THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
The online media room is designed to provide local media with the latest updates on the City of Hamilton. Here you can explore story ideas, access media releases and watch media briefing streams.
The City of Hamilton hosts Virtual Media Briefings for media on various topics. Media briefings include the latest updates from City spokespeople and a Q&A with the media. Media briefing videos contain sub-titles and do not contain non-speech elements.
City of Hamilton Virtual Media Briefing: Fraud and Waste Annual Report - November 16, 2023
City of Hamilton Virtual Media Briefing: Transit Strike - November 13, 2023
City of Hamilton Virtual Media Briefing: Transit Strike - November 9, 2023
City of Hamilton Virtual Media Briefing: Potential HSR Labour Disruption - November 6, 2023
City of Hamilton Virtual Media Briefing: Potential Labour Disruption - August 15, 2023
City of Hamilton Virtual Media Briefing: Pest Control - August 3, 2023
City of Hamilton Virtual Media Briefing: Update on Chedoke Creek - July 20, 2023
Staff are available to respond to media inquiries during regular operating hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All media inquiries should be directed to the relevant Communications contact below and should include the reporter’s contact information and deadline.
The City will only respond to inquiries made outside business hours if they are related to an immediate emergency or urgent operational matter. Other requests will addressed during regular business hours.
Office of Mayor Andrea Horwath
City of Hamilton
Acting Director, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Light Rail Transit (LRT)
For general inquiries contact:
Email [email protected]
Hamilton Paramedic Service
Hamilton Fire Department
For fire-related incidents contact:
Email [email protected]
Hamilton Public Library
Hamilton Police Service
Media Relations Officer
Who do I contact for an interview related to a City staff report coming to Council or a Committee?
To ensure transparency and accountability, the City of Hamilton Clerks staff publish the meeting agendas, which include staff reports and presentations for the public’s review, at least 5 days prior to the scheduled Committee and Council meetings.
Council and Committee Members will consider, discuss, ask questions and vote on Staff reports and recommendations as part of Council and Committee meetings. As a result, City staff, through the Media Relations team, are available to answer questions focused on clarifying any facts within a staff report prior to the scheduled date. However, any additional comment from staff would need to occur following Council and Committee meetings. This ensures that Council and Committee Members are able to exercise their rightful privilege as elected/appointed Members.
How do I find Council and Committee reports?
The meeting and agendas listing is available at www.hamilton.ca/meetingagendas
Reports and presentation files can be found by:
Clicking on the HTML version of the specific meeting agenda, or
Using the site search bar and filtering options and/or quotes in the query on the agenda management software tool https://pub-hamilton.escribemeetings.com
To access Council and Committee agendas, staff reports and video from past meetings, click on the Past Meetings/Archives tab.
There’s a report I’m looking for, but can’t find it on the Agenda for the Committee Meeting or Council?
Ultimately, all items to be considered at a meeting will be included in the ‘Merged Agenda’, which is the ‘Original Agenda’ and ‘Addendum’. Items that include the note ‘to be distributed’ beside the title will be uploaded prior to the meeting.
In some circumstances, Members of Council may decide during a meeting to present a Notice of Motion on a matter that may have not been submitted in advance, in this case, Clerks will upload the information immediately following the conclusion of the meeting.
Why do I need to file a Freedom of Information request?
Not all government-held information may be freely available to the public.
While The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act gives individuals the right to request access to government-held information, including general records and records containing their own personal information, it also requires that municipalities protect the privacy of an individual’s personal information existing in government records and may deny access if information affects the interests of someone other than the requester.
Determine if the information you’re looking for is subject to The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Act sets out mandatory and discretionary exemptions to access. Learn more about Ontario’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
How do I file a Freedom of Information request?