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The future is now in Brampton

The future is now in Brampton

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The future is now in Brampton

It’s one thing for a neighbourhood to be in transition, quite another for an entire city. But that’s precisely what’s happening in Brampton, where a concerted effort to bring the municipality into the future now, is yielding visible results.

In a city of about 600,000 – the third largest in the GTA and the ninth largest in Canada – Brampton has been booming for years. Consider, for example that current population is almost double what it was not even 20 years ago.

What’s attracting newcomers to Brampton in such numbers? In short – economic growth. Indeed, with major companies such as Loblaw Companies Ltd., Canadian Tire Corp., Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Ltd. and Rogers Communications Inc. having headquarters in the city, employment opportunities have been plentiful. Brampton’s economy in recent years has diversified to include sectors such as communications technologies, life sciences and business services.

Cybersecure catalyst

And even more recently, education. Just last month, for example, the City confirmed a collaboration with Ryerson University, outlining the required funding and resources needed for establishing the Ryerson University-led Innovation Hub and Cybersecure Catalyst in downtown Brampton. This includes the Chang School of Continuing Education expanding its cybersecurity courses; launching the Brampton Incubation/Innovation Hub; and the Cybersecure Catalyst, a new national centre for innovation and collaboration in cybersecurity.

“This is a very exciting move forward for Brampton, moving important projects with Ryerson University closer to reality,” says Mayor Patrick Brown. “These projects will help spur economic growth, create jobs and position Brampton as a hub for cybersecurity.”

Managing such growth requires planning, including the City’s Vision 2040, a long-term vision to reinvent Brampton. The plan includes such key transformations as including model new neighbourhoods; an improved transit network, new core loop, walking and cycling networks; better designed communities, handsome buildings; and sustainability built into everything.

Budgeting growth

Brampton’s 2019-21 budget proposal includes initiatives to that end, including increasing Brampton Transit’s fleet by 16 per cent over three years, adding 46 conventional buses and 25 Zum buses; creating a new Marketing and Foreign Direct Investment Program; and a Community Improvement Program to incentivize the economic sectors identified in Brampton’s Economic Development Master Plan.

It’s not all about business in Brampton, however. Proximity to nature also helps deliver quality of life in the city. Gage Park, Brampton’s oldest municipal park, opened in 1903; Heart Lake Conservation Area, occupying 169 hectares in the Etobicoke Creek watershed; and Chinguacousy Park, a 40-hectare park in the Bramalea section of town.

Location, location, location

• Population 593,638

• 42 kms from Toronto, 20 kms to Mississauga

Key landmarks

• Gage Park

• Heart Lake Conservation Area

• Chinguacousy Park

• Bramalea City Centre

• Shoppers World

Select upcoming housing developments

Beechwood by Paradise Developments; detached, semis and townhomes.

• FirstHome Sunny Meadow by The Daniels Corporation; townhomes.

Mayfield Village by Regal Crest Homes; singles, semis and townhomes.

Mount Pleasant North by Mattamy Homes; townhomes.

Union Mount Pleasant by Mattamy Homes; boutique midrise condominiums.

Upper Valleylands by Fieldgate Homes; townhomes and semis.

Vales of the Humber Estates by Regal Crest Homes, single-detached homes.

• Westfield by Royalpark Homes; detached and semis.


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by Gale Beeby

The Flower City is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the GTA


With about 66,000 acres, Brampton has something for everyone. Local housing consists if century-old homes in its historic neighbourhoods, as well as large master-planned communities offering everything from condos to townhomes to large single-family dwellings.

Click here to see a list of homes for sale.


Brampton offers fun for all ages including Wild Water Kingdom, which has zip lines, a mini putt, a drive-in theatre, a sports dome, a driving range, picnic areas, cabana rentals and, of course, lots of water slides. There are also lots of golf courses, from public to private and everything in between. Brampton also boasts several art galleries, fine restaurants and the impressive Rose Theatre.

Historic Bovaird House, built c.1840, is an excellent Canadian example of a Georgian-type brick farmhouse. The house is filled with furnishings ranging from 1840 to 1910.

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives links the past, present and future within buildings of historical and architectural significance. The Peel County Courthouse (1867), the Peel County Jail (1867), the Registry Office (1890) and the Peel County international-style building (1958) tell many stories.


Gage Park, Brampton’s oldest municipal park first opening in 1903, is located in the old downtown. The park offers floral gardens, a woodland area, a gazebo, a fountain, trails for rollerblading and jogging, a children’s play area, a wading pool, summer evening concerts and a skating rink in winter.

Professor’s Lake, a 65-acre spring-fed lake in the heart of Brampton, has a recreation centre that includes a beach with volleyball courts, paddleboat, canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals, a patio and food concessions. There is also a lakeside pathway around the lake’s perimeter and many fishing spots.

The 418-acre Heart Lake Conservation Area features biking and running trails, swimming areas, fishing, boat rentals and is home to Treetop Trekking, where you can walk amid the canopy and enjoy zip line rides.

The Claireville Conservation Area is 848 acres of natural and forested areas, which help preserve local wildlife and natural landscapes. It is very popular with bird watchers.


Brampton boasts more than two-dozen shopping centres, including Shoppers’ World and the Bramalea City Centre, plus a plethora of big box outlets. In the old city of Brampton, you will find quaint shops offering a variety of goods.


Brampton Transit is one of the fastest growing systems in Canada, and launched its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, Züm, along busy Queen Street and has since added the service to Main Street, Steeles Avenue and Boivard Drive. Brampton Transit connects with transit networks in Mississauga, York Region and Toronto. GO Transit operates bus and train service from several locations in Brampton.

The area is well served by highways, including Highways 10, 50, 136, 410 and Airport Road.


Population: 593,638

Unofficial Motto: All roads lead to Brampton

Known as: The Flower City

Walk score: 48

Transit score: 48



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