Celebrate Passover & Easter with Downtown Brampton


April 9, 2020  Brampton, ON… The Downtown Brampton BIA board and staff would like to wish everyone who is gearing up for Passover and Easter Weekend a most sincere Happy Holiday.  As many of us prepare for these celebrations, this year is going to be a little bit different and the businesses in downtown are all here to help you make extra special plans this Easter weekend

For starters, as we navigate through COVID-19, a global health pandemic we know this weekend could be a little awkward, but the most important thing is that you and your family members stay home and stay healthy. That does not mean you can’t stay connected! Many families are planning to have virtual Easter brunches, lunches and dinner gatherings via Facebook, Zoom and GoogleHangouts – so be sure to make sure you have the family all connected.

This is also a great time to help give back to the community to stay strong and stay positive.  Downtown Brampton has recently launched Stronger Together – Yellow Hearts Campaign, which is a campaign themed around strengthening collaboration, creativity and positivity.  Many downtown businesses have placed a yellow heart in their storefront window to show their support and to thank everyone for supporting the downtown core.


The Downtown Brampton BIA would like to also send out a few shout-outs to Vesuvio Ristorante and J. Red & Co. on their FREEMEALHELP program. As The chef teams from J Red & Co. Food + Drink and Vesuvio Ristorante are providing meals to seniors and families during this critical time when they need help the most. Their meals are provided free-of-charge, paid for by local supporters in the community. You can support them too by visiting

Another amazing good news story is from the members of New Brampton, many of whom have businesses in downtown, as they have collected over $60,000 in fundraising for the Brampton Hospital including 1000 gloves, and 500 gowns for our courageous front line workers. The money raised will be going towards purchasing more PPE equipment. For more information or how you can donate please, email Haranjan K. Lalli at  or

Regeneration Outreach Community is an incredible organization located at 156 Main Street North with dedicated volunteers who are providing a safe, caring, and respectful space for the homeless and the vulnerable. Centered around nurturing relationships. “The most important priority is the wellbeing of our guests, volunteers, donors and staff. Above all, this will guide all our decisions as we proactively and responsibly respond to the pandemic. Our homeless guests are among those most vulnerable to health concerns like COVID-19, as some may have compromised immune systems and pre-existing health conditions, along with precarious living situations and urgent basic needs like shelter and meals.” Says Ted Brown, Executive Director of Regeneration.


At this time, many steps are being implemented around COVID-19 and they need support.  To help you can make a donation, volunteer and or set-u your own fundraising project. Please contact Regeneration at


In addition to this if you know someone who is in need of help the following services are available during the COVID-19 crisis; Breakfast: 7 days a week from 8:00AM to 9:30AM, Lunch: Monday to Thursday from 11:30AM to 12:30PM And the Emergency Food Bank at Regeneration Thrift Store 253 Queen Street E. -Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00PM to 2:00PM.


You can also support the Downtown Brampton business community over Passover and Easter, as many businesses are offering curbside and mobile pick up so be sure to look at what our incredible businesses are offering:


  • DAS BREZEL HAUS– Chocolate Dipped Bunny Pretzels, Almond Butter Cream Cake, and Easter Cheesecake – Hours: Open Good Friday 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 11 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Sunday Delivery only please email for orders.
  • CRISTINA’S TORTINA SHOP – Sweet Awareness Boxes proceeds going to Together we are Better for Autisim Awareness month – Chocolate pretzels from Das Brezel Haus, Macarons from MacaronZ and Cookies from Cristina Tortina. Cristina’s Tortina Shop is offering also Cookie Boxes, and Cupcakes on there Easter menu– Hours: April 11 & 12 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.- Deliveries available if made by April 10 email
  • MACARONZ– Pre- boxed 6 piece Easter Egg Mini Donuts, 4 piece Crème Brulee Tarts, 6 Piece Butter Tarts, High Tea in a Box, dozen macarons in a box, and a dozen mini donuts in a box – Hours: Pre-order by calling 647-929-5932 or email
  • MI CHURROS- Churros – Hours: Deliveries after 2:30 p.m. call to place order 647-612-9477


  • DAS BREZEL HAUS – Takeout, open Monday 10:00a.m.3:00p.m. /Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00p.m./ Saturday 9:00a.m. -2:00p.m. click here for deliveries )
  • FRESHLY THAI – Takeout between 12:00-8:00pm
  • INDIAN CURRY – Takeout, Delivery, Door Dash, & Curbside pick up
  • JUICE AND ROCCO’S PIZZERIA – Takeout call (905) 497-1999
  • QUEEN GYPSY – Takeout click for full menu
  • THE WORKS – Takeout from 12:00-9:00p.m & delivery – Skip the Dishes & Ubereats
  • TRISH JUICE- Open for Takeout, Ubereats, Skip the Dishes & Doordash .To ensure customers stay healthy we are offering. Free shot with purchase of any item from menu)
  • VESUIVO RISTORANTE – Takeout only via curb side pickup starting Tuesday March 24th from 12 – 3 pm and 5 – 8 pm. They are also available through Ubereats and Doordash


EASTER WEEKEND MASSES – Many local churches in the downtown core will be offering virtual sermons and masses, please review the list below and their websites for more information.

