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Driving positive change by connecting diverse people, ideas and resources.

Driving positive change by connecting diverse people, ideas and resources.

Creating a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Hamilton


ABACUS focuses on the transitions to and through the middle-school years to increase the likelihood that young Hamiltonians graduate high school and access post-secondary opportunities. 

Annual Report

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Vital Signs

Hamilton’s Vital Signs is a resource to help us understand our city over time; the more we understand, the better our effort to help it thrive.

News & Events

June 5, 2023

Hamilton’s Queer Histories: A Vital Signs Chat

Happy Pride Month! Join us June 23 for coffee and conversation about Hamilton’s 2SLGBTQ+ Community Archives. Read more and register here.

May 2, 2023

New Vital Signs episode: LRT and affordable housing

Terry Cooke welcomes Angie Burden (General Manager, Healthy and Safe Communities, City of Hamilton) and Brian Doucet (Associate Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo) to discuss how transit and housing intersect and what it means for Hamiltonians. Watch here.

April 21, 2023

New Vital Signs episode: The Bruce Trail

Grace Diffey hosts Michael MacDonald (CEO, Bruce Trail Conservancy) to talk about the “ribbon of wilderness” that runs through Hamilton on its way from Niagara to Tobermory. Watch here.

April 3, 2023

New Vital Signs episode: Food security in Hamilton

Grace Diffey hosts Krista D’Aoust (Neighbour to Neighbour Centre) and Kevin Hamilton (McQuesten Urban Farm) to talk food security and agriculture in Hamilton. Watch here.

Hamilton Community Foundation land acknowledgement

The City of Hamilton is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Today, the City of Hamilton is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America) and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers.

Click here for an overview of what HCF is doing to work towards Truth and Reconciliation.

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One-stop infant shop

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Nature is everywhere

The page requested didn’t exist. The GO Explore Nature Education Program connects urban Hamilton students to nature, often for the…

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Connecting through culture

The page requested didn’t exist. Thanks to a new program in Hamilton, a senior has affordable housing after unknowingly losing his…

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Baby book club

The page requested didn’t exist. More than 300 children in Hamilton’s lower city are receiving a new, carefully selected, age-ap…

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A natural penchant for giving

The page requested didn’t exist. A mutual love for nature connected Ted and Karin Bossence. Their fund at HCF is an expression of …

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Putting community first

The page requested didn’t exist. Compassion, trust and action are a winning combination. Last winter, Karen Turkstra read a Hamilt…

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PAWS for a cause

The page requested didn’t exist. There’s a saying that pets leave paw prints on our hearts. Unfortunately, the times when the co…

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Mentoring diversity in the arts

The page requested didn’t exist. Red Beti Theatre is helping the next generation of producers find both their voices and their aud…

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