Theme 6: Culture & Diversity

Crowd in the streets at the Locke Street Festival

Community vision

Our Future Hamilton is a vibrant place where...

  • People of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are accepted and celebrated.
  • There is always something to do in Hamilton, with a year-round calendar of events and a thriving local arts scene.
  • All of our downtown areas are bustling centres of economic and community activity.
  • People of all backgrounds, ages and abilities call Hamilton home and have access to the support and opportunities they need to succeed.

Key directions

Celebrate culture

  • Host year-round, local events that celebrate Hamilton’s diverse cultures and unique heritage.
  • Recognize and celebrate indigenous traditions.
  • Support and invest in the arts and local artists.
  • Ensure Hamilton’s downtown areas are vibrant and inviting to businesses, residents and visitors.
  • Support and grow our diverse food scene that includes restaurants, farmers markets and food trucks.
  • Create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for new residents and students from outside of Hamilton, Ontario and Canada.

Inclusion & equity

  • Respect and include all residents in community life regardless of age, ethnicity, race, gender, ability and background.
  • Provide activities and gathering spaces to help seniors maintain active and productive lifestyles.
  • Provide opportunities and supports for all children and youth to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Community support services

  • Provide excellent and sustainable settlement services to newcomers in Hamilton.
  • Provide services and supports for people living with disabilities to live active lives.

Signs of success

  • Hamilton is free from all forms of discrimination,
  • Hamilton is home to successful cultural institutions and enterprises,
  • Newcomers to Hamilton feel a sense of belonging,
  • Local events and festivals are well-attended,
  • The artistic community is growing,
  • All people are able to be involved in community and civic activities.