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Shop the Village

Saturday, November 30th
Make #TheVillage your holiday shopping destination on Shop Small Saturday!
Kick-off the holiday season with Shop The Village on November 30th! Find exciting holiday deals at many of the businesses with the BIA on this one special shopping day!
While here, take your photo with Santa at his Workshop in Ferguson Station from 10am - 4pm!
Check out our Facebook Event by clicking here!

Victorian Night in the Village

Celebrate a magical evening in #TheVillage!
December 6th from 6-9pm, bring the whole family down to the International Village BIA for our 8th Annual Victorian Night in the Village!
Enjoy free horse and carriage rides at Ferguson Station and Denninger’s Foods of the World (first come, first served), free hot apple cider at Ferguson Station, holiday music throughout the BIA, and Santa’s Workshop in Ferguson Station. Take a picture with Santa before leaving on your magical horse and carriage ride through the BIA!
Check out our Facebook Event by clicking here!

Free 2-Hour On-Street Parking this Holiday Season

Free parking has returned to the International Village BIA. From November 24th to December 24th enjoy free two-hour free parking at all times at on-street parking meters in The Village this holiday season!

Holiday Donation Drive

This Holiday Season, the International Village BIA, will be holding a Holiday Donation Drive in support of the Eva Rothwell Centre. Located in the heart of Hamilton’s North End, the Eva Rothwell Centre partners with families living in poverty, empowering them to become self-sufficient and fulfill their desired potential.
Donations are welcome at participating businesses in #TheVillage from November 18th to December 24th.

Donations Most Needed Include:
  • Personal Hygiene Products: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Feminine Hygiene Products & Diapers / Wipes
  • Winter Clothing: Clothing (Children Aged 4-14), Underwear, Pyjamas, & Socks, Running Shoes, Winter Boots & Coats
  • Non-Perishable Food Items Always Welcome

Want to contribute to our Holiday Donation Drive? You can drop off donations at any of the following locations in the International Village BIA: Ambitious Realty, Amorphous Hair Group, Cafe Oranje, Circle Studios Yoga + Art, Fringe Hair Salon, Forbidden City, Gameopolis, Goodbodyfeel Movement Studio, High-Five Tattoo, J.H. Gordon Books, Letterbox Mercantile, Live Right Pets Supply, The Jet Cafe, Omnes, Salvation Army, Smoke and Candy Barbeque, Starspark Computers, Steel City Studios, Studio 205, Thrifty Designer, Tundra Leather, VintageSoulGeek, and The Writer’s Den

LRT Ready

Register Now for the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce's next LRT Ready Seminar, Developing Construction Mitigation Strategies: Oakville Perspective. Learn from different speakers how Oakville was able to migrate impacts of construction in their Downtown.

New B-Line Stop Added at Wellington

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The Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) will be implementing multiple changes to the Hamilton’s B-Line Express Route. This fall the B-Line is increasing frequency and expanding to include later weekday evening and Saturday service:

  • Weekday service will run from 6 am until 10 pm
  • Saturday service will run from 8 am until 10 pm
To make the B-Line even more convenient for customers, stops will be added in both directions at Wellington, Melrose and the Delta (Main/King) to provide greater accessibility to express service. Take a moment to share this exciting news with your customers. Want to see what other changes the HSR is making for the Fall, click here!

Johnny Cash Musical "Ring of Fire" Coming to Theatre Aquarius

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Theatre Aquarius is proud to announce that the celebrated musical Ring of Fire will be closing their 2019-20 theatre season. Ring of Fire celebrates the music and life of one of the most unforgettable musical artists of the 20th century, “The Man in Black” himself, Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire will run from April 15 – May 2, 2020.

Subscriptions for Theatre Aquarius’ 2019-20 theatre season are still available, offering six world-class theatrical productions for the price of four, including Ring of Fire, Norm Foster’s Renovations for Six and one of the greatest family musicals of all time, the 8-time Tony Award Winning Musical Hairspray. More information can be found at the Box Office at 905-522-7529, or by clicking here!

