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Relocating to Hamilton

City of Hamilton

Hamilton is considered a community of communities.  Located in the Golden Horseshoe of Ontario, it boasts high quality public transportation and excellent health and environmental resources. Hamilton also has world-class conservation areas, cycling routes, Royal Botanical Gardens, and the largest number of waterfalls of any city in North America. Hamilton's size is ideal for anyone looking for the advantages and conveniences of a big city along with the pace and lifestyle of a small town.

Situated at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment, Hamilton is centrally located between Toronto and Niagara Falls, less than an hour trip by car, train or bus.

For more information about the city of Hamilton, please visit the official City of Hamilton website. The Tourism Hamilton website provides detailed information about many of the various recreational activities and cultural events occuring in Hamilton.

Moving to Hamilton

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is Canada's national housing agency, providing mortgage loan insurance, mortgage-backed securities, housing policy and programs, and housing research. The CMHC website is an excellent tool for those interested in buying or renting a home, including brochures for those new to Canada. These downloadable brochures are available in eight languages and are free of charge.

The Real Estate Board of Hamilton-Burlington website provides a variety of information about real estate in the Hamilton area, and provides a listing of all registered real estate Salespersons, Brokers of Record, and Associate Brokers.

To look at the properties available for sale or rent in the Hamilton area you can visit The Canadian Realtor Association website. This site has a search tool to narrow your search using many different variables, including price, number of bedrooms, and number of bathrooms. There is also tool to help you in your search for a local Realtor.

Additionally, the McMaster Off-Campus Resource website offers a classified section that may assist you in your search for short-term or long-term housing rentals.

Moving Your Pets

Under the National Animal Health Program, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) establishes import requirements for all animals and animal products entering Canada-including domestic pets. The CFIA guidelines on importing pets can be found on the CFIA website.

Please note that the province of Ontario does not permit pit bulls to enter the province. For information on Ontario's pit bull ban, visit the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General website.

Relocation Expenses

Please review the McMaster Policy on Relocation Expenses, which details the allowable moving expenses, travel expenses, and immigration fees that may be claimed by relocating faculty members.


If you require further assistance, please contact Barb Eftekhari, (barb@mcmaster.ca), Manager, Faculty Appointments & Records, Office of the Provost, ext. 23065 or Jen Caruk, (carukj@mcmaster.ca), Coordinator, Academic Appointments and Records, Office of the Provost, ext. 24665.

Faculty of Health Sciences faculty contacts are Rebecca Collier, (rcollie@mcmaster.ca), Faculty Secretary, Health Sciences, ext. 22175 or Deborah Miller, (dmiller@mcmaster.ca), Faculty Relations, Health Sciences, ext. 24063.


Last Update: April 14, 2014

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