|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.
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|
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:
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:
Call 905-546-4925 if:
Report online if:
Click Here to Report Online
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: hamiltonLRT@metrolinx.com.
|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:https://digitalmainstreet.ca). 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: https://digitalmainstreet.ca/digital-transformation-grant)