Bayfront Industrial Area Strategy

About the study

The City of Hamilton’s Bayfront Industrial Area (the "Bayfront") is a 1,149-hectare mixed industrial area on the shore of Hamilton Harbour and adjacent to some of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. The Bayfront has been part of Hamilton’s industrial, economic and cultural legacy for decades, and it was here where Hamilton grew its reputation as one of Canada’s major manufacturing centres.

Today, manufacturing is still very much a part of this area; however, the City is conducting a study to guide future improvements, investments and redevelopment. The Bayfront Strategy will contain short, medium and long-term visions and actions to position Hamilton’s oldest industrial area for a future of continuing productivity and investment. 

Bayfront Industrial Study Map Jan 2017

The Bayfront Strategy will be completed in two phases:

Phase 1: Completion of a Background and Marketing Opportunities Study associated with the Bayfront in late 2015. The report identified a series of opportunities and constraints related to the future direction of the Bayfront. It concluded that this land is best suited to remain as an industrial area in both the short and medium term, with the potential to change land use in the very long term.

Phase 2:  Develop an action plan to ensure the efficient use of the Bayfront, encourage growth and investment, and improve the environmental conditions and image of the area.

The Bayfront is Hamilton’s largest industrial area and a major revitalization opportunity. It is generally located between Hamilton Harbour to the north, Barton Street to the south, Wellington Street to the west, and Woodward Avenue to the east.

The Bayfront is designated as Employment Area in Schedule E of the Urban Hamilton Official Plan (UHOP) (PDF, 761 KB) and its role is to contribute to the expanded economic role of the City of Hamilton. 

This area is an economically productive manufacturing and steel hub. It is home to major steel producers as well as to Canada’s largest Great Lakes Port, a significant multimodal transportation hub that provides users with direct marine, rail and road connections. The dominant land uses in this area are medium and heavy industry, transportation and utilities.

Though the Bayfront is primarily intended for industrial uses, there is a large number of existing residential dwellings within and surrounding the study area.

With the changes in the steel industry and in the manufacturing landscape, the Bayfront represents a significant City-building opportunity within the broader Hamilton and Greater Toronto Area.

Study status and timeline

Phase 2 of the Bayfront Industrial Area Strategy will be completed in four stages as follows:

Stage 1


  • Project start and background information collection
  • Fall 2016

Stage 2


  • Baseline assessment of existing conditions
  • Winter & Spring 2017

Stage 3


  • Developing vision and testing options
  • Summer & Fall 2017

Stage 4


  • Strategy and action plan development
  • Winter to Fall 2018

October 2016
Bayfront Industrial Area Renewal Strategy - Phase 2 initiated.

September 2015
Bayfront Industrial Area – A Strategy for Renewal: Phase 1 Background and Market Opportunities Study was completed and presented to General Issues Committee. 

Winter 2015
Bayfront Industrial Area – Phase 1 was initiated

Public consultation

Through a citywide public dialogue, the engagement and communications process for the Bayfront Industrial Area Strategy will contribute to the establishment of a short, medium and long-term vision for the bayfront that has a high degree of community and stakeholders support.

Information on collaborative and interactive events, meetings and conversations that will take place in 2017 will be posted as they become available.

Public Information Centre #1
Held June 12, 2017
Introduced the project, discussed issues, opportunities and constraints for the area, and requested attendees’ input on a vision for strengthening the Bayfront Industrial Area.
Presentation (PDF, 7 MB) | Display panels (PDF, 11 MB) | Activity sheets (PDF, 15 MB)

Focus Group Meeting #1
Held May 23, 2017
Introduced the project, discussed issues, opportunities and constraints for the area and provided input on a vision for strengthening the Bayfront Industrial Area.

PEDTalks: Creating Hamilton's Industrial Bayfront
Held May 1, 2017
Keynote speakers, Nancy B. Bouchier and Ken Cruikshank, along with city staff introduced the comprehensive work that the City has undertaken to guide future improvements, investments and redevelopment of this important employment area.

Contact us

Eniber Cabrera
71 Main Street West, 6th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 6685
Email: eniber.cabrera@hamilton.ca

Submit comments

You can submit your comments to:
bayfrontstrategy@hamilton.ca