City's Annual Employment Survey

Help the City of Hamilton plan for the future

City of Hamilton employment survey - manufacturing, retail, restaurant, accommodation, institutional, agriculture

The 2019 Annual Employment Survey is open!

The City of Hamilton carries out the annual Survey during the summer months to look at business growth, trends and changes in the city.

The first survey of businesses, buildings, and employment within the City’s Downtown happened in 2010. In 2013, it expanded to cover all of the City’s employment, commercial and rural settlement areas. 

This information helps us to:

  • monitor the extent, nature, and location of employment and land use.
  • monitor changing economic conditions.
  • track the effectiveness of local employment initiatives and continued success of the city's commercial, employment and rural setttlement areas.
  • develop future facilities, initiatives and planning issues across the city.

Take the 2019 Employment Survey

Information collected is strictly confidential. 

Survey information will only be released in aggregate form to show general employment patterns and trends without revealing information on individual businesses. The data allows the City to plan better, think better and envision new ideas based on this direct feedback.   

“This annual survey gives us the opportunity to outline trends in business growth and supports the City’s efforts to receive direct input from the business community. This feedback is put into actionable plans to help improve the way we support and build Hamilton through our business community." - Mayor Fred Eisenberger

"We appreciate that business owners take time out of their day to help us with this. The information we gather, in the annual employment and business survey, allows us to plan better, think better and envision new ideas based on this direct feedback. We will be able to look for trends and assess employment growth which, in turn, helps us to support business in a strategic, proactive way." - Jason Thorne, General Manager, Planning & Economic Development Department

Media Release: Annual business and employment survey taps into local knowledge - May 6, 2019

Meet the 2019 survey team

Brooke, Employment Survey Student for 2019

Rachel is an Honours Geography and Sociology bachelors graduate from McMaster University and will be continuing her education in Rural Planning. Rachel looks forwards to meeting a variety of business owners in her local hometown.
Where you will see Rachel: Waterdown, Dundas, Rural community.

Rachel, Employment Survey Student for 2019

Brooke holds a BA in Geography and GIS from the University of Guelph and is currently pursuing her MSc in Rural Planning and Development. Brooke is excited to learn more about the unique businesses that exist within the City of Hamilton.
Where you will see Brooke: Ancaster, Hamilton’s West Mountain, Rural community.

Arman, Employment Survey Student for 2019

Aman is a 2nd year student at Mohawk College in the Urban and Regional Planning program. Born and raised in Hamilton, she grew up in east Hamilton, and loves to hike and explore new trails. She is amazed with the numerous waterfalls Hamilton has to offer.
Where you will see Aman: Stoney Creek, East Hamilton.

Abigail, Employment Survey Student for 2019

Abigail is currently a 4th year student at McMaster University studying Business. A Hamiltonian her entire life, she enjoys exploring everything that is Hamilton.
Where you will see Abigail: Airport Employment Growth District, Upper Hamilton mountain.

Audrey, Employment Survey Student for 2019

Audrey is a 3rd year student at Brock University studying Business Administration. She grew up in Waterdown and loves the variety of what Hamilton has to offer in terms of local businesses, entertainment and greenspace.
Where you will see Audrey: Hamilton's East End, Stoney Creek.

Sabine, Employment Survey Student for 2019

Sabine is an Honours Geography student in her third year at McMaster University. She loves to explore Hamilton's coffee shop scene and is looking forward to finding new ones in this beautiful city.
Where you will see Sabine: Downtown Hamilton, Westdale.

Kaelynn, Employment Survey Student for 2019

Kaelynn is a 3rd year Honours BA student at Queen’s University, majoring in History with a minor in Global Development. In her spare time, she helps with organizing International Development forums, volunteers at the Humane Society and assists orientation leadership activities at Queen’s.
Where you will see Kaelynn: Lower Hamilton, Bayfront employment lands.

Aren, Employment Survey Student for 2019

Aren is graduating from Redeemer University College with Honours in History and Political Science and will be attending Western University to pursue his Masters in Local Government. An avid traveller, Aren spent a semester at Oxford University. You may recognize Aren from last year’s employment survey,
Where you will see Aren: Red Hill Business Park area. Aren will be calling large corporations and organizations.

Reports and statistics

Contact us

City of Hamilton Employment Survey Office 
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 1292
Fax: 905-643-7250