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About Hamilton

The City of Hamilton is located in the middle of Canada's most densely populated and economically advanced region and has all the amenities to make it the ideal location for newcomers, entrepreneurs, businesses and their workforces to locate and grow.

Living in Hamilton, Ontario offers excitement and urban downtown vibes plus relaxing scenic backdrops. The city is a balance of urban and suburban areas, with space for businesses to grow and numerous recreation spaces to explore the Niagara Escarpment, with over 100 waterfalls, hundreds of kilometres of trails, and numerous parks.

Top 7 Ranking

Top 7 ranking Intelligent Communities in the World.

Source: 2018 & 2020, Intelligent Communities Forum.

Top 10 Mid-Sized

In the Top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future for connectivity and business friendliness.

Source: 2021 & 2022, FDI Magazine

#1 Fastest Growing

#1 Fastest growing mid-sized city in Canada for tech talent.

Source: 2019, CBRE.

Benefits of Relocating

Hamilton's Access to Top Talent

  • Hamilton has a workforce of over 400,000 highly skilled and diverse people.
  • 4th for Tech Talent – Hamilton and Greater Bay Area are 4th in North America for its growing tech labour force (LinkedIn Talent Insights)
  • Hamilton’s universities and colleges including McMaster University, Mohawk College and Redeemer University educate an expert workforce to support the constant innovation required for industries to thrive.

Hamilton Support Services

Hamilton Support Services

With 26% of residents born in another country, the city is a welcoming place for newcomers, new businesses, and innovative opportunities. Hamilton’s economic diversity is what sets it apart; businesses in a wide range of industries can leverage it to strengthen their teams, trade and collaboration. Companies looking to grow their customer base, open a satellite office, develop distribution channels or partnerships are welcome to ‘land’ in Hamilton Ontario. Come work with our team of consultants who will ensure your transition is a smooth one by providing:

  • Dedicated programs helping international firms explore the City of Hamilton as a landing site for expansion/investment into the North American Market


  • Business Services – Professional support from legal, immigration and taxation, business coaching and mentoring, introductions to business networking organizations


  • Relocation Services – Dedicated staff providing concierge services to help you “land” in Hamilton.
  • The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC) operates within Hamilton Economic Development. HIPC is a community table that seeks to create a seamless settlement experience for immigrants in Hamilton. HIPC works to create a welcoming community with relevant and accessible services. The team offers paths to supporting both international investors and the immigrants and refugees who now call Hamilton home.


  • Mix of different office spaces ranging from coworking spaces to premium Class A office suites

Key Sectors

Hamilton was built around a legacy of advanced manufacturing, which continues to be a huge contributor to the local economy. Additional technologically-advanced industries have grown naturally to support the manufacturing cluster, creating a community that embraces cutting-edge science and technology. In 2022, the Conference Board of Canada rated Hamilton as one of the most diversified economies in Canada with a 96% Diverse Economy Rating.

Advanced Manufacturing

Life Sciences

Agri-Food/Food and Beverage Processing

Goods Movement

Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) & Digital Media

Creative Industries

Finance, Insurance, Real-estate

Access to Markets

Access to Markets

Multi-Modal City

Hamilton is located less than an hour west of Canada’s largest city (Toronto) in Southern Ontario, Canada’s most densely populated and economically advanced region- and under an hour away from five major border crossings to the United States of America. Within a 1 hour drive of Hamilton is a workforce of over 2 million people.

Hamilton has all four major transportation within its municipal boundaries – road, rail, air and port. The Port of Hamilton is the busiest in all of the Canadian Great Lakes, and the Hamilton International Airport is the busiest overnight express cargo airport in the country. Large city centers such as Toronto are also easily accessible by hourly GO Train service.

Foreign Trade Zone

The Government of Canada also identified the City of Hamilton as a federally designated Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) point in collaboration with the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority and the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. Hamilton’s Foreign Trade Zone point aims to help businesses expand their reach to international markets through a combination of tax and duty relief programs, tariff exemptions and exclusive concierge investment services by a dedicated group of sector experts. These individuals are ready to assist businesses with inquiries, information, programs and incentives to advance and expand international trade opportunities.

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