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Hamilton for All

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Welcome! If you are new to Hamilton or to Canada, or just looking to learn more about immigration in our city, I hope this website will help you in your journey.

The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC) is a collaborative community table that works to create successful settlement outcomes for newcomers. With partners from various sectors — including settlement, education, business, health, social services, municipal affairs, and persons with lived immigration experience — HIPC works together to ensure that Hamilton continues to be a welcoming community with relevant and accessible services for all.

HIPC was established over a decade ago as one of the earliest Local Immigration Partnerships in Canada. HIPC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and sponsored by the City of Hamilton.

HIPC’s location in Economic Development at the City of Hamilton speaks to the importance of immigration to our local economy, culture, and population growth. About two-thirds of population growth in Hamilton comes from immigration, over half of recent immigrants have a bachelor’s degree or higher and long-term immigrants are more likely to own a business with employees compared to the Canadian-born population. Immigrants admitted in all classes enjoy positive economic outcomes overall and become increasingly self-sufficient with more time spent in Canada.

As we commit to create the foundations for successful settlement experiences and a sense of belonging among newcomers, I invite you to do the same. You can remain connected to the work of HIPC here on this website, through various local events, and by engaging with the HIPC team on social media.

Norm Schleehahn
Director, Economic Development
The City of Hamilton

Welcome to Hamilton

Hamilton welcomes newcomers every year. Hamilton is home to multiple immigrant-serving organizations. These can help you find the information and services you need to start your new life here. Some of the free services offered by these organizations include

  • Help with daily life and referrals to services
  • Assistance with forms and applications
  • Help finding a job
  • Language assessments and classes

Keep Connected

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Wondering why #ImmigrationMatters still? 1 in 4 Hamiltonians were born outside of #Canada and everyday they serve our community in ways that may not be visible to us. Meet those who are on the frontlines during COVID-19. Here’s one:

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ImmPress is a community platform for sharing updates, and supporting one another’s activities, as we work towards making Hamilton a place for everyone to call home. Mark your calendars! We will be in your inbox every other week.

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Find Services

Organizations in Hamilton offer a range of services to help you settle in your new home. Check out our list of local newcomer-focused services.

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