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Immigration Matters

Did you know that about 65.4 per cent of Hamilton’s population gains came from immigrants and non-permanent residents living in the city as per the 2021 census? Our newcomers are highly educated and skilled, often bringing language and cultural connections to new markets at home and abroad.

Immigration accounts for almost 100 per cent of Canada’s labour force growth. By 2032, it’s projected to account for 100 per cent of Canada’s population growth.

In recognition that immigration is vital to Hamilton’s current and future economy, the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC) is housed in Economic Development. HIPC is a community table that brings together leaders from various sectors to facilitate seamless settlement experiences for newcomers.


We have newcomers covered from attraction to integration. While the Economic Development Division’s business team and Global Hamilton section take care of the business needs of newcomers, new investors and new businesses, we focus on helping newcomers access services and move forward. Business and investment opportunities in Hamilton attract people, and being a welcoming and inclusive place makes people stay in Hamilton – that is where HIPC comes in.

HIPC is a key ingredient in Hamilton’s immigrant attraction and retention recipe.

HIPC Helps Employers

HIPC is connected to local organizations that provide language instruction, skills upgrading and orientation to Canadian workplace culture to Hamilton’s newcomers.

If you have hiring needs and wish to connect to this talent pool, HIPC can help.

If you have employees who could benefit from language instruction or other support, HIPC can help.

HIPC is a knowledge broker. We monitor immigration trends, policy, and local impact, using this knowledge to create presentations and reports on various topics of interest identified by our partners. Check out the reports section of our website.


HIPC Helps Newcomers

HIPC has strong connections with the settlement and education ecosystems in Hamilton. Through our multi-sector partners, we ensure that, upon arrival, newcomers have access to their basic needs in the areas of housing, employment, language and health services.

Our partnerships also are critical to ensure newcomers integrate into their communities by accessing services and promoting civic engagement. HIPC is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.  

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Immigrants in the Labour Market

Hamilton’s recent immigrant population is highly educated, with almost half of them having a university degree – double the proportion of Hamilton’s Canadian-born population. Among people living in the Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area, 51.7 per cent of the individuals in the labour force who hold STEM degrees (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at the bachelor level or higher are immigrants. At the Master’s level, 64.6 per cent of STEM degrees are held by immigrants.

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For the full picture, contact the City of Hamilton’s HIPC Lead, Sarah Wayland