Our Future Hamilton

July 21, 2016 - 12:31pm

Hamilton Fire Department Issues Open Air Burning Ban - July 21, 2016

HAMILTON, ON – July 21, 2016 – Due to current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of extreme temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, the Hamilton Fire Department has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning in the City of Hamilton.  This ban suspends all approved Open Air Burning Permits.

More information and details about the ban.

Holiday Closures
July 27, 2016 - 12:33pm

Civic Holiday Monday, August 1 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Civic Holiday, Monday, August 1

  • For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, August 1.
  • Your pick-up will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit www.hamilton.ca/waste.
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, August 1.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on Sunday/Holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 or visit www.hamilton.ca/hsr for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, August 1.
  • If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.

ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, August 1.


  • Recreation Centres, Seniors Centres and Arenas will be closed on Monday, August 1.
  • Seniors Clubs will be open.
  • Wading Pools will be closed on Monday, August 1, with the exception of Dundas Driving Park and Gage Park sites. 
  • Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre and outdoor pools (with the exception of Birge) will be open on Monday August 1 on a modified holiday schedule.
  • For more information, visit Civic Holiday Outdoor Pool Schedules

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • All museums will be closed on closed on Monday, August 1.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, July 31 - Closed
  • Monday, August 1 - Closed
  • Tuesday, August 2 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, August 3 - Closed
  • Thursday, August 4 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, August 5 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, August 6 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, August 1 for the Civic holiday.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, August 2 for all library locations. Please visit www.hpl.ca for more information.

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-2489
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit www.hamilton.ca/safewater

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, August 1, and will reopen Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, August 1. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres. Only cheque payments will be accepted in the drop box.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, August 1 and will reopen on Tuesday, August 2.
  • Tax payments can also be made online or through telebanking, set up through your financial institution.

Municipal Service Centre locations:

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Tickets

Payment of parking violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Thank you Hamilton!

  • Because of your participation, we reached over 54,000 conversations with the people of Hamilton!
  • Your input will help us make sure that the decisions we make today, reflect the ideas, hopes and dreams of our community.
What happens now?

Our team is busy compiling what you told us at the Our Future Hamilton Summit. This information will help us present you with options on how we can work together to bring Our Future Hamilton to life. A plan to move Hamilton forward will be presented to Council in the fall of 2016.

Keep the conversation going!
  • Stay informed on our next steps and how you can participate, sign up for the Our Future Hamilton mailing list.
  • Interested in joining our working group to guide our next steps? Email us at ourfuturehamilton@hamilton.ca

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Our Future Hamilton has captured the priorities, hopes and dreams from nearly 50,000 people to create the new community vision.

Phase One (April to August, 2015)

Share the vision: Gathering ideas from residents and the community at large about their vision for the future of Hamilton through broad and inclusive engagement approaches. Key engagement activities include:

  • Citywide community events (completed)
  • Farmers market (completed)
  • Shopping malls (completed)
  • City bus experience tour (completed)
  • Community online survey (completed)
  • Focus groups (completed)
  • Community presentations (completed)
  • Community information displays (completed)
  • Social media campaign (completed)
  • June 15, 2015 community visioning workshop (completed)
  • Other engagement opportunities (completed)
Phase Two (September to December, 2015)

Shape the vision: Creating opportunities to learn from best practices, educate the public about key trends and sharing what we’ve heard to date with residents. Key engagement activities include:

  • Op-eds in Hamilton Spec (completed)
  • September 18, 2015 keynote speaker event (Chris Hadfield)
  • September 19, 2015 Speaker Series
  • 15 Community Open Houses (completed)
  • Online survey (completed)
Phase Three (January to April, 2016)

Confirm the vision:  Providing opportunities for residents to review draft and final reports. Develop a shared community implementation strategy involving residents, community partners and key stakeholders. Key engagement activities include: 

  • Community review of the draft community vision (January 2016)
  • Community Vision (February 2016)
  • Community Conversations about the Vision and Action Plan (January to April 2016)
  • Community Action Plan Workshop (April 2016)
  • Final Community Visioning Report

Contact us

Invite us to attend your event or find out how you can host your own conversation.

Email: ourfuturehamilton@hamilton.ca
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext.1564 

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Project Team

John Ariyo
Manager, Community Initiatives
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 1564

Heather Donison
Senior Project Manager, Sustainability
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 1276

Allison Jones
Communications Officer
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3810

Deb Clinton
Implementation Coordinator
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2660

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