Hot on the heels of the opening of the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, the City of Brampton announced it plans to further develop Brampton as a healthcare industry leader.

A key study was released detailing areas of focus and potential, as well as development strategies for the city. The aim, according to a City of Brampton representative, is to create a Health and Life Sciences cluster with a focus on preventative care.

At present, Brampton has 6,700 jobs in the city directly related to health and life science, with over 5,000 more indirectly related. The city has seen a 50 percent growth in these areas since 2005. There are also over 700 businesses and organizations in Brampton that pertain to the health industry, including doctor’s offices, research centres, and support systems like ErinoakKids, Wellspring Chinguacousy, and William Osler hospitals (including Peel Memorial, Etobicoke North, and Brampton Civic).

The study boasts of the city’s plan to develop on a large scale: there are plans to develop 25 different projects over the next 25 years, until 2041.

It also estimates that these projects will garner significant economic growth in the form of 5,000-6,000 additional jobs directly in the industry, and 13,000 more via indirect employment streams.

Bob Darling, the City’s Economic Development and Culture Director, commented on the city’s positive outlook and high hopes for Brampton’s life sciences sector, “With many health related businesses already operating in the city and partnerships we’re facilitating, we are well positioned to help build this cluster and enhance the quality of life in Brampton.”