Prepare Your Business for the PanAm Games

Tourism Hamilton is putting on a FREE 2 hour workshop for Hamilton businesses to prepare for the PanAm Games.

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are less than one year away. Tickets will soon be available to the public and detailed planning and booking will begin.  Are you ready?

Tourism Hamilton invites you to invest 2 hours of your time to learn more about the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Hosted in partnership with Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Assocation, join us to learn when both men’s and women’s soccer games will be hosted at the CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium.  Look at your business location as it relates to venues in Mississauga, Caledon, Toronto and St. Catharines.

Topics include:

  • Scoping the Games Opportunity in Hamilton Halton Brant
  • The Games Opportunity in Your Backyard
  • Planning and Booking through the Eyes of the Visitor
  • Inspiration and Examples of Offers
  • Planning and Marketing Considerations including how The Heart of Ontario will link your offer to broader marketing efforts. 

Register Here

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Hamilton City Committee Meetings in September Affecting Central Neighbourhood


Detailed written reports that emerged from three major urban design studies head to Hamilton City Council this fall for discussion, and potentially, quick adoption and early implementation.

Two of these studies directly affect Central Neighbourhood, Barton-Tiffany &  James Street North Mobility Hub.

Mark Your Calendar and Plan to Attend

September 16: The Barton-Tiffany Study and James Street North Mobility Hub Study will be presented at a meeting of the City of Hamilton Planning Committee

Following these committee presentations, the studies will come before City Council in September.

More details and audio of final public meeting held in July over at RenewHamilton Website. 

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PanAm Games Update – FYI It’s Also Happening in Hamilton!

PanAm Games


Our city is proud to be part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The Games are July 10 to 26, 2015. Over 7,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 41 countries and 250,000 visitors will attend the Games.

Hamilton will host all of the soccer (football) games, one of the premier events of the Pan Am Games at CIBC Pan Am Soccer Stadium (which is  the new home of the Hamilton Tiger Cats).

All of the preliminary and medal games for men and women’s soccer will  also play here in Hamilton. One-third of visitors to the Pan Am Games come to see soccer, so we have the opportunity to show our wonderful city to international visitors, leading to economic benefits, tourism opportunities and cultural experiences.

Added to this, many who attend, will arrive at our city via Hamilton’s new Go Station located in our Central Neighbourhood Association District.  The new Go Station is located between James Street North and MacNab Street North (at Stewart) and the station platform will extend west to Tiffany Street.  The Go Station will open next summer in time for the Pan Am Games.

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CNA Question for the 3 Neighbourhood Meeting

At our recent board meeting it was decided that it made sense to share the question we posed as a board at the June 3 Neighbourhoods Meeting as we feel this is a critical issue for our neighbourhood.

Here it is;

For a few years now, the closure (and in many cases demolition) of our schools has been a prominent issue in Hamilton.  Whether it be in rural areas, the suburbs, or right downtown, both high schools and elementary schools have been slated for closure.  Often, these plans have been met with stiff and vocal opposition from both local residents whose children are affected, and by Hamiltonians in general who see these closures as short-sighted and motivated only by trustees dealing with constant budget cuts, and a school board that only cares about the bottom line.

Last year it was announced that three lower city high schools would be closed and replaced with only one, located centrally to the three catchment areas.  One of these is Sir John A. MacDonald on York Blvd., which is attended by teenagers from all three of the neighbourhoods represented here tonight.  Sir John A. MacDonald is scheduled to close no later than 2015, despite a good utilization rate of 72%, and what with a changing demographic in the downtown core, led by recent immigrants to Canada with larger families, and more and more people choosing to move back into the area as part of the revitalization of downtown, the closure of Sir John A. seems short-sighted at best.

With its gymnasium, auditorium, and sports field, the school is also an important facility for many in the Central Neighbourhood, as there is no community centre in this area.  A very short list of  government initiatives and groups utilizing the school include Pathways to Education, Alternatives for Youth, Hamilton Water Festival, Hamilton Blood Services, Metis Women’s Circle, and Elders From the Aboriginal Community.

It is also not without some trepidation that local resident wonder what the city’s plans are for the building and/or land after the planned closure.  The Central Neighbourhood Association would first and foremost prefer to see Sir John A. MacDonald retained in its current use as a High School.  Here to speak on these issues is candidate for Trustee for Wards 1 and 2, Chris Earl.

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