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.
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:
Project Activity Plan
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
Project in the News
- July 23, 2019: https://globalnews.ca/news/5672816/hamilton-highest-rate-of-hate-crime-in-canada/
- August 5, 2019: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9532625-hate-in-hamilton-can-the-city-ban-hateful-protests-from-city-hall-/
- August 12, 2019: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/hate-policies-council-1.5244000
- October 8, 2019: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/hamilton-hate-crime-1.5313965
- October 24, 2019: https://www.hamiltonnews.com/news-story/9660308-hamilton-approves-trespassing-bylaw-targeting-hate-groups-protesting-city-hall/
- December 24, 2019: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9788016-trespass-notices-handed-out-under-new-hamilton-bylaw-aiming-to-tame-hate-related-activity/
- January 21, 2020: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9837434-despite-summer-of-hate-hamilton-s-hate-incidents-tumbled-in-2019/
- February 20, 2020: https://www.hamilton.ca/government-information/news-centre/news-releases/city-hamilton-shares-consultants-plan-engage-public
Related Council Reports
Manager, Community Initiatives
Phone: 905-546-2424 x 1564
Email: [email protected]
Project Manager, Community Inclusion & Equity
Phone: 905-546-2424 x 2567
Email: [email protected]
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