The City of Brampton receives Government of Canada support through My Main Street Community Activator Placemaking Program

City of Brampton receives support through My Main Street Community Activator Program to Activate Downtown Brampton

BRAMPTON, ON (June 10, 2022) – The City of Brampton, together with its partners the Downtown Brampton Business Improvement Area (BIA) and 8 80 Cities, has been selected to receive $223,650 through the My Main Street Community Activator Program for Activate Downtown Brampton, a series of interactive installations and musical performances in downtown Brampton’s laneways and public gathering spaces taking place until October 2022.

Activate Downtown Brampton aims to increase opportunities for social connection and civic engagement and stimulate local economic activity. The series will include free weekly musical activations featuring diverse local artists reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the city for residents and visitors of Brampton to enjoy. The activations will take place Saturdays from 12 to 2 pm, until October 15, throughout the downtown. View locations here.

Residents can also share ideas for making Downtown Brampton public spaces lively and active by visiting the Activate Downtown Brampton website or attending pop up engagements in these public spaces throughout summer and fall.

The My Main Street Community Activator is a two-year, $23.25-million investment by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) that is being delivered by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO). Through Activate Downtown Brampton, this series will help build a more vibrant downtown that draws visitors and increases foot traffic to shops, restaurants, and exciting new public spaces, supporting local businesses in their recovery from COVID-19.

About the Integrated Downtown Plan

Downtown Brampton is undergoing a transformation, beginning with construction by the Region of Peel to replace watermain and sanitary sewers in the area, followed by the City’s work to replace and widen sidewalks, and repair and resurface roads.

These activations are a part of driving the City’s Integrated Downtown Plan (IDP), a roadmap for action coordinating downtown Brampton’s many ongoing initiatives and infrastructure projects that are anticipated to guide future growth and strategic investment.

The guiding principles of the IDP are inclusivity, innovation and sustainability. It will help coordinate infrastructure upgrades, urban design, land use and programming interventions – positioning Brampton as a pivotal economic driver, regional cultural hub and Innovation District.

For more information on the IDP, visit

For more information on Downtown Brampton, visit


“Our government is committed to helping communities bring their main streets back to life. My Main Street is providing vital support to projects that will reanimate neighbourhoods through installations, events and activities that are inclusive, innovative and engaging to create jobs and drive economic growth for local economies.”

  • The Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

“Together with our partners, we’re working to revitalize and unlock the potential of downtown Brampton by creating quality urban spaces and an enhanced pedestrian realm. I invite residents to take part in Activate Downtown Brampton events this summer. Share your ideas on how we can improve our public spaces, join us on Saturdays to enjoy live music and continue to support our amazing local businesses.”

  • Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

 “The City of Brampton continues to take steps to transform our downtown and create lively public spaces for residents and visitors of Brampton to enjoy. We thank FedDev Ontario for this key investment and look forward to continuing to collaborate with our partners to build a more vibrant downtown, and support our local businesses as they recover from COVID-19.”

  • Martin Medeiros, Regional Councillor, Wards 3&4; Chair, Economic Development, City of Brampton

“At the City of Brampton, we are dedicated to improving quality of life for our residents and supporting local businesses through local investments and partnerships. Activate Downtown Brampton will increase opportunities for social connection and civic engagement, and stimulate local economic activity in downtown Brampton.”

  • Paul Morrison, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

  “We are so excited to be working in collaboration with the City of Brampton and 8 80 Cities to activate our downtown this summer and fall and support our amazing local businesses through community placemaking efforts.”

      –     Carrie Leigh Percival, Chair, Downtown Brampton BIA

As one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, Brampton is home to more than 700,000 people and 75,000 businesses. People are at the heart of everything we do. We are energized by our diverse communities, we attract investment, and we are embarking on a journey to lead technological and environmental innovation. We partner for progress to build a healthy city that is safe, sustainable and successful. Connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. Learn more at

8 80 Cities is a non-profit organization with a mission to ignite action and challenge the status quo to create healthier, more equitable and sustainable cities for all people. We are guided by a simple but power question- what if everything we did in our cities was great for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old? We believe starting with this question can help create great cities for all people. Our team has worked in over 350 cities around the world leading transformative public space projects.

The Downtown Brampton Business Improvement Area promotes the commercial area as a vibrant business and shopping district. Through 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 Canadian Urban Institute is the national platform that houses the best in Canadian city building — where policymakers, urban professionals, civic and business leaders, community activists and academics can learn, share and collaborate with one another from coast to coast to coast. Through research, engagement and storytelling, our mission is to ensure Canada builds vibrant, equitable, liveable and resilient cities. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For more than 12 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, job creation and growth in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing their revenues, creating jobs and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


City of Brampton Media Relations


Jiya Benni

Project Manager, 8 80 Cities

647 800 5590


Suzy Godefroy

Executive Director, Downtown Brampton Business Improvement Area


Nick Hanson

Communications Lead

Canadian Urban Institute


Monica Granados

Press Secretary, Office of the Hon. Helena Jaczek

Minister responsible for the Federal Economic

Development Agency for Southern Ontario


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Algoma University Partners with Industry Leaders Unity and Amuka Esports

(BRAMPTON, ON- May 25, 2022): Algoma University has announced the establishment of two new partnerships with industry leaders that will support the development of a new Unity Centre of Excellence on AU’s growing campus in Brampton’s emerging Innovation District as well as new academic programming tied to the business side of the esports industry offered through the University’s School of Business and Economics.

