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Brampton, Ontario

Brampton is a city in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario.

The population for Brampton in 2002 is 351,646, and it is estimated that by the year 2021, the city population will almost have doubled to 600,000 people. It will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary (150th) since its incorporation as a village in 2003. Brampton is part of the Greater Toronto Area.

John Haggert, Brampton's first mayor

Industries include Ford, Nortel, Para Paints, a Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, Nestlé, DiamlerChrysler Canada Ltd., Maple Lodge Farms, Frito Lay Canada and Data Business Forms. Brampton used to be known as The Flowertown of Canada, a title earned by the large greenhouse industry, which included Dale's Flowers, which won many international rose awards for nearly half a century. A new convention center, Pearson Convention Centre will be built and ready in 2003.

Schools include Turner Fenton Secondary School, Canada's only campus based high school, and Heart Lake Secondary School.

Cultural entities in the city are controlled by the Brampton Arts Council. They include Visual Arts Brampton and the Heritage Theatre. Also in the city is the Peel Heritage Complex, which is run by the municipality.

The city is host to the Brampton Battalion, an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) league team. The Brampton Excelsiors are a highly successful lacrosse team, seven-time winners of the Mann Cup. Their most recent Mann Cup victory was in 2002. The junior Excelsiors won the Minto Cup in 1952.

There are many sporting venues and activities including the outdoor ice path for skating through Gage Park and the ski lift at Chinguacousy Park. In the summer amateur softball leagues abound and crowds line the beaches at Professor's Lake.

Heart of Peel

Since its foundation in 1974, the municipal government of the Regional Municipality of Peel has used Brampton as its heart. Most of the Region's department offices (including the Regional Council Chamber), the Peel Regional Police force, the fire department, the region's only major museum, The Peel Heritage Complex. As a result of this, the area has become known as the centre of the region, represented by Peel Centre Drive, on which many facilities are located.

Population and Related Issues

Being a suburb of Toronto, Brampton has been hit hard by migration to the area, in terms of infrastructure. Currently (December 2003), its population was estimated as being 330 000.

The city is bracing for its population to double to 600 000 in the next two decades, as predicted by statisticans.


Bramalea was built as a "satellite city", Canada's first when built in the 1960s. It was annexed into Brampton in 1974, but still remains essentially autonomous in spirit, with even new residents responding that they live in Bramalea.

Chinguacousy and Toronto Gore were two townships incorporated into Brampton mid-way through the century. Out of which communities like Bramalea, Heart Lake and Professor's Lake, Snelgrove, Tullamore, and Mayfield.

Once rural villages, areas like Claireville, Ebenezer, Victoria, Springbrook, Churchville, Coleraine and Huttonville. While only Victoria, Huttonville and Churchville still exist as identifiable communities, other names like Claireville are re-emerging, as names of new developments.

The early 1980s brought new development, as the city released large tracts of land to residential developers. This land began in its largest boom in 1999, when development started to appear as far north as the city's border with Caledon. The Region has designated this border as being the line of demarcation for urban development until 2021. However, neighbouring communities not part of Peel have also been massively affected by the city's sudden spurt. The end of Brampton and start of Georgetown, for example, is essentially non-identifiable.

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See also: Gordon Graydon and City of Brampton Arts Person of the Year, List of communities in Ontario

NOT RELATED: Brampton Lake, Ontario

North: Caledon
West: Halton Hills Brampton East: Vaughan, Toronto
South: Mississauga