SAVE THE DATE: Shop The Village - September 10th

The International Village BIA will be hosting Shop The Village on Saturday, September 10th on Supercrawl weekend! Please share this with your individual networks

Supercrawl promises to be a very busy weekend in Downtown Hamilton! Whether you are a service-based business or a retail destination participate by planning a mini-event, sale, or even giving out samples on the sidewalk! 

Here's what's happening in the BIA that day: 
  • The Dixie Dawgs and Grass Tax will be joining us again; 
  • Another visitor from a Galaxy Far Far Away will be making a special appearance in #TheVillage; 
  • Everyone's favourite International Village BIA tote bags and coupon sheets will be available at select businesses (limited quantity).
Planning on participating? Let Brendan ( know how you will be participating so that we can add this to our event page on our website! 

NEW: Supercrawl - September 9th to 11th

After a three-year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Supercrawl is finally back!

One of Hamilton's most popular and iconic attractions, this multi-disciplinary music and arts festival makes its triumphant return to the Hammer! This year the festival runs from Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September, September 11th. The festival spans over two kilometres on James Street North. 

The festival is packed full of artistic talent over the three days, ensuring that everyone will find something that they enjoy while there. While there will be over 40 musical acts, music is not the only artistic endeavour to be appreciated at the festival. Over the three days, there will be a variety of visual and performance artists, an interactive residency, multiple types of different on-street vendors, buskers and more.

To learn more about Supercrawl, click here

NEW: AGH Festival - October 14th to 23rd

The AGH Festival will be a 10-day multi-arts Festival showcasing the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s core programs, key community partnerships, and emerging arts from the Southwestern Ontario region.

In 2022, the Art Gallery of Hamilton will be taking a big step in the evolution of its fall Festival, with the goal of intensifying the regional and multi-disciplinary connections which have made past Festivals so resonant. The Festival will expand its focus beyond film to include visual art, performance, craft, and other creative genres. In Hamilton’s culturally distinct presentation spaces and within the AGH, the Festival will stage concerts, films, parties, pop-ups and workshops which will build unforgettable connective experiences and echo the integral exhibitions and collection items on display in the Gallery.

To apply to be a vendor submit online here before August 31.

SAVE THE DATE: Hamilton Day Is Back! Sponsorship Opportunities Available 

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that Hamilton Day will become an annual tradition! Building on the tremendous success of last year's event, they will celebrate Hamilton Day again on Saturday, November 5!

Sponsorships and partnerships for Hamilton Day 2022 are now available. Chamber Project Manager, Katie Stiel to learn more.

Hamilton Day is a one-day celebration to support the small and local retailers, restaurants and services that you love. More information will be released in subsequent newsletters. 

NEW: Digital Transformation Grant Application Portal Now Open

Digital Main Street is a program focused on assisting small businesses with their move to online marketing, sales, and back-office operations. 

The program provides a one-time $2,500 grant to brick-and-mortar small businesses to support their digital transformation through the purchase and adoption of digital tools and technologies.

To qualify, each business must undertake a digital assessment, pass the pre-qualification quiz, complete online training, and submit a Digital Transformation Plan.
Learn More or Apply Now

NEW: Canada Digital Adoption Program - Apply Now

As part of the Canada Digital Adoption Program, the Government of Canada has partnered with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to deliver the Grow Your Business Online grant supported by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

Small business owners can receive a micro-grant worth up to $2,400 to help get their business online, give their e-commerce presence a boost, or digitalize business operations. Grant recipients must commit to maintaining their digital adoption strategy for at least six months.

To learn more about eligibility requirements or to apply now, click here.

NEW: TELUS Launches Third Annual #StandWithOwners Program

TELUS launched the third annual #StandWithOwners program, which is back with a recommitment of $1M to help Canadian businesses thrive in a digital world.

Businesses can apply to receive $25,000 in funding, advertising and technology from TELUS and its partners by submitting an application at until September 18, 2022. 

NEW: New Video Outlining the Construction Process of the Hamilton LRT

Talking about construction is one thing – but seeing it is a whole other story. In a newly released video, Metrolinx shows how the different phases of construction will work when shovels hit the ground for the Hamilton LRT.

Design and preliminary works are ramping up on the Hamilton light rail transit (LRT) line to get everything ready for when construction starts. But what exactly is involved in the construction of a modern light rail transit line?

The video takes you through the steps required to transform the roadway from the existing state — designed primarily to move cars — into a modern transit corridor.

