Strategies & Actions

Jamesville Neighbourhood Action Plan

Neighbourhood Profile

Jamesville stretches over two neighbourhoods that already have a great history of working together, the Central and North End Neighbourhoods. Central Neighbourhood is a diverse area with many opportunities to live, work and play with the Hamilton Public Library, the Hamilton Farmer’s market, several entertainment areas including Hess Street and Jackson Square and a growing arts community, centred on James Street North and celebrated in the monthly Art Crawl. The North End is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Hamilton with a 250 year history closely aligned with the City of Hamilton. It was the fi rst community to develop around the Burlington Bay and it enjoys a reputation of being a working class neighbourhood.

2013 - Jamesville presented their Jamesville Neighbourhood Action Plan (PDF, 7.33 MB) to Hamilton City Council 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.

Jamesville Neighbourhood Age groups chart

Jamesville Neighbourhood families with children under 18 chart

Jamesville Neighbourhood population groups chart

Key findings

  • There is a slightly lower proportion of children in Jamesville than Hamilton (23% vs. 25%).
  • There are as many young adults ages 20 to 34 as there are children in Jamesville. There is a higher rate of young adults in Jamesville than in Hamilton (23% vs. 19%).
  • There is a smaller proportion of seniors in Jamesville than in the city (12% vs. 15%).
  • 57% of Jamesville’s families with children are headed by two parents (married or common law), compared to 72% of the city’s families.
  • Over one third of the parent population are female lone parents (35%).
  • Double the rate of people who identify as Aboriginal (4%) live in Jamesville than the city as a whole (2%).
  • More than one in five of Jamesville residents identify with a visible minority group (21%), which is higher than the city (14%).
  • There is a larger proportion of persons with activity limitations in Jamesville than in the city (28% vs. 21%).

Jamesville Neighbourhood housing and mobility chart

Jamesville Neighbourhood poverty rates chart

Key findings

  • Jamesville has an almost equal proportion of renters and homeowners. 53% Jamesville residents are renters compared to just under one third of the city’s overall population (32%).
  • Close to half the proportion of renters (43%) live in unaffordable housing and spend 30% or more of their income on shelter costs, but this is slightly lower than the proportion for the city as a whole (45%).
  • Residents in Jamesville change addresses more often than the average for the city.
  • More than a third of Jamesville residents (35%) are living in poverty, compared to 18% for the city. Almost half (49%) of young children in Jamesville are living in poverty. Close to a third of Jamesville’s seniors are living in poverty (29%).

Jamesville Neighbourhood highest education completed, persons aged 35 to 64 chart

Jamesville Neighbourhood high school non-completion rate per 1,000 students chart

Key findings

  • Among those aged 25-64, almost one in three Jamesville residents (28%) does not have a certificate, diploma or degree, compared to 16% for the city as a whole.
  • 29% of the population has a high school certificate or equivalent, slightly higher than the city as a whole (26%).
  • Fewer Jamesville residents have university education compared to the city (16% vs. 24%).
  • Jamesville has more than double the proportion of students who don’t complete high school as compared to Hamilton.

Jamesville Neighbourhood average age of death chart

Jamesville Neighbourhood emergency room visits per 1,000 residents per year

Jamesville Neighbourhood percentage of ER visitors reporting no family doctor

Key findings

  • The average age of death in Jamesville is 75.9 years old which is 0.7 years older than the city and 1.7 years older than the lower city. But within the neighbourhood, there is a wide range of average ages of death for each of Jamesville’s four census tracts. The average age of death ranges from over 80 years in the southernmost part of Jamesville down to just under 67 years in the north end.
  • The rate of emergency room visits is higher in Jamesville than in Hamilton. On average, there are over 300 additional visits to the emergency room for every 1,000 Jamesville residents per year than the city as a whole.
  • Compared Hamilton’s overall population, almost triple the proportion of Jamesville residents who visit an emergency room do not have a regular doctor (17.5%).