A delegation from the City of Brampton will meet with provincial Ministry leaders next week to address key initiatives that are pivotal to Brampton’s future-ready growth momentum.
The delegation, which includes Mayor Jeffrey and Councillors, will attend the 2017 Annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference in Ottawa, August 13 – 16.
“As the second fastest growing of Canada’s largest cities, Brampton is a key contributor to the economy. This Council is committed to working together with the provincial government in building a stronger future with enhanced transit connections, post-secondary education, a vibrant health and life sciences cluster, and a strong focus on innovation and excellence,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey.
At AMO, the City will emphasize key asks that focus on strategic initiatives and an equitable governance model:
• Discuss strategic transit projects that includes advancing the Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit Extension EA; Master plans for the Brampton GO, Bramalea GO, Hurontario-Steeles, and Mount Pleasant GO Mobility Hubs
• Opportunities to create better access in the Highway 410 and Highway 407ETR, and future 407 Transitway area.
• Asking the Province to commit to Brampton’s new university facility more than 50 per cent of the currently promised $180 million to fund new university facilities in Brampton and Milton
• Invest in research and development to link post-secondary and experiential learning opportunities and inject creativity into the business community
Fair representation at the Region of Peel
• Enact legislation to increase Brampton’s representation at Region of Peel Council to 11, including the Mayor and all Councillors, in time for the 2018 municipal election.
• Support the development and implementation of the Riverwalk project. Estimated at $200 million, this project will engineer an innovative long-term solution to the flood risk, unlocking the area’s potential for urban growth and development and making it healthy, sustainable and resilient.
Second Units safety
• Enact changes to the Building Code Act and Planning Act to give expanded rights of entry for municipalities for the purpose of inspecting secondary units and illegal multi-unit dwellings. This will enable the City to ensure that second units are safe, legal and livable.
In addition to these important issues, the City’s delegation intends to highlight the significant capacity and access pressures at Brampton Civic Hospital and the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness with the NDP and PC Leaders. In addition to supporting resident demand for healthcare services, a well-funded health system in Brampton is the cornerstone to the development of a preventive care focused economic cluster that could add $35 trillion to the GDP and a potential 18,000 jobs.