Brampton, Ontario, is a diverse and multicultural city that has become home to hundreds of thousands of immigrants – the fourth largest visible minority population in Canada. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in all of Canada, located in the Regional Municipality of Peel which includes the City of Mississauga, City of Brampton, and Town of Caledon. The region is also part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and is only 40 km away from the City of Toronto.
With a population of 648,100 (2021), it is the fourth most populated in Ontario and ninth-largest in Canada. 52% of the city’s population were born outside of Canada (over 300,000 residents).
The Peel District School Board runs the public schools, including 85 elementary and middle schools and 16 high schools. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board runs catholic schools, including 44 Catholic elementary and middle schools and nine high schools. If you prefer, you can enroll your children in one of the city’s private schools or English as a second language (ESL) schools.
Diversity is a top reason immigrants choose Brampton as their new home when they come to Canada. There are over 300,000 immigrants in the city, and this number increases by thousands each year. Over 70% of the population identify as a visible minority. In total, there are over 230 ethnicities represented in the region.
Based on the 2016 Census, the largest ethnic group is South Asian (44.3% of the population. This is followed by European (26%), Black (13.9%), Filipino (3.4%), Latin American (2.4%), East Asian (1.7%), and Southeast Asian (1.4%).
The most common languages spoken in the city are English (95.1%), Punjabi (24.0%), Hindi (11.4%), Urdu (5.4%), and French (5.2%).
Brampton’s proximity to Pearson International Airport, major highways and corporate tax structure attract many people and businesses to the region. It has become a destination for corporate head offices, warehouses, manufacturing facilities and factories. It is a prime location along the supply chain in the province. High growth is expected in the city until 2041.
The top industries in Brampton are advanced manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, information and communication technologies, innovation and technology, food and beverage, health and life sciences and other business services.
The top employers in Brampton are Amazon, Magna, Dynacare, BMP Metals, Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd.
Fun Fact: Not only is Brampton the third-largest city in the GTA, it is also the youngest with a median age of 33.7 years.
The city is surrounded by several major highways, including Highway 410, which runs through the middle of the town. Other Highways include 401, Highway 10, Highway 7, and Highway 407 ETR, a toll road.
Brampton Transit is the local transportation provider. Residents can get around on Zum bus rapid transit (BRT). You can also connect to other systems such as York Regional Transit and MiWay. If you work in downtown Toronto, it’s a convenient commute on the GO train or other areas across the GTA. The closest airport is Toronto Pearson Airport.
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