Budget aims to support and strengthen community

The City of Brampton’s Proposed 2021 Budget is now available online at www.brampton.ca/budget.

The Proposed 2021 Budget aims to support the Brampton community through the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to strengthen our city for future growth, connectivity and sustainability.

Budget deliberations will begin the week of November 23 with final Budget approval set for December 9 at 7 p.m.

The city welcomes public review and feedback on the Proposed 2021 Budget. A full list of key dates for budget committee meetings, budget highlights and the full budget proposal are posted at www.brampton.ca/budget.

To deliver existing city programs and services, maintain infrastructure and prepare for future growth, the city’s proposal to the budget committee is a 0.9 per cent property tax increase. If approved, the 2021 property tax bill will show a 0.9 per cent property tax increase for city services, 1.4 per cent for Region of Peel services and 0 per cent for School Boards.

The total property tax increase would be an average of $120 per household.

During budget deliberations, the committee may review scenarios for additional savings or investments.

Highlights of the 2021 Proposed Budget:

• Eight replacement buses for Brampton Transit and 40 new transit shelters to maintain fleet reliability and increase connectivity.
• Eight electric buses and four overhead chargers for Brampton Transit, to reduce our community’s carbon footprint and move forward as a sustainable city.
• $175M towards a third transit maintenance and storage facility to meet future growth in our transit system.
• $31M towards Capital Works projects including for roads, bridges and sidewalks.
• A Fire Community Safety program, timely replacement of fire equipment; and redevelopment of a fire station for a more reliable response force.
• Encouraging active living with a new accessible baseball diamond, cricket field enhancements, a new sports dome at Brampton Soccer Centre for year-round training access and revitalizing five recreational centres.
• Advancing the Riverwalk project, a catalyst for urban growth, public transit and economic development.
• $2.1M towards B-Hive, an incubator initiative, where international entrepreneurs can connect, collaborate and share experiences related to starting their new business in Canada.
• $2.4M towards Algoma University expanding its footprint and course offerings in downtown Brampton.
• Developing a Sustainable Corporate Fleet Strategy and Affordable Housing Strategy.
• Improving active transportation and road safety technologies, including automated speed enforcement.
• Strengthening the Innovation District in downtown Brampton through programming at the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre, Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, Ryerson Venture Zone, Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre.
• Planting 50,000 trees as part of the One Million Trees program.

“Approaching the 2021 Proposed Budget during a pandemic has given us new perspectives on prioritizing the health and safety of our community, economic recovery through an innovation lens, and operational efficiency,” Brampton CAO David Barrick said. “We must focus on both critical community support through the pandemic and Term of Council Priorities for continued success in our community. The city is committed to holding open and transparent budget discussions and encourages input from Brampton residents in this important city-building process.”

Here is how residents, businesses and stakeholders can review the proposed budget and provide their feedback:
• Send an email: Ask a question or provide a comment at [email protected].
• Pick up the phone: Call 311 to provide your input.
• Join a Telephone Town Hall: Participate in a Telephone Town Hall on November 12 from 6:30 to 8 pm, where a random selection of phone numbers will be called. To add your phone number to the call list, sign up on the city website by November 9.
• Delegate online:Submit a delegation request to speak at Budget Committee or the Budget approval council meeting.
• Attend Budget Committee meetings: Complete the online form on the city website to request.

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