Our History

The Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) was formed in 2006 as a result of the work undertaken through the Strengthening Hamilton Community’s Initiative (SHCI), an initiative formed as a response to the burning of a local Hindu Temple in 2001, the same year the terrorist attacks occurred in the United States on September 11th.

HCCI’s short-term goal was to deal with the distress in the community caused by the burning of the Hindu Temple, but it was anticipated that to address issues of racism in the longer term, a more profound systemic change would be required. To this end, HCCI was established to develop a civic resource centre to create an inclusive and welcoming city through respecting diversity, practicing equity, and speaking out against discrimination.


Our Vision

A united community that respects diversity, practices equity and speaks out against discrimination.

Our Mission

Mobilizing all Hamiltonians to create an inclusive and welcoming city.

Our Goal

To create in every sector and among youth, effective and sustainable ways of ensuring that all Hamiltonians can fully participate in the civic life of the community, using their contributions to create a strong and vibrant city.

Our Mandate

HCCI’s mandate is to support the City of Hamilton and its major institutions, businesses and service providers to:

  • Initiate and sustain processes which promote equity and create welcoming and inclusive environments in all areas of civic life
  • Develop and share training and education resources with the community
  • Provide the community with access to relevant research and information on diversity related issues.
  • Support newcomer immigrant and refugee communities, marginalized groups,diverse ethno-racial and ethno-cultural groups and aboriginal communities.