Communities connect people. Hamilton 2030 will enhance community connections.
In order to realize our aspiration to catalyze a movement building more “healthy, sustainable and prosperous communities” in the crafting of our bid, we have been inspired by the concept of Community Wellbeing, defined as “the combination of social, economic, environmental, cultural, and political conditions identified by individuals and their communities as essential for them to flourish and fulfill their potential”.
To bring this vision to life, our work employs the Community Wellbeing Framework (CWF) developed by the Conference Board of Canada in collaboration with DIALOG, to host a meaningful conversation with communities, Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders, and to undertake the planning and design of venues, infrastructure, and public realm interventions.
Key Pillars of the Framework
Community economic development will amplify the viability of local neighbourhoods and stimulate opportunities enabling local residents to participate in long-term legacy projects featuring improved spaces and facilities at a local level, both exterior (parks, trails, playgrounds) and interior (recreational facilities, community meeting spaces). Improvements will be made by local businesses as well as those that have a demonstrable position in improving conditions related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The energy of the Games will be utilized propelling all of the associated construction and programming projects to build local capacity in construction, sports and recreation industries, and others.
Through the different investments and initiatives related to the Games, a goal of improving Cultural Wellbeing will be sought by bringing people together by creating venues and opportunities where people from different backgrounds can experience each other in a manner that is safe, welcoming, and accessible. The Community will be involved and engaged with the widest possible audiences and reaching into all communities to seek for them to be full represented and able to participate.
Through the different investments and initiatives related to the Games, a goal of improving Environmental Wellbeing will be sought through net-zero carbon. We’ll work with our partner municipalities to achieve carbon neutrality targets by requiring all operations, construction, and suppliers helping deliver the Games also contribute to ambitious carbon neutrality targets. Facilities will be designed in a way that considers future climatic conditions and contributes to build the resilience of communities and natural environments. A priority will be put on the reuse and renewal of existing facilities whenever possible.
Through the different investments and initiatives related to the Games, a Goal of improving Economic Wellbeing will be sought through: Public-Private collaboration, City-building, Local economy, Education, Transit and active transportation and Creative economy. By optimizing private sector investments in infrastructure, urban design and placemaking, we’ll work with partnering municipalities to support and develop local industries. We’ll also work with academic institutions and will support the delivery of transit as part of the Games’ legacy.
Through the different investments and initiatives related to the Games, a Goal of improving the supply and access of affordable housing can be achieved through: developing athlete facilities that are converted to housing post Games. We’ll work with our municipal, regional, and provincial partners, as well as with affordable housing providers and the private sector to advance an enabling policy framework that brings everything together.
Accessibility will be paramount to the success of the Games and the legacy that follows. We will define standards and set levels for accessibility across the venues associated with the Games. This is in regard to a wide range of barriers to access, including physical, cognitive, sensory, cultural and economic. Accessibility will also be achieved by disseminating information related to the Games in a manner that is accessible and that helps build awareness for accessibility and inclusion objectives. We will establish a legacy Accessibility Centre of Excellence that is incubated through the Games and enabled by the associated facilities.
The Games will seek to work with Indigenous Peoples to identify and enact initiatives that support the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples and serve to build awareness and understanding within larger communities. An Indigenous Working Group will be established to provide guidance during the Games and beyond. A Community Committee ad Engagement group will include different indigenous communities.