Priority Projects

Hate Prevention & Mitigation Initiative

Illustration of a group of diverse peopleThe 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, and anti-Semitism. 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 prevention and 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 and inform the development of City’s hate prevention and 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 welcoming and inclusive city.

Community Consultation Events

Hate Incidents in Hamilton Survey – June 16 to July 15, 2020
CLOSED: This survey has concluded. 

Hate Mitigation & Prevention Virtual Engagement Sessions– June to July 2020
CLOSED: Thank you for your interest, the virtual engagement sessions have now concluded

  • General Public - Virtual Engagement Session
    Monday, June 29, 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Racialized Communities - Virtual Engagement Session
    Monday, July 6, 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Indigenous Communities - Virtual Engagement Session
    Tuesday, July 7, 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Faith Leaders Communities - Virtual Engagement Session
    Wednesday, July 8, 10 to 11:30 am
  • Two Spirit & LGBTQ+ Communities - Virtual Engagement Session
    Thursday, July 9, 7 to 8:30 pm 

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
  • June to July 2020: Citywide community engagement and public consultation
  • September 2020: Preliminary policy and public engagement findings
  • September to November 2020: Further public input on engagement findings
  • December 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]