Beach Water Quality in Hamilton

Weather Alert
February 10, 2016 - 4:20pm

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016

HAMILTON ON – February 10, 2016 - The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016.  A Cold Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below minus 15 degrees Celsius or minus 20 with wind chill.  

This alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

The City of Hamilton has notified community agencies who work with vulnerable and homeless people. Each of those agencies, including Salvation Army, will implement their policies and procedures with regards to cold weather. The City of Hamilton Recreation Centres are available during regular hours for those who need to keep warm and the MacNab Transit Terminal will stay open until HSR service ends.

Members of the public can report the location of a person in need of shelter to the Salvation Army at 905-527-1444 Ext. 0. 

For more information visit www.hamilton.ca/cold.

Holiday Closures
February 11, 2016 - 9:41am

Family Day Monday, February 15 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 15

  • For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, February 15.
  • Your pick-up will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit www.hamilton.ca/waste.
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, February 15.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday, February 15.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.

ATS-DARTS

  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, February 15.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, February 15.
  • If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.

ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, February 15.

Recreation

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology will all be open on Family Day from 12 noon to 4 pm.  
  • The Children’s Museum will also be open from 11 am to 4 pm.
  • Hamilton Civic Museums will present special Family Day programming.
  • Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum and Griffin House will be closed.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, February 13 - 7 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, February 14 - Closed
  • Monday, February 15 - Closed
  • Tuesday, February 16 - 8 am to 6 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations, except Central Library and Turner Park Branch, will be closed on Monday, February 15 for the Family Day holiday.
  • Central Library and Turner Park Branch will be open from 1 to 5 pm, offering regular library services plus a range of family-friendly programs.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16 for all library locations. Please visit www.hpl.ca for more information.

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-2489
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit www.hamilton.ca/safewater

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, February 15. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433 or visit www.hamilton.ca/animalservices

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen on Tuesday, February 16. Please note that the deadline for the first installment of the 2016 interim tax bills, for those not paying through a monthly pre-authorized payment plan or through their mortgage company, is on February 29, 2016.

Municipal Service Centre locations:

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Tickets

Payment of parking violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

The City of Hamilton monitors the recreational water quality at the following beaches for levels of E. coli bacteria from Victoria Day in May to Labour Day in September each year.  Beach water quality testing will resume in May 2016.

Current beach water quality test results


Binbrook Conservation beach
5050 Harrison Road, Binbrook


Christie Conservation beach
1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas


Valens Conservation beach
1691 Regional Road 97, RR 6, Flamborough


Bayfront beach
200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton


Pier 4 beach
Bay Street North at Leander Drive, Hamilton


Beach Boulevard
Beach Boulevard, Hamilton


Confederation Park beach
680 Van Wagner's Beach Road, Hamilton


Van Wagners beach
180 Van Wagner's Beach Road, Hamilton


Swim with caution logoWhen a beach is open

  • you should swim with caution
  • there are no warning signs posted at the beach
  • levels of bacteria were within the acceptable range on the date tested

Unsafe to swim logoWhen a beach is unsafe to swim

  • E. coli levels are above acceptable levels
  • there is an increased risk of illness or infection due to poor water quality
  • warning signs are posted at the beach 

Beach water quality testing

We monitor beaches in accordance with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's Beach Management Protocol, 2014 under the Ontario Public Health Standards.  The protocol requires that we take water samples at the beaches listed above and test for E.coli at least once a week during the swimming season – Victoria Day to Labour Day. 

Beach water quality test results

High numbers of E. coli in the water at public beaches indicates contamination with feces and the potential presence of other harmful microorganisms in the water. The provincial standard is 100 E. coli bacteria cells per 100 ml of water or 100 colony forming units per 100 ml.  

E. coli concentrations at or above the standard could cause an increased risk of infection.  Swimming in these waters could cause infections in ears, eyes, nose, throat and skin as well as cause diarrhea if the water is ingested.  

Contact us

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