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Alexander Philip | Marketing & Communications Specialist



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Stronger Together in Downtown Brampton ….Sharing positivity & collaboration in Downtown Brampton

For Immediate Release…Brampton (ON) 

The Downtown Brampton BIA is sending you good vibes and support during these challenging times.  The Downtown Brampton BIA is excited to announce their new “Stronger Together” campaign which aims to support and promote the Downtown Brampton business community during these tough economic times. The campaign is themed around strengthening collaboration, creativity and positivity. Businesses will show their support by having yellow hearts on the outside of their establishments. The yellow hearts represent strength and positivity through these challenging times.


The Downtown Brampton BIA is also launching an Instagram TV series titled “Good Vibes from Downtown Brampton”. The series will showcase the vibrant and unique downtown business community and a chance to meet the owners/operators of these amazing downtown businesses. Make sure to follow the Downtown Brampton BIA on Instagram @downtownbrampton to show your support.


“On behalf of the Downtown Brampton BIA businesses, board of directors and staff, I want to say that we Stronger Together. For all of us in the downtown Brampton community our top priority is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of everyone.    As downtown builders, we are continuing to collaborate with so many of our partners to keep everyone connected and together during this time.  You can continue to support the downtown businesses community as many of them offering mobile pick-ups, online shopping and virtual services — so please be sure to reach out to them we are all here for you!.” Says Suzy Godefroy, Executive Director of the Downtown Brampton BIA.


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


For a full list of businesses that are still open visit


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Alexander Philip | Marketing & Communications Specialist




Stronger Together Support Downtown Brampton April 2 2020

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List of Essential Workplaces Released March 23, 2020 at 8p.m.

For the purposes of this order, businesses include any-for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods and services described herein.This does not preclude the provision of work and services by entities not on this list either online, by telephone or by mail/delivery.

Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses.

Supply chains

1.    Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate;

Retail and Wholesaling

2.    Businesses engaged in the retail and wholesale sale of food, pet food and supplies, and household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and businesses, including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and other similar retailers;

3.    Businesses that provide essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including feed, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding;

4.    Beer, wine and liquor stores and alcohol producers, and stores that sell beer and wine through arrangements with authorized providers; cannabis stores and cannabis producers;

5.    Gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers including providers of motor vehicle, aircraft and water/marine craft fuels;

6.    Motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities;

7.    Hardware stores and stores that provide hardware products necessary to the essential operations of residences and businesses;

8.    Business providing pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical services, including pharmacies and dispensaries;

9.    Businesses that supply office products and services, including providing computer products and related repair and maintenance services, for individuals working from home and for essential businesses;

10. Safety supply stores (for e.g. work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment);

Food Services and Accommodations

11. Restaurants and other food facilitiesthat prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or takeaway, together with food delivery services;

12. Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities, including student residences;

Institutional, Residential, Commercial and Industrial  Maintenance

13. Businesses that provide support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial industrial and residential properties and buildings, including, property management services,plumbers, electricians, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, , security services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers, mechanics, (e.g. HVAC, escalator and elevator technicians), and other service providers who provide similar services

Telecommunications and IT Infrastructure/Service Providers

14. Businesses engaged in providing or supporting Information Technology (IT) including online services, software products and related services, as well as the technical facilities such as data centres and other network facilities necessary for their operation and delivery;

15.  Businesses providing telecommunications services (phone, internet, radio, cell phones etc) as well as support facilities such as call centres necessary for their operation and delivery;


16. Taxis and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for activities of daily living;

17. Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services to businesses and individuals including by air, water, road, and rail including providing logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, including truck stops and tow operators;

18. Businesses that provide materials and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of transportation systems (road, transit, rail, air and marine) including delivery of maintenance services such as clearing snow, response to collisions, and completing needed repairs to the transportation systems.

Manufacturing and Production

19. Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer);

20. Businesses, facilities and services that support and facilitate the two- way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and Global supply chains.

