Exciting things are happening in the Human Health and Sciences sector in Brampton.
To help take advantage of new opportunities, the City has designated this as one of four target sectors for focused economic development efforts, taking dead aim at Human Health and Sciences, along with Advanced Manufacturing, Food and Beverage and Innovation and Technology.
“The Human Health and Sciences sector is a key part of the new direction we’re taking in Economic Development,” says Bob Darling, Economic Development Director. “We’ve seen significant growth in this sector over the past few years, and it’s going to be the target of renewed focus as we work to bring new investment to Brampton.”
Brampton has a solid foundation in the Human Health and Sciences, home to some 250 biotechnology firms and another 550 that provide support for the sector. The sector has grown by 50 per cent in the city over the past decade, supporting 6,700 workers.
The Peel Memorial Centre (PMC) is slated to open to the public in early 2017. ErinoakKids is also on track for a 2017 opening. Brampton Civic Hospital is one of the newest health care facilities in Canada.
The City recently launched a new video to support investment in its Human Health and Sciences sector. Link to media release
The Economic Development office is also spearheading the PMC and Surrounding Precinct Market and Economic Development Opportunity Study, with the mandate of building on the momentum of the PMC and the opportunity it brings for redevelopment of the surrounding area and growing the presence of Human Health and Sciences in Brampton. As part of that study, project team members an Economic Development staff are hosting a focus group of stakeholders in this sector on November 10. Feedback will help inform both the study and the Economic Development Office’s efforts in attracting new business and investment in Human Health and Sciences.
The PMC represents a major redevelopment opportunity for Brampton and the Downtown. More than $500 million has been invested in the 350,000 sq. ft. urgent care facility that is estimated to see 40,000 visitors annually. At this state-of-the-art facility the PMC will offer an urgent care centre, and deliver services ranging from day surgeries to mental health and addictions support.
The first phase of the PMC will directly employ 750 employees and will lead to other indirect employment opportunities in the surrounding area.
“I’m excited about Brampton’s prospects in this sector,” says Bob. “Great things are happening here, and there’s more to come.”