Canada’s 11th largest city, strategically located very near the Greater Toronto Area, is a thriving highly sought-after home and business community. With growing population over 430,00 Brampton is the seat of Peel Region. It is also one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities with an average annual growth rate (2001–06) of 6.6%. Also, with a median age of 33.7 it is the youngest vital community near the GTA. As one of Canada’s most diverse, innovative, multicultural centres, it’s easy to understand why families are attracted to Brampton. So, when faced with the decision of where to locate your home or business, Brampton is a prosperous choice.
Steady Growth from 1853
Just 19 years after Toronto, Brampton was incorporated as a village in 1853, taking its name from the rural town of Brampton, Cumbria, England. Brampton was once known as the 'Flowertown of Canada', a title earned due to the city's large greenhouse industry, that won many international rose awards for nearly half a century. Today, its major economic sectors include advanced manufacturing, retail administration and logistics, information and communication technologies, food and beverage, life sciences and business services. It houses the national headquarters of Loblaw Companies, HBC/Zellers, Bacardi, Brita and Clorox and other companies.
Our heritage of commerce began as a group of regional farmers in Brampton who had trouble getting insurance from city-based companies founded the County of Peel Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company. In 1955, the company renamed itself Peel Mutual Insurance Company. It reigns as the longest running company in modern Brampton. Harmsworth Decorating Centre was also established in 1890, as Harmsworth and Son, originally operating out of the family home. The store purchased its current location on September 1, 1904, for $1400. This 24 Main Street South location is the longest operating retail business in Brampton.
Chinguacousy and Toronto Gore were two townships incorporated into Brampton mid-way through the twentieth century. From this merger, communities such as Bramalea, Heart Lake and Professor's Lake, Snelgrove, Tullamore, and Mayfield, were formed. Rural villages, such as Claireville, Ebenezer, Victoria, Springbrook, Churchville, Coleraine, and Huttonville were merged into the larger city. While only Huttonville and Churchville still exist as identifiable communities, other names like Claireville are re-emerging as names of new developments.
Located in the former Chinguacousy Township, Brampton’s growth includes Bramalea that was built separately by Bramalea Limited as Canada's first "satellite city", when built in the 1960s. It was annexed into Brampton in 1974, but still remains autonomous in community spirit. The name "Bramalea" was created by the farmer William Sheard, who integrated the BRAM from Brampton, MAL from Malton (a neighbouring town to the west), and the LEA, an old British word meaning meadow or grassland. He sold the land to Brampton Leasing developers and built one of Bramalea's first houses on Dixie Road across from the former headquarters of Nortel. The community had an extensive Master Plan, which included provisions for a parkland trail system and a "downtown", which would include essential services and a shopping centre. The downtown area's centerpiece was the Civic Centreincluding the city hall, library and the nearby Bramalea City Centre.
Each phase of the new city was built with progressing first letters of street names. Development started with the "A" section, with street names like Argyle, Avondale, and Aloma. Developer then created a "B" section, "C" section, and so forth. Children on the boundaries of these divisions would regularly compete in street hockey games, pitting, for example, the "D" section versus the "E" section. The community was also initially developed with a large number of recreational facilities, including tennis courts, playgrounds, hockey/lacrosse rinks and swimming pools. An extensive parkland trail and sidewalk system that interconnects the entire community was designed into the planning of the city amplifying what Brampton already had in a smaller scale.
The early 1980s brought new development, as the city released large tracts of land to residential developers. The large new suburban community of Springdale was developed in 1995 and is the area where most of the urban sprawl has taken place. This land began in its largest boom in 1999, when development started to appear as far north as the city's border with Caledon. The region has designated this border as being the line of demarcation for urban development until 2021. However, neighbouring communities not part of Peel have also been massively affected by the city's sudden spurt. The end of Brampton and start of Georgetown, for example, is essentially non-identifiable.
Sites of interest
• Gage Park
• Artway Gallery
• Bovaird House
• Chinguacousy Park-Greenhouse and gardens
• Claireville Conservation Area
• Flower City Theatre Festival
• Formula Kartways
• Great War Flying Museum
• Heart Lake Conservation Area
• Rose Theatre (orig. Brampton Performing Arts Centre)
• Heritage Theatre
• Historic Bovaird House
• Humber Nurseries Butterfly Conservatory
• Korea Veterans' National Wall of Remembrance
• Ontario Field of Honour
• Peel Heritage Complex
• Powerade Centre
• The Farmer's Downtown Market (Weekend Mornings)
• South Fletchers Sportsplex
• Wild Water Kingdom
Major shopping areas include Bramalea City Centre, Shoppers World, Centennial Mall, Brampton Mall, and "big box centre" Trinity Common Mall. The downtown area has some retail, the are also of note. With over a million square feet of retail space, Brmalea City Centre is one of Canada's largest shopping malls and hosts 280 retailers including •The Bay, •Sears, •Zellers, •Best Buy, •Old Navy, •Sport Chek, •Metro, •FreshCo.
Brampton is also the official city of license for two radio stations, CIAO and CFNY, although both stations target their programming toward the entire Greater Toronto Area rather than exclusively to Brampton. Major companies in Brampton include Best Buy (and Future Shop), Brafasco, Ford, Rogers Communications, Para Paints, Coca Cola Bottling Co., Nestlé, Chrysler Canada Ltd., Maple Lodge Farms, Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), Loblaw Companies Ltd., Frito Lay Canada, MD Robotics, Parkinson Coach Line and Canadian Tire.
Brampton Transit provides local transportation, with connections to other systems such as Mississauga Transit, York Region Transit, and Toronto Transit Commission. Brampton has launched a new Bus Rapid Transit system, "Züm" (pronounced Zoom), along Main/Hurontario and Queen Streets, which forms the backbone to its bus network. There is also GO Bus service to York University and subway stations at Yorkdale Mall and York Mills in Toronto.