Government of Canada invests over $3.6 million in community infrastructure and tourism projects for the City of Hamilton

News release

FedDev Ontario supports six projects to drive community revitalization, tourism and local economic growth

August 26, 2022 – Hamilton, Ontario

Known for its balance of urban and suburban life, Hamilton’s strong community and tourism presence is vital to its businesses and residents. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the growth of local communities to position them for a strong and resilient economic present and future.

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas, announced a FedDev Ontario investment of over $3.6 million in support for six City of Hamilton community infrastructure and tourism projects. These investments, through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), will create and revitalize community spaces and enhance tourism attractions to welcome more visitors and build stronger, more vibrant communities. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

While in Hamilton, Minister Tassi visited Tourism Hamilton’s Visitor Centre, located in the historic Lister Building in central Hamilton, which received over $492,500 to create a new mixed-use exhibit and programming space called “The Visitor Experience Centre.” This new space will offer an enhanced visitor gateway to boost Hamilton’s tourism and heritage experiences.

Through today’s investments, the City of Hamilton is improving the infrastructure and accessibility of its parks and recreational facilities, as well as enhancing its cultural spaces and local community programming to improve the lives of its residents, while at the same time supporting the growth of the local economy.  

Additional details on the six City of Hamilton projects can be found in the backgrounder.

Quotes

“Our government is investing in community infrastructure and tourist attractions to bring neighbourhoods together and attract tourists from around the world. Today’s investment in the City of Hamilton will help strengthen important public spaces, like the Visitor Centre, and enhance tourist attractions to drive resilient economic growth and job creation for the region.”
– The Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“Community spaces and tourist attractions, such as Tourism Hamilton’s Visitor Centre, is what makes our communities the important gathering places they are. The Visitor Centre highlights Hamilton’s fantastic attractions, draws in visitors and provides positive economic benefits to local businesses. Today’s investment in six City of Hamilton community infrastructure and tourism projects will help to enhance existing community infrastructure and events across the Hamilton region, boosting jobs and revenue across southern Ontario.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas

“Hamilton is the perfect balance of urban and suburban areas, with space for businesses to grow, and numerous cultural and recreation areas to explore for residents and visitors alike. These investments in our spaces will help raise community spirit and encourage more visitors enjoy the Hamilton region.”
– Chad Collins, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East–Stoney Creek and Lisa Hepfner, Member of Parliament for Hamilton Mountain

“Hamilton is growing as a top tourist destination thanks to our bustling arts scene, diverse restaurants, and natural features like our many waterfalls. We thank our federal partners for this generous investment through the Canada Community Relief Fund and Tourism Relief Fund towards six local projects, including a new Visitor Experience Centre, all that will further enhance tourism in Hamilton and support jobs in several sectors."
– His Worship Fred Eisenberger, Mayor for the City of Hamilton 

“The transformation of this site into a new mixed-use exhibit and programming space will further animate the downtown core and enhance Tourism Hamilton’s ability to highlight all that the city has to offer to visitors. FedDev Ontario’s investment in the Visitor Experience Centre project will not only enable more enjoyable experiences for tourists, it will also assist Tourism Hamilton in driving additional business to Hamilton’s many attractions, restaurants and commercial districts.”
– Ryan McHugh, Manager Tourism & Events, Tourism and Culture Division, Planning and Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton

Quick facts

  • The City of Hamilton is the fifth largest municipality in Ontario with a population of more than 578,000, and an additional 785,000 throughout its census metropolitan area.  

  • Located in the historic Lister Building in the heart of downtown, Tourism Hamilton’s Visitor Centre provides information specialists that are readily available to offer recommendations based on consumer interest and specific needs and are well-informed about all there is to see and do in Hamilton and the surrounding area. 

  • With a national investment of $500 million over two years, the Canada Community Revitalization Fund supports projects that build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets, bring people back to public spaces safely and stimulate local economies. This includes $139 million for projects in southern Ontario, delivered by FedDev Ontario. 

  • The Government of Canada’s $500-million Tourism Relief Fund is helping tourism-oriented businesses and organizations recover from the pandemic and prepare for future growth, with a minimum of $50 million of the Fund allocated to supporting Indigenous-led projects or Indigenous-focused projects. FedDev Ontario is delivering nearly $120 million of the Tourism Relief Fund across southern Ontario. 

  • Since 2015, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has invested over $68 million in 89 projects in the Hamilton census division, estimated to create and maintain over 2,400 jobs.

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Contacts

Monica Granados
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
monica.granados@feddevontario.gc.ca

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
feddevontariomediarelations-relationsmedias@feddevontario.gc.ca

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