BRAMPTON, ON: The issues of a university, health partnerships, and regional governance unified the City’s delegation when meeting with Provincial ministries at this week’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference.
“While in Windsor, our team was successful in bringing City priorities to the attention of the province. Over the last two days we have been able to highlight important issues which impact our residents with provincial cabinet ministers, parliamentary assistants and their staff,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “Collaborating in this way strengthens our ability to make a positive difference for our residents, and to build a better Brampton.”
The City’s delegation made significant progress on all seven of their delegations to the Province. Three initiatives were the focus of the team:
A university presence in Brampton will ensure that our best and brightest have options for higher education right here at home.
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development is committed to release a call for proposals. A call for proposals represents the beginning of a process that leads to the selection of a successful partner to meet provincial goals for postsecondary education in Ontario.
With an ongoing commitment to expanding health care in Brampton, the City wants to ensure health partnerships, status and funding for current – and future – hospitals.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care sees the potential for continued partnership opportunities with William Osler Health System and the City, to ensure the residents of Brampton continue to receive the best quality of health care when they need it.
A review of the Municipal Act is currently underway and changes are expected.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is reviewing the Municipal Act, specifically examining representation by population. The delegation met with PA Lou Rinaldi to express concerns with the disparity and imbalance of elected representation at the Region of Peel. Fair representation for Brampton residents at the Region of Peel is a priority for City Council.
The City of Brampton delegation team – which includes Mayor Jeffrey, and Councillors Grant Gibson, Gael Miles, Elaine Moore and Michael Palleschi, and Chief Administrative Officer Harry Schlange – met with provincial Ministries at AMO to connect on significant City initiatives that are key to building a future ready Brampton.
The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca
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