HeritageDowntown Brampton is home to many historic buildings that tell the story of Brampton’s diverse and vibrant heritage. Taking a walk through the downtown core, you may not notice that the buildings you pass by on your way to work every morning or the buildings you stop in to get your morning cup of coffee have such a rich history behind them, however there are many stories behind the bricks and beams that hold the buildings up.

The buildings known today as the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) were once the Peel County Courthouse, Peel County Registry Office, and Peel County Jail. This group of historic buildings located along Wellington Street is one of the most significant public building complexes in Ontario. The jail opened in 1867 and was often filled with men and women serving time for petty crime, as well as dangerous offenders and the homeless. The jail and the courthouse were both designed by Toronto architect William Kaufmann and while the jail closed in 1977, it has been converted into a museum and open to visitors who want to learn more about the jail’s history.


The Mill, located at 60 Queen St. E., was originally built as a planning mill and ash factory, before being sold at the end of the 19th century and converted into a woolen mill. The second building that is now adjoined to the main building was constructed in 1910 and acted as a warehouse. Products made in the “Brampton Knitting Mills” were made for clients in the British military during the Boer War, as well as the Canadian military during WWII. Today, the building is home to Tracks Brew Pub and a variety of local businesses.

The Dominion Building, which is home to the Queen and Main Starbucks, is one of Downtown Brampton’s most prominent landmarks. This historic building housed Brampton’s post office and customs house, and in later years was the home of the Police Department. The building was constructed in heavily textured stone, with the domed clock tower added on in 1914.

Next time you’re in Downtown Brampton, make sure to spend some time marvelling at the architecture, as well as embark on a walking exploration tour of some of the city’s historic buildings to learn more about Brampton’s past.

Algoma University School of Business and Economics Receives Support from Brampton Committee of Council for Phase I Expansion Efforts

The ongoing development of post-secondary education options available in the heart of downtown Brampton took another significant step forward today thanks to an expanded partnership between the City of Brampton and Algoma University.  At this morning’s Committee of Council meeting, Brampton City Council unanimously supported the request to approve $575, 000 in grant funding to facilitate the planned expansion of the Algoma University School of Business and Economics at its current 24 Queen Street East location. Final approval will be considered at the regular Council meeting on Wednesday, April 24.

“We are excited to see Algoma University grow their program in the heart of Brampton. This is great news for post-secondary education in Brampton. This will bring new opportunities for Brampton residents to grow their skills and develop new career paths, which in turn supports new jobs and economic growth.” said, Mayor for the City of Brampton, Patrick Brown

The funding will immediately support expansion plans that will enable Algoma University’s enrolment capacity to grow to 500 students and enhance the overall student experience through new classroom construction, all while increasing the visual presence of the Algoma University School of Business and Economics within Garden Square through façade improvements.

Phase I construction is expected to be completed in Summer, 2019.

Expansion of the Algoma University School of Business and Economics 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 campus locations to 3000 students by 2023-24.

“This is an exciting period for the City of Brampton and for Algoma University as we work together and with other stakeholders to expand post-secondary options for the citizens of Brampton.  I would like to personally acknowledge and thank Mayor Brown, the Committee of Council and the City Staff for their ongoing leadership and support for the strategic expansion of the Algoma University School of Business and Economics. This investment will accelerate the University’s growth within the core of the City and will contribute to enhancing the vibrancy of the downtown and the retention of talent in the city.” said  Asima Vezina, President and Vice-Chancellor, Algoma University

Further information on the School of Business and Economics is available at


Downtown Brampton’s Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza is almost here!


Brampton, April 10, 2019 – The Downtown Brampton BIA (Business Improvement Area) is pleased to present the third annual Downtown Brampton Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20. A fun filled family day sponsored by the local businesses.

The Downtown Brampton Easter Egg Hunt begins in Vivian Lane (70 Main Street North) with a treat bag decorating station run by the Brampton Rangers and the Downtown Brampton BIA. Families are invited to decorate a treat bag, and collect a map with all the participating business locations listed. Each participating location will be giving out treats during the hunt, while supplies last.
Experience two kids zones in Daily Times Square (33 Queen Street West) and Vivian Lane. Daily Times Square will feature PhotoboothTO, Brampton Recreation, Brampton Beast, and a few more surprises!

There will be many chances to go home with some sweet Easter baskets, spot the contests and enter in each laneway. The Downtown Brampton Easter Egg Hunt runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m and is free for all.

New to the Easter Egg Hunt this year, is the first annual Dancing Flower Parade in Garden Square hosted in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Peel. Wear your Easter bonnets, floral colours and join us for a march around Garden Square to kick-off spring lead by Mayor Patrick Brown.

This event is presented by the businesses of downtown Brampton, and sponsored by the City of Brampton, Prouse, Dash & Crouch LLP. and Polaris Dental.

For more information on BIA events, visit:
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Downtown Brampton BIA:
Downtown Brampton is a respected and welcoming destination dedicated to bringing people together for quality shopping, services and entertainment. The mission of the Downtown Brampton BIA is to promote and enhance downtown Brampton through marketing events and beautification to build confidence and engagement with members and the community.

Media Contact:
Andrea Magana | Marketing and Events Specialist
Downtown Brampton BIA | (T) 905-874-8182 | (E)

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