Downtown Brampton set to undergo exciting makeover

BRAMPTON, ON – Exciting transformation is coming to downtown Brampton! Brampton City Council today unanimously approved moving forward with the recommended project plans for the Downtown Reimagined initiative. This project, which includes critical infrastructure and significant streetscaping in the city’s core, is being implemented by the Region of Peel in partnership with the City of Brampton.

The project includes:
• Replacement and relining the existing aging sanitary sewers;
• Installation of new watermains and sanitary and storm sewers and other utilities to accommodate future growth; and,
• Construction of new streetscaping.

To ensure timely and effective completion, vehicular traffic will be restricted in the area during construction that is expected to take 2.5 to 3 years. The Region of Peel will commence work on critical infrastructure in fall 2018. The target date for completion of the entire project is 2021.

When completed, Downtown Reimagined will create a vibrant public realm with an aesthetically beautiful streetscape around the historic Four Corners. The new streetscape – from Mill Street South to Chapel Street on Queen Street and Nelson Street East to Wellington Street on Main Street – will bring together pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in a safe and sustainable manner.  With a range of high design amenities, such as addition of cycle lanes to landscaping between street and sidewalk in order to capitalize on pedestrian walkability and enhance amenities, the public realm in downtown Brampton is set to undergo an exciting transformation.

For more information, including videos, images and updates, residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up at

What to expect
• Pedestrian and business access will remain open at all times throughout the downtown core
• The road closure for vehicular traffic is expected for 2  years on Queen Street between George St and Chapel Street (intersections remain open) and Main Street between Wellington Street and Nelson Street West (intersections remain open)
• To the greatest extent possible, the City is working to maintain the festivals and events that take place in Garden Square or Ken Whillans Square
• Enhanced road signage and wayfinding will be in place prior to any traffic changes to give the public enough notice to plan their route. “Open for Business” signs will be included during construction.
• Parking garage incentives will be in place for the duration of construction
• Visitors will be directed to the existing five parking garages through improved wayfinding

“The people of Brampton have spoken. They want a more vibrant city that is an exciting place to live, work and play. Our downtown is on the cusp of transformation – we have a university coming in, a new centre for innovation on the works and this project is a kick-start to all that is exciting.”
– Councillor Doug Whillans, Chair, Public Works and Engineering Committee

“Downtown Reimagined is one of the first steps in delivering Brampton 2040 Vision. In the next five years, downtown Brampton will be a hive of activity as a number of exciting initiatives bring in new development and growth. We acknowledge construction will have a big impact and we are committed to working with our partners at the Region of Peel, the downtown BIA and all our stakeholders to minimize disruption and ensure a safe transition of traffic and pedestrian movement during the construction.”
– Harry Schlange, Chief Administrative Officer



Brampton is thinking bigger. We are a future ready organization with a sharp focus. We know our community’s growth, youth and diversity set us apart. We sit at the centre of Canada’s innovation super corridor, encouraging investment and growing our global success. We are building vibrant urban centres that ignite opportunity and instill pride in the people who live and work here. We are moving Brampton forward to be a connected city that is innovative, inclusive and bold. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Learn more at


Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
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Grand opening: The Scent Bar .. dare to explore your senses?


            The Scent Bar .. dare to explore your senses?

Meet Scent Designer, Tracy Pepe …
The Scent Bar questions one to re-imagine design from an olfactory perspective. Do you know what colour smells like? This interactive scent installation captures the art of scent design featuring Tracy Pepe’s handmade collection WhiffLoves™ at the NEW Scented L’ air, located in Historic Downtown Brampton, 29 Queen St E, Brampton, ONT. Pure Creative Fun. The Scent Bar is about exploring your sense of smell. The Scented L’air, a studio that challenges design to re-imagine from an olfactory perspective, enhancing the overall creative dimension of the message it communicates.

“As a little girl, my mother would play a scent game with myself and siblings. We would open up bottles
of jams, jars or spices, and boxes of herbs: guessing and testing who could identify the most smells. My love and appreciation for scent had developed: and I was only 4 years old. I want to share the fun of scent design.” Tracy Pepe

Friday, June 8th, 2018 2:00 pm ribbon cutting ceremony – open until 8:00 pm for celebrations June 9th open house – The Scent Bar

The studio will have three scent bars… we will be offering a draw for 2 tickets to ONTARIOS
ONLY LAVENDER FESTIVAL, Niagara on the lake, July….

Tracy Pepe has built dozens of experiential design collaborations with architects and interior designers that are based on sensorial expansion – adding the intertwinement of scent strategy and colour to create newly deepens ways of visitor sensation. There are many ways to design a space using scent is another. Meet an incredible visionary

For more information about scent design, contact Nose Knows Design, 905-216-8766 or

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Ontario Helping Main Street Businesses Modernize and Grow

Province Expands Program to Help Small Businesses Adopt Digital Technologies

Ontario is supporting main street businesses to modernize the way they do business and attract customers by helping them adopt new digital technologies and build online presence.

Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, made the announcement today at The Village Hive in Markham.

The Main Street Digital Initiative will help small businesses improve their digital capabilities and tap into the latest trends of today’s digital economy, including setting up an online store, making businesses more mobile-friendly and using social media and apps to promote businesses.

The new initiative builds on an existing Toronto-based program and expands the services for small businesses across the province, including:

  • Web platform: provides access to basic digital services, including vetted lists of vendors who can identify technologies and tools businesses need to become digital ready.
  • Digital training (online and in-person): offers specific digital technologies or strategies including e-commerce, social media and website development.
  • Service squad: provides one-on-one assistance and digital assessments by highly trained team who can come into stores to offer services and recommendations, including activating free and easy to use tools.
  • Digital transformation training and grants: provides grants of up to $2,500 to help businesses adopt technology and meet their digital goals.

Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $12 million in the Main Street Digital Initiative, which will be administered by the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA). This initiative is part of a $40 million investment over three years in the Main Street Enhancement Initiative.
  • OBIAA will work with Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas and City of Toronto to expand and complement an existing digital main street program currently available to businesses in Toronto.
  • Main street areas across Ontario are largely comprised of small, independent businesses.
  • About one-third of Ontario workers are employed by small businesses, which are businesses that employ less than 100 paid employees.
  • To strengthen Ontario small businesses, the province is investing more than $500 million over three years in new initiatives that include lowering the small business tax rate by 22 per cent from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent, investing in youth employment, providing support for downtown main street businesses, and cutting red tape.
  • Small Business Access resources for small business owners are available online at or over the phone at 1-888-999-5970.

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“We are excited to support small businesses as they seek to enhance their digital capabilities. The Main Street Digital Initiative will provide access to tools and expertise in order to capitalize on the new opportunities that can be realized through technology.”

Jeff Leal

Minister Responsible for Small Business and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Ontario’s main street businesses know the importance of being online. The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association is pleased to work with the Ontario government to help ensure main street businesses succeed by improving their digital skills and ability to tap into the latest trends of today’s digital economy”

Kay Matthews

Executive Director, Ontario Business Improvement Area Association

“As a main street area business in Markham servicing entrepreneurs and the small business community, I see my digital and physical presence completely integrated. Community engagement happens both online and in person for the Village Hive. To fully reach the community I’m looking to connect with, I have no choice but to have a strong digital presence. I look forward to getting useful digital tools and learning about new ways of growing my business.”

Charlotte Kirby

Owner, The Village Hive

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