Peel Region, Brampton Council To Advocate For Support From Ford Government
The Peel Regional Chair, Regional Councillors as well as Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and city staff will be asking the province for support on several issues at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference on August 18 to 21, in Ottawa.
The Peel Region will present several challenges to provincial cabinet ministers including provincial budget cuts, increasing traffic congestion, mitigation of the effects of climate change supports for seniors and sustainable municipal infrastructure to support Peel's growth.
The region's delegation will be meeting with Minister of Finance Rod Phillips to discuss provincial cuts to health services, their impact on the residents' property tax rates and the delivery of paramedic and public health services. They will also meet Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney to advocate for a new highway and increased transit services in Peel to ease traffic congestion. Lastly, they will meet with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark to advocate for long-term, sustainable funding for affordable housing in Peel.
Peel Regional Chair, Regional Councillors and staff will also be meeting with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Ministry of Education.
Mayor Brown and Brampton staff will attend the delegation to discuss transit, health care, community safety, the environment and housing.
According to the city, meetings have been confirmed with the Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Minister of Transportation. They will also meet with officials from other ministries as well as with the Party Leaders from NDP, Liberal and Green parties.
The city will ask for:
- Fair funding allocation to Brampton Transit, and $1.7 billion for Light Rail Transit on Main Street
- Expediting projects to support two-way, all-day GO service
- Fair funding for Brampton health care, and development of key health care projects
- Support for plans to transform Metrolinx-owned property into public space
- Tools and information sharing to support a holistic approach to community safety
- Funding to advance downtown flood mitigation and the Riverwalk project
- Funding and regulatory support for projects and initiatives to support climate change mitigation and adaptation
- Changes to new regulations set out in Bill 108 that significantly impact the City's ability to collect development revenue for amenities like parks, community centres and libraries
- Foregoing change to the regional governance structure in favour of fair representation for Brampton at the Region of Peel Council
"We need the support and partnership of the province to deliver on Brampton's priorities and vision. We are looking forward to building relationships, discussing issues and advancing key priorities for enhanced transit, community safety, innovation and environment-driven initiatives," says Mayor Brown.
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