The federal election happens on October 21, 2019. As Canadians all over the country prepare to go to the polls, Bramptonians are looking for candidates who they feel will do their best for our city.

Brampton is hosting, for the first time ever, a town hall discussion with the local candidates of the parties running for the federal elections. Members of the public are invited to participate in the discussion at the event, which takes place at the Rose. Admission is free but guests are encouraged to register as seating is limited. Additionally, residents can prepare by submitting a question for town hall in advance.

Brampton has official priorities heading into the elections, and you can see some important details below. If you want more info you can always hit up the list of City of Brampton Federal Priorities.

City of Brampton Transit

The goal is to equip the city with a modern transit system that meets the needs of the city’s diversity of transit needs and its rapid growth.

Priorities requested are a fairer allocation method for funding for transit using statistics that more relevantly reflects recent ridership, an increase transit funding to be more proportional to transit needs as with other municipalities, and an increase in annual federal gas tax commitment.

Some of the other priority projects are an expanded bus fleet, expanded Züm rapid transit express service, and higher-order transit services on Main St. and Queen St.

Hurontario-Main Street Light Rail Transit (LRT)

This goal involves the LRT route for Main St., extending to Brampton GO Station and connecting to the larger GTHA transit network. 

Some of the other priority projects include a third bus maintenance and storage facility, a downtown transit terminal, and bus rapid transit on Queen St.

Downtown Flood Mitigation

The city wants to remove the Special Policy Area designation on the Brampton Etobicoke Creek flood mitigation project.

This will eliminate the flood risk and convert the area into lands for development, at an estimated 21-hectare area for potentially 2,700 new housing units. 

Some of the other priority projects include environmental assessment work to be completed summer 2020; economic assessment and return on investment study for downtown Brampton flood mitigation, to be completed spring 2019; and urban design master plan including resilience, sustainability and healthy development framework.

Climate Change

To goal is to recognize that municipal governments are at the forefront of experiencing and responding to the impacts and financial effects of climate change, and that responding will provide an opportunity to mitigate risk, save money, increase the economy and build more resilient communities. Some items on the city’s master plan are to reduce our energy and greenhouse gas emissions, manage our stormwater, invest in our communities, and become a leader among municipalities. 

The city’s priorities are to implement information-sharing for a standardized municipal model, expanding the disaster mitigation and adaptation funding for projects such as stormwater management, tree planting and the establishment of an energy excellence institute (e.g. Institute for a Sustainable Brampton). 

Some other priorities include climate change mitigation, updating and implementing the city’s corporate energy conservation and demand management plan, as well as updating and implementing the corporate green fleet strategy. With regard to climate change adaptation, priorities include developing a climate change adaptation plan, undertaking a Bramalea flood mitigation strategy, and implementing a Brampton Urban Forestry Strategy (1 Million Trees).

Community Safety

Since the Housing First principle states people feel more secure and enjoy a higher quality of life if they have access to affordable housing, the city aims to actively enhance the promotion of existing resources and services available to Brampton residents so residents can feel more connected and supported in their communities. 

The priorities are the sharing of Brampton-specific data between various levels of governments, levels and sectors, to obtain fair funding allocation process that more accurately reflect the needs the population grown and the needs of the local community, and to encourage collaboration and engagement among all levels of government for a holistic approach to regarding the safety of communities.

Some other priorities include community safety and well-being plan, the Lighthouse Project – a program that builds the capacity of faith-based organizations that allow members of the community to seek refuge during community-wide emergencies – and expansion of Brampton’s GeoHub as an external resource and platform for collaboration.

Housing

Since the past decade has seen that the rate of increase of housing prices far exceeds the rate of growth in household income, that the city’s housing strategy is to respond to the varying housing needs and improve housing choices.

Priorities include the collection of housing data from the federal level, allowing for cross-government comparisons to holistically understand housing and homelessness needs in order to make more informed decisions, increasing funding opportunities through the National Housing Strategy in order to address local needs.

Some other priorities include a 90-unit affordable housing project within Brampton (with Bramalea Christian Fellowship as the developer), which will result in 45 new below-market rental units and 45 at-market rental units.

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