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Welcome to the March edition of the Hamilton Economic Development Newsletter.  

Ontario's Certified Site Program Launched

Recently, the Government of Ontario launched Investment Ready: A certified site investment attraction program.


A property with an Investment Ready: Certified Site designation is attractive to investors and site selectors since it:

  • provides important background information on your site's availability, utilities, transportation access and environmental record
  • encourages faster site selection decisions
  • can help greenfield or expansion projects get started

After collecting site reports, studies and other information, the province assembles the data into a consistent and legible format. It is then made available to prospective purchasers and lessors.


What are the benefits? 


You can receive up to 50% of your eligible expenses back per site. The maximum reimbursement is $25,000 per site.


Investment ready sites also benefit from:
  • an international marketing campaign aimed at the site selection community
  • a profile on
  • promotion at key global real estate, site selection and investment attraction events


For more information, visit:

National Business Improvement Area (BIA) Conference in Hamilton this April 


The Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA), since 2001, acts as an important resource for education, partnership and collaboration to each BIA across the province. OBIAA, through membership, represents, supports and encourages business improvement areas to increase their effectiveness and their contribution to the economic, cultural and social well-being of communities in Ontario. OBIAA, collectively, represents over 100 part-time staff, 150 full-time staff with a combined budget of over $35,000,000 that is spent keeping Ontario's communities vital. There are 55,000 businesses that are represented within Ontario's over 280 BIAs.


We are thrilled to welcome the nation to Hamilton next month as the host community for the 2014 OBIAA Conference- featuring global social media icon Scott Stratten. For more information about the conference, including registration information, please visit: 
Former Siemens Plant Rises Again


When Siemens moved their operations from Hamilton to North Carolina four years ago, it vacated nearly 600,000 square feet of industrial space. Now, only 90,000 square feet remain for lease, as a number of new companies have set up shop in the facility- some from outside the city, province, and country. Learn more here
Hamilton Welcomes the Globe and Mail 

The Globe and Mail's Report on Small Business made a stop in Hamilton in early March to learn more about Hamilton's young professional scene. Revisit that evening and see the young professional talent in this city here.
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