BRAMPTON, April 29 (CINEWS): The City of Brampton and Region of Peel hosted a delegation from the Singapore Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), Civil Service College, at Brampton City Hall.
The delegation is on a study visit to Canada to learn about best practices in municipal enforcement regarding public and environmental health, food safety, animal, road, parking, and property management/controls.
Regional Councillor Martin Medeiros, and Acting Chief Administrative Officer Peter Simmons, welcomed the delegation, which included Institute Director, Patrick Lau; Manager, Enforcement Practices, Emily Wee; and Manager, Service Management, Jessica Lee.
The delegation learned about municipal enforcement strategy and approaches, optimizing enforcement using technology and innovations, managing citizen perceptions and reactions to enforcement, and legislation to support and protect enforcement officers.
The meeting was organized by affiliated Canadian associations, The Institute of Citizen-Centred Service Canada (ICCS) and Municipal Service Delivery Officials (MSDO). Also present at the meeting were Executive Director, ICCS, Dan Batista; Region of Peel Manager, Digital Service Strategy, and MSDO President, Glenn Brunetti; Director, Service Brampton, and MSDO Vice-President, Rhonda Tsingos; Region of Peel Director, Environmental Health, Paul Callanan; City of Brampton Director, Enforcement and By-Law Services, John Avbar; Manager, By-Law Enforcement, Mike Mulick; Manager, Property Standards Enforcement, Catherine Goddard; Manager, Licensing Enforcement, James Bisson; and Manager, Animal Services, Kathy Duncan.
Martin Medeiros, Regional Councillor, Wards 3 and 4 said:” Singapore is known for its impeccable cleanliness and low crime rate. It is our privilege to welcome the delegation and share our own innovations and best practices. I am sure we have a lot to learn from each other. Brampton is the 9th largest and one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. With our rapidly changing demographics, the role of Enforcement is crucial to maintain the quality of public spaces and neighbourhoods.”
Peter Simmons, Acting CAO, said: ” Brampton is the city of choice for more than half a million people and continues to attract investment, businesses and new residents. Guided by our strategic priority to develop strong communities, the City of Brampton is focussed on creating distinct, lively spaces that help instil civic pride. Proactive and timely enforcement in every area, be it property standards, street parking or licensing regulations, help in upholding community standards and creating a safe environment for residents.”