- What is Riverwalk?
The Riverwalk project is a transformative opportunity to revitalize Brampton’s downtown and make it healthy, sustainable and resilient. Its main purpose is to engineer an innovative long-term solution to eliminate the flood risk in downtown Brampton. In turn, that will unlock the potential for urban growth and development.
- Why is it important?
the Etobicoke Creek runs through a concrete-lined bypass channel that has
protected downtown Brampton from flooding for nearly 70 years. But the risk of
flooding still exists, and the channel doesn’t exempt the area from strict provincial regulations that
project has three main objectives:
Protect existing properties in the downtown
core from flood damage during both the regulatory (Hurricane
Hazel-sized) storm event and other storms with a high flood risk.
Remove the Etobicoke Creek floodplain and thereby allow for the
removal of provincial
floodplain development restrictions.
Unlock economic, environmental, social and
cultural opportunities, and support the development of a new
Ryerson University campus, Centre for Innovation, public library, and other
- What is the study area?
The Riverwalk study area generally encompasses
the Etobicoke Creek valley and connected open space from Vodden Street in the
north to about Guest Street in the south, and from Elizabeth Street in the west
to Centre Street in the east.
- What’s happened so far?
So far, we have completed two phases of feasibility studies.During Phase 1, we assessed a wide range of flood mitigation options and identified what is feasible and what isn’t. Summary report coming soon….
Phase 2 took the work a step further and looked at the interaction between the river and storm sewers. We also continued the dialogue on urban design and land use, and we now have a better understanding of the physical requirements to meet our goals. Summary report coming soon….
Currently, we are undertaking an Environmental Assessment study, in partnership with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.
- What’s an Environmental Assessment?
An Environmental Assessment (EA) is a planning
and decision-making process that is carried out before starting an
infrastructure project. It identifies and assesses what impacts (positive and
negative) the project may have on the natural, cultural, social, built and economic
- When will the EA begin and how long will it take?
A consulting team for the Riverwalk EA was
selected in summer 2018. Work on the study began in August 2018 and will take
about 18-24 months.
- Will the EA consider possible impacts on the nearby heritage buildings?
Yes. A cultural and heritage report will be
completed as part of the Environmental Assessment.
- Will the EA look at possible impacts on traffic?
Yes. A traffic study will be completed as part
of the Environmental Assessment.
- Where can I learn more about the EA?
The EA is being led by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. Visit their project page
to learn more.
- What else is happening now?
In addition to the EA, our next steps include:
Complete a full economic income study
demonstrating the full value of the project.
Work with the
Region of Peel, provincial and federal governments to identify partnership
Urban Design Master Plan for the study area.
More details on these steps will be shared as
they become available.
- How much will all of this cost?
Total costs are projected to be approximately
$263M based on the outcomes of the feasibility studies. This amount will be refined throughout the EA
process as all design factors are considered in detail. The estimate includes:
cost of studies, construction (bridge work, channel improvements, park
development, utility requirements), local drainage improvements and road
reconstruction. This list may include
other components as the EA study progresses.
The project has received federal, provincial
and regional funding through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, the Natural
Disaster Mitigation Fund and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.
- What will the end result look like?
Click here to take a
virtual tour! Keep in mind that this is an artist visualization (not a final
approved plan), but it illustrates the vision, principles and concepts approved
by City Council in 2014. The tour will be updated as the project progresses
there be opportunities for residents to get involved?