BRAMPTON, ON: From March 29 to May 10, over 900 Brampton residents, ages 15 to 29, took part in the City’s first youth engagement survey at local events, on the street, online and through the City’s Twitter and Facebook. The 10-minute survey had approximately 50 questions.
The survey data offers insight into how to allot funding to youth-related programs, develop a comprehensive youth policy that accurately reflects youth, and creates baseline data for deeper research into youth and the future of cities.
“Consulting with all our residents is vital to the success of our city. Connecting with our youth and listening to what they like about Brampton, what needs to be improved and what they want to see in their city in the future will make Brampton a better, more livable city that attracts and retains motivated and successful young people,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “The results of this youth survey will be an important tool to guide the City as we implement our 2016-2018 Strategic Plan.”
What the City of Brampton heard is youth are most proud of our diversity and multiculturalism, sense of community and the people. Youth also expressed their pride in the city’s parks and public spaces, high quality education, interconnectedness and connection to other cities, beauty and reputation as “Flower City” and environment and cleanliness.
Brampton’s youth flagged affordability, entertainment, employment, transit and safety issues as areas of life they feel the municipality needs to focus on.
The survey was conducted by YouthfulCities, a Toronto-based company that specializes in youth engagement that connects youth, governments and change-makers to build the largest reservoir of youth-centred urban knowledge in the world, and have surveyed youth in more than 75 big cities around the world – including Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.
The report is available on the City’s website
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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