NEXT SATURDAY: Shop The Village - September 10th

The International Village BIA will be hosting Shop The Village on Saturday, September 10th on Supercrawl weekend!

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? Now is the perfect time to host a min-event, sale, or giveaway at your business. Let Brendan ( know so that we can add this to our event page on our website! 

Please share with your individual networks. Below please find social media graphics that can be used to promote Shop The Village.

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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.

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 Closes October 31st

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: Hamilton LRT Pop-up at Ferguson Station - September 15th

Metrolinx and the City of Hamilton will be holding a pop-up information booth at Ferguson Station on September 15th from 12-2PM. Do you have questions about the upcoming Hamilton B-Line Light Rail Transit project or would like to get more information, stop by to talk to the Hamilton LRT project staff!

NEW: Empowerment Squared - 2022 Smile Cookie Campaign

Local charity Empowerment Squared (162 King William) has teamed up with Tim Hortons Binbrook on their annual Smile Cookie Campaign. 100% of the proceeds of each Smile Cookie go to empowering newcomer, racialized, and marginalized communities through mentorship, access to post-secondary education, information literacy, and sports and recreation.

Buy your Cookies now for yourself, family, friends, or colleagues, or pay it forward and buy a dozen for a deserving family in our community. You can also become a Smile Cookie Ambassador to help spread the word!

NEW: Government of Canada Supports Black Entrepreneurs in Hamilton and Windsor

Last week, the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a non-repayable investment of over $1.9 million for Empowerment Squared. Empowerment Squared is a not-for-profit organization that empowers newcomer, racialized and marginalized communities in Canada through mentorship, access to post-secondary education, professional skills development, entrepreneurship, sports and recreation in the greater Hamilton and Windsor areas.

With this investment, through the Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) Ecosystem Fund, Empowerment Squared will create the Southwestern Ontario Black Business Network. This consortium of partners will provide Black entrepreneurs in the Hamilton and Windsor areas with advisory services, mentorship, entrepreneurial training and networking opportunities to help them succeed.
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NEW: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes - September 14th

YWCA Hamilton’s marquee fundraising initiative, at City Hall forecourt on Wednesday, September 14th.

Violence and hate in our community are on the rise. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ people experience stigma and discrimination across their life spans, and are often targets of sexual and physical assault, harassment and hate crimes. Unfortunately, this reality hits close to home.

Walk in solidarity with survivors and help create a Hamilton that’s free of hate and violence. Because everyone deserves to feel safe.
Learn More or Register Here

NEW: How to Launch an E-Commerce Site That Grows With You

Date/Time: Septenver 20th | 5-8 PM
This workshop is a free IN-PERSON event for small businesses in Hamilton. The event will be held on the 1st floor of Hamilton City Hall located at 71 Main St W. Further details and instructions about the event will be provided via email closer to the event date.

There’s so much to consider when creating a successful e-commerce website. In this beginner-level workshop, you’ll pick up pro tips for selecting the right online sales platform for your business, designing the site to appeal to your target audience (and people searching for you), safely collecting customer information, and much more. Register for this Digital Main Street Training Session Here
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NEW: WSIB Doubles Rebates for Small Businesses Enrolled in Safety Program

The WSIB's Health and Safety Excellence program is a voluntary incentive program that rewards businesses for investing in health and safety. It provides businesses of all sizes and health and safety maturity with the building blocks to improve workplace health and safety. 

The program allows you to focus on the health and safety issues that matter most to you. There are 36 health and safety topics available to choose from, and for every topic you complete, you'll earn a rebate on your WSIB premiums. 

Through the program, you'll receive financial rebates on your WSIB premiums in recognition of your efforts to complete health and safety topics. The size of the rebates WSIB will send out will vary from business to business. The minimum rebate for each topic is $1,000, and the maximum is $50,000 (or up to 100 percent of the amount a business paid for the prior year's WSIB premiums).

But, for a limited time only, smaller businesses (1-99 employees) will receive double the rebate for every program topic they complete up until December 31, 2022. Plus, WSIB will give smaller businesses enrolling in the program before December 31, 2022, an immediate $1000 just for signing up. That's on top of the rebates you'll get for completing topics! In some cases, you can get back more from the WSIB than you paid in premiums. 

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

NEW: Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund

The Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is a partnership between the federal government, Black-led business organizations, the Business Development Bank of Canada and other financial institutions. It provides loans up to $250,000 to Black business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.

Applications began to be accepted in 2021 and the program is still open, click here to learn more.

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: 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.
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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

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

RAISE Service and Grant 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. 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

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