About SPRC Hamilton

Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission:

To promote equity, inform policy and planning decisions, and increase community engagement to improve social conditions. We accomplish this through research, policy analysis, community partnerships, and program delivery.

Our Vision:

A sustainable Hamilton community that is caring, inclusive, empowering, and accessible to all.

Our Values:

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We uphold high standards in our work and activities, adhering to evidence-based practices and transparency.

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We value diversity and respect the equal rights of people of all backgrounds. We listen to and honour the voices of lived experience in all our work. We create opportunities for community involvement.

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We commit to continuous learning. We stay attuned to emerging social issues and are innovative in the way we conduct our work, the ways we collaborate with others and how we communicate information to advocate for social change.


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and Inclusion

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Healthy Development of Children and Families

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Housing and Homelessness

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Poverty Reduction
and Elimination

Meet our team

Our History

The Social Planning and Research Council was established in Hamilton in 1966, in response to the need for a coordinated approach to social change. We have stayed true to this intention over 50+ years of history – now, as then, we are committed to improving the quality of life for Hamilton citizens, with a focus on social, health and economic issues, in collaboration with other community partners.