Why a Ward Boundary Review?
- The City of Hamilton's population has gone up more than 30,000 people since the last review in 2001
- To ensure effective representation for all citizens
The City is working with Watson and Associates Economists Ltd., as well as Dr. Robert J. Williams, Trust Learning Solutions and ICA Associates Inc. The consultants will operate independently from Council and City staff as they work with residents and stakeholders to design possible ward boundary lines.
The City will use these guiding principles to ensure options for change are determined in a fair and open process that will benefit the City as a whole.
Representation by Population
Ensure that every Councillor represents an equal number of constituents while allowing for some variation
Population and Electoral Trends
Look at future increases or decreases in population to keep ward sizes as balanced as possible until at least 2018
Means of Communication and Accessibility
Group existing neighbourhoods into wards that reflect current transportation and communication patterns
Geographical and Topographical Features
Use natural features as ward boundaries while keeping wards as compact as possible
Community or Diversity of Interests
Draw ward boundary lines around recognized settlement areas, traditional neighbourhoods, and community groupings, not through them
Evaluate the capacity of each ward to give residents an effective voice in decision-making
Current ward structure
- City Council consists of an elected Mayor and 15 Ward Councillors
The ward boundary review study began in October 2015. Ward boundary options and the consultants' report will be presented to Council in fall 2016.
Phase 1 (complete)
- Review data
- Develop public engagement strategy
- Gather information on the present ward system
Phase 2 (complete)
- Public meetings
- Consultation sessions will be held to look at the current wards and future options
Phase 3 (complete)
- Prepare and present progress report to General Issues Committee
- Hold public consultation
- Finalize report
- Report to be presented to General Issues Committee on October 27, 2016
Phase 1 and 2 summary and resources
Participants in the round one of public consultations (February 2016) ranked the guiding principles in order of importance.
Principles ranked highest:
- Representation by population
- Population and electoral trends
- Community or diversity of interests
Principles ranked lowest:
- Means of communication and accessibility
- Geographical and topographical features
The principle of “Effective Representation” is an overarching principle that takes all the others into consideration.
This input from citizens is important because the options offered for consideration in this second round of consultations attempt to hold these prioritized principles.
- Hamilton Ward Boundary Review Presentation (PDF, 763 KB)
Additional resources will be posted as they become available.
- Final report and recommendations (PDF, 3 MB)
- Preliminary boundary options (PDF, 14 MB)
- Hamilton Ward Boundary Review Phase 2 Open House Presentation (PDF, 1.5 KB)
- Ward Boundary Review Interim Report (PDF, 3.6 MB)
- Current Ward Boundary Map (PDF)
Comments & feedback
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