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Ward 1 Councillor's Newsletter - 2024-01-15

  • Affordable Housing Actions - A Ward 1 Update
  • First Ward 1 Q&A Session of 2024 with Councillor Wilson
  • 2024 City Budget Deliberations
  • Strathcona Community Council Annual Public Meeting

Affordable Housing Actions - A Ward 1 Update

To bring focus and urgency to the housing crisis in our city, Hamilton City Council launched the Housing Sustainability and Investment Roadmap (HSIR) in 2023.

The HSIR is intended to be a “whole of community” response, with the City of Hamilton partnering with community organizations that bring different strengths, experiences, needs and resources to the housing table.  Although HSIR is an excellent step in bringing local resources together, ultimate success requires a fully engaged and committed federal and provincial government.

This Ward 1 update is to provide residents with the first annual update on the HSIR and the Housing Secretariat.

Read Maureen's full article here.

First Ward 1 Q&A Session of 2024 with Councillor Wilson

Maureen is excited to host a series of engaging Q&A events throughout the upcoming year and cordially invites your active participation.

Our January session will be held via the convenient online Zoom platform. As we move ahead, we're looking forward to transitioning these gatherings to in-person meetings.

📅 January 18, 2023 🕖 7:00 PM 🔗 Register at

Join us for an insightful discussion and an opportunity to engage directly with the Councillor!

To stay updated on upcoming meetings and to be part of the conversation, make sure to sign up for the Ward 1 newsletter.

2024 City Budget

Have your say on the 2024 budget as a delegate to Council!

The Preliminary Budget for 2024 was released on Friday and is the starting point for council budget deliberations over the next several weeks. Overall, the proposed 2024 budget represents an average residential property tax increase of 7.9%.

  • 2.7% (avg. of $130 per household) increase related to the cost of more than 70 City services that residents rely on (e.g. waste management, parks, transit, roads, fire service, and recreation programs)
  • 1.6% (avg. of $77 per household) increase for new investments in housing and homelessness.
  • 1% (avg. $50 per household) increase for the local share of provincial hospital redevelopment.
  • 2.6% (avg. of $125 per household) increase to account for the impacts of new provincial legislation that shifts infrastructure costs for new development from developers to City taxpayers

Note that 58% of the property tax collected goes towards city services. The remaining 42% goes to boards and agencies, education and provincially funded programs such as Public Health Services, long-term care, paramedics, police services, housing, Ontario Works and Children’s Services.

The public can delegate to Council on the proposed Budget on January 16, 2024. To request to delegate (in-person or virtually), or to provide a written delegation for the Tuesday, January 16, General Issues Committee (GIC) meeting, submit your application no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, January 15.

Following the public delegations, the next steps for the budget process are as follows:

  • January 19, 2024 – General Issues Committee Budget Overview; presentations from external economists and staff on the City of Hamilton’s Economic Outlook and Budget Overview
  • January 22 to January 26, 2024 – General Issues Committee presentations from City Departments and from Boards and Agencies
  • January 30, 2024 – General Issues Committee Budget Deliberations
  • February 15, 2024 – Special Council Meeting to consider final budget approval

You can find more information, including the full preliminary budget document, by visiting the 2024 Budget website

Strathcona Community Council Annual Public Meeting

The SCC’s AGM will be held on Thursday, January 25 2024, starting at 7:00 pm

This year's AGM will take place online. Register to receive the zoom link.

The annual meeting is a chance for residents to come to hear about the work the SCC has done over the year and to join next year’s executive board.

Programming will include:

  • Updates from the Ward 1 City Councillor
  • Updates from Hamilton Police the new neighbourhood crime manager
  • Report on petition regarding derelict Shoppers Realty properties at Dundurn St. North and Head St.
  • Presentation from the City of Hamilton Office of Climate Change Initiatives
  • Election of the SCC Executive Board
  • Voting to approve minutes of previous AGM (2022 and 2021)

Strathcona residents are eligible to run for the following Officer Positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Financial Officer
  • Member at Large

More details on each executive position can be found in the SCC Constitution, available at this link.

Ward 1 Infrastructure Updates

There are multiple projects taking place across the Ward. We have tried to encapsulate the information on a new web page.

Projects in every neighbourhood include park renewal and water chamber replacement. 

Greener Ward 1

Let's do our part in Ward 1 to create healthy, biodiverse neighbourhoods for all living things!

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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.