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Hamilton by the Numbers

Discover data about Hamilton, Ontario on:

Development, Dwellings, Economy, Households, Residents, Business Climate, Workforce

Value of Building Permits

City of Hamilton – (in $)

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Value of Building Permits
Permit Type2012201320142015201620172018
Commercial200,894,646257,054,262260,825,549116,647,000165,871,501116,251,917124,800,222
Industrial208,806,065109,709,07367,250,26561,859,94749,724,272172,044,198140,016,829
Government/ Institutional406,642,636119,004,18180,488,83781,609,84985,221,749250,696,894149,998,645
Residential659,882,166524,715,418719,923,093829,052,605739,731,994803,770,785836,963,130
Miscellaneous23,401,88115,105,82414,704,96119,023,44615,688,23021,381,62412,978,303

Source: Statistics Canada – Table 34-10-0066-01 2019

Employment by Sector

Hamilton CMA – 2016 & 2017 – (in thousands)

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Employment by Sector
Employment Sector20162017
Agriculture44.1
Public Administration14.818.1
Other Services1615.9
Transportation & Warehousing16.417.8
Construction & Utilities30.936
Hospitality & Entertainment39.939.4
Manufacturing44.349.8
Wholesale & Retail61.266.2
Professional, Financial & Support Services7178.1
Education & Healthcare86.791.5

Source: Statistics Canada. 2016 and 2017 Labour Force Survey

City of Hamilton – Number of Businesses by Size Category

(# of employees)

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City of Hamilton – Number of Businesses by Size Category
Year 1-4 5-9 10-19 20-4950-99100-199200-499500+
20116,8522,8081,6361,1193421378129
20126,8052,8271,6511,1473701598129
20137,3302,9341,7271,2113801608527
20147,4452,8461,7851,2343761608532
20157,8412,7781,8221,2203661669133
20167,8842,8581,8381,1874431549034
20178,0102,8631,8911,2313791729237
20188,3232,9881,9791,26438817310833

Source: Canadian Business Patterns/Canadian Business Counts

Annual Unemployment Rate (in December) for Canada, Ontario and Hamilton CMA

(% rate)

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Annual Unemployment Rate (in December) for Canada, Ontario and Hamilton CMA
2012 December2013 December2014 December2015 December2016 December2017 December2018 December
Hamilton6.16.65.4664.74.3
Ontario8.17.576.86.45.65.5
Canada7.37.16.77.16.965.7

Source: Statistics Canada – Labour force characteristics by census metropolitan area, three-month moving average. Table 14-10-0294-01 (formerly CANSIM 282-0135)

Annual Real Estate Sales

(# of units)

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Annual Real Estate Sales
Quarters2012201320142015201620172018
Q11,8771,6371,5671,7972,0082,3591,586
Q22,4242,4812,6433,1123,0302,9012,240
Q31,8632,0102,2332,4042,4921,8671,996
Q41,5121,6541,8041,9292,1291,9521,636

Source: The Real Estate Association of Hamilton-Burlington

Annual Housing Starts

(# of units)

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Annual Housing Starts
Quarters2012201320142015201620172018
Q1462405379140472576291
Q2716532655541572367984
Q3640494676425546443770
Q4391397426356529581452

Source: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Economic Structure

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Economic Structure
2011201220132014201520162017
0.920.940.940.950.920.940.95

Highly diverse = 1
Not diverse = 0

Source: The Conference Board of Canada

Average Daily Rate – ADR

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Average Daily Rate – ADR
201420152016201720182019
110.48114.74119.36129.2146.99157.01

Values in $

Source: 2019 STR, Inc. / STR Global, LTD

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