University Announcement – CFBB

Who cannot be excited – thrilled, in fact – to learn that Brampton is to have its own University! Thanks to the stellar work of the Blue Ribbon Committee headed up by Mayor Jeffrey and William Davis, Brampton will share in a government announced $180 M capital cost with Milton which will also have a University, with both communities to answer a Proposal Call early in the New Year when the terms of the Call will be known. The Brampton facility will offer courses in the following categories – science, technology, engineering, arts and mechanical (‘STEAM’), and the local private sector will be called upon to ensure that job opportunities are made available to graduates so that they can have a reason to live and work in our community.

This long awaited University announcement for Brampton joins recent and similar good news projects – the LRT coming to Brampton, temporarily truncated at Steeles but with future extensions to the downtown GO Mobility Hub when environmental assessments for route selection are completed, and improved GO all day service to and from Toronto with further extensions when rail commercial traffic can be relocated. Additionally, funds for detailed planning of the long awaited Etobicoke Creek revitalization have been committed which will involve specific attention to flood mitigation, and significant administrative ‘housecleaning’ has taken place at City Hall. These basic infrastructural initiatives and changes, and the opening of the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health & Wellness in February next year are beginning to create a sense of Brampton pride that is befitting Canada’s 9th largest city. Adding to the excitement is the formation of the New Brampton Community Task Force, and their ideas and visionary plans for creating a truly vibrant and world connected, diverse City. Stay tuned! This place is seizing the moment of Canadian and international greatness!

CFBB October 27, 2016


Last week, Metrolinx announced the construction of not one, but two new 1,200 car parking garage structures for the City of Vaughan to be located at the Rutherford and Maple GO Stations.  This is in addition to plans for a 3rd Vaughan GO Station at Kirby Rd, the $3.2 Billion for the TTC Spadina subway extension that includes two stations in Vaughan (Hwy 407 and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre) and the hundreds of millions for VIVA’s  RapidWay BRT expansion along Highway # 7.

Minister Stephen Del Duca, the Minister of Transportation and the MPP for Vaughan, has represented his constituents well. We would hope that Brampton, a sister community twice the size of Vaughan (610,000 vs. 320,000 residents) will be deserving of similar attention. If ever there was a need for more transit and commuter parking facilities supported by the public purse, it is, without doubt, in Brampton.  Canada’s 9th largest municipality, 3rd largest in the GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) and the fastest growing of Canada’s Top 10 cities.

We look forward to hearing from the Minister very soon with news of plans to create a Downtown Brampton GO Mobility Hub, an increase to parking capacity and the proposed All Day 2 Way GO service for the Kitchener GO line which includes Brampton’s three GO stations, Bramalea, Downtown Brampton and Mount Pleasant.

Chris Bejnar  Co-Chair CFBB


OPINION:  Transit Funding For Brampton – proposed ZUM Airport Road Route

CFBB welcomes the Federal government’s recent infrastructure investment announcement of $1.49 Billion for transit improvements and initiatives in Ontario, of which millions could be allocated for Brampton.   City staff tabled a report at last week’s Community & Public Services Committee recommending  $32.5 million dollars be submitted for funding approval.  The staff report recommended projects such as: the expansion of the Sandalwood maintenance garage facility, several new buses and a new ZUM Bus Rapid Transit route along the Airport Road corridor.

Hopefully, we will see these funding requests approved and that there will be more such investments in the near future based on the tremendous growth that has been forecasted for our city in the next 25 years.  We really need to have both Federal and Provincial governments make investments based on our actual population numbers and taxes generated so that Brampton can receive it’s fair share of funding for Transit, Healthcare and Infrastructure.

One question, why is Brampton Transit planning a ZUM Bus Airport Road route that doesn’t allow commuters to actually get to the airport?  Getting to the airport for employment or travel purposes appears to be a weak point in the overall Transit Master Plan that was finalized back in September 2015.

Please refer to Page 68 (Figure 26– Transit Network Needs to 2041) of the Final Transportation Master Plan Update (TMPU).  The proposed ZUM Airport Road route is not planned to extend south of Steeles Ave.  Why not?

Last week’s article in the Toronto Star reminds us that many airport employees rely on transit  to get to their jobs in and around Pearson airport which is open 24/7, 365 days of the year. Shouldn’t public transit be a viable option for these employees?

This next article highlights a Brampton resident’s miserable experience trying to use transit to get to her airport job on time.

Shouldn’t we be planning to include a connection to Pearson Airport for the proposed ZUM bus Airport Road route?  This will provide all ZUM commuters easier access for work or travel with a direct link to Lester B. Pearson International airport.  A suggestion would be to extend the ZUM route further south along Airport Road and connect it to the Terminal Link Train Station located on Viscount Road.

Chris Bejnar – Co-Chair CFBB


CFBB would like to share a report published by the Ontario Health Coalition about the history of Brampton Civic Hospital as we get closer to the opening of the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness. The report is over 8 years old, but a worthwhile read into the state of healthcare in this city.
Interesting comments from Ontario Health Coalition Report:
-By 2008 Brampton will need a total of 930 hospital beds.
(January 27, 2003 Regional Hospital Infrastructure Plan for Halton and Peel prepared by the
Halton-Peel District Health Council)
-Number of beds promised in Brampton by 2008 at outset of P3 negotiations with private
consortium: 720
-Number of beds delivered in Brampton by 2008 at end of construction: 479
We are fast approaching the 9th year anniversary of Brampton Civic this October and we still don’t have the promised 608 beds operational at BCH. (approx. 560 operational beds) The Emergency department at Brampton Civic Hospital long thought to the busiest in the Province is actually the busiest in the entire country! An unacceptable situation, considering our residential population will have grown to about 610,000 by the end of this year. With the national average around 2.6 beds per 100,000 residents (OECD 2013 data), Brampton lags far short of this OECD measure of healthcare quality at 0.92 beds per 100,000 residents. As well, we are the only top 10 city in Canada with only one ER Department. The opening of the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness (0 new beds and no ER) will probably help, but will fall well short of our healthcare needs.
With current Infrastructure Ontario procedures, William Osler will have to re-start the entire process again for Phase 2 of Peel Memorial, most likely a 6-8 year timeframe. What will the purchasing power of our $20 million raised from the $60 million property tax levy be in 8 years? What will the residential population of Brampton be in 8 years?
Chris Bejnar and Doug Bryden Co-Chairs CFBB