Downtown Brampton lies within the Etobicoke Creek floodplain. Provincial policies around hazard management restrict the type and amount of development that can occur there today.
Riverwalk will be a transformative opportunity to help revitalize Brampton’s downtown and make it healthy, sustainable and resilient.
It starts with engineering an innovative long-term solution to the flood risk, which will unlock the potential for urban growth and development. In turn, it will put the creek back at the heart of downtown, creating a vibrant new space that provides a distinct identity for the city.
What's the project status?
Feasibility studies (Phases 1 and 2) are now complete. This work looked at whether or not it would be feasible to control the flooding during a Hurricane Hazel sized storm event (which is the storm used by the Province to regulate floodlines). The good news is that it can be done! We didn’t just want to build a typical engineered structure however, we wanted to look at how such a structure could be integrated into a beautiful public amenity (Riverwalk) using modern urban design and landuse concepts.
The next step is to undertake an Environmental Assessment Study (EA) for the Downtown Brampton Flood Protection. The EA will follow a formal process of reviewing the alternative solutions through an environmental, social and economic lense, to determine the most suitable solution.