BRAMPTON, ON (November 24, 2022) – At its meeting yesterday, Brampton Committee of Council approved a recommendation, to be ratified by City Council at its November 28 Special Meeting, to amend the Fireworks By-Law to immediately prohibit the use, purchase, discharge, possession, sale and offer to sell of fireworks in Brampton.
The safety of residents is the City’s top priority, and the Fireworks By-law aims to mitigate the risk of injury and damage to property. Under the amended by-law, the fine for discharging fireworks would be increased to a minimum of $500, and the fine for selling or offering to sell fireworks would be increased to a minimum of $1000. The current firework permit process would be amended to only be applicable to the film industry and events run by the City.
Under the existing Fireworks By-law, short-range fireworks are currently allowed on private property in Brampton without the need for a permit on Victoria Day, Canada Day, Diwali and New Year’s Eve. The City has received significant growth related to the number of fireworks related complaints since 2019, with safety, noise and debris being common concerns in the community.
Under the recommended amended Fireworks By-law proposed, fireworks would not be permitted in the City.
City of Brampton Diwali event
The City of Brampton wants residents to be able to celebrate holidays safely. If the recommendation is ratified, the City will add an annual City-run Diwali celebration event with Pyrotechnics similar to Canada Day and New Year’s Eve in 2023. The City will work with local partners on the event to support a vibrant and fun celebration for Brampton residents to enjoy.
For more information on events in Brampton, visit www.brampton.ca/events.
“The safety of our residents is of utmost importance to the City of Brampton. We have heard the concerns of our community regarding the Fireworks By-law, and it is our goal that by amending it, we will all enjoy our holidays safely and without disruption, excessive noise or debris. I thank everyone for making their voices heard on this topic, and look forward to welcoming residents to our first annual Diwali celebration event next year!”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton
“Brampton is a Healthy and Safe City, and we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all while mitigating the risk of injury in our community and keeping it clean and green. The amended Fireworks By-law will help ensure our residents are safe, and that we can all enjoy our holiday celebrations. We thank residents and stakeholders who shared their thoughts on this important topic with us.”
- Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Chair, Legislative Services, City of Brampton
“While it is important that our residents get to celebrate holidays throughout the year with friends and loved ones, we must do so with respect and safety top of mind. I am proud to put forward the motion that our Fireworks By-law be amended so that it reflects the thoughts and concerns of our community, and thank those that reached out to the City to have their voices heard. We look forward to enjoying fireworks at our City-led events throughout the year together as a community.”
- Dennis Keenan, Regional Councillor, Wards 3 & 4, City of Brampton
“As a diverse and inclusive city, it is important that our residents can enjoy the holidays that matter most to them in a safe and celebratory way. I supported the motion to amend the Fireworks By-law and look forward to welcoming residents to a City-led Diwali celebration next year, and enjoying Canada Day and New Year’s Eve at our City-hosted events.
- Gurpartap Singh Toor, Regional Councillor, Wards 9 & 10, City of Brampton
“The City’s top priority is ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents, and ensuring its services, programs and events are reflective of the needs of the community it serves. Following today’s recommendation at Committee of Council, staff will work to amend the Fireworks By-law to bring back for ratification on Monday, November 28 at the Special Council Meeting. We thank the community for sharing their feedback and look forward to hosting our first-ever City-led Diwali celebration in 2023.”
- Marlon Kallideen, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
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