The Commonwealth Games are much more than just a 12-day sporting event. They are an opportunity for Hamilton to benefit from massive investments that will transform the city in many ways.
Investments in Sport Facilities
Our Commonwealth Games hosting plan earmarks hundreds of millions of dollars to build and refurbish Hamilton’s sport facilities, from the downtown civic arena to the aquatics centre at McMaster University. Neighbourhood recreation centres and playing fields will be refurbished and upgraded across the city.
As a contribution to social development, we will be constructing an estimated 500-700 affordable housing units in the downtown and the east end of the city. These will be 1-3 bedroom apartments in energy-efficient, sustainable buildings.
Investing in Sustainability
All of the new sport facilities that we build, and the affordable housing too, will be LEED certified, Net Zero buildings. They will be energy efficient, generating as much energy as they consume. Building design features will reduce heating costs and minimize water waste. Green materials and sustainable best practices will be prioritized in the construction process.
Cleaning up the Harbour
Currently there is no safe area to swim in Hamilton Harbour. An engineering solution has been identified to restore the natural water flow in the area around Bayfront Park, which will eliminate the blue-green algae that makes the beach unsafe. Hamilton will have a clean and safe swimming area in the Bay for the first time in more than 100 years!
A Boost for Local Tourism
More than a million people will visit Hamilton during the Games, spending hundreds of millions of dollars in the city. Following the Games, all of our new sport facilities will help Hamilton’s tourism marketing team to score a larger share of the estimated $6.8-billion annual Canadian sport tourism market.
Contracts for Local Businesses
There will be many opportunities for local businesses to supply goods and services for the Games. Based on past experience, approximately 80 percent of all Games-related contracts will be awarded to local companies. Aboriginal-owned businesses will benefit too.
Investment and Trade
The 2030 Games will be an opportunity to showcase Hamilton to the world. Hamilton business leaders will be meeting with their counterparts from around the world to introduce them to our city and to discuss investment and trade opportunities.
Festival of Arts and Culture
are more than just a sporting event. They will be a celebration of arts, music
and culture, the likes of which the city has never seen. With more than a
million visitors in the city, there will be a huge audience for Hamilton
musicians, artists, performers, fashion designers, film makers, and the whole