Hamilton Community Wellness Indicators

The Community Wellness Indicators provide a snapshot of current community conditions and trends based on select quantitative data from a variety of sources. Monitoring and analysis of trends shows strengths and weaknesses of community life. 

The Community Wellness Indicators are a tool for identifying needs and focusing priorities and resources. They show the current and historic trends for specific measurements through graphical representations.

The City uses this information to: 

  • Improve community awareness and education 
  • Determine better resource and asset utilization 
  • Identify whether initiatives and collective actions are improving the community 
  • Identify community priorities and provide a basis for setting goals and targets for action 
  • Improve organizational and program planning and development 
  • Support and validate community concerns and priorities

The statements indicating trends, in most cases, reflect trends beginning two years back from the most current information in the reports.

Ontario Works caseloads (PDF, 40 KB)
Number of benefit members (individuals) per month who receive Ontario Works (OW) financial and employment assistance in the city of Hamilton.

Childcare fee subsidy waitlist (PDF, 40 KB)
Number of individuals on the waitlist to receive a subsidy from the City for childcare fees.

ODSP caseloads (PDF, 39 KB)
Number of benefit members (individuals) per month who receive Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits in the city of Hamilton.

Social housing waitlist (PDF, 41 KB)
Number of active households on the waitlist for City of Hamilton social housing providers' buildings.

Unemployment rate (PDF, 21 KB)
The unemployment rate for Hamilton CMA, which includes Hamilton, Burlington and Grimsby.

Bankruptcies (PDF, 46 KB)
Numbers of consumers and businesses that have filed for bankruptcy in the Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area including Hamilton, Burlington and Grimsby.

Building permits (PDF, 20 KB)
The total value per million $ of the building permits issued for the month by the City including residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Real estate sales (PDF, 21 KB)
Number of residential units sold in the Hamilton area.

Housing starts (PDF, 20 KB)
The number of new homes in Hamilton where construction has started. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, an agency of the Government of Canada, compiles this information.

Canadian Gross Domestic Product (PDF, 94 KB)
The Canadian Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, is the real value of products and services produced in Canada.

Taxes - penalty and interest (PDF, 20 KB)
The total dollar amount invoiced in penalty and interest charges for the month for taxpayers in tax arrears with the City.

News Headlines
A brief list of media headlines to include “good and bad news” for the City of Hamilton, compiled by the City of Hamilton Economic Development Department

Water, sewer and stormwater revenue (PDF, 20 KB)
Dollar amount invoiced by the City for water, wastewater and stormwater services provided.

Transit revenue (PDF, 19 KB)
Dollar amount received by City Transit (Hamilton Street Railway) for cash, ticket and pass fares.

Summary of all wellness indicators (PDF, 199 KB)