Councillor Paul Vicente Biography

 

Contact Information
Phone: 905-874-2601
Fax: 905-874-2644

​Email: paul.vicente@brampton.ca

Background

For many years, Paul has dedicated himself to city building by leading policy discussions and fostering an understanding of its issues through media, including television broadcasts, print newspapers, and public town halls with government leaders. He strongly believes that informed communities and ongoing consultation result in better decisions. 

Paul is proud of his involvement with community groups in Brampton. He served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Carabram, Brampton’s Multicultural Festival and he is a Founding Director of Brampton Focus, a media organization dedicated to covering issues in Brampton. In response to residents' concerns on community safety and the increase in crime, Paul worked to create Neighbourhood Watch Brampton, a new safety organization in the city. Paul is also the founder of Stand Up for Brampton, which is dedicated to promoting discussion about the city and a positive culture around Brampton politics. Paul has lived in Brampton for over thirty years, is married and has three children with his wife, a teacher, who also works in Brampton. As a family, they love living in Brampton.​

Accomplishments

Taxes

During his first term of Council, Paul fought to keep taxes low, supporting a city property tax freeze that lasted four consecutive years, while making record contributions to the City’s financial reserves. 

Housing

Paul has taken a progressive approach to housing developments in Brampton. He believes that smart growth and redevelopment are vital to increasing supply to address the ongoing housing crisis. The keystone of this plan was abolishing the minimum parking requirements for new builds to eliminate obstacles to building in Brampton. 

Covid-19 Pandemic

Paul led through the Covid-19 pandemic and co-chaired the Covid-19 Economic Support Task Force to coordinate a response to struggling local businesses. 

Advocacy

Paul has always been an advocate, serving on the board of directors for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (A.M.O.). At A.M.O, Paul ensured that Brampton’s priorities were escalated to the provincial government, securing $600 million of investment. Paul advocated for​ Brampton University, as Brampton is the only large municipality in Canada that does not have its own comprehensive university. His advocacy resulted in the approval of the Rogers Cyber Secure Catalyst and the announcement of a new medical school. The City of Brampton is also in negotiations for the relocation of the University of Guelph-Humber to Brampton. 

Healthcare

Brampton is Canada’s fastest growing big city and has lagged significantly in healthcare access as measured by beds per capita (less than half of the provincial average). Paul championed the declaration of a healthcare emergency months prior to the global pandemic to bring attention to the need in the City. This effort helped secure the provincial announcement of a second full-scale hospital at the Peel Memorial site in Brampton. He continues to advocate for a third hospital. 

Paul’s advocacy for improving healthcare also includes his work to establish a new 12 bed residential hospice- a first for the City, which will serve Brampton’s growing diverse population. 

Transportation

Paul is a champion of affordable transit, active transportation, and road safety, with a track record of accomplishments:

  • Brampton is on track to become the first municipality to have a fully electric bus system,

  • Approved a free transit for seniors program,

  • Advocated for traffic calming and stop signs to reduce speeding,

  • Supported the implementation of Canada’s largest automated speed enforcement camera program, and

  • Championed the implementation of bike lanes across the city during the pandemic.

Environment

Paul’s advocacy for transit and active transportation has been coupled with litter clean ups with People Against Litter and tree plantings in local parks throughout the term to protect the environment. 

​Roles

Cit​y​ Roles

  • Chair-Public Works and Engineering

  • Vice Chair- Economic Development and Culture section

  • Vice Chair-Budget

  • Co-Chair-Brampton Transit Advisory 

  • Member-Citizen Appointments

  • Member-Governance and Council operations 

  • Member-Brampton Heritage Board

  • Member-Community Safety Advisory 

  • Member-​Canadian Urban Transit Association 

Regional Roles

  • Vice Chair-Strategic Housing and Homelessness

  • Member-Accessible Transportation Master Plan and Council Advisory Group

  • Member-Government Relations

  • Member-Health System Integration

  • Member-TRCA- Partners in Project Green Executive Management

  • Member-Friends of PAMA Advisory Board

  • Member-Peel Goods Movement Task Force​

  • Member-Planning & Growth Management

Association of Municipalities of Ontario 

  • Member-Board of Directors; Regional & Single Tier Caucus ​

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