton, on both public and private property. Please note that only those waterfalls on private property which have been granted limited access by the landowner are included.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Colleges & Universities

Layer name: COLLEGES_UNIVERSITIES
Point locations of all colleges and universities.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Community (Former Municipal) Boundaries

Layer name: COMMUNITIES
Area features representing the six former municipal boundaries within the City of Hamilton: Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Hamilton and Stoney Creek.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Community Downtown Boundaries

Layer name: COMMUNITY_DOWNTOWN
Area features representing the boundaries for the six main downtown areas in the City of Hamilton.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Election Poll Boundaries

Layer name: ELECTION_POLL_BNDRY
Election polling areas for Elections 2014. Includes approximate voter counts.
Update frequency: every 4 years
Format: KML  |  SHP


Election Poll Locations

Layer name: ELECTION_POLL_LOCATION
Area features representing regular and institutional poll locations for Elections 2014. Includes approximate voter counts.
Update frequency: every 4 years
Format: KML  |  SHP


Election Results by Poll (Unofficial - 2014)

Format: XML


Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) Boundaries

Layer name: ESA_BOUNDARIES
Area features representing the Environmentally Sensitive Areas which are either land or water areas containing natural features or significant ecological functions.
Update frequency: yearly
Format: KML  |  SHP


Escarpment

Layer name: ESCARPMENT
A line representing the Niagara Escarpment as captured from 1992 aerial photography.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Fire Stations

Layer name: FIRESTATIONS
Point locations of fire stations within the City of Hamilton, includes names.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Golf Courses

Layer name: GOLF_COURSES
A point feature representing City and privately owned golf courses within the City of Hamilton, includes names.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Hospitals

Layer name: HOSPITALS
Point locations of hospitals within the City of Hamilton, includes names.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


HSR Transit Feed

Format: GTFS  |  GTFS (real-time)


Industrial and Business Parks

Layer name: IND_BPS_AREAS
Area features representing the Industrial and Business Park areas.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Lakes

Layer name: LAKES
Area features representing water bodies, including Cootes Paradise, Hamilton Harbour and part of Lake Ontario.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Libraries

Layer name: LIBRARIES
Point locations of libraries within the City of Hamilton, includes names, building square footage, ranking, etc. Rankings are defined as:

  • -5 = Central
  • -4 = District Branch (>500,000 circ)
  • -3 = Community branch
  • -2 = Neighbourhood (> 50,000 circ)
  • -1 = Neighbourhood (< 50,000 circ)

Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Museums and Galleries

Layer name: MUSEUMS_GALLERIES
Point locations of museums and galleries within the City of Hamilton, includes names.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Neighbourhood Boundaries

Layer name: NEIGHBOURHOOD_BNDRY
Area features representing the neighbourhood boundaries of the former (pre-amalgamated) City of Hamilton. Attributes include the neighbourhood name and number.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Parking Lots

Layer name: PARKING_LOTS
Area features representing only the Municipal Car Parks in the City of Hamilton.
Update Frequency: Yearly
Format: KML  |  SHP


Park Amenities

Layer name: PARK_AMENITIES
Point locations for park amenities including soccer fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, etc.
Update frequency: monthly
Format: KML  |  SHP


Parks

Layer name: PARKS
Area features representing only the parks within the City of Hamilton.  Area is in hectares.
Update frequency: quarterly
Format: KML  |  SHP


Places of Worship

Layer name: PLACES_OF_WORSHIP
Point feature representing any buildings used for religious congregations.  Attributes include the name and denomination.
Update frequency: yearly
Format: KML | SHP


Planning Units

Layer name: PLANNING_UNITS
Area features representing the Planning Units which provide a manageable geographic framework for the purposes of preparing secondary plans and establishing planning policies and other related studies. The City of Hamilton is comprised of 237 planning units.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Police Stations

Layer name: POLICE_STATIONS
Point feature identifying the police stations in Hamilton.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Railways

Layer name: RAILWAYS
Line features representing railway lines, including bridges and tunnels.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Recreation and Community Centres

Layer name: REC_COMM_CENTRES
Point feature representing recreation and community centres.
Update frequency: yearly
Format: KML  |  SHP


Rivers

Layer name: RIVERS
Line feature representing water courses: originally captured from 1992 aerial photography.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Roads

Layer name: ROADS
Line features representing all streets within the City of Hamilton, including bridges and tunnels.
Update frequency: daily
Format: KML  |  SHP


Rural Settlement Areas

Layer name: RURAL_SETTLEMENT_AREAS
Area features representing the official and unofficial settlements within the City of Hamilton.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Schools

