Community Initiatives Profile

This service raises the awareness of community engagement by promoting a culture of public participation, advances collaborative action taking by community partners and ensures the diverse voices of residents continue to influence City of Hamilton strategic priorities. This service includes:

  • Our Future Hamilton Community Vision - The Our Future Hamilton Community Vision reflects the values and aspirations of the thousands of residents who participated in the yearlong community visioning process. It defines our residents’ expectations for the next 25 years.
  • Hamilton’s Local Immigration Partnership - A federally funded initiative across 77 jurisdictions across Canada consists of 85 community partners under the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council. The vision of the partnership is focused on creating a welcoming city for newcomers, celebrating diversity and making Hamilton a place for everyone to call home. The focus of the partnership in years to come includes coordination of settlement services, community engagement and evidence-based research.
  • Urban Indigenous Strategy - The City of Hamilton recognizes and acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement. The City is developing an Urban Indigenous Strategy that will identify actions to strengthen the City’s relationship with the Indigenous community. The strategy will help promote a better understanding among all residents about Indigenous histories, cultures, experiences and contributions. Hamilton is home to over 15,000 residents who identify as Indigenous, which is inclusive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report contains 94 calls to action, many directed at governments at all levels. The Urban Indigenous Strategy is working to carry out the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada at the local level. 
  • Age-Friendly Hamilton - The City of Hamilton partners with the Hamilton Council on Aging and Seniors Advisory Committee of Hamilton City Council to begin the development of Hamilton’s Plan for an age-friendly city. This work includes ensuring that the development of all planning and programming of policy frameworks and City services uses an equity and inclusion lens, (i.e. the unique characteristics and needs of different populations including older adults are taken into account).
  • Neighbourhood Action Strategy - A collaborative partnership that supports resident engagement, community development, action planning and implementation to increase community health and inclusivity. Activities include neighbourhood engagement, neighbourhood action planning and projects, collective impact projects, and evaluation and tracking.
  • Strategic Youth Initiatives - Youth play a vital role in community development and community identity. However, among other things, youth also need strategic support relating to mentorship, youth housing, entrepreneurship, mental health, service navigation and community sense of belonging. This subservice supports the advancement of strategic youth initiatives in the community through engagement, collective action taking, and progress reporting.

Service Details

Related Subservices

  • Our Future Hamilton Community Vision
  • Local Immigration Partnership
  • Age-Friendly Hamilton
  • Urban Indigenous Strategy
  • Neighbourhood Action Strategy
  • Strategic Youth Initiatives 

Type of Service

  • Public facing


  • Discretionary Municipal Service

Primary Funding Sources

  • Grants/Subsidies
  • Net Levy
  • Sponsorship/Third Party Contributions
  • Capital Budget

Service Level

  • At standard

Service Level Source

  • Council approved policy or service standard
  • Funding agreement/grant covenant
  • Management directive


Performance Measures

How much did you do? (volume)

  • Engaged with nearly 55,000 residents to create the 25-year Hamilton Community Vision “Our Future Hamilton” (April 2015-April 2016).
  • 105 organizations have committed to implementing the new Community Vision, with six Community Priorities, 88 Strategic Directions and 226 Community-Suggested Actions (September 2016 to current).
  • 430 community partners and stakeholders attend the annual Our Future Hamilton summit (started in 2016, occurs annually every November).
  • 20 place-based community vision engagements annually, covering all municipal wards (occurs annually).
  • Supported the resettlement of 1,700 Syrian refugees, chaired the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Syrian newcomers with over 80 community partners (December 2015 to August 2017).
  • 500 seniors and community stakeholders attend the annual Senior of the Year Award (occurs June of every year, and has been running for 22 years).
  • Between 2011-2017, 11 neighbourhood plans were completed with 452 identified actions. 
  • 40% of the actions were underway and 29% completed.
  • Between 2011-2016, the Neighbourhood Action Strategy leveraged 6.7 million in funding (from a $2 million capital grant) to support engagement and projects.

Strategic Plan Priority - Community Engagement & Participation Healthy & Safe Communities Culture & Diversity