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Graffiti vandalism creates a nuisance that can adversely affect property values, business opportunities and poses a risk to the health, safety and welfare of a community.
- Rapid removal is one of the most effective deterrents to taggers.
- Statistics show that most taggers are males between 12 and 21 years old.
- Hip-hop graffiti, a more complex style (font) of “tagging”, is the most common type of graffiti found in Hamilton (80-90%).
- Graffiti is the most common type of property vandalism (35%).
- Graffiti cleanup is costly to taxpayers, using up funds that could be used for parks, roads and other community improvements.
- Graffiti removal companies must be licensed with the City of Hamilton.
- Everyone needs to work together to combat graffiti.
Temporary changes to the Commercial District Revitalization Grant Program
On Sept. 13, 2023, City Council approved temporary changes to the Commercial District Revitalization Grant Program to provide grants for graffiti removal on commercial and mixed-use commercial properties located within strategic commercial districts and corridors of the city including Downtown Hamilton, the Community Downtowns of Ancaster, Binbrook, Dundas, Stoney Creek and Waterdown, Business Improvement Areas and more.
To learn more about the grant, to determine if your property or business is eligible, or to submit a grant application online, please visit www.investinhamilton.ca/graffitiremoval