Unity, the world’s leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D content has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Algoma University which will pave the way for a new Unity Centre of Excellence. The initiative will allow students to engage in a wide range of training opportunities based on the Unity programming platform, while further supporting Algoma’s Special Mission.

Amuka Esports, Canada’s leader in esports tournaments, venues and leagues has partnered with the Algoma University School of Business & Economics on exciting new programming that will give students the opportunity to learn the foundations of the growing esports industry. The Business of Esports- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Specialization and The Business of Esports Certificate will introduce students to the world of esports through the business management and development lens. The programming will provide students with the knowledge, skills and practical applications needed to pursue professional careers in the growing esports industry.

“The partnerships announced today will further align educational programming offered by Algoma University within the expanding Innovation District in the heart of Downtown Brampton,” shared Asima Vezina, President and Vice-Chancellor of Algoma University. “Esports is one of the fastest-growing industries within the sector helping to prepare our students for the careers of tomorrow. In addition, the learning opportunities provided through the Unity Centre of Excellence align with Algoma’s Special Mission by supporting social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion priorities.”

These new partnerships will further Algoma’s expansion of in-demand, innovative Computer Science and Business related programming, and contribute to the upskilling and re-skilling needs of Brampton’s growing IT sector and beyond. The Unity Centre of Excellence and the addition of esports programming will further position Algoma University as a key player in the development of Brampton’s Innovation District by supporting business growth, entrepreneurial start-ups and student learning across a wide range of industry applications.

The Business of Esports programming is launching in September 2022 with both in-person and online options available to prospective students. Further details on the Unity Centre of Excellence are also expected to be announced by late Fall.


About Algoma University
Algoma University, established in Sault Ste. Marie in 1965, offers a wide range of degrees and certificates spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. The University also offers programming at campus locations in Brampton and Timmins. Algoma University has a Special Mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous populations and other communities.  For more information, please visit

Media Contact
Megan Parlowe
Communications Officer
Cell: 705.971.2227
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Beaux Arts Gallery Open Photographic Art Exhibition

Beaux Arts Gallery Open Photographic Art Exhibition!

Brampton, Ontario: For Immediate Release

Beaux Arts Brampton continues to be the hotbed for visual arts in Brampton as it debuts its Open Photographic Art Exhibition juried by the renowned, Edward Moffat and sponsored by the Downtown Brampton BIA. With entries from artists across the Greater Toronto Area enthralled with the theme, this show is sure to captivate audiences with all its stark photography. Beaux Arts asked artists to show the worlds they found that belonged solely to the world of black and white photography, to capture the intersection of what is, and what is felt. This show runs from Wednesday, May 4th to Saturday, June 4th, 2022 in Beaux Arts’ new gallery space, located at 16 Queen St. East, in downtown Brampton.

“The exhibition theme of black and white has been conveyed with both elegance and modernity by the exhibiting artists, garnering new perspective for viewers, and bring out a new side of the ‘mundane.’ A thought-provoking show not to miss!” says Gallery Chair, Tyler Andrews, and Operations Manager, Josephine Condotta.

Edward Moffat is a Photographic Artist living in Brampton. He does portraiture, commercial photography, and videography through Clients using his work include Voortmans Cookies, IBM, The Ontario Telemedicine Network, RBC, Panasonic, Canada Border Services, Hitachi Data Systems, Distillery District Magazine, and The IT Media Group around North America. Fashion and various forms of portraiture work have taken him coast to coast in Canada. He has been published in Canada, the US and Mexico.

Beaux Arts Gallery is committed to engaging with artists at various levels in their careers to present their work in a supportive environment that fosters understanding of complex subjects and diverse set of ideas. Beaux Arts collaborative exhibitions, programs, and special events offer education, inspiration and celebration to foster critical thinking, positive social cohesion, and public engagement with ART.  Beaux Arts is a not-for-profit gallery operating successfully since 2002. Beaux Arts was founded by the Brampton Arts Council & dedicated visual artists, with the support of the City of Brampton, Downtown Brampton BIA, Trillium, and many volunteers, members & private sponsors.  If you wish to purchase an artwork or rent our space, please visit the website at:

Media Contact:
Gallery Chair, Tyler Andrews
Beaux Arts Brampton, 16 Queen St E

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