Strategies & Actions

Gibson and Landsdale Area (GALA) Neighbourhood Action Plan

Neighbourhood Profile

The area is home to 4,900 residences and 300 businesses. The neighbourhood supports many social housing units, a high number of children and rental housing properties.

February 2014 - Gibson and Landsdale Association (GALA) presented their Gibson and Landsdale Area (GALA) Neighbourhood Action Plan (PDF, 7.14 MB) to the General Issues Committee for endorsement. The plans serve as a focal point for planning teams, but also continue to garnish the interest of other stakeholders from across the community.

Gibson/ Landsdale Neighbourhood age groups chart

Gibson/ Landsdale Neighbourhood families with children under 18 chart

Gibson/ Landsdale Neighbourhood population groups chart

Key findings

  • The age distribution in Landsdale is almost identical to the age distribution in the city overall, with a slightly lower proportion of children, and slightly higher proportion of young adults and seniors.
  • More than four in ten (39%) Landsdale families with children under 18 are led by lone parents (compared to 28% for the city overall).
  • There is a higher proportion of residents in Landsdale with Aboriginal ancestry compared to the city (5% vs. 3%).
  • A greater proportion of Landsdale residents (21%) identify with a visible minority group than in the city (14%).
  • The proportion of residents in Landsdale who immigrated to Canada in recent decades is almost equal to the proportions for the city.
  • There is a larger proportion of persons with activity limitations in Landsdale than in the city (30% vs. 21%).

Gibson/ Landsdale Neighbourhood housing and mobility chart

Gibson/ Landsdale Neighbourhood poverty rates chart

Key findings

  • There are more renters (62%) than homeowners (38%) in Landsdale.
  • Almost six in ten renters in Landsdale (57%) live in unaffordable housing and spend 30% or more on shelter costs.
  • Close to one third of homeowners (28%) also live in unaffordable housing and spend 30% or more on shelter costs.
  • Almost two in ten Landsdale residents (19%) move each year, compared to 13% average for the city.
  • Four in ten Landsdale residents (40%) are living in poverty, compared to 18% for the city.

Gibson/ Landsdale Neighbourhood highest education completed, persons aged 25 to 64 chart

Gibson/ Landsdale Neighbourhood high school non-completion rate per 1,000 students

Key findings

  • More than one third of Landsdale residents (37%) aged 25-64 do not have a certificate, diploma or degree, more than double the rate for the city as a whole (16%).
  • 28% of Landsdale residents in this age group have a high school certificate or equivalent, slightly higher than the city as a whole (26%).
  • A smaller group of Landsdale residents (10%) have a university education compared to the city (24%).
  • In Landsdale, students are more than four times as likely not to complete high school as compared to the rate for the median of all the city’s neighbourhoods. Landsdale’s high school non-completion rate is also more than twice as high as compared to the median rate for the lower city’s neighbourhoods.

Gibson/ Landsdale Neighbourhood average age of death chart

Gibson/ Landsdale Neighbourhood emergency room visits per 1,000 residents per year chart

Gibson/ Landsdale Neighbourhood percentage of ER visitors reporting no family doctor chart

Key findings

  • The average age of death in Landsdale is 75.4 years old, which is 0.2 years older than the city and 1.6 years older than the lower city. The Landsdale neighbourhood includes First Place, one of Hamilton’s largest seniors’ residences, which would contribute to a higher average age of death.
  • The rate of emergency room visits is higher in Landsdale than in Hamilton. On average, there are 430 additional visits to the emergency room for every 1,000 Landsdale residents per year than the city as a whole.
  • Compared to Hamilton's overall population, more than double the proportion of Landsdale residents who visit an emergency room do not have a regular doctor (6.2% vs. 13.2%).