Algoma University Receives Support from City of Brampton for Continued Downtown Expansion

(BRAMPTON, ON- August 7, 2019) –  The ongoing development of post-secondary education options available in downtown Brampton took another significant step forward today thanks to an expanded partnership between the City of Brampton and Algoma University. This morning, Brampton City Council supported the request to invest $7.3 million in grant funding spread over three years to facilitate a planned second phase expansion of Algoma University’s academic programming and facilities within Garden Square. The university will contribute $27 million to the project over the same period.

The funding will immediately support expansion plans that enable Algoma University’s enrolment capacity to grow to 1,000 students by 2023. By Fall 2020, degree and certificate offerings in Computer Science, Psychology, and Community Economic and Social Development will be available. These additions will complement current programming offered through the Algoma University School of Business and Economics. These new programs, along with anticipated future programming in Law and Justice and Social Work, will be housed within the Centre for Social, Cultural & Economic Innovation.

Phase II construction will commence this fall.

Expansion of Algoma University programming in Brampton has been identified by both the Algoma University Board of Governors and the Academic Senate as a key strategic priority as the institution strives to grow overall enrolment across all campuses to 3,000 students by 2023-24.

Further information about Algoma University is available at Quotes: “We are excited to see Algoma University grow its programming in the heart of Brampton. This investment is consistent with our term of Council priorities and Brampton 2040 Vision and moves us towards creating a City of Opportunities. Brampton is committed to building long-term relationships with recognized and well-respected education partners on solutions that meet the needs and advance the aspirations of our city and future students.”

– Mayor for the City of Brampton, Patrick Brown

“This continues to be an exciting period for the City of Brampton and for Algoma University as we work together to expand post-secondary options for the citizens of Brampton.  I would like to personally acknowledge and thank Mayor Brown, members of City Council and City Staff for their ongoing leadership and support for the strategic expansion of the Algoma University. This investment will increase our campus footprint and accelerate the University’s growth which will contribute to enhancing the vibrancy of the downtown and the retention of talent in the city.” 

– Asima Vezina, President and Vice-Chancellor, Algoma University

“Our partners play an instrumental role in Brampton’s success. Our agreement with Algoma is a great example of how we are leveraging partnerships with post-secondary institutions to establish an innovation ecosystem in the downtown, which in turn supports new jobs and economic growth.”

– Clare Barnett, Director, Economic Development and Culture

IMAGE:  Conceptual Drawing – Algoma University, Brampton Campus Exterior

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Downtown Brampton Launches Digital Main Street Service Squad

BIA receives $10,000 Digital Main Street Grant to help main street businesses
improve online presence.

The Downtown Brampton BIA will be launched its new Digital Service Squad program on July 16 thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Ontario government designed to help main street
small businesses improve their online capabilities.

The Downtown Brampton BIA Digital Service Squad will help small businesses in the downtown area
enhance their use of digital tools and techniques to better evolve and grow. The Squad will consist of a trained specialist who will visit and assist BIA-area downtown businesses at no cost to help them set up Google My Business, conduct a digital-readiness assessment and apply for a $2,500 Digital
Transformation Grant. The Squad will start visiting businesses on July 17, 2019.

“We are very excited to welcome Digital Main Street to the Downtown Brampton BIA. This is an incredible opportunity which will help attract visitors, create jobs, and increase the competitiveness of small businesses,” said Suzy Godefroy, Executive Director of the Downtown Brampton BIA. “Small main street businesses in Brampton will to have the opportunity to learn how to promote online, use ecommerce, and streamline their processes with digital tools to stay competitive and win.”

