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On June 9, 1846 the provincial statute “An Act to alter and amend the Act incorporating the town of Hamilton, and to erect the same into a city” was passed and with it this city was born.

Over the years Hamilton has been known as the Steel City, The Hammer, a City of Waterfalls and the Ambitious City. But, regardless of what we call it, Hamilton will always be home; a place where we can all belong. Though each area has unique characteristics, there is a common theme that runs through the city – from downtown to the mountain, Stoney Creek to Flamborough and every neighbourhood in between – and that’s a sense of community and generosity.

For more than 60 years Hamilton Community Foundation has helped caring Hamiltonians give back to the city they love. We have been the city’s ally, creating a more vibrant and inclusive Hamilton through support of arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services and recreation programs; since 1954 we have granted $102.9 million across the city. With more than $190 million in endowed assets we look forward to being a friend to the City of Hamilton, for ever.

Hamilton, we celebrate your 171st birthday today, the very best is yet to come. We wish you more great achievements in the years to come, and may all your birthday wishes come true!


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