Hamilton

Settlement

About Hamilton

  • Hamilton’s history dates to the late 18th century, with its strategic location along the western tip of Lake Ontario contributing to its early growth as an industrial center.
  • Known as the “Steel City,” Hamilton has a strong industrial heritage, particularly in steel production. The city played a significant role in Canada’s industrialization and continues to be a major center for manufacturing.
  • While steel production remains important, Hamilton has diversified its economy over the years. It is now home to a range of industries including healthcare, education, technology, and logistics.
  • Hamilton boasts several esteemed educational institutions, including McMaster University and Mohawk College, which contribute to the city’s intellectual capital and research capabilities.
  • Situated at the western end of Lake Ontario and nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and the shores of Lake Ontario, Hamilton offers stunning natural landscapes. Its proximity to conservation areas, waterfalls (including the famous Webster’s Falls and Tews Falls), and hiking trails make it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Hamilton has a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous art galleries, theaters, music venues, and festivals throughout the year. The city’s diverse population contributes to its rich tapestry of cultural experiences.
  • In recent years, Hamilton has undergone significant revitalization efforts, particularly in its downtown core. The restoration of historic buildings, the development of new residential and commercial spaces, and investments in public infrastructure have helped rejuvenate the city’s urban landscape.

Transportation

Public Transit

  • GO Transit: GO Transit is a regional transit system that connects Durham Region to other parts of the GTA and beyond. GO trains and buses operate from various stations in the region, providing commuters with options for traveling to downtown Toronto and other cities.

Healthcare

Healthcare Options

Hamilton is a regional centre for health care and professional training. Hamilton’s hospitals offer advanced treatments and employ some of the most talented medical professionals in Canada. Hamilton is fortunate to have many great health care services and facilities.

The Greater Hamilton Health Network (GHHN) is one of the first Ontario Health Teams in the province. Ontario Health Teams are transforming healthcare in partnership with patients, families, care partners, primary care, local organizations, and the community.

A collaboration of local health and social service partners, the GHHN includes representation from more than 30 organizations, including the City of Hamilton. Together, they are a dedicated group of professionals, organizations, and people with lived experience working to co-design a patient-centered health system grounded in engagement, health equity, and the local needs of the communities they serve.

To learn about their priorities and work, find local services and resources, access Online Appointment Booking with local primary care providers, and more, visit the GHHN’s website at www.greaterhamiltonhealthnetwork.ca.

These hospitals are located in Hamilton: