Local Trends and Policy

Walkability and Economic Development

Research | Data Analysis | Spatial Analysis

Building on a recommendation from the 2011 Hamilton Economic Summit, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce commissioned the CCS to look at links between walkability, transit accessibility and creative industries in the City of Hamilton. As one of six sectors found within the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Strategy, creative industries represent a newer sector that is important for the city to continue to diversify and grow the local economy. The Walkability and Economic Development report shows that the neighbourhoods in Hamilton that rank higher in walkability and transit accessibility have significantly higher concentrations of creative jobs across the city. Particular clusters of note include the neighbourhoods in and around downtown Hamilton (Central, Beasley, Durand, Corktown), the south-west (Strathcona, and Kirkendall North), as well as downtown Dundas.


Working in the Core:  Downtown Hamilton Employment Analysis

Research | Data Analysis | Spatial Analysis

The CCS has analyzed the comprehensive employment survey conducted in Downtown Hamilton by the Downtown and Community Renewal Division. The report provides a snapshot of Downtown Hamilton employment statistics and relates the data to two recent strategic documents: the City’s Economic Development Strategy; and, Destination Hamilton: Values and Perceptions of Next Generation Talent that looks at the issue of attracting and retaining youth in Hamilton. These documents are referenced in order to demonstrate Downtown Hamilton’s current and potential roles in achieving strategic corporate objectives. The report concludes that Downtown remains a significant employment centre in spite of many sectoral changes that have affected the economy. The health of Downtown is increasingly important as the City continues to transition to a more knowledge-based economy that is attractive to next generation talent and opportunity.

Downloaded Dilemma: Background Report

Research | Policy Analysis/Development | Data Analysis

With property tax being the main source of municipal revenue, cities are struggling to fund an ever expanding list of priorities including programs aimed at helping the most vulnerable in our communities. The list is municipally funded programs significantly expanded through the downloading of responsibilities by the Provincial Government of Ontario in the 1990s. This issue is particularly acute in more mature cities such as Hamilton, where there is a higher concentration of social infrastructure. Within this context, the CCS was contracted by the Social Services Downloading Steering Committee (now the Fairness to Hamilton Committee), which represents a variety of community interests within Hamilton and is advocating for a more equitable financial framework with senior levels of government.

Hamilton Roundtable Poverty Reduction: Sector Engagement Report

Research | Public Consultation | Strategic Planning

In an effort to tackle one of Hamilton’s greatest challenges, individuals from all parts of the community have come together in a collaboration to eliminate poverty in the city through the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction (HRPR). The CCS worked with the HRPR to assist them in the development of a community poverty plan. One component of the development stage of a poverty plan was a community engagement process with different groups representing four main sectors in Hamilton (business, government, non-profit / voluntary agencies, and individuals affected by poverty). The CCS worked with the HRPR to assist with the facilitation of the sessions and to synthesize the data and information produced through the sessions.

Getting Back On Track:  VIA Rail Taskforce Background Report

Research | Strategic Planning | Data Analysis | Policy Analysis/Development

The VIA Rail Taskforce was responsible for recommending a site for a new VIA Rail station in the City of Hamilton. The CCS prepared a background report for taskforce members that outlines the major issues surrounding this initiative including political commitments by federal officials, policy rationale for a return of VIA service to Hamilton, and a review of the key stakeholders in the process.

Passenger Rail Facility Location Analysis

Research | Data Analysis | Policy Analysis | Spatial Analysis

The CCS conducted an analysis of four potential locations for a new passenger rail facility within the city of Hamilton.  The analysis used the criteria of policy, accessibility, and proximity to evaluate potential locations.  The recommended location has since been adopted by Metrolinx as an expansion station location for inter-regional transit.