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Top impacts from our programs in Hamilton

People milling about on a street in Hamilton, Ontario in the fall. Copyright Queen's Printer for Ontario. Image: Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Image: Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Published on December 18, 2018

Since 2014, we’ve been working with Hamiltonians to help accelerate the urban revitalization underway in the city. Through our capacity building work supporting Hamilton residents, we’ve helped provide the tools and resources needed for the community to feel empowered to continue making the city a better place for all.

The way in which we deliver our city building initiatives across the country has recently shifted and Evergreen has made the difficult decision to close down the Community Storefront Hub and wind down the Civic Incubator in Hamilton.

This is not goodbye. We remain dedicated to working with Hamiltonians to make their city flourish and will be exploring further opportunities in the weeks and months ahead. In the immediate term, we will engage Hamilton youth in our Future City Builders program and City stakeholders through Future Cities Canada and through funding from the Smart Cities Community Support Program.

To celebrate the last four years in Hamilton, we’re sharing the top impacts from our programs.

 

100In1Day Hamilton

100In1Day Hamilton was launched in June 2015 and has grown stronger ever since. Thousands of Hamiltonians have come together to organize more than 500 one-day actions that have led to new connections, improved city infrastructure and by-law processes, and increased community-driven action and engagement.

Though Evergreen will no longer be leading 100In1Day Canada in the city, the initiative has been so successful that local organizations and community members will take the lead going forward. This is an amazing testament to the excitement around civic participation in Hamilton.

Community Storefront Hub

Building on the success of 100In1Day Hamilton, Evergreen launched the Hamilton Community Storefront Hub at 294 James St North in August 2015. The 3,500 square foot former gift shop was transformed into a shared community hub offering regular programming, city engagement opportunities, and meeting and workshop space for local groups.

Since 2015, the Hub has seen more than 35,000 visitors, served more than 200 local groups and organizations and hosted more than 500+ meetings, events, marketplaces, interactive exhibits, workshops and creative animations.

Civic Incubator

The Civic Incubator was a comprehensive year-round program sparked out of 100In1Day Hamilton. Through the incubator, emerging and established city builders created, implemented and scaled ideas, projects and programs to help Hamilton and its communities become more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

Since its launch in 2017, the Incubator has designed and delivered more than 20 ideation and eight capacity-building workshops for more than 600 residents, on topics ranging from Event Planning and Volunteer Engagement to Productive Disagreements and Food Literacy. 

Mobility Lab

In partnership with McMaster University and the City of Hamilton, the Hamilton Mobility Lab is a collective of more than 30 transportation advocates, builders, decision-makers, and stakeholders who are all striving for enhanced mobility within the City of Hamilton. The Lab was launched in 2017 and has since engaged more than 1000 individuals in collaborative engagement and pilot projects to help identify and respond to the shared transportation needs in Hamilton. 

McMaster University and the City of Hamilton will continue to work with the existing stakeholder groups and expand engagement with a joint pilot project on King William Street in downtown Hamilton in 2019 to explore opportunities for enhanced pedestrian experiences, capacity for animation, and small businesses.

Thank you, Hamilton for welcoming Evergreen into your wonderful city! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019 and the years to come.