April 2020
Message from Brampton City Council to Residents
We all find ourselves in an unprecedented situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to stress that we are all in this together and we will overcome. The safety of our residents and our community is our biggest priority.

This newsletter provides all the information you need that will keep you safe and connected and the resources available to you. As things are evolving and changing very quickly each day, we suggest that you stay in touch with us for the latest information through our social media channels and our dedicated site for all COVID-19 related information – www.brampton.ca/covid19 .

Please stay safe. Wash your hands frequently and stay home. Go out only if you absolutely need to and maintain a two-metre physical distance.

Thank you,
Mayor Patrick Brown & Members of Brampton City Council
Message from City of Brampton CAO to Residents
We are in the midst of a global pandemic that requires patience, strength and resilience from each and every Brampton resident. Your safety and well-being is our top priority and we have put in measures that demonstrates our commitment to flattening the curve of COVID-19. We are working hard and collaboratively with all our partners to keep you and your loved ones safe, provide solutions to the difficulties you are facing and maintaining business continuity. You have been fantastic adjusting to the new norms and we need you to keep up with the physical distancing for a while longer.

This COVID-19 City Update highlights the measures we have put in place and resources available to you. We continue to work on finding ways to help you. However, it is only if we work together that we can overcome our current situation and come out stronger than ever before. Please continue to maintain physical distance, wash your hands, and go out only if absolutely necessary.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

David Barrick
Chief Administrative Officer
All City Facilities Closed Until Further Notice
Taking the advice of Peel Public Health, all City facilities including City Hall, Recreation and Community Centres, Theatres, and Brampton Library branches are CLOSED until further notice. Critical frontline services (Fire, Transit, Enforcement etc) continue to operate while other services, where relevant, are provided through phone and online channels to support our community. [ more... ]

Four Support Task Forces to Support You
The City has launched four support task forces to help residents and businesses get through this pandemic:  Economic Support , Social Support , Seniors Support , Youth Support . These task forces help provide all available resources that will help residents and businesses. [ more... ]   

Enforcement of Physical Distancing
In line with recent City by-law, people who are not following physical distancing can be fined a minimum of $500 and maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence. To report a non-compliant business, the use of City-owned facilities that are closed (other than essential services) or gatherings of more than five people, call 311. To report non-compliant food establishment such as a bar or restaurant, call Peel Public Health at 905.799.7700. [ more... ]

Parks Closed
All 500+ parks in Brampton are closed to the public, until further notice, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes playgrounds, leash-free dog parks, all outdoor sports facilities and outdoor fitness equipment and picnic shelters. While trails remain open at this time, people must remain two meters away from others (who don't live in your home) at all times. [ more... ]  

Cemetery Closures
Effective April 8, all City of Brampton cemeteries are closed to the public, until further notice, to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff. Essential services, such burials and at-need burial plot sales, will continue to be provided by appointment only. Residents are asked to call 905.874.2997 to make an appointment. [ more... ]  

Transit Changes
There are a number of service and schedule changes for Brampton Transit. Customers are encouraged to stay home as much as possible and make essential trips only. Until further notice, customers are not required to pay a fare and will board through the rear doors - those with accessibility needs may continue to use the front. Bus loads are being limited to half seated capacity to support physical distancing. An enhanced cleaning and sanitizing schedule remains in effect. The goal is to sanitize all hard surfaces, operator compartments and seats every 48 hours, and buses are currently being sanitized every 24 hours. Facilities and terminals that have hard surfaces are wiped down and sanitized on a daily basis. Riders are encouraged to carry their own personal disinfectant when traveling, such as hand sanitizer or wipes, and wash their hands often. For up-to-date information on schedule changes please visit the website. [ more... ]  

Festivals and Events Cancelled until July 1 Inclusive
With guidance from the Brampton Emergency Management Office, the Region of Peel, and in alignment with neighbouring municipalities, all City festivals, events, performances and community event permits for events at City facilities and performing arts centres, including The Rose, are cancelled until July 1, 2020, inclusive, in response to COVID-19. [ more... ]  

Property Tax Deferral until August 19
The City of Brampton is waiving the interest and late fees on tax payments for residents and businesses for a five-month period from March 18 to August 19. If you chose to defer your taxes, please make sure that all outstanding amounts are paid in full by August 19, either as a lump sum or in smaller amounts. [ more... ]

