Brampton Mayoral Candidate Patrick Brown Announces Action Plan to Bring More Jobs to Brampton
“No more lazy attitude towards bringing jobs to Brampton. I will follow Mayor McCallion’s example: no one is better at selling their city as the place to create new businesses and more jobs than Mayor McCallion”
Statement from Patrick Brown:
Too often I hear from residents wondering why jobs and business investments are going elsewhere; and not coming to, or staying in, Brampton. Amazon's decision to locate their Fulfilment Centre in Caledon this summer rather than Brampton, and the closing of the Dixie Cup plant, are good examples of the issues raised by voters at the doorstep when we discuss the challenges facing our city.
Today I want to focus on jobs, and the need for a new approach to economic development in Brampton. Under Ms. Jeffrey’s leadership, Brampton’s lazy attitude towards economic development has resulted in a massive lack of industry and local jobs. We have lost key business investments and economic development to Mississauga, Vaughan and Caledon, and other cities.
Mississauga has 50 million square feet of commercial space today – Brampton just 2 million. Yet a couple of decades ago both cities were almost at par. The result of this inaction: almost 80% of the tax burden in Brampton is borne by residential owners and only 21% by commercial businesses. And this split has gone up every year of Mayor Jeffrey’s term * . It’s time to bring a fair balance back to our tax revenue streams, and to lessen the burden on homeowners.
How will we do this? We will do it by increasing the size of the commercial tax base, not by increasing commercial tax rates. We need to bring more jobs to Brampton now! Currently, almost 70% of workers in our city have to leave Brampton to go to work elsewhere! We can’t stand by as Brampton becomes a
bedroom community. We need to be out there – all the time – pushing for more and more investment in our city.
To do this I will follow former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion’s example: no one is better at selling their city as the place to create new businesses and more jobs than Mayor McCallion. As Mayor I will personally pitch businesses to locate in Brampton, with personal tours of our employment land development opportunities. I will sell them on our easy access to Pearson International Airport; on the strength of our young, educated workforce; and on our diverse, multicultural population that can accommodate new workers of all cultures and faiths with open arms and respect. I will point to world-class programs already
here in Brampton such as Sheridan College’s renowned animation program, and to exciting new community attractions like the Arts Hub and The Riverwalk.
As Mayor, I will cut red tape. I will freeze property taxes. And I will implement an aggressive economic development program, led from the Mayor’s office. I will make Brampton the place to be for organizations looking to invest in new business ventures or to relocate their existing ones.
The Brampton 2040 Vision document, developed with the help of over 13,000 citizens, points out that there is the possibility for over 100,000 new jobs along the Central Area designated growth area (Downtown, Queen Street Corridor and Bramalea City Centre), along Mississauga Road and at the Shoppers World
property. It’s time we went and got them!
New jobs and investment will only come to Brampton through strong leadership and persistent promotion, showcasing all that this great City offers potential business investors. The inactivity and wishful thinking of the past has not worked. It’s time for a change: it’s time to get Brampton Back on Track!
* CITY OF BRAMPTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FIGURES