Improvements for the Downtown Brampton Flood Protection project have been announced by Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities, Sonia Sidhu, member of parliament for Brampton South, and Patrick Brown, mayor of Brampton.
“The Government of Canada is helping communities such as Brampton better manage the risks of disasters triggered by severe weather events and a changing climate,” said Minister Catherine McKenna.
“This important project will improve the resilience of 3,665 people across 31-hectares exposed to flooding in the downtown core,” added McKenna. “Through our Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, we’re investing more than $38.8 million to help transform Brampton with flood protection that will protect residents, their households, and local businesses.”
By protecting properties and roadways from potential flood damage and creating more resiliency in Brampton’s downtown, this project will help attract new investment, spur job creation, and improve public spaces in the area.
“The Government of Canada is proud to partner with the City of Brampton for infrastructure enhancements made through the Downtown Brampton Flood protection project,” said Sonia Sidhu, member of parliament for Brampton South. “The upgrades will not only protect our residents and business owners, it will also help with the revitalization and transformation of Brampton’s downtown core.”
Key elements of this project include widening a 600-metre concrete channel through downtown Brampton, replacing bridges, and raising roadways. The current channel, built in 1952, will be widened and deepened to increase capacity levels in Etobicoke Creek. Bridges in the project area will be replaced with larger span structures and elevated roadways will prevent flooding into urban areas.
“Brampton City Council is committed to unlocking the potential of downtown Brampton and being a Green City that is strong, resilient, and sustainable,” said Patrick Brown, mayor of the City of Brampton. “This is a much welcome announcement from the Government of Canada.”
“It will not only move us one step closer to realizing the transformational Riverwalk project, but will also revitalize our community and put Brampton on the map for its innovative and impactful solution to mitigating flood risk,” added Brown.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $38.8 million through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). The City of Brampton is contributing over $58.2 million to the project.