Rent Relief for Small Business & Non-Profit City Tenants
The City will defer rent payments for its not-for-profit and small for-profit tenants in City facilities for a period of three months, and will waive payments for its non-profit tenants who are unable to access new Federal programs, for a period of 3 months. This relief will support more than half of the City’s 81 tenants. [ more... ]

Brampton Requests Support for Increased Physician Capacity During COVID-19 Emergency
On April 8 Brampton City Council approved direction to help increase local healthcare capacity by supporting qualified, foreign-trained doctors in their request to work on the front lines during the COVID-19 Emergency. City Council endorsed letters written by Mayor Patrick Brown and Councillor Charmaine Williams to the Province. The City will also share Council’s motion to municipalities and townships across Ontario with a request for support through action of their own letters to the Ontario Minister of Health and the Premier of Ontario. [ more... ]

City launches Mayor’s Working Group on phased plan for safe reopening of facilities and resumption of City services
The City announced a Mayor’s Working Group, led by Regional Councillor Martin Medeiros, that will begin the detailed planning process for the eventual reopening of City facilities and gradual resumption of impacted programs and services, while continuing to prioritize the health and safety of the community. [ more... ]
Brampton Backyard Garden Program
The City of Brampton has launched the Backyard Garden Program, a new eco-friendly initiative to help support food security in our city, and encourage residents to get active at home during the COVID-19 emergency. Brampton is the first municipality in Canada to launch a citywide initiative to support residents in growing their own gardens in response to COVID-19. With physical distancing measures in effect, this program encourages residents to grow produce and herbs from the comfort of their own homes and donate to local food banks and community organizations. To learn more, visit Brampton.ca/parks [ more... ]

Recreation at Home
Brampton Recreation has launched Recreation at Home , a virtual programming hub featuring a variety of video and printable tutorials to keep Bramptonians active, entertained and engaged while at home. Digital resources will be made available for all age groups and interests in three areas: Virtual Fitness and Adventures at Home in Arts and Crafts, and the Senior's Digital Cafe . Visit back frequently as new tutorials are added each week. [ more… ]

Building Permits
The Building Division is now accepting electronic submissions for permit applications. [ more... ]

In addition to continuing inspections of unoccupied buildings, effective April 6, the City of Brampton Building Division began accepting requests for remote video inspections of occupied residential buildings until our onsite operations resume.  [ more... ]
Online Submission Available for Development Applications
A temporary solution for submitting digital applications has been implemented to accommodate business needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated closure of Brampton facilities. [ more... ]

Performing Arts  
All performing arts facilities are closed and the remaining 2019-2020 season has been suspended, including guest presentations and rental performances. However, some artists have been finding ways to share their work online via social media, and arts organizations are opening up archives for free viewings. Every morning on The Rose Facebook page , we'll be posting arts adventures you can choose to go on from the comfort of your home! [ more... ]
Recreation Programming
All registered and drop-in programming is cancelled. Residents who were registered in programs will be provided an automatic, pro-rated credit on their accounts. Anyone who would prefer a refund for a program registration, facility booking, or membership is asked to email recconnects@brampton.ca [ more... ]
How to Protect Yourself
  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose as often as possible.
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill and their items.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash hands after coughing and sneezing.
  • If you need to self-isolate or have been asked to self-monitor, follow the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Instructions. [more...]

COVID-19 Assessment Centres
There are 4 COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Peel. Complete the online self-assessment or speak to your health care provider before visiting an Assessment Centre. [ more... ]

7 Steps to Prevent the Spread of the Virus
Watch this video shared by WHO to learn about steps on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. [ more... ]
Register for the next COVID-19 Tele Town Hall
The City is hosting Tele Town Halls to provide regular updates to residents and answer questions from the Community. Learn more about the measures being taken to protect the health and well-being of our community and speaking with Mayor Brown, City of Brampton Staff, Brampton Fire & Emergency Services, Peel Public Health, William Osler Health System, Peel Regional Police, and Peel Regional Paramedics. [ more... ]

Keeping you Informed
Read the latest media releases about COVID-19 here .
Updates are also available in French , Punjabi , Urdu , Gujarati , Hindi , Tamil , Spanish , Portuguese , Tagalog , Italian and Vietnamese [ more... ]
As part of its commitment to being an open and accessible government, the City of Brampton encourages public participation in its decision-making process. For a full schedule of this month's public meetings, visit our website. [more...] 
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