Agriculture and food production

21. Businesses that farm, harvest, process, manufacture, produce or distribute food, including beverages, crops, animal products and by-products, aquaculture, hunting and fishing;

22. Businesses that support the food supply chain including assembly yards, livestock auctions, food distribution hubs, feed mills, farm equipment suppliers, feed suppliers, food terminals and warehouses, animal slaughter plants and grain elevators;

23. Business that support the safety of food including animal and plant health and animal welfare;

24. Businesses that provide veterinary services, and that supply veterinary and animal control medications and related supplies and testing kits;

25. Businesses that help to ensure safe and effective waste management including deadstock, rendering, nutrient management, bio hazardous materials, green waste, packaging recycling;


26. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space;

27. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance;

28. Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors;

29. Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects

Financial activities

30. Capital markets (e.g., the TSX);

31. Banking & Activities related to Credit Intermediation; credit unions;

32. Insurance;

33. Businesses that provide pension services and employee benefits services;

34. Businesses that provide financial services including payment processing, the payroll division of any employer (as defined by the Employment Standards Act/Occupational Health and Safety Act), any entity whose operation is the administration of payroll, banks and credit unions;


35. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of mining materials and products (e.g. metals such as copper, nickel and gold) and that support supply chains in Northern Ontario including;

a.    Mining operations, production and processing;

b.    Mineral exploration and development;

c.     Mining Supply and Services that ssupport supply chains in the mining industry including maintenance of operations, health and safety.

36. Businesses that provide chemicals and gases to support the natural resource sector analytical labs and drinking water and wastewater sectors and other essential businesses;

37. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of forestry products (e.g. lumber, pulp, paper, wood fuel, etc.);

38. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of aggregates to support critical infrastructure repairs and emergency response requirements (e.g. sandbags, armour stone barriers, etc.);

39. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of petroleum and petroleum by-products;

Environmental Services

40. Businesses that support environmental management/monitoring and spill clean-up and response, including environmental consulting firms, professional engineers and geoscientists, septics haulers, well drillers, pesticides applicators and exterminators, management of industrial sewage/effluent (eg for mining operations), and environmental laboratories;

Utilities and Community Services

41. Utilities, and Businesses that support the provision of utilities and community services, including by providing products, materials and services needed for the delivery of utilities and community services:

a.    Waste Collection, Waste/ Sewage Treatment and Disposal, operation of landfills, and Hazardous Waste Disposal;

b.    Potable drinking water;

c.     Electricity Generation, transmission, distribution and storage;

d.    Natural Gas distribution, transmission and storage,

e.    Road construction and maintenance;

f.      police, fire, emergency services including coroner services and pathology services ;

g.    corrections and courts services;

h.    other government services including licenses and permits;

42. Businesses engaged in or supporting the operation, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure (railways, dams, bridges, highways, erosion control structures, etc.);

Communications Industries

43. Newspaper publishers;

44. Radio & Television Broadcasting;

45. Telecommunications providers;


46. Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities;

47. Businesses that provide products and services that support research activities;

Health Care and Seniors Care and Social Services

48. Organizations and providers that deliver home care services;

49. Retirement homes;

50. Long-term Care Facilities;

51. Independent health facilities;

52. Laboratories and specimen collection centres;

53. Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals; medical devices and medical supplies

54. Manufacturers, logistics and distributors of products and/or services that support the delivery of health care in all locations (including but not limited to hospitals, labs, long-term care homes, other residential health care, physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives, and home care services);

55. Businesses that provide products and/or services that support the health sector or that provide health services, including mental health and addictions and counselling supports.

56. Businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies.

57. Businesses that provide personal support services (many seniors and persons with disabilities, who can afford to, hire individuals to assist with the activities of daily living).

58. Health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists optometrists and physio-therapists;

59. Not-for-profit organizations that provide critical personal support services in home and also provide residential services for individuals with physical disabilities (such as the Centre for Independent Living and March of Dimes);

60. Businesses and all other organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection, and/or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals, including but not limited to food banks, violence against women emergency shelters, homeless shelters, community housing, supportive housing, children’s aid societies, residential services for adults with developmental disabilities and for children, and custody and detention programs for young persons in conflict with the law;

Justice Sector

61. Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system;

Other Businesses

62. Rental and leasing services, including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental;

63. Businesses providing mailing, shipping, courier and delivery services, including post office boxes;

64. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers;

65. Professional services including lawyers and para-legals, engineers, accountants, translators;

66. Businesses providing funeral, mortician, cremation, transfer, and burial services, and any related goods and products (such as coffins and embalming fluid);

67.  Land registration services, and real estate agent services and moving services;

68.  Businesses providing security services including private security guards; monitoring or surveillance equipment and services;

69. Businesses providing staffing services, including temporary help;

70. Businesses that support the safe operations of residences and essential businesses;

71. Businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including veterinarians, farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers;

72. Child care services for essential workers, and home child care services of less than six children;

73. Businesses providing cheque cashing services;

Business Regulators and Inspectors

74. Organizations, including Administrative Authorities, that regulate and inspect businesses.

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