Hamilton has suffered greatly from the decline of Ontario’s manufacturing sector, and shed thousands of jobs in recent years. The green economy is one way the city can reverse this decline. Hamilton has a number of assets that position the city to attract green economic development such as a skilled labour pool, vacant industrial sites, and a deep water port. The City also has a climate change charter and they passed a motion endorsing the green economy as a sound economic development strategy.
It appears that Hamilton’s early efforts are already beginning to pay off. An agreement was signed recently between Hamilton manufacturers and Windstream Energy to assemble and ship off-shore wind turbines if the moratorium on off-shore wind development is lifted. If successful, Hamilton could gain up to 1,900 new jobs.
As part of Making Green Work in Hamilton, we will continue our work to lift the moratorium on off-shore development, build capacity in Hamilton to attract green manufacturers and pursue other green economic opportunities, such as residential energy efficiency retrofits.
To get involved in Making Green Work in Hamilton or for more information, contact Bill Thompson.