When it comes to big cities in Ontario, there’s one place on everybody’s minds. However, when you’re looking for destinations for a new life in Canada, you shouldn’t stop at Toronto. With growing employment opportunities, one of the most diversified economies in Canada, a vibrant and revitalized downtown area, and attractive housing prices, the city of Hamilton, Ontario could be your ideal new home.
Situated on the shore of Lake Ontario south of Toronto and divided by the forested Niagara Escarpment, Hamilton combines the natural beauty of the local region with thriving industry. Further inland, suburban communities give way to stunning and easily-accessible woodland and outdoor trails. The city of Hamilton is also a short drive from Niagara Falls and the US border. Buffalo, New York is just over an hour’s drive away.
Metropolitan Hamilton is a fully-fledged city in its own right, and the more than 700,000 people who call it home are proud Hamiltonians. At the same time, Hamilton’s convenient location just over an hour’s drive from Toronto, combined with convenient road and public transit links, mean its popularity as a commuter community is well established.
Hamilton is particularly popular among immigrants to Canada, with around 24 percent of the population being either permanent residents or naturalized citizens. If you want to enjoy urban living in Ontario without forking out extra for renting or buying property, with plentiful opportunities for adults and kids alike, then Hamilton could be perfect for you.
There’s a lot more to learn about living in Hamilton. If you’re thinking about making the move, or if you’ve recently arrived, we want to help you get the most out of this vibrant, growing city. You can see our full range of articles here, or check out some of these popular starting points:
- What’s it like living in Hamilton?
- Things to do in Hamilton
- Where to live: a neighbourhood guide to the city of Hamilton and surrounding towns
- Schools and education in Hamilton