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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.

Annual Impact Report 2022-2023

We are pleased to share some of our accomplishments over the past year in our 2022/2023 Annual Impact Report. A highlight of the year was the SPRC brand receiving a fresh new look which reflects a revitalized image and purpose for SPRC Hamilton. Our dedication to...

Profile of North Hamilton 2023

The Profile of North Hamilton outlines the area's trends and conditions, emphasizing critical issues for both the Compass Health Centre Board of Directors and the broader community. It includes community demographics, socio-economic data such as income, housing,...

Annual Impact Report – 2021-2022

The 2021-2022 Annual Impact Report is out and it is a treasure trove of information. Along with the summary of a very busy year, the Report shares the development of a new Strategic Plan that will guide SPRC Hamilton for years. Exciting developments are included, too,...

Annual Impact Report – 2020-2021

A year of firsts… The pandemic impacted everyone in our community - and marginalized citizens felt its impact very keenly. Many of us have never seen a time where schools are closed, there are numerous road blocks to providing service, low spirits and high levels of...

COVID-19 in Hamilton

Key findings: Hamilton neighbourhoods with higher concentrations of people living on low incomes and people who identify with a racialized group have higher rates of COVID-19. These discrepancies reflect similar patterns in Ontario and beyond and are due in part due...

Annual Impact Report – 2019-2020

Published: June 2020 This fiscal year of 2019/2020 will forever be remembered as the year of the Covid-19 pandemic. With much of the world on lockdown, businesses closed and unprecedented unemployment levels, this is the greatest crisis in our collective memory. No...

Annual Impact Report – 2018-2019

Published: June 2019 In addition to our ongoing programs and collaborations, we have developednew partnerships designed to increase capacity in the community. This yearwe built upon our legal education stream with a new project funded by theLaw Foundation of Ontario,...

Hamilton For All

The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion launched a new public education campaign, #HamiltonForAll, that aims to stimulate dialogue and open minds by encouraging Hamiltonians to stand up against prejudice, exclusion and...

Transit Ridership and Funding Trends

Presentation about transit data to help inform Hamilton’s City Council in their deliberations about the municipal budget, including HSR and the 10 year transit strategy. To view this presentation, click the link below. Transit Ridership and Funding Trends Funded by:...

HamOnt LGBTQ+ Speak Out!

This report outlines the recommendations from 2016 community consultations with LGBTQ2+ community members and ally service providers on how to make Hamilton an LGBTQ2+ Positive city to work, live, learn and play. Download Report Community Partners: Hamilton...

Neighbourhood Profiles

The United Way commissioned the SPRC to complete a set of demographic profiles of some of Hamilton’s neighbourhoods. This is to aid the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and its agencies and stakeholders to better understand the neighbourhoods they are...

Profile of Vulnerable Seniors in Hamilton

The United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton requested that the SPRC prepare a report on Hamilton seniors to give the United Way and the community a picture of how Hamilton’s seniors are faring. The collaboration on this report included the Hamilton Council on...

Profile of North Hamilton 2023

The Profile of North Hamilton outlines the area's trends and conditions, emphasizing critical issues for both the Compass Health Centre Board of Directors and the broader community. It includes community demographics, socio-economic data such as income, housing,...

Hamilton For All

The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion launched a new public education campaign, #HamiltonForAll, that aims to stimulate dialogue and open minds by encouraging Hamiltonians to stand up against prejudice, exclusion and...

HamOnt LGBTQ+ Speak Out!

This report outlines the recommendations from 2016 community consultations with LGBTQ2+ community members and ally service providers on how to make Hamilton an LGBTQ2+ Positive city to work, live, learn and play. Download Report Community Partners: Hamilton...