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This Profile is organized into the following sections:

Census Characteristics
Health Care Utilization
Family Physicians


This neighbourhood borders Lake Ontario from the Confederation Park area in the west to the Grimsby border in the east. It includes the smaller Hamilton City Planning and Development Department neighbourhoods of Confederation Park, Nashdale, Lakely, Grayside and Riverdale in the eastern-most part of the old City of Hamilton. The northern part of the old City of Stoney Creek is also included, containing the neighbourhoods of Battlefield, South Meadow, Corman, Eastdale, Poplar Park, Guemsey, Lakeshore, Fruitland, Winona, DeWitt, Westmeria, Trillium, Fifty Point and Bayview. Eastdale 1 is defined by census tracts 072.01, 072.03, 072.04, 084.01, 084.03-084.05, 085.01-085.03 and 086. The border of Eastdale 1 follows the Red Hill Creek south to Barton Street, east to Centennial Parkway, south to the border between the old cities of Hamilton and Stoney Creek (just north of Queenston Road), east to Green Road, south to the escarpment and east to the municipal border with Grimsby.


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In 2001 Eastdale 1 had a population of 38,678, an increase of 6.6% since 1996. In 2001 the neighbourhood’s population was composed of 49.7% males and 50.3% females. In general, Eastdale 1 had a similar age distribution (Figure 1a) to Hamilton as a whole, and to Ontario, except for a slightly smaller proportion of individuals 65 years of age and over (Figure 1b). A full population pyramid by age and sex for Eastdale 1 is shown in Figure 1c.

Marital Status and Families

In 2001 58.3% of the Eastdale 1 population aged 15 years and over were married compared to 51.7% in Hamilton as a whole, and 53.4% in Ontario (Figure 2a). There were fewer lone parent families in Eastdale 1 (11.3%) than in Hamilton (16.6%) and Ontario (15.2%). Fewer seniors aged 65 years and over lived alone in Eastdale 1 (16.7%) compared to Hamilton (28.9%) and Ontario (26.8%). Eastdale 1 had more households with 4 or more members (34.5%) and fewer single person households (16.3%) than Hamilton and Ontario (Figure 2b).

Households and Dwellings

There were proportionally more owned and fewer rented dwellings in Eastdale 1 than in the entire City of Hamilton and Ontario (Figure 3a). Eastdale 1 is a newer community with 72.2% of private dwellings built after 1971, compared with 39.9% for Hamilton, and 50.8% for Ontario. There were fewer apartment buildings of less than five storeys in Eastdale 1 than in Hamilton and Ontario, and more row houses and apartment buildings with five or more storeys (Figure 3b).


The level of education in Eastdale 1 was slightly lower than in Hamilton and Ontario. Less-than-grade-9 was the highest level of education attained for 13.4% of the population 20 years and older, compared to 10.3% in Hamilton and 8.7% in Ontario (Figure 4a). However, the proportion of people aged 15 to 24 years in Eastdale 1 who were not attending school was 34.6%, lower than in Hamilton (38.1%) and about the same as in Ontario (35.1%).

Employment and Income

In Eastdale 1 the proportion of people aged 15 and over who were in the labour force (working or available to work) was higher (66.6%) than in Hamilton (63.7%) and similar to Ontario (67.3%). In 2001 Eastdale 1 had a lower unemployment rate (5.4%) than Hamilton (6.4%) and Ontario (6.1%). The top 4 male and female occupations are listed in Table 1. The proportion of people with low income was lower in Eastdale 1 (14.7%) than in Hamilton (19.8%) and similar to Ontario (14.4%) (Figure 5a). Most areas of Hamilton, including Eastdale 1, experienced a decrease in low income since 1996. The average household income in Eastdale 1 was $66,700 in 2000, higher than Hamilton ($57,700) and similar to Ontario ($66,800). In Eastdale 1, 81.0% of income came from employment while 10.3% came from government transfers. The proportions of income from employment and government transfers were 77.1% and 12.1%, respectively, for Hamilton and 78.7% and 9.8%, respectively, for Ontario.

Unpaid Work

Compared to Hamilton and Ontario, slightly more people aged 15 years and over in Eastdale 1 provided unpaid childcare (Figure 6a). A smaller proportion of people provided care or assistance to seniors compared to Hamilton and Ontario.

Immigration and Language

In Eastdale 1, 8.1% of people had a citizenship other than Canadian, compared with 6.0% in Hamilton, and 7.6% in Ontario. Immigrants made up 34.6% of residents in Eastdale 1, with 20.9% of immigrants born in Italy, the most common place of birth outside Canada. In Hamilton and Ontario, 24.7% and 26.8% of residents were immigrants, with the United Kingdom being the most common place of birth outside Canada. 12.8% of people in Eastdale 1 spoke a home language other than English or French, which was higher than in Hamilton and Ontario (Figure 7a). Punjabi (2.3%) and Italian (2.0%) were the two most common home languages other than English in Eastdale 1. 3.2% of the residents could not conduct a conversation in an official language (English or French) compared to only 1.8% in Hamilton, and 2.1% in Ontario.


In 2001 13.4% of people in Eastdale 1 reported difficulties hearing, seeing, communicating, walking, climbing stairs, bending, learning, or doing similar activities. 14.9% of people reported that a physical condition, mental condition or health problem reduced the amount or kind of activity they could do. The percentage reporting one or both of the above disabilities was 17.3%. These rates were slightly lower than in Hamilton, and about the same as in Ontario (Figure 8a).


Hospital Admissions and Emergency Room Visits

In 2001 and 2002, Eastdale 1 residents were admitted to hospital at a rate of 86.4 per 1,000 population, which was lower than for Hamilton as a whole (93.3) (Table 2). Eastdale 1 had a higher rate of heart failure admissions but lower rates for all other disease groupings. The rate of emergency room visits was higher in Eastdale 1 than in Hamilton. Eastdale 1 residents had a lower rate of expected acute home care days per 1,000 population than residents of Hamilton as a whole.

Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) Services

In the fiscal year 2003-2004, the number of CCAC clients per 1,000 population in Eastdale 1 was 26.5, lower than in Hamilton as a whole (34.7) (Table 3). When standardized by age and sex to the Hamilton population, the rate for Eastdale 1 was still lower at 30.3 per 1,000. The use of individual CCAC services per 1,000 population was lower in Eastdale 1 than in the entire City of Hamilton, except for Personal Support and Homemaking Hours which, when standardized, were used at a higher rate than Hamilton.


Family Physicians Practicing in Eastdale 1, September 2004

A1 Phillip M. Staibano

360 Hwy 8, Suite 8,
Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1E8


Map Created by: Pat DeLuca, GIS Analyst, School of Geography and Geology, GIS Lab, McMaster University, October 2004.

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Compared to Hamilton and Ontario, in 2001 Eastdale 1 had

  • more married persons,
  • fewer lone parent families,
  • fewer seniors living alone,
  • more immigrants,
  • more residents who spoke a home language other than English or French,
  • higher rates of emergency room visits,
  • lower use of home care services.