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Movie Night In The Village

On July 25th, the International Village BIA and Girl On The Wing hosted the 4th annual Movie Night in #TheVillage! We screened the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, directed by John Hughes. Thanks to the help of our wonderful vendors and member businesses that shared our event or remained open that night, we were able to bring over 150 people to the area for a magical night under the stars at Ferguson Station. The event was an excellent opportunity to showcase the International Village BIA and build stronger connections to our fantastic community. To view the photos from Movie Night In The Village click here.

Hamilton LRT

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!

(Re)Envision the HSR

    Help the City of Hamilton, (Re)envision the HSR. Whether you take transit every day, once in a while or have not experienced the service yet, they want to hear from you and dig deep into transit conversations that matter to you. Sign up to:

  • Share ideas, take part in mapping exercises, and discuss their routes and service.
  • Find out when they will be in the community.
  • Learn about upcoming projects and announcements.
  • Sign-up to receive newsletter updates about the project.
  • Connect with the (Re)envision Team for questions and answers about their plans to reconfigure the network.

As transit is an essential consideration in getting people to and from the International Village BIA, we recommend that members have their voices heard. To sign up or learn more about the (Re)envision the HSR campaign click here!

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.

Hamilton LRT Update

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 below (LRT update report starts on page 22).

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:

Hamilton Butt Blitz

An estimated 65% of all cigarettes are tossed on the ground instead of placed in an ashtray or waste receptacle. On Saturday, April 27th, the International Village took part in the Hamilton Butt Blitz aiming to pick up as may discarded cigarette butts as possible. In two hours, volunteers across Hamilton picked up 37,000 cigarette butts. Watch the CHCH report on the Butt Blitz by clicking here!

This cleanup is increasingly important as 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.

To learn more about how to prevent cigarette litter click here!.

Digital Main Street: Transformation Grants

The world is changing. Digital technologies impact our daily lives. Consumers have embraced digital media as a means to interact with and find information about businesses within the community. Without an online presence, businesses risk being overlooked. As we embark on a New Year it's important 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. In an effort to encourage digital innovation, the Province of Ontario partnered with the Ontario BIA association to create Digital Main Street (Digital Main Street Link: Through this program, small businesses can access resources designed to act as a ‘how-to-guide’ for digital technologies. In conjunction with resources and workshop, 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! Enrollment has begun for the Digital Main Street - Digital Transformation Grant. Make a resolution to increase your digital presence this year. Grants are limited, for more information or to apply click here! (Click Here Link:

Important Information to BIA Members

Please read the attached Pdf file for important information from Hamilton Police Services to BIA members.

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

2017 BIA Awards of Excellence

The winners of the 2017 BIA Awards were: Urban Map for the Façade Award and Studio 205 for the Sparkle Award. Congratulations to both valued BIA members.

Studio 205 receiving award image
Studio 205
Urban Map receiving award image
Urban Map

News & Events Photo
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Theatre Aquarius is Hamilton's professional theatre; located at the corner of Ferguson Avenue North and King William Street

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