Digital Main Street Grants

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Consumers have embraced digital media as a means to interact with and find information about businesses within the community. Without an online presence, companies will not stand out. It's essential to set specific and actionable goals to increase consumer participation and awareness online. These goals can include creating a website, online store, or Instagram page.

To encourage digital innovation, the Province of Ontario partnered with the Ontario BIA Association to create Digital Main Street. Through this program, small businesses can access resources designed to act as a ‘how-to-guide’ for digital technologies.

In conjunction with resources and workshops, Digital Main Street offers grants of up to $2500 to small businesses working to adapt their marketing strategy to include a digital component. Eligible costs include websites, hardware/software, digital training, and more!

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Enrollment has begun for the Digital Main Street - Digital Transformation Grant. Resolve to increase your digital presence this year. Grants are limited, for more information or to apply, click here!

*Application Deadline Tuesday, December 31st, 2019*

Digital Service Squad: A Free Resource for Your Business

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The Digital Service Squad (DSS) is a free digital resource to help you grow your business by adopting and implementing digital tools and technologies. Through a grant from the Province of Ontario’s Digital Main Street Initiative and the Ontario BIA Association has set up a Digital Service Squad to offer this free resource to your business.

A DSS consists of highly trained digital marketing specialists that go to Ontario main street small businesses like yours to help them enhance their digital tools and online presence. A DSS can show you how to build a basic web presence or how to improve your existing presence through tools such as Google My Business or social media. In addition, Digital Service Squads provide advice and recommendations to streamline your fundamental business operations (including back-office processes) and can help you find local digital vendors for potential projects.

To learn more about the Digital Main Street program or contact the local Digital Service Squad, click here!

Hamilton Light Rail Transit Update

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The Hamilton LRT project is currently in procurement. As part of the Request for Proposals (RFP) process, three pre-qualified teams are now preparing proposals that detail how they will deliver the project. Bid submissions are expected in spring 2020, and a preferred proponent will be selected with contract award occurring later that year. The sequencing and timing of construction will be determined by the proponents through the RFP process.

Keep up to date on the latest Light Rail Transit updates by reading the project update report that went to City Council on May 15, 2019. You can access the report by clicking here (LRT update report starts on page 22).

Questions About the Hamilton LRT Project?
If you have additional questions regarding the Light Rail Transit project, members of the International Village BIA can reach out to Metrolinx and the City of Hamilton by sending an email to

LRT Ready: The Blueprint for Offsetting the Effects of Construction
In June, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hosted another edition of the LRT Ready lecture series. In this session, the Blueprint for Offsetting the Effects of Construction, we heard from Sheliza Esmail from the Eglinton Way BIA in Toronto. The Eglinton Way BIA is currently undergoing LRT Construction. While the Eglinton Crosstown LRT features many differences from Hamilton's project, the event did provide a useful context for how businesses can begin planning for those impacts now. Click here to catch up on the entire LRT Ready series!

Let’s Keep our Sidewalks and Streets Clean!

News & Events Photo Cigarettes are the most littered item globally. In Canada, over 8,000 tonnes of cigarette butts are collected each year. Cigarette filters contain a type of plastic called cellulose acetate, which can take up to 18 months to 12 years to break down. Cigarettes also contain toxic chemicals, such as arsenic and formaldehyde, which can leach into the environment contaminating water and poison fish and animals. If you smoke, dispose of cigarette butts properly. Click here to learn more about Cigarette Litter Prevention in Hamilton.

A message from the Chair, Herb Wodehouse:

With the upcoming LRT project plans well underway, it is important for each and every one of our members to understand the role of the International Village BIA board of management and how we can help you through the LRT process. We want to make it clear that the BIA is neither for or against LRT. We have members who are strongly in support of LRT, and members who strongly disagree with elements of this LRT project. The role of the BIA is to be the connector and communicator of information to and from our membership, the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx throughout the LRT project. We are not involved in the political decision making of this project. The board is made up of a group of volunteers from various businesses and properties around the village and we have a great cross-section of opinions and views.

