International Delegations & Study Tours

The City of Hamilton values partnerships and networking opportunities with other municipalities, academic institutions, and organizations around the world. Building and sustaining international relationships is critical to our vision of becoming a leading city in Canada.

Who can request a visit

Requests for study tours and delegation visits can be initiated by:

  • Embassies in Ottawa and consulates in Toronto
  • National, state, provincial, and municipal governments
  • Mayor’s offices
  • Recognized professional organizations and development agencies
  • Hamilton’s twin cities
  • International firms looking for expansion opportunities

How to request a visit

Complete the online Visiting Delegations Request Form to initiate meetings with appropriate municipal officials at least two weeks prior to your proposed visitation dates.

The City’s Economic Development Division will review all requests to ensure they are legitimate, provide maximum benefit to the City, and offer efficient inter-departmental coordination.


Visitor interest & intent

Dignitaries and delegations can request to meet with City staff or members of Council about:  

Economic development

Activities include:

  • investment in Hamilton
  • establishing new partnerships
  • soft landing in Hamilton
  • developing projects and initiatives in order to build economic wealth
Cultural development

Activities include:

  • an exchange of ideas
  • working with existing cultural and local organizations
  • sharing customs
  • developing social connections
  • exploring mundialization efforts
Study tours

Organizations and groups must identify the specific area of interest and have a clear learning objective. Examples of study tours include:

  • learning about best practices
  • municipal infrastructure
  • urban planning and design
  • sustainability practices,
  • public transportation
  • affordable housing
  • connecting with local academic institutions

Study tours are arranged when a clear mutual benefit is established such as:

  • A technical exchange of information related to important City issues
  • Opportunities for economic development