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About Hamilton

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Hamilton, with a population of over 500,000 is one of Canada’s major cities and is one of Ontario’s most economically diverse. Our sectors of focus include: advanced manufacturing, agriculture/food processing, creative industries, clean-technology, Hamilton innovation, life sciences and transportation/goods movement.

In 2012 and 2013, Site Selection Magazine based in Atlanta, GA named Hamilton the ‘Top Investment City in Canada’, and the Calgary-based Real Estate Investment Network ranked Hamilton the ‘Top Location For Investment in Ontario’ in 2012 and 2013. Hamilton has also been ranked as a ‘Top North American City’ by FDI Magazine (a publication of the world-famous Financial Times) for its quality of life.

With an educated workforce, stunning natural amenities, and a diverse, resilient economy, Hamilton is a prime choice for future economic opportunity. Quite simply, it’s time to invest in Hamilton.




Location Advantage


Hamilton’s location at the western end of Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe provides businesses with easy access to a network of highways, international rail lines, and the Port of Hamilton. Local air connections to international destinations are close by with John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto and Buffalo Niagara International Airport just across the border in New York State. The Queen Elizabeth Way provides ready access to both the Greater Toronto Area, a regional market of over six million people, and Highway 401. Highway 401 is the Canadian link to the NAFTA super highway connecting Ontario with the I-75 serving Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida and the I-90 connections to the eastern seaboard.




Creative City

Hamilton is a city of innovators. From its historic steel and textile producers to its current prominence in the health, technology and engineering sectors, Hamilton’s innovation community can help your business succeed. The city has numerous organizations; commercialization engines and research facilities that help companies like yours develop new products and processes and turn them into commercial reality.

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Hamilton’s post-secondary institutions are leaders in the innovation field. Mohawk College, which provides education for more than 10,000 full-time students annually, features iDeaWORKS, which pairs talented students and faculty with local businesses to validate, develop and commercialize new technologies to help turn ideas into marketable products and services.

Hamilton is also home to McMaster University, one of Canada’s leading research institutions for health sciences and engineering. McMaster hosts Canada Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence, giving the university the third highest number of Chairs located in Ontario, and ninth highest in Canada.

Hamilton is also one of Ontario’s most concentrated centres for healthcare research. Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare are two of the city’s top employers. Each organization spends millions of dollars annually on research across a variety of health-related fields, and houses numerous institutions dedicated to specific medical advancements.

Hamilton is a top-tier centre for innovation. The city’s research and development holdings, favourable investment climate, and dedication to helping innovators succeed can help any company turn its innovations into commercially viability





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