Our executive director Susie Braithwaite sits on several committees which deal with LRT and related issues and is able to bring our board valuable information from those meetings. She is also able to tackle issues that face our BIA in a timely manner by having a seat on these committees. Again, Susie has been very clear that she is neither for or against the LRT project but is here to represent our BIA members as we go through this process.

The next several years of LRT consultation and then construction are going to be especially tough for our businesses and property owners. As a board, we are working very closely with the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx LRT staff to keep current on all information about this project and to make sure that nothing is ‘slipping through the cracks’. We will continue to host public meetings at least twice a year and more leading up to construction. We encourage you to take the time to attend these meetings as they are extremely helpful in educating us about the LRT project and are also a way to have your voices heard – whether for or against.

Your views, concerns, comments and suggestions are always welcome. You can reach out to Susie, myself or to any of our board members. We want our members to feel that you do have a voice and that you are being properly represented. LRT is proving to be a very complex project. As I write this message, we are told that the LRT project is moving ahead, which is why we wish to emphasize the need for you to follow all developments very closely, to voice any concerns you may have, and to adjust your business practices, plans and policies wherever necessary to put the best interest of your business at the forefront. As a business or property owner, this places a very significant undertaking and responsibility on you. On behalf of the International Village BIA board of management , I want you to know that we are here to help you channel whatever representation you feel is needed, to the appropriate decision-makers, and to do all that is within our powers to help you through this project.

Herb Wodehouse, International Village BIA Chair

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The BIA office is located at 12 Ferguson Ave. N., second floor.

Please call ahead for an appointment.

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In the Dofasco Centre for the Arts
Theatre Aquarius is Hamilton's professional theatre; located at the corner of Ferguson Avenue North and King William Street

Energy Savings Rebate Program

On June 20, 2019, the Government of Canada launched the federal Energy Savings Rebate Program for retailers in Ontario to make energy-efficient products more accessible to people and businesses across the province. The new program will provide approximately $200 million over two years to participating retailers to help Ontario residents purchase energy-efficient products—such as ENERGY STAR certified washers, dryers, and smart thermostats. Retailers will provide rebates of up to 25 percent off the price of eligible products, helping Ontarians reduce energy use, save money, and fight climate change, at home. To participate in this program, retailers must apply. Of the approximately $200 million available through this program:

  • Approximately $150 million will be available for applicants with locations in at least five (5) or more municipalities in Ontario. These applicants have until July 24, 2019, to request up to $25 million to provide rebates until September 30, 2020.
  • Approximately $50 million will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis for applicants with locations in at least one (1) and no more than four (4) municipalities in Ontario. These applicants can request up to $2.5 million to provide rebates until March 31, 2021. Applications will be assessed in the order they are received, and applicants have until March 31, 2020, to submit their application unless the funding is exhausted in advance.

For more information about the program or to complete an application form, click here!

Crime Reporting in the BIA

For our BIA to receive proper police patrol, we need to make sure everybody is using the proper crime reporting process. Please report all police issues in our BIA as follows:

Call 911 if:
  • You see any kind of crime in progress including aggressive panhandling, assault, theft, graffiti etc.

Call 905-546-4925 if:
  • You are reporting 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

Report online if:
  • You wish to report a non-urgent crime such as damage or mischief under $5,000 or theft under $5,000
  • You can also report a sex or physical assault online if it happened in the City of Hamilton and you don’t know who it is. If you have evidence or know who the person is you need to call 905-546-4925 or go into the Central Police Station.

Click Here to Report Online

  • If you witness graffiti in progress call 911.
  • If you have been tagged, you must report it into the City of Hamilton at 905-546-2489 (CITY). Ask for a tracking number to track all reports.
  • If you see graffiti somewhere and you would like to report it, call 905-546-2489 (CITY).
  • If it is a hate, gang or political tag you must call it into 905-546-4925

It is important to always get an incident or reference number and if you can, email Susie at the BIA to let her know what has happened, this helps in our knowledge of what is going on in our area. To email Susieclick here . To view the Hamilton Police Crime Map please click here.

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