Investment in the Waterfront

Hamilton's waterfront lands are owned and controlled by the City of Hamilton. We are taking great strides to ensure the lands are available and development-ready for private-sector investment.

These investment opportunities include mixed-use residential and commercial developments. With these opportunities we hope to increase the use of the area for both residents and businesses.

Not many other Canadian cities offer this type of waterfront investment!

Relevant documents

Documents relevant to investing in the Waterfront:

Current investment opportunities for Pier 8

City Council has given direction to prepare the lands on Pier 8 for sale to the private development industry. The opportunity allows private development investors to create a new mid-rise community with a mix of 1,200 to 1,600 residential units and 13,000 sq. m. of commercial and institutional space.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) call for the Pier 8 Development Opportunity will formally open on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. View the press release

The RFQ and background documents will be made available online, free of charge. Check back here or at to access these documents.

Cover of the Pier 8 - Preliminary Prospectus

In the meantime, you can view our Pier 8 - Preliminary Prospectus (PDF, 5 MB) for a summary of the development opportunity. You may also wish to browse this website for other background information that may be of interest to you.

Important facts

  • Pier 8 is 30 acres in size and located just a kilometre away from Hamilton's downtown core. Downtown Hamilton is home to 13,700 residents and 24,000 employees, currently has over 2,000 condominium units either under construction or soon to be under construction, and is seeing exponential growth in terms of gallery spaces, restaurants and cafes, and new creative industry businesses.
  • The City is currently carrying out a strategy to pre-zone, subdivide, and service the land on Pier 8.
  • Staff presented  recommendations regarding the prospective sales process to the General Issues Committee of Council on November 2, 2016. The solicitation process is anticipated to begin in early 2017.
  • The City’s vision and plans for Pier 8 provide more information about the opportunities private development investors will have opportunity to bid on.

Any questions or comments? Contact or 905-546-2424 ext. 2085.