Keep in mind this video is just showing one general example of how utilities like sewers and gas lines are laid out. The Hamilton LRT route contains a few different road and utility layouts, which means different areas may require slightly different approaches to construction and the final layout may differ from exactly what’s shown in this video.
Click Here to View Video

NEW: Personal Care Prevention Plus Program

In partnership with the Beauty United Council of Ontario (Beauty United), the Ontario government announced in April 2022 that it would provide $1.9 million in funding to deliver first-of-its-kind health and safety training to the Personal Care Industry. Although workplace health and safety training has always been mandatory for Personal Care businesses in Ontario, it has only ever been accessible via several different provincial programs and courses which cost Personal Care employers and their staff precious time and money. 

Now, through our partnership with the provincial government, Beauty United is pleased to offer Personal Care Services employers across Ontario “one-stop-shop” health and safety training that is: 
  • FREE – training offered at no cost, in fact, the province will pay you for each employee registered 
  • EFFICIENT – shorter training time through convenient e-learning  
  • CUSTOM – courses tailored to the personal care service industry 
  • APPROVED – our programs are delivered by approved providers from the Ontario Chief Prevention Office to ensure your business meets and exceeds requirements for workplace health and safety. 
Learn More

NEW: Digital Main Street Webinars: SEO: How to Drive More Traffic To Your Website

Date/Time: August 25th | 10AM
Is your website showing up in a Google search when your ideal customer is looking for you? In this beginner-level workshop, you’ll learn tips and tricks for having your business appear more prominently in search results, all without costing you money. Register for this Digital Main Street Webinar Here. 
View All Digital Main Street Webinars

NEW: City of Hamilton Municipal Election - October 24th

The upcoming Municipal Election for the City of Hamilton will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022.  To learn more about the municipal election or register to vote, click here. To view a list of candidates, click here

NEW: Explore Hamilton: 72 hours of unlimited rides for $15

Visiting Hamilton and looking to explore the city? The HSR has a NEW 72-hour E-Ticket pass, which gets you unlimited travel on all HSR buses for only $15. This special promotion expires on December 31, 2022.

PRESTO E-tickets offer the same single-fare price as a PRESTO card for adult, senior and youth fares. They are the ideal fare payment option for:
  • Occasional riders
  • Visitors to Hamilton
  • Group travel for multiple passengers
To learn more, click here

NEW: Free Training Programs Offered By Goodwill Amity

  • Successful Women In Advanced Manufacturing (SWIM) - The SWIM program offered by Goodwill Amity is a brand-new program for passionate individuals who identify as a woman looking to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry. The 4-week training program provides participants with the technical skills and business acumen that will help them make their way up in the manufacturing world. At the end of the training period, participants will have direct access to interview for some of Ontario’s top manufacturing employers. View the program flyer for more information
  • The Food and Beverage Accelerated Skills Training Program (FAST) - Formerly the Skills Advance Ontario (SAO) Food Manufacturing Program, offers free online training and resources to help you get employed in the food manufacturing industry. View the program flyer for more information

NEW: Theatre Aquarius 2022/23 Season

Theatre Aquarius is delighted to welcome you to its 2022/23 Season – an All-Canadian season that speaks to identity, finding your voice, feeling relevant in a world obsessed with youth and innovation, the power of friendship, tolerance and chosen family.

“We want people to see themselves here at Theatre Aquarius. This is a season to embrace the unexpected joy found in new stories, new ideas and shared worlds,” explains Artistic Director Mary Francis Moore. “Aquarius staff and artists collectively feel a sense of renewed hope and optimism as we reach new audiences, deliver new programs and create value added opportunities.”

Join them for the 2022/23 Season: six plays, including three world premières, which will provoke, delight, inspire and transform!

New subscriptions available now! Visit the Box Office in person at 190 King William Street, Hamilton ON, L8R 1A8 or by calling 905.522.7529 or 1.800.465.7529.
Learn More

NEW: Talent Opportunities Program: Applications Now Open

The application portal is open for the Fall 2022 term (September–December 2022). New eligibility rules are now in effect and can be found below and in the TOP Program Guidelines & FAQs. Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria prior to submitting an application. Please note that funding is limited and applications are not guaranteed funding.

Are you an employer hiring post-secondary students on work-integrated learning (WIL) placements, such as cooperative education and internships? If so, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $7,000 per student!

