1. Candidate Bio:

I am honored to to run for Regional Councillor in Wards 7/8. Before I decided to get into politics, I had completed my studies at Pre-Apprenticeship Institute in Northern Toronto.

I was set on pursuing my apprenticeship until my focus shifted to my community. After spending a number of years studying municipal politics from the sidelines, I decided to get involved. Volunteering for a former Regional Councillor, I ran social media and had the opportunity to learn about what it takes to serve on Brampton City Council. Attending public meetings, community events, and meeting influential political leaders has been an experience that equips me with the knowledge of the issues, and relationships to be an effective leader.

I’ve always been involved in my community volunteering for various local charities including the Salvation Army, Peel Children’s Aid, Local Church Initiatives and the Samaritans Purse. I am also an avid runner, participating in many races including United Way, Run4Hope, and the Mississauga Marathon that have benefited charities including United Way, Sky’s the Limit Youth Organization, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

I am most proud of my time serving on the Peel Children’s Aid Youth Council, and Vice-Chair of the Brampton Safety Advisory Committee. These two positions enabled me to build on leadership skills, and more in-depth analysis of how municipal government operates.

As a former Crown Ward and foster child who has been a beneficiary of social programs that the Region of Peel provides, I’m looking to advocate for a community on the principles of hard work, courageousness, and perseverance.

Anyone who wishes to fill this office has to be able to dedicate their entire life, have the courage to stand up for whats best for his/her constituents, and be able to withstand grueling public scrutiny in order to be successful as a regional councillor.

Education/Professional Experience:

  • Studied Construction and Maintenance Electrical at Pre-Apprenticeship Institute.
  • Inventory and Production Manager employed by Damrell Foods at the McDonald’s in
  • Bramalea City Centre with an opportunity to become Assistant Manager of the Store.
  • Volunteering for a former Regional Councillor, I ran social media and had the opportunity to learn about what it takes to serve on Brampton City Council.

2. What are your three top priorities for Brampton?

Crime Prevention
• Investing in High Quality Programs
• Standing Up for Victims of Violent Crime
• Advocating for New Tools for Law Enforcement

Public Transit
• Providing More Affordable Transit Options
• Continuing To Build On The Züm Bus Rapid Transit Service
• Addressing Overcrowding/ Service Times on High Ridership Routes
• Brampton’s Fair Deal for the HuLRT

Parks and Recreation
• Expanding Opportunity for Youth and Seniors
• Ensuring Riverstone’s Renovations and Programming Delivers for the Community
• Revitalizing Existing Recreation Facilities

3. What is one major council decision from the previous (2014-2018) term that you agree with?

The city of Brampton developed a strategy to begin revitalizing our older recreations centers. It includes Constructing a new Howden Community Centre and Expanding Balmoral Recreation Centre. With the new amenities that include multi-purpose gymnasiums and splash pads, our community was excited to see investment in these aging facilities.

As Regional Councilor, when making decisions like this, I will always listen to our community and ensure that their voices are being heard.

4. What is one major council decision from the previous (2014-2018) term that you disagree with?

There are many decisions that that I disagreed with over the last few years. Looking in the rearview mirror takes focus off the road in front of you. We need to focus on the decisions we face in the next four years.

We need to focus our time and energy in returning municipal government to it’s roots. In the Brampton many used to know, if a councillor had an idea, they had to sell the rest of their colleagues. It not only builds an ability to deliver for residents, but it also shows a high degree of dedication to our city.

5. Are there any other ideas from other cities that you would like to see replicated in Brampton?

What Brampton really needs is to aggressively go after high tech companies like Apple and Google for them to set up shop in Brampton. With a premier shopping centre, and industrial lands in Ward 8, we can house their facilities and retail stores.

6. What are your top transportation priorities to ease congestion and gridlock in the city of Brampton and connections to other communities?

• Providing More Affordable Transit Options
• Continuing To Build On The Züm Bus Rapid Transit Service
• Addressing Overcrowding/ Service Times on High Ridership Routes
• Brampton’s Fair Deal for the HuLRT

7. What are your thoughts on the Brampton 2040 Vision and how should the city proceed with the vision?

Brampton’s 2040 visions was the largest public consultation that the city has undertaken. The ideas put forward by thousands of people showed a wealth of ideas that are achievable over the next two decades.

In order to turn this vision into a reality, we need Councillors to put forward these ideas in council and work to implement them. If you look at the GeoHub website, you can see clusters of ideas that contribute to that 2040 vision such as a community hub where the old police station is at Queen St. and Central Park Drive.

8. What is your position on the city’s finances and how would you tackle demands for services and infrastructure renewal?

There is no mistaking that the past council (2010-14) made some mistakes, and mismanaged files like residential development, council expenses, and others. Over the past few years, they have audited and corrected those mistakes. With the new leadership of a new council and Harry Schlange, The city’s financial file has strengthened, and business lands are slowly growing. We have to move forward and realize that looking in the rear view mirror only holds our city back.

Tackling the demand for services and infrastructure usually comes down to a lack of funding. At this current moment, the city’s main sources of income are property taxes, funding from other levels of government, and city services. In order to take the burden off of property taxes and city services, we rely on other levels of government.

Brampton has been shortchanged by other levels of government because we accept what we’re given. I will always fight for the interests of Brampton and when we’re told “take it or leave it.”

9. What are your thoughts on how the city/region should handle the alleged uptick of spontaneous youth violence and crime in the city?

All of us have been captivated by the recent violent events and I grieve with every family who has been affected.

The police are exhausting every possible tool to end these public safety issues without the need of legislation or funding approval from any level of government. Serving as Vice-Chair of the Brampton Safety Advisory Committee, and as a former Crown Ward and foster child, I will play a critical role in this fight. We need strong fiscal and advocacy investments in high-quality programs that keep the most vulnerable on the path to success.

We’ve seen many violent offenders be released and allowed to roam our community while waiting trial. I will be advocating to the Federal and Provincial Government to keep violent offenders where they belong: in prison. If they choose the path of rehabilitation, they will have to go through the process throughout their term in prison.

We need to find new ways to address suspicious behavior in our communities. Criminals are getting smarter and while we struggle to find new tools to address violent crime, they are hoping that a solution isn’t found.

10. Why should voters vote for you?

Being a community advocate, attending meetings and supporting local charities, I will be looking to create opportunity out of challenges and be your champion.

For the first time in 30 years, you will get to choose a new leader. It’s imperative that we select a leader whose generation will be directly impacted by the decisions made in the next four years. I will give this community a principled, pragmatic, responsible representative.

Anyone who wishes to fill this office has to be able to dedicate their entire life, have the courage to stand up for whats best for his/her constituents, and be able to withstand grueling public scrutiny in order to be successful as a regional councillor.


Candidate contact info:

Phone Number: 647-569-2639
Social Media: @CodyVatcher
Website: Cody Vatcher