Brampton City Council approved the 2019-2020 budget this week and are delivering a zero per cent tax increase at the city level. There’s also cool stuff in the budget that will deliver better services, improve local infrastructure and just make Brampton all around better. Here are 10 things you should take note of.

More Brampton Transit buses

As part of the budget, the city plans to add 46 new conventional buses and 25 Züm buses over the next three years to the Brampton Transit fleet. Who doesn’t love a clean and shiny bus?

Cheaper bus passes for seniors

Seniors will now have access to $15 monthly bus passes, down from $29. Council also has plans to eventually make transit free for people over 65.

Improvements to Rec Centres

Some of Brampton’s rec centres in more mature neighbourhoods have been in a state of disrepair for a few years now, and this budget has earmarked funds to make improvements to some of them. It includes revitalizing Chris Gibson, Howden, and Balmoral Recreation Centres as well as upgrading Chinguacousy Wellness Centre.

Funding public safety

There’s been a rise in crime over the past few years in Brampton and the budget includes funds towards community safety programs and initiatives. There isn’t too much information on this yet, but details will be forthcoming.

Over $3 million to local arts and culture

The budget includes a $3 million spend to revitalize Lester B. Pearson Theatre, as well as $372,000 towards setting up an arts council.

A new program to attract foreign investors

The city has plans to create a new marketing and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) program to attract investors from across the globe and stimulate the local economy.

An on-the-go library van

The budget will fund a mobile Brampton library that will serve neighbourhoods where libraries may not be accessible.

Moving along the Riverwalk project

The budget will fund the implementation of an environmental assessment and an urban design master plan of the Riverwalk project. The Riverwalk would fix downtown Brampton’s flood issues, and if it reaches its full vision it could become a hub for arts, culture, entertainment and retail in Brampton.

Find out more about the budget here.

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