The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) is an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce designed to help employers located anywhere in Canada hire college and university students on WIL placements. Employers hiring eligible students may receive a wage subsidy up to 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each ‘net new’ placement or 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each ‘net new’ placement for the following under-represented groups: Indigenous people, person with disabilities, newcomer to Canada, first year student, visible minority and/or women in STEM.

Employers must be a registered Canadian business or not-for-profit organization, may be located anywhere in Canada, and may operate in any industry sector. Remote work is allowed.
More Information

WSIB Doubles Rebates for Small Businesses Enrolled in the Health and Safety Excellence Program

The WSIB has introduced new incentives for Small-Medium Sized Businesses with 99 employees or less to join the Health and Safety Excellence program (HSEp). 
  • Giving each Business $1,000 towards the costs of their health and safety plan
  • Increasing the maximum rebates from 75 percent to 100 percent of the total WSIB premiums that a business paid the previous year
  • Doubling the rebates for each program topic completed in 2022
  • Applying the rebate increases retroactively for every topic finished since March 2020 for businesses that create a 2022 action plan
The intention of these programs is to offset the HSEp registration fee and encourage more Ontario businesses to implement preventative measures aimed at eliminating injury and illness in the workplace.

For Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

Businesses can learn more about the program and sign up today here. The deadline is December 31, 2022.

RAISE Service and Grant Program

The Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturism, joined by DMS, TABIA and OBIAA, announced the RAISE program. 

Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs (RAISE) is a service and grant program developed and administered by the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA), the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), and in partnership with the Parkdale Centre for Innovation (PCI), to support Indigenous, Black and other racialized entrepreneurs in Ontario to start and scale their business.

Funded by the Government of Ontario, the RAISE Grant program provides access to business development training, culturally responsive support services, and grant funding.

The objectives of the RAISE Grant program are to:
  • Increase economic inclusion by supporting  Indigenous, Black and other racialized small business owners with one-to-one culturally responsive services
  • Transfer knowledge through relevant online training and business plan mentorship
  • Provide funding to facilitate innovation and growth within the Indigenous, Black and racialized small business community ($10,000 Grant)
  • Determine Main Street Readiness through the applicant assessment phase
For more information and to start the application process, go to the Digital Main Street website here.

Hamilton Rapid Testing Program for Businesses

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is still providing Hamilton businesses and organizations with Free COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Testing Kits for their workplace. If you are interested in ordering kits for your workplace, please click the button below to learn more about the program and schedule a pick-up time.
Order Rapid Testing Kits

Federal Government's Business Benefits Finder Helps Businesses Seeking Specific Supports

The Government of Canada's online Business Benefits Finder helps businesses find the right programs and services that they need, whether they are starting out or scaling up. The site generates a tailored list of resources based on a business's identified goals and the type of support needed.
Learn More

Reporting Crime in the BIA

Call 9-1-1 

If you see a crime in progress including, aggressive panhandling, assault, theft, and graffiti.

Call Non-Emergencies Line
To report a crime that has already happened such as mischief, damage to vehicle or property, shoplifting that has already occurred, counterfeit money or you see a suspicious person in the area call the Hamilton Police at 905-546-4925.

Report Graffiti
Call 911 if you witness graffiti in progress. If your building has been tagged or see graffiti in the area report it to the City of Hamilton at 905-546-2489. For hate or political tag, report it to the Hamilton Police at 905-546-4925.

Report Online
Report a non-urgent crime, such as damage or mischief under $5,000, theft under $5,000 or physical assault if it happened in Hamilton and you don’t know who it is. Report online here.

Crime Prevention Resources 
International Village BIA Crime Manager
Crime Managers play a crucial role within the Hamilton Police Service. They are the primary liaison between our communities, political leaders, and front-line patrol officers. The International Village BIA’s Crime Manager is able to assist members with non-emergency-related community complaints.
Members in the International Village BIA should direct any non-emergency-related complaints to our Crime Manager Dave Wright.
These complaints can include business theft, vehicle and property damage, suspicious person, aggressive behaviour, counterfeit money, and noise complaints. Members are also able to reach out to our Crime Manager to provide feedback or seek guidance pertaining to a specific issue.
A/Sgt. Dave Wright # 461
Central Crime Managers | 905-540-5093

Connect With Us Online

Copyright © 2022. International Village Business Improvement Area. All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
195 Main St. East, Suite 100

Hamilton, ON L8N 1H2 

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can
update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
International Village BIA · 12 Ferguson Ave. N. · Hamilton, ON L8R 1K9 · Canada

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp