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Service at a Glance

How can I get rid of bed bugs in my home?

An Integrated Pest Management program is the most effective practice for eliminating bedbugs.  It combines:

  • pesticides
  • routine inspections of living areas
  • elimination of bed bug hiding spots
  • physical removal of bed bugs through cleaning
When does the City issue a Heat Alert?

The City of Hamilton’s Heat Alert and Response System includes seasonal monitoring and three response stages. From May to September, we monitor weather forecasts, including the humidex for conditions that can increase health risks. 

When a forecast indicates a humidex at or above 40 C, we issue a heat alert. 

What parenting resources does the City of Hamilton provide?

The City provides information and resources to help you with parenting including

  • Car seats
  • Booster seats
  • Growth and development
  • Children’s behaviour
  • Bullying
  • Safety
  • Healthy Eating
How can I get my child to try new foods?

Here are some tips for introducing new foods to your child:

  • Keep offering new foods to encourage children to try to taste them.  It may take 10 to 15 times before children learn to like new foods.
  • Offer new foods with familiar foods.
  • Children are more likely to try new foods when they are hungry.
  • Make one meal for your whole family including at least one food your child likes.
Should my child be in a car seat or booster seat?

In Ontario, children weighing less than 18 kg (40 pounds) must use a car seat while travelling in a vehicle.

  • If your child weighs less than 9 kg (20 pounds), they must use a rear-facing car seat while travelling in a vehicle
  • If your child weighs more than 9 kg (20 pounds), they can use a forward-facing car seat while travelling in a vehicle

In Ontario, your child can use a booster seat if he weighs over 18 kg (40 pounds). Your child must use a booster seat until he is at least:

  • 46 kg (80 pounds) or
  • 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) or
  • Eight years old

Keep your child in their car seat or booster seat until they reach the maximum height or weight limit.

Where can I get birth control?

Here are some places where you can get birth control in Hamilton:

  • Low-cost birth control is available at Sexual Health Clinics based on medical eligibility
  • Your doctor
  • Local walk-in clinic