A Safe, Clean and Healthy Hamilton

Protect Our Environment

  • Prioritize the pursuit of green development and procurement standards for all City contracts. 
  • Lower our carbon footprint by supporting place-making opportunities, transit network improvements and pursuing Hamilton’s industrial decarbonization to improve air quality and reduce our emissions footprint. 
  • Prioritize investments in protection against stormwater contamination and strive to eliminate all bypass events into Hamilton Harbour. 
  • Protect our Greenbelt, farmland, and the rural way of life with a robust urban boundary commitment. 
  • Work with Indigenous partners to establish a task force that oversees the clean-up of Cootes once and for all by appointing one Councillor to chair the committee and its ongoing work as stewards of the ecosystem. We must do everything we can to remediate and restore Cootes Paradise to its natural state to ensure long-term vitality and enjoyment by our residents and visitors alike.

Grow Our Green Economy

  • Our climate emergency demands that we collaborate with innovators to solve global and local challenges. We will advance McMaster Innovation Park as an economic engine in the new Hamilton economy based on improvements in health care, transportation, and industrial decarbonization. 
  • To ensure that we can continue attracting green jobs to the city, we will create a Clean Tech Hub to maintain our competitive advantage and attract new clean-tech jobs.
  • We are at a critical tipping point for industrial decarbonization, where we will see more and more operations make significant investments in their processes to reduce their carbon footprint. Doing so will result in significant air quality improvements for all Hamiltonians, but it will require strategic investments and collaboration from the City to facilitate, particularly around hydrogen. Further, we must do more to support local industry’s efforts to decarbonize, preserve economic vitality and combat climate change.

Serve Our Most Vulnerable

  • Immediately implement the tiny shelters proposal and support other shelter pilot projects.
  • Prioritize our houseless population in encampments by removing systemic barriers to housing and establishing accessible mental health supports.
  • Establish a task force to oversee our homelessness efforts and initiatives, and appoint one Councillor to chair the committee.
  • Work with the federal and provincial governments to communicate the evolving needs of municipalities to serve the most vulnerable in their community. We will demonstrate the collaborative potential to support our professional community service providers and secure the necessary funding to support a Team Hamilton response to ongoing housing issues.

Support Our Seniors

  • Expand seniors programming city-wide and commit to developing a new seniors centre for Hamilton’s aging population.
  • Study the implementation of free transit for our aging population based on the successful experiences of other jurisdictions.
  • Ensure that all retirement and supportive living communities in Hamilton adhere to strict standards of care through rigorous licensing and monitoring processes.

Combat Hate in Hamilton

  • Establish active Advisory Councils/Circles to propose municipal harassment bylaws that are proportional and constitutional and ensure an appropriate representation of diverse local communities are at the table. 
  • Make Hamilton a welcoming and safe place to live by working with community leaders to create and implement a new Community Plan of Action Against Racism and Hate. 
  • Prioritize residents’ lived experiences and feedback on reconciliation, anti-racism, and combating hate.
  • Actively engage and collaborate with our vulnerable communities to develop and implement new policies that protect people. 
  • Provide dedicated funding for local community-based anti-hate initiatives and public awareness campaigns.

Revamp Road Safety

  • Immediately implement Vision Zero recommendations and engage a third-party evaluator to develop an annual report card to track progress and benchmark future efforts. 
  • Double the total protected bike lane network by the end of the new term of council to advance safe transportation for all road users.
  • Expand advanced pedestrian signals and pedestrian scramble-style intersections city-wide, particularly near schools, places of worship, transit nodes, and other high-traffic pedestrian areas, to improve roadway safety for all users.