From a settlement in the early 1800s to an officially designated City in 1974, today, Brampton is a diverse, cosmopolitan, and vibrant place to be. From a population of 500 in 1853 to 523,911 in 2011, Brampton is Canada’s second fastest growing and the 9th largest city. The Province of Ontario has designated Brampton as an urban growth area and by 2031, the City’s population is expected to grow to 725,000.
Located immediately north of Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Brampton has positioned itself as a global economic contender. Home to more than 8,000 businesses, Brampton enjoys a Triple ‘A’ credit rating by Standard & Poor’s. The City’s major business clusters include manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade. The manufacturing industry remains the largest employer.
In addition to a well-developed economic base, Brampton residents enjoy a high quality lifestyle. It combines big city conveniences with traditional quality of life. It is the first city in the GTA and one of only 10 in North America to be designated an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization in 2007. Over the years, Brampton has successfully revitalized its flower town heritage to claim the title of Canada’s Flower City. Competing with the likes of Aberdeen, Scotland; Prince George, British Columbia; Stockton-on-Tees, England; Strathcona, Alberta; and Toronto, in 2008, Brampton earned the title of International Communities in Bloom.
Offering more than 6,000 acres of parkland, Brampton provides access to a wide variety of outdoor activities. The City also enjoys a vast inventory of libraries, hospital services, educational facilities, shopping centres and places of worship. People from around the world have come together to live, work, play and pray in this City. Brampton residents represent more than 170 different cultures and speak more than 70 languages.
Brampton is the youngest community in the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA) with a median age at 34.7 according to the 2011 Census.