Layer name: SCHOOLS
Point features representing the schools in the City of Hamilton.  Attributes include the school name, address, type, grade, enrolment, French Immersion, and school board.
Update frequency: yearly
Format: KML  |  SHP


Shoreline

Layer name: SHORELINE
Line features including the shoreline for Lake Ontario, Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise as captured from 1992 aerial photography. Some minor updates have been made since.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Tourism Points of Interest

Layer name: TOURISM_LISTINGS
Various tourist points of interest within the City of Hamilton.
Update frequency: yearly
Format: KML  |  SHP


 

Transit Service Areas

Layer name: TRANSIT_SERVICE_AREAS
An area feature representing areas where transit service is available.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Urban Boundary

Layer name: URBAN_BNDRY
An area feature representing the Official Plan Urban boundary for the City of Hamilton.
Update frequency: yearly
Format: KML  |  SHP


Ward Boundaries

Layer name: WARD_BNDRY
Area features representing the ward boundaries. Wards are divided electoral boundaries and are each assigned a city councillor. The voter population in each ward elect their councillor to deal with city-wide issues and represent their interests on Council. There are currently 15 wards.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Waste Collection Days

Layer name: WASTE_COLLECT_DAYS
These areas show which day of the week, from Monday to Friday, is the waste collection day.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Waste Leaf and Yard Areas

Layer name: WASTE_LEAF_YARD_AREAS
This feature shows which areas get leaf and yard waste pickup.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


Waste Management

Layer name: WASTE_MANAGEMENT
Point features representing landfill sites and transfer stations.
Update frequency: static
Format: KML  |  SHP


  • All KML files have the Geographic coordinate system, LL-WGS84.
  • All Shapefiles (SHP) have the Projection coordinate system, Universal Transverse Mercator, Zone 17 North, North American Datum 1983.

Terms & Conditions

The use of these data sets is governed by the City of Hamilton's Acceptable Use Agreement and the following Open Data Licence Terms and Conditions.

Open Data Licence

Your use of the Data indicates your acceptance of the terms and conditions below.  If you fail to comply with the terms and conditions below when using the Data, your right to use the Data will end automatically.

Your use of Data

The City of Hamilton grants you a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use the Data, including for commercial purposes, subject to the terms and conditions below.  You acknowledge and agree that this Licence does not give you a copyright or other proprietary interest in the Data.

You may copy, modify, publish, translate, adapt, distribute or otherwise use the Data in any medium, mode or format for any lawful purpose.

When you use the Data, you must acknowledge the source of the Data by including the following attribution statement:

“Contains public sector Data made available under the City of Hamilton’s Open Data Licence”

The City of Hamilton may, in its sole discretion, require you to remove the above attribution statement from your continued use of the Data.

You must ensure that you do not misrepresent the Data or its source.

You must ensure that your use of the Data does not breach or infringe any applicable laws.

Exemptions:  This Licence does not grant you any right to use:

(a) personal information, as such term is defined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Ontario), contained in the Data;

(b) any information or records which are not accessible under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Ontario);

(c) third party rights the City of Hamilton is not authorized to licence;

(d) the names, crests, logos, marks, designs or other official symbols of the City of Hamilton;

(e) information subject to other intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks and official marks.

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This Licence does not grant you any right to use the Data in a way that suggests any official status or endorsement from the City of Hamilton.

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You get NO WARRANTIES, none of any kind. The Data is licensed “AS IS”, and the City of Hamilton excludes all representations, warranties, obligations and liabilities in relation to the Data, to the maximum extent permitted by law.

The City of Hamilton is not liable for any errors or omissions in the Data and will not, under any circumstances, be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other loss, injury or damage caused by its use, even if specifically advised of the possibility of such loss, injury or damage.

The City of Hamilton does not guarantee the continued supply of the Data and may add, delete or amend the Data at any time.

Cancellation

The City of Hamilton may, in its sole discretion, cancel or suspend your access to the Data without notice and for any reason, including anything which the City of Hamilton, in its sole discretion, believes is a breach of this Licence or is otherwise unlawful or harmful to others. In the event of cancellation or suspension, you will no longer be authorized to use the Data, and the City of Hamilton may use any means possible to enforce its decision. Such cancellation or suspension will not affect any person who has received the Data from you and who is otherwise in compliance with this Licence.

Governing Law

This Licence is governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario and the applicable laws of Canada.  Legal proceedings related to this Licence may only be brought in the courts of Ontario sitting in Hamilton. 

Amendments

The City of Hamilton may amend the terms and conditions of this Licence from time to time or issue a new licence without further notice. Your use of the Data will be governed by the terms and conditions of the licence in force as of the date you accessed the Data.

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