Arriving in Canada

About Hamilton

The City of Hamilton welcomes students from all over the world. More than 5,000 international students currently live and study here. We support and celebrate a diversity of people, cultures and ideas. Hamilton provides a safe environment in a beautiful location at the western end of Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe and provides students with easy access to major city centres like Toronto, Waterloo, and the US Border. In Hamilton, you can enjoy an excellent lifestyle while pursuing rigorous and challenging studies. It’s an ideal place to live and study.

Hamilton is one of the most diverse economies in Canada. We have consistently ranked as one of the top places to invest in Canada and one of the fastest growing economies in Ontario. This means that students can connect to job opportunities through our academic institutions, private sector companies, young professional and networking organizations, or choose to start a company through our entrepreneur training and support systems.

Hamilton is full of opportunities for international and domestic students. We are home to a number of outstanding institutions renowned for research and teaching. McMaster University is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and Mohawk College is ranked #1 in the GTHA. We have a flourishing arts community, including visual arts, music, filmmaking, and various festivals. We are a safe, friendly, and generous community, and we welcome you to make Hamilton your home.

Canadian Customs and Culture

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