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Healthy & Safe Communities

Hamilton is a safe and supportive city where people are active, healthy, and have a high quality of life.

Our Future Hamilton is a caring place where...

  • People lead happy lives in safe neighbourhoods and friendly communities.
  • We all have access to the services and supports we need to be healthy and active.
  • Our city is safe and inviting, and people continue to work together to take care of and support each other.

'Best fit' City services include:

  • Building Services’ Customer Service
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Recreational Program Delivery
  • Food Services & Delivery
  • Parks & Open Spaces
  • Foundation Standards
  • Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention
  • Environmental Health
  • Family Health
  • Infectious Disease
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Paramedic Service
  • Community Neighbourhood
  • Paramedic Initiatives
  • Fire Services
  • Emergency Management
  • Corporate Radio Services
  • Building Permits
  • Building Inspections
  • By-Law Enforcement
  • Animal Services
  • Business Licensing
  • School Crossing Guards
  • Housing Planning & Administration
  • Housing Supports
  • Long-Term Care Accommodation
  • Long-Term Care
  • Community-Based Care
  • Community Grants
  • Financial Assistance Case Management
  • Special Supports
  • Hamilton Farmer’s Market
  • Strategic Transportation Planning
  • Roadways Access
  • Parking Operations
  • Risk Management

Other Services that support Built Environment & Infrastructure include:

  • Development Approvals
  • Growth Management
  • Land Use Planning
  • Urban Renewal
  • Forestry
  • Horticultural Programs
  • Storm water Management
  • Museum and Heritage Presentation
  • Employment Services
  • Traffic Flow and Roadway Safety
  • Citizen and Customer Service
  • Engineering Services
  • Wastewater Collection & Treatment
  • Recreational Facility Booking & Access
  • Facilities Management
  • Business Development
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Tourism Development
  • Best Start Initiative
  • Child Care Management
  • Life Skills and Case Management
  • Directly Operated Child Care
  • Public Transportation
  • Heritage Asset Management
  • Real Property Management
  • Corporate Initiatives (Neighbourhood Action Strategy)
  • Recreation Asset Management
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Sustain Ontario’s Virtual Greenhouse

The greenhouse is a growing collection of community-vetted food strategies, tools, and tactics organized by initiative.

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EatRight Ontario (ERO) is a free service that connects residents of Ontario to the trusted advice of a Registered Dietitian to help you make healthier food choices and answer your nutrition questions.

Nutrition Guidelines 2016

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Student Nutrition Program, Nutrition Guidelines 2016 for food served in schools.

New School Food And Beverage Policy

Ontario has introduced its School Food and Beverage Policy that includes nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in schools.

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Hamilton Community Garden Network

School/Youth Community Garden Guides.

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Planting an Edible School Garden

Growing food helps students learn where food comes from and may spark interest in eating vegetables, fruit and other nutritious plant foods.

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Sip Smart! Ontario

Sip Smart!™ Ontario is a licensed classroom educational program that helps teach children in grades 3 to 7 about sugary drinks and about making healthy drink choices.

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Bright Bites

Developed by registered dietitians working in Ontario Public Health this website provides tools, resources and success stories to guide and inspire elementary and secondary teachers to create a healthy food environment at their school “one bite at a time”, and recognizes them for their efforts!

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Hamilton Food Strategy

Hamilton’s Food Strategy (PDF, 15.6 MB) guides the food related work of City departments while supporting collaboration and innovation within the City and with community partners from all sectors of the food system.

Healthy Eating

Healthy children and youth are in a position to be better learners.

Health Resources for Schools

A healthy school includes all of the following: Quality curriculum teaching and learning Classroom and school leadership Student engagement Social and physical environments Home, school and community partnerships Learn more about Health Resources for Schools.

Educational Programming for Teachers

Learn about Healthy Schools, Garbage & Recycling Outreach, Water Education, Museum Field Trips and Forestry Education.

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Healthy School

To create a healthy school, the entire school community works together to help students, staff and parents make healthier choices that promote student wellness and learning.

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Snow Angels

The Snow Angels program is a free snow removal service for City of Hamilton residents that are low income, eligible seniors or persons with disabilities.

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Hamilton Paramedics

Our experienced paramedics enjoy sharing their expertise and knowledge with others to potentially help save lives.

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Hamilton Fire

The Hamilton Fire Department offers several fire safety programs to keep you and your family safe.

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Age-Friendly Hamilton

Since 2014, the City and Hamilton Council on Aging have worked with many community partners to make Hamilton an age-friendly city.

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Back to School Safety

With school back in session there is a lot more traffic on the road and a lot of kids walking, riding and getting dropped off at school.

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Pedestrian Crossovers

Pedestrian crossovers are a new way for pedestrians to easily and safely cross the road.

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Hamilton’s BLAST Rapid Transit Network

By 2041, 780,000 will call Hamilton home – the City has a plan to move people around. It's called the BLAST Network.

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