Workers' City

Explore Hamilton's industrial and labour history

Hamilton has always been a workers' city. This interactive tool presents the rich working and industrial past of Hamiltonians in all its breadth – at home, in the workplace, in the community. Trace the growth of Hamilton industry through the eyes of its workers by visiting the streets, parks, factories and neighbourhoods where this history was made.


100+ Sites to Explore

Explore archival photographs, stories and oral interviews that tell the working histories of Hamilton's historic buildings, neighbourhoods, and sites.

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Use the App as a Guide

Search for specific buildings or sites or explore a set of five thematic tours of Hamilton's downtown, north, and north-east ends.

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Share your own experiences and photos through the Workers' City social media tools. Together, this is our story - let's build it!

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Preview a few of the stories that have shaped Hamilton's history and the lives of the people who have lived and worked here.

Family Survival

Explore how residents of Hamilton's historic North End worked together as families and a community to fight tough times, like the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Family Survival

Clinton Street

Discover the story of Benni Ferri and other newcomers who came to work in Hamilton's East End factories and set down roots in the city in the early 20th Century.

Clinton Street

Woodlands Park

Come visit Woodlands Park outside the old Canadian Westinghouse plant. Hear stories about labour organizing that brought thousands to the park in the 1930s.

Woodlands Park

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