Brampton touts receipt of more than half-a-billion from feds, province since 2019

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Published July 12, 2021 at 5:27 pm

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Brampton city officials say they’ve worked hard on government partnerships over the last couple of years and the numbers seem to bear it out.

Leaving aside $137 million in funding for COVID-19 recovery programs, the city still has received grants and contributions of more that half-a-billion dollars since 2019.

“I am proud of the work the City has done throughout this term of council to advocate for our residents,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

“I thank the federal and provincial governments for their partnership. Together, we will continue to secure a stronger future for Brampton.”

Since 2019, grant funding announcements and contributions from the federal and provincial governments totalling $529,314,465 have been announced for the City, a significant increase over previous councils since 2011.

Among the projects that have received cash from the province or feds since 2019 are:

  • Riverwalk, which will receive more than $38 million towards flood mitigation in downtown Brampton.
  • Phase II of Peel Memorial, which is receiving provincial funds to expand into a new hospital and provide financial support for the development of a new institute of medical education in Brampton in partnership with Ryerson University.
  • The University of Guelph-Humber, which confirmed the intention for the academic institution to move to Brampton as an anchor tenant in the Centre for Innovation.
  • Third Brampton transit facility, which secured $128M in April. The construction of this new facility will improve the capacity, quality, and safety of public transit infrastructure for Brampton, and allow for the future installation of infrastructure to service electric buses, creating cleaner and more efficient transportation methods for residents
  • Milestone electric bus pilot secured $11.15 million in funding towards Phase 1 of the pilot project to test battery electric buses in Brampton.

In addition to money from other levels of government, there has also been an increased focus on sponsorships of city facilities. The citywide sponsorship and naming rights program offers customized opportunities for businesses to connect with the community, creating enhanced experiences for residents.

In September 2020, Brampton City Council approved a 15-year agreement between the City of Brampton and Save Max Real Estate Inc. for exterior naming rights to the Brampton Soccer Centre for $2,512,500.

Since adopting the citywide sponsorship strategy and an updated Sponsorship and Naming Rights Policy, the city has finalized sponsorship and naming rights agreements totaling $3.7 million in revenue to offset some of the increased costs associated with providing greater service to residents.

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