Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon’s motion for an increase in Brampton’s economic activity passed unanimously at Brampton City Council on Wednesday.
Dhillon had called for a boost in the (jobs-to-population ratio in Brampton to 40% for 2041, from the current 33%; and the City of Brampton accommodate the additional 15,000 to 25,000 jobs required to achieve this 40% rate through appropriate employment land designations and/or increase the proportion of office uses over time.
In an interview with Can-India, Councillor Dhillon said that this was a victory for the future of Brampton. “By focusing on higher end jobs, we place Brampton in a position to retain our young generation who have been leaving for Toronto, Mississauga, Markham and Waterloo because of lack of opportunity here,” he added.
According to Dhillon, the motion will go a long way to ensuring that Council meets the expectation of Bramptonians who all want to see more job opportunities. This sets in motion the distinct possibility of creating upto 25,000 new jobs over the next 25 years.
On June 8th, Brampton city councillors had intense discussions about the proposed plan to covert more commercial lands for housing.
In that meeting Councillor Dhillon pitched for developing the lands. The 70 acre parcel of commercial land sits mostly in the east end near Highway 50 and Gore Road. Developers were undoubtedly in favor of creating more residential sub-divisions.
Brampton’s 33 per cent of employment land is smaller than neighboring communities. There is one job for every three people in Brampton, which poses a problem for residents who have to travel outside the city to work.
By 2041, the city’s population is expected to hit 890,000 with forecasted employment growth of 329,000, or an activity rate of 38 per cent.
Dhillon said his constituents in the last election made clear “to stop building more houses and focus on building more local jobs.”
This decision is a step in the right direction. CINEWS