Brampton sends transit, healthcare funding wishlist to Feds, Province

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Published March 10, 2023 at 10:14 am

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From housing and transit to climate change and healthcare, Brampton has a long list of asks from the upcoming Federal and Provincial budgets.

Ontario and Ottawa have yet to table their 2023 budgets but that hasn’t stopped the City of Brampton from letting them know what commitments and investments the Flower City wants to see this year.

From the Feds, Brampton has identified five key asks including transit and housing projects:

  • Creating more attainable housing through the Housing Accelerator Fund and Housing Catalyst Capital Project
  • Electrifying Brampton’s third transit facility and investments in LRT and BRT
  • Supporting Brampton’s Innovation District
  • Expanding and increasing the Active Transportation Fund
  • Action on climate change by partnering on net-zero energy community centre retrofits and “greening” the City’s vehicle fleet

As for the Province, the wishlist includes:

  • More housing choices by streamlining approvals
  • Advancing Phase II of the Peel Memorial and Cancer Care Centre projects
  • Supporting economic development by increasing funding to MEDJCT and the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre
  • Adjusting Provincial Gas Tax and ‘heads and beds’ formula to inflation

In the call to action, Brampton Mayor Brown said Brampton has been “chronically underfunded across many key areas” and said the City will “advocate for our fair share.”

“We know we cannot do that alone and value the vital contributions from other levels of government as we work to deliver better healthcare, more amenities, and enhanced infrastructure in our rapidly growing city,” Brown said.

Ontario is set to table its budget on March 23, and there has not yet been a date set for the federal budget.

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