Neighbourhood Leadership Institute

Hamilton’s Neighbourhood Leadership Institute is a leadership and skill building program for community residents of all ages in Hamilton.

Hamilton’s Neighbourhood Leadership Institute nurtures engaged, reflective people to transform their neighbourhoods and communities.

A vibrant, inclusive Hamilton enriched and sustained by engaged community leaders.

Commitment to act

For Everyone

Emerging resident leaders from Hamilton’s neighbourhoods receive leadership training while growing a local project idea into a neighbourhood-enhancing reality.

The program consists of 10 learning sessions, which focus on areas such as:

The city is the classroom for the NLI, as students engage in hands-on activities in neighbourhoods, learning from each other and from their wider community.

At its core, the NLI follows an evidence-based model that is continuously evaluated and informed by research.  Research tells us that strong local networks build resilient neighbourhoods, communities and cities. The NLI models this process through its two interconnected goals:

Leadership, to the NLI, is guided by the following key principles:

Community collaboration and support 

The NLI works in collaboration with several Hamilton organizations, agencies and educational institutions.

Alumni’s projects 

Alumni support 

The NLI is invested in helping participants and their projects thrive. We support NLI Alumni in the development of their projects beyond the 10 learning sessions.

The NLI also offers additional workshops for NLI Alumni in the fall and winter months, and invites NLI Alumni back as co-facilitators of learning sessions. Research shows that continuous contact with graduates is also beneficial because it encourages participants to maintain and enhance the networks and relationships they have built, and it motivates alumni to continue being active members of their communities.


The NLI believes leadership development is a life-long learning process that is open to everyone. The NLI is currently conducting research exploring youth leadership. More details will be available here, so check back frequently to find out more.

*The NLI is funded in part through the Moffat Family Fund of The Winnipeg Foundation