The Hamilton Civic Leadership Program offers engaging and participatory sessions designed to deepen critical understanding of democracy, civic engagement, civic inclusion and community organizing skills that can be used to develop leadership skills and promote civic inclusion and engagement among all youth. Special attention is given to Black, Indigenous, Trans, and Non-Binary youth in Hamilton and surrounding areas. The concept for this program was first created by City of Hamilton Councillor Nrinder Nann, before her time as councillor, and has since been adapted. 

This is a two-year program, and is funded by the Canadian Heritage Department. The program is run by the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. The first cohort of the program runs from January 2020 until July 2020. The second cohort of the program runs from August 2020 until March 2021. There will also be a research component facilitated in partnership with the Department of Social Work at McMaster University. We will work with program participants to figure out their qualitative barriers to civic engagement in Hamilton. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion, as well as a reference letter upon completion. Participants in high school also receive volunteer hours.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, program sessions are currently being hosted online.


Short Term

Participants will develop new perspectives on political institutions. They will learn about different forms of leadership, systems, and principles. Participants will also develop new competencies through values based conversations about belonging, inclusion, and community engagement.

Medium Term

Participants will understand government affairs at the municipal, provincial and federal level. They will also understand the parameters of civic duties, concepts around civic inclusion, and civic engagement. They will think critically about the plethora of tools used to make change.

Long Term

Participants will have an increased participation in the political process (such as voting, running for office, doing advocacy work, or community organizing).


PROGRAM structure

Session 1: Democracy and Civic Participation

Session 2: Government Affairs: Municipal

Session 3: Government Affairs: Provincial

Session 4: Government Affairs: Federal

Session 5: Running for elected office: School Boards, Municipal, Provincial, and Federal Government

Session 6: Community Organizing 101

Session 7: Unionism 101

Session 8: Widening the Toolkit Part 1

Session 9: Widening the Toolkit Part 2

Session 10: Celebration & Reflection

Cohort 1 Highlights

Session one, titled "Democracy and Civic Participation" was facilitated by Brittany Andrew-Amofah who is a a consultant and Policy Analyst at Broadbent Institute. This event was held on January 20. 2020 at 6PM
Session two, titled "government Affairs: Municipal" in partnership with model city hall was facilitated by Ruby Hye and Cassidy Berkinson, founders of Model City Hall Hamilton, in addition to councillor Maureen Wilson and councillor Nrinder Nann. This session was held on February 8, 2020 at 6PM
Session three, titled "government Affairs: Provincial"  was facilitated by Lyndon George, Constituency Assistant to MP Andrea Horwath. This session was held on March 11, 2020 at Queen's Park in Toronto
Session Five, titled "Unionism 1010" was facilitated by Christopher Wilson and Shanice Regis from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. This session was held on May 14, 2020 at 4PM via Zoom Webinar

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Hamilton Center for Civic Inclusion 

423 King Street East
Hamilton ON, L8N 1C5

(905) 297 4694


423 King Street East, Hamilton ON, L8N 1C5

(905) 297-4694