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BIA Welcomes Efforts to Bring University of Guelph Humber to Brampton

July 22, 2021…Brampton, ON – The Downtown Brampton BIA is thrilled that Brampton City Council has unanimously supported a motion to work with the University of Guelph and Humber College on a relocation of the University of Guelph-Humber’s campus, to Brampton’s new downtown Centre for Innovation (CFI).

“University of Guelph-Humber’s relocating to Brampton will be tremendous for our community, especially for our downtown core,” says Suzy Godefroy, Executive Director, Downtown Brampton BIA. “This will enhance the economic vitality of our downtown, creating many more jobs, bringing thousands of students into the area to support our businesses.”

The University of Guelph-Humber is working with the City of Brampton to potentially relocate its existing North Toronto campus, which would see more than 5,000 students in downtown Brampton by 2025.

“This move will bring a massive influx of economic activity, support local businesses in the vicinity, and create jobs,” says city Councillor for wards 1&5 and BIA Board Member Rowena Santos.  “It will transform the city into a leading education and innovation hub, giving Bramptonians access to more high quality education right in their own community, making Brampton an even better place to live, work and play.”

Founded in 2002, the University of Guelph-Humber offers students the opportunity to achieve two credentials through four years of full-time studies. Graduates earn an honours degree from the University of Guelph and a diploma from Humber College

“This is extremely exciting news for our downtown community! On behalf of the Downtown Brampton BIA board of directors and staff we look forward to future collaborations with the University of Guelph and Humber College,” says Carrie Leigh Percival, Chair of the Downtown Brampton BIA.   “I also want to congratulate the City of Brampton Council for their leadership on this file and the great work they are doing with regards to building an educational hub right in the very heart of downtown Brampton.”

About the Downtown Brampton BIA:

The Downtown Brampton BIA promotes the commercial area as a vibrant business and shopping district. Through the use of promotional activities such as special events, advertising, and beautification programs, we aim to keep the area foremost in the public’s mind as an attractive, pleasant place to shop, to be entertained, to work, and to live. The BIA strives to make the quality of life for our Downtown businesses and services better.  The organization is a not-for-profit association where the property owners, and commercial tenants who pay a portion of the property tax, pay a special levy that funds the organization. These funds constitute the organization’s budget and allow the Board and their subcommittees to execute programs and events with great volunteer support of the membership on behalf of all of the members within our boundaries.

About the University of Guelph-Humber:

Founded in 2002, the University of Guelph-Humber offers students the opportunity to achieve two credentials through four years of full-time studies, at its north Etobicoke campus. Graduates earn an honours degree from the University of Guelph and a diploma from Humber College

During their studies, every student completes hundreds of hours of work placement; has the chance to take part in international study abroad options, and goes on to career employment and/or graduate studies.

Through its seven undergraduate programs, the University of Guelph-Humber offers its 5,200 full-time students and more than 700 part-time students a high impact education through experiential learning within a small class environment.

Learn more at: guelphhumber.ca    

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Media Contacts:

Suzy Godefroy

Executive Director, Downtown Brampton BIA

suzy.godefroy@brampton.ca

Karman Wong

On behalf of University of Guelph-Humber karman@kpwcomms.com

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Takeout Taste of Brampton Fall 2021- Apply Now!

The Downtown Brampton BIA is currently accepting applications for the Taste of Brampton (October 14-28, 2021) from both downtown BIA businesses and businesses outside of the BIA boundary. Interested applicants must apply by Friday, August 27, 2021 by 11:59PM EST.

Applicants must send the completed forms to  Teagan Pecoskie-Schweir the Membership & Special Projects Coordinator by email to teagan.pecoskieschweir@brampton.ca

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FALL 2021 TAKEOUT TASTE OF BRAMPTON APPLICATION

Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16

TORONTO — With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve and the provincewide vaccination rate surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021.

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline heroes, and the ongoing commitment of Ontarians to get vaccinated, we have surpassed the targets we set in order to enter Step Three of our Roadmap,” said Premier Doug Ford. “While this is welcome news for everyone who wants a return to normal, we will not slow down our efforts to fully vaccinate everyone who wants to be and put this pandemic behind us once and for all.”

In order to enter Step Three of the Roadmap, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 70 to 80 per cent of individuals 18 years of age or older with one dose and 25 per cent with two doses for at least two weeks, ensuring a stronger level of protection against COVID-19. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Ontario’s health care partners, as of July 8, 2021, over 77 per cent of the population in Ontario ages 12 and over have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and over 50 per cent have received their second dose. More than 16.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered provincewide.

The province also needed to see continued improvement in other key public health and health care indicators, including hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and the weekly cases incidence rates. After entering Step Two, during the period of June 29 to July 5, 2021, the provincial case rate decreased by 23.3 per cent. As of July 8, the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs is 202, including three patients from Manitoba, as compared to 286 two weeks ago. The province expects these positive trends to continue over the coming days before entering Step Three.

“Ontario has continued to see improvements in key health indicators, allowing the province to move to Step Three of the Roadmap and safely resume more of the activities we’ve missed,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “While this is exciting news, we most still remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measure we know work and keep us safe. Vaccines remain our ticket out of the pandemic so if you haven’t booked your appointment yet, please do so today.”

Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing;
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect;
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space. Capacity for indoor spectators is 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Capacity for outdoor spectators is 75 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less;
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less);
  • Essential and non-essential retail with with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors;
  • Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at:
    • up to 50 per cent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less)
    • up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).
  • Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres; and
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three. This is in alignment with the advice on personal public health measures issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada, while also accounting for Ontario specific information and requirements. Face coverings will also be required in some outdoor public settings as well.

Please view the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed.

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