Feds give over $500,000 to Brampton tourism groups for pandemic recovery


Published March 3, 2023 at 2:57 pm

Ottawa is pouring more than $500,000 into Brampton to drive tourism and help safely welcome back visitors after years of pandemic restrictions.

The Federal Government announced on Thursday that it is giving $12 million in funding to more than 100 tourism organizations and businesses across the GTA, including eight in Brampton.

More than $530,000 will go to Brampton recipients including local cultural events like the Carabram festival, the Canadian Indo-Caribbean Festival, and Vibrant Brampton. There are also grants for facility upgrades to Toprock Climbing, the Downtown Brampton BIA’s music in the park concert series, and Beaux Arts Brampton – a public art space to showcase the work of local artists.

The funds come through the Tourism Relief Fund to help businesses and tourism destinations recover from challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, said the tourism sector is showing strong signs of growth now that Canada has moved past “the acute phase of the pandemic.”

The City says it is in the midst of a five-year plan to make Brampton an emerging destination and cultural hotspot. And with the 50th anniversary of Brampton becoming a city coming up in 2024, the City of Brampton has been looking at ways to mark the occasion and increase tourism.

Plans are in the works to install a new ‘Brampton’ sign in Ken Whillans Square which the City says would be used for tourism promotion, and some Brampton City Councillors have even entertained changing Brampton’s official slogan of “the flower city.”

For more information on tourism and events in Brampton visit www.Brampton.ca.

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