A joint program funded by Government of Ontario and delivered by the Ontario BIA Association, Digital
Main Street helps improve how small main street businesses use digital tools and techniques to become
more successful. Today’s digital economy is vital to small businesses, and DMS will help them adopt new
digital technologies from e-commerce and social media to back-office systems such as payroll and



“Our government is committed to helping small businesses improve their competitiveness, create jobs
and attract investment,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “That’s
why I’m so pleased that businesses in the downtown Brampton area will benefit from the expertise of a
Digital Service Squad to help small businesses embrace digital technology. Our investment in the Digital
Main Street program will help to ensure that Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.”
“Gaining the experience necessary to compete in the digital age is an important element of success,” said Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, MPP for Brampton South. “And businesses in the downtown Brampton area
will receive hands-on training from the Digital Service Squads to help build their online presence.”
Digital Main Street offers two types of grants:

1. Digital Transformation Grant: There are 2,000 grants of $2,500 each available to qualifying small
“main street” businesses across Ontario to help them adopt new digital technologies.
2. Digital Service Squad Grant: There are 300 grants of $10,000 each available to qualifying
municipal or business groups across Ontario to develop and implement local squads of digital
vendors and experts to directly help small businesses.

“The Downtown Brampton BIA is leading the way in using the power of Digital Main Street to help keep
its downtown core vibrant and strong,” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director of the Ontario BIA
Association. “Our small main street businesses are a critical contributor to Ontario’s economic, social
and cultural health, and it’s vital that we work together to ensure their success. Digital Main Street will
help the small businesses of downtown Brampton to compete in an increasingly digital world. Businesses within the BIA area will be introduced to the Digital Service Squad over the coming weeks.

For further information, contact Alex Philip at the Downtown Brampton BIA at

ABOUT the Ontario BIA Association

OBIAA is the network that represents unique and vibrant BIAs across Ontario. The Association supports
and advocates on behalf of its members through the building and nurturing of strong relationships and
partnerships. OBIAA is a leader in the development and sharing of information, tools, resources and best practices, and is the ONE voice on common issues.


ABOUT Digital Main Street

Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs, and increase the competitiveness of small
businesses, which are the backbone of small rural communities. The world is changing. Small main street businesses across Ontario must think about how to promote online, use e-commerce, and streamline their processes with digital tools to stay competitive and win. To help Ontario’s main street small businesses enhance their digital capabilities and online presence, the Ontario BIA Association and
Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs have partnered on this $12 million initiative
over three years.

Alex Philip
Digital Service Squad Member
Downtown Brampton BIA

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Party in the LANES kicks off summer in downtown Brampton on Friday, July 19!

For Immediate Release

Party in the LANES kicks off summer in downtown Brampton on Friday, July 19!

Brampton, July 19, 2019 – The Downtown Brampton BIA (Business Improvement Area) is pleased to present Party in the LANES on Friday, July 19. Party in the LANES is back to kick off summer in the downtown core.

Party in the LANES will take over McArter Lane (27 Main Street North), Vivian Lane, and on George St. South for an evening of excitement running from 6-11P.M. The downtown laneways will be transformed into lively street parties featuring live music, Latin dance lessons, belly dancing, local vendors, and more.

TWNRVA a “Dark pop” duo inspired by hits of the 90’s and The Yonge Collective whose music blends 1970’s rock and roll influences with modern day alt-country takes over the stage in McArter lane.

Salsotika will bring a spice of Latin culture on George St. South. Gonzalo from Segovia Salsa Café works with Segovia Coffee Co and Pos Bueno Mexican Restaurant by teaching salsa lessons. There will also be Natalie Zara who is a professional belly dancer from Toronto who dances Egyptian style belly dance and Fusion belly dance with Latin performing throughout the night.

Vivian Lane will transform into our downtown Kids Lane featuring a free PhotoboothTO compliments of RBC Insurance, children’s crafts, Henna tattoos, a special visit from Boomer – the Brampton Beast mascot and Brampton Fire.

Each laneway will feature local downtown pop-up vendors offering a variety of delicious food and unique products.

Party in the LANES has something for everyone to enjoy, so bring your dancing shoes, appetites, and shopping excitement to Downtown Brampton on July 19! This event could not be hosted without the support of the local downtown businesses, the City of Brampton, Brampton North Nissan, Performance Honda and RBC Insurance.

For more information, visit:

Media Contact:

Suzy Godefroy | Executive Director

(905)874-2935 |