Priority Projects

Hate Mitigation Initiative

Hamilton is a diverse community and Canada’s 9th largest city. With one in four Hamiltonians born outside of Canada, Hamilton continues to be a welcoming city to newcomers, refugees, international students and people from all over the world.

The City’s Vision is to be the best place to raise a child and age successfully. Hamilton remains a safe and supportive city for people regardless of their age, background, colour, religion, ability and gender identity. However, the equity, diversity and inclusion mosaic built for many generations in Hamilton also continues to be challenged by hate incidents, racism, discrimination, homophobia, anti-semitism and intolerance. To address these challenges, it takes the entire community working together to reinforce our values, create effective policies and build our community resilience.

Public Consultation

The City of Hamilton has retained a consultant, Sage Solutions, to conduct public engagement on hate mitigation. The consultant will engage with equity-seeking groups, community partners, stakeholders, residents and people with lived-experiences. The purpose of the engagement is to obtain public input to improve current and inform the development of City’s new hate mitigation policies and procedures. The consultant will also engage to further understand root causes, apply best practices and offer key recommendations on how to address hate and discrimination within the broader Hamilton community.

The consultant’s recommendations will assist the City of Hamilton in taking further necessary actions to make Hamilton a more tolerant, welcoming and inclusive city.

Cancellation of Hate Mitigation consultation events:

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the City of Hamilton’s public engagement activities on hate mitigation have changed. The five hate mitigation consultation events are cancelled.

The City is committed to ensuring the consultation and engagement continues by way of a survey, phone contact, small-group meetings, and social media.  The purpose of the engagement is to obtain public input to improve current situations and inform the development of City’s new hate mitigation policies and procedures. The consultant will also engage to further understand root causes, apply best practices and offer key recommendations on how to address hate and discrimination within the broader Hamilton community.

The City of Hamilton continues to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) in collaboration with the Public Health Department and the Province of Ontario.  Public Health advises that the risk of contracting the virus is still low, but residents are encouraged to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it is quickly evolving.


Hate Mitigation Consultation - Indigenous Community Conversation - CANCELLED

Monday, April 6, 2020
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, 34 Ottawa St N, Hamilton

Join us to provide public input from local Indigenous community members to improve current or inform the development of City’s new hate mitigation

Hate Mitigation Consultation - LGBTQ2S+ Community Conversation - CANCELLED

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Hamilton Public Library - Central Branch, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Join us to provide public input from local LGBTQ2S+ community members to improve current or inform the development of City’s new hate mitigation po

Hate Mitigation Consultation - Racialized & Ethno-Cultural Community Conversation - CANCELLED

Thursday, April 16, 2020
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Hamilton Public Library - Central Branch, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Join us to provide public input from the local racialized and ethno-cultural community members to improve current or inform the development of City

The City’s hate mitigation initiative is being completed with the following key activities and timelines:

November 2019: Hiring of a public engagement consultant

February 2020: Consultant produces a community engagement plan

March to May 2020: Citywide community engagement and public consultation

June 2020: Preliminary policy and public engagement findings

July to August 2020: Further public input on engagement findings

September 2020: Final policy and recommendations report to Council for consideration

Contact Us

John Ariyo
Manager, Community Initiatives
Phone: 905-546-2424 x 1564
Email: [email protected]

Pauline Kajiura
Project Manager, Community Inclusion & Equity
Phone: 905-546-2424 x 2567
Email: [email protected]