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Christian Heritage Month

On November 20, 2019 Brampton City Council voted unanimously in favour of declaring the month of December, each year, to be “Christian Heritage Month”: “Whereas Christian faith groups in Brampton embody the beautiful and diverse threads that mirror the Canadian social fabric, and therefore be it resolved in recognition of the valuable contribution of Christians to the spiritual, philanthropic, cultural and economic well-being the City of Brampton, that the Mayor and Brampton City Council endorse the proclamation of December in 2019 and beyond as Christian Heritage Month.” The Brampton Ministerial of Christian pastors and leaders is thankful to our city leaders for this declaration and are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate God’s gift of his divine Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth as a human to reconcile this broken world and its people to himself as the Creator of the human race. Christians believe that our world’s problems are mainly caused by our human failure to fully love one another. But according to the Bible, in John 3:16, God loved the world so much that he sent is Son, at Christmas, to pay for our human sin and brokenness, to reconcile human beings to God, and to lead us to serve God and others by encouraging faith in Christ and by loving people in helpful and practical ways. While Christians have not done this perfectly, and have sometimes made mistakes along the way, by God’s forgiving grace, Christians in Canada have done many things to encourage the well-being of all Canadians – from initiating both our Public and Catholic educations systems, to initiating many of our health care systems, to leading and joining others to insist on the end of Black slavery, to leading the fight for women’s suffrage, to challenging injustice for Canada’s indigenous people including our own historical injustice as Christians.


As individual citizens and churches, we celebrate what God has done and is doing through Christians and all people to contribute to the health and well-being of Canada overall, and of Brampton in particular.


To celebrate Christian Heritage Month, the following initiatives have been planned: 1) On December 1, Mayor Patrick Brown will open Christian Heritage Month with a declaration and by raising the Christian flag for the month of December. 2) Through the Brampton Christian Ministerial, Christmas lawn signs are being distributed to members of Brampton churches which say “Christmas is about Christ”, along with larger signs on the properties of some of our historic downtown churches that say “Celebrating Christian Heritage Month”. 3) The Peel District Public School Board will distribute curriculum to each school to inform our students about the Christian faith. 4) The Brampton Ministerial is encouraging individual churches to lead socially distanced “Drive-by Carol singing in their neighbourhoods. 5) Hundreds of churches in Brampton will be offering various, mostly on-line and socially distanced, celebrations of the gift of Christ at Christmas.

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Find the perfect gift while supporting local Downtown Brampton Businesses this Holiday Season

NOVEMBER 24, 2020


For Immediate Release


Brampton, ON…The Downtown Brampton BIA is encouraging everyone to support local Downtown Brampton businesses via shopping online, curb side pick up, take-out and/or delivery this holiday season!

To make your holiday shopping extra fun, the Downtown Brampton BIA has created a holiday shopping contest for all! This contest is geared towards our many downtown loyal customers who are continually supporting Brampton’s main street!  To enter, simply shop at five (5) stores in Downtown Brampton and send a picture of your receipts to and receive $10 Downtown Dollars. Send us 10 receipts and you will receive $25 Downtown Dollars! You will also be automatically entered to win one of three (3) weekly Downtown Holiday Gift Baskets! The first draw will be Friday, December 4, 2020.


No time to shop? Let the Downtown Brampton BIA take care of the delivery for free! Offered two (2) days a week, be sure to ask your favourite downtown retailer and/or professional service provider for more details.


Now is the chance to support local and find the perfect gift to put under the Christmas tree! From fashion & accessories to skin care products, essential oils and unique specialty retail the businesses of Downtown Brampton have the perfect gift for you or that special someone.


The Downtown Brampton BIA is also excited to also announce that InBrampton will also be launching two (2) Facebook contests to help promote shopping in Downtown Brampton. Winners will receive $50 Downtown Dollars that they can use at their favourite Downtown Brampton business.  Make sure to check out InBrampton’s Facebook page for a chance to win! The contests will run from November 25th, 2020 – December 2nd, 2020 and December 9th, 2020 – December 16th, 2020.


Now is the time to remember to make a conscious choice to support local, by supporting our small independent restaurants and retailers you are supporting local jobs and our local community.  It is our main streets that make up our unique neighbours all over the world and in your community, Brampton’s downtown!


The businesses of Downtown Brampton need your help, so always try to shop local!  Buying a gift card, ordering takeout and shopping online are just a few ways you can help support local downtown business community.  And remember …….We are truly Stronger Together!


Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanza!


As we all have special celebrations this month and we want to make sure the businesses of Downtown Brampton can help you and your family enjoy your special occasion together in a Covid-19 friendly fashion.


Happy Holidays from the 300+ businesses in Downtown Brampton.


Stronger TOGETHER! Downtown Brampton


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Alexander Philip | Marketing & Communications Specialist




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Ontario Introduces Plan to Support Small and Main Street Businesses

Ontario Introduces Plan to Support Small and Main Street Businesses

New measures will help businesses reopen safer, rehire faster and recover from COVID-19

NEWS                                                                                                                          October 11, 2020

TORONTO — The Ontario government is continuing to help businesses rebuild, reinvest
and create good jobs across the province. Today, Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of
Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, announced Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan
and later today will introduce the Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, proposed legislation that
would support small businesses and modernize rules to allow them to innovate and meet
the challenges of today. If passed, the act will remove hurdles faced by small businesses
and allow them to pursue new opportunities—while maintaining or enhancing protections
for public health, safety and the environment.

The plan includes:
• A one-time grant of up to $1,000 for main street small businesses—in retail, food and
accommodations, and other service sectors—with fewer than 10 employees to help
offset the unexpected costs of personal protective equipment (PPE);
• Ontario’s Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network, which links 47 Small
Business Enterprise Centres across the province as places where small businesses
can access tailored advice and information on local, provincial, and federal
• Digital Main Street Squads to help small businesses grow online;
• Mental health supports for families, frontline workers, young people, children, and
Indigenous communities;
• Ontario’s Small Business Recovery Webpage to provide single window access to
small business supports.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Ontario’s economy, and our government will always
be in their corner. Through more than 100 virtual roundtables and discussions with small
business owners, their employees, local leaders, and economists from all over Ontario, I’ve
heard directly about the extraordinary sacrifices small businesses have made to keep their
employees safe, their customers confident, and their communities strong,” said Minister
Sarkaria. “Our government is standing with main street businesses, and we remain
committed to their recovery and renewed success. We are determined to support them
through this pandemic and beyond.”

The plan’s regulatory and legislative changes, if passed, will:
• Commit to exploring options to permanently allow licensed restaurants and bars to
include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order before the existing
regulation expires;
• Permanently allow 24/7 deliveries to businesses that include retail stores, restaurants, and distribution facilities;
• Support the distribution of local food and food products by increasing the range of products sold at the Ontario Food Terminal;
• Enable Community Net Metering demonstration projects to help support local communities to develop innovative community projects like net-zero or community micro-grids;
• Modernize the Assistive Devices Program;
• Support Ontario’s Taxi and Limousine Industry by increasing fines for illegal operators.

“Small businesses owners and entrepreneurs have overcome significant challenges and made extraordinary sacrifices to continue contributing to our communities through these unprecedented times,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation. “Providing new, easy-to-use and innovative tools, like our Small Business Recovery Webpage, will give them the information they need to reopen safely and rebuild better in one central location. It’s another way we’re building a smarter government that’s working for you.”

“Ontario’s small businesses were hit hard by COVID-19, but they were the among the first to step up and demonstrate the best of the Ontario Spirit by bringing forward their innovative ideas and solutions in our time of need,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Building on the steps we took at the outset of the pandemic to provide urgent economic relief to struggling small businesses, Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan will help get more and more small businesses back on their feet as we continue down the path to economic recovery together.”

• The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory provides businesses with information on personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers.
• Ontario is helping businesses overcome the unique challenges created by this pandemic with 50 temporary regulatory changes made to help them adapt and about 400 more roadblocks being explored.
• The $50-million Ontario Together Fund is helping businesses retool their operations to produce PPE and develop technology-driven solutions and services for businesses to reopen safely.
• The Ontario government reduced the small business Corporate Income Tax rate by 8.7%, starting on January 1, 2020. This will deliver up to $1,500 in annual savings to more than 275,000 businesses. • Ontario’s new COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act is laying the foundation to restart jobs and development, strengthen communities, and create opportunity for people in every region of the province.

• Visit the new Small Business Recovery webpage for up-to-date information, programs, and resources at
• Find out how your small business can go digital with the help of Digital Main Street.
• Learn more about Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.
• Check out to help boost local businesses and manufacturers. • Find out how you can help stop the spread of COVID-19.



Ian Allen
Minister Sarkaria’s Office

Sumita Kanga
Communications Branch
Disponible en français

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