RAP Public Forum


Public Forum Updates

Following thirty years of remediation work by the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and its partners, the status of the environmental issues that the Harbour faces has been recently reviewed.  Areas of Concern are scientifically evaluated against a list of 14 standardized issues. In the 1980s, Hamilton Harbour was assessed as impaired for 11 of those 14. To learn more about the issues, see our latest fact sheets here.

The federal and provincial governments requested a review of remediation criteria and status updates on the issues using the latest knowledge. The last review was conducted in 2012.  In 2019/2020, the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan hosted the RAP Forum to seek input on proposed criteria changes and to provide status updates.  We are using the public’s feedback to provide updates and/or clarification on the information provided.  For some topics, we are requesting additional feedback on some of the changes that we made at the public’s request (e.g. beach closings criteria update).  Your feedback and continued support is key to return Hamilton Harbour to the vibrant centerpiece of our community!  

All pieces provided here continue to be part of Indigenous engagement and internal discussions to clarify next steps. Stay tuned for more updates on the remaining information presented at the recent RAP Forum meetings.


Beach Closings

Using the feedback from the Forum, the Remedial Action Plan has modernized Hamilton Harbour's criteria for beach closings and is providing clarification on the new criteria through this report. Click the report to read the new criteria. We thank you for your feedback on these changes. The survey closed November 30, 2020.

Fish Consumption

Modernized criteria for fish consumption were proposed, discussed, and accepted at the Forum. There were requests to clarify the explanations provided in the report. Click the report to read these clarifications.


Links to resources from the Public Forum are posted below and arranged by the date they were presented.
November 14, 2019
December 12, 2019
January 23, 2020