Economic Support Task Force

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Click here to visit the Brampton Economic Development page to learn about supports and resources available to you.

Have a question for the task force? Email covid19business@brampton.ca

Arts, Culture & Tourism Community Tele Town Hall

On Friday, May 29, 2020 at 3 p.m., please join us for a tele town hall for our Arts, Culture & Tourism community, hosted by the Economic Support Taskforce, to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and an update on the City’s plans for Economic Recovery.
Register here. Note: registration closes May 28 2020 at 8:00 PM


Economic Recovery Strategy

The Economic Recovery Strategy aims to bring resiliency and competitive advantage to the Brampton economy.

This will be achieved by fully adopting our innovation and technology transformation, seizing opportunities to attract investment, expediting infrastructure projects and shifting the paradigm through which the arts and creative sector serves as the beating heart of Brampton.

Economic Recovery Strategy Four Cornerstones


Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship: The Innovation and Technology sector continues to be highly adaptable and resilient. A significant focus will be put on supporting innovation and technology companies through dedicated sector support as well as investments in the up and coming Brampton Innovation District. This support system has resources for innovation and tech companies in all stages including start-up, scale-up as well as SME’s and large corporates. Looking beyond the sector, economic resiliency will come from businesses in all sectors adopting new technology.

Infrastructure: The City of Brampton will be moving forward with short and long term infrastructure projects to help stimulate economic activity and position projects that can take advantage of federal and provincial stimulus funding.

Investment: The “new normal” that is being created throughout the economy will provide opportunities as companies review, and potentially restructure, their operations and supply chains. The City of Brampton can seize these private-sector investment opportunities by supporting our local companies as they adapt to new realities, building on our strategic advantages like logistics, and looking internationally for companies that would benefit from investing in Brampton.

Arts, Culture & Tourism: The Culture Master Plan themes of Developing a Community of Practice and Building Brampton’s Identity not only remain relevant, but are required in the effort to transform the city’s current cultural environment into a thriving arts scene – replete with opportunities to produce, participate in and consume creative products that drive cultural and community progress, grow the local economy, attract investment and build Brampton’s identity.



Task Force Members


Kamal Khera
Member of parliament (Brampton West), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Government of Canada

Prabmeet Sarkaria
Member of Provincial Parliament (Brampton South), Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, for the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Province of Ontario

Todd Letts
Chief Executive Officer, Brampton Board of Trade

Suzy Godefroy
Executive Director, Downtown Brampton BIA

Kristina Romasco
Chair, Downtown Brampton BIA and Owner/Operator, Dolcezza Custom Cakes

Andria Barrett
President, Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce

Pramod Goyal
President, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce

Jenny Lo
Founder and President, Brampton Chinese Business Association

Badar Shamim
Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Generation PMCA Corp and Member of the Board of Directors, Canadian Turkish Business Council

David Kapil
Advisor, Kapil Financial Services and Chair of Board of Directors for New Brampton

Todd Kerr
Vice President, Real Estate, Giampaolo Investments Limited

Steven Schipper
C.M., O.M, Executive Artistic Director, Performing Arts



Past events:

April 17, 2020: Brampton Small Businesses
Click here to download audio recording

April 6 2020: Restaurant & Food Service Sector Conference Call
Click here to download audio recording

March 30, 2020: Small Business Tele Town Hall
Click here to download audio recording


The Economic Support Task Force, co-chaired by Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi (Wards 2 and 6) and Regional Councillor Paul Vicente (Wards 1 and 5), will coordinate recommendations and measures to support business relief efforts in Brampton.

This group will provide an assessment on support, stimulus and recovery measures needed to get local business, across all sectors, back to normal operations in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 public health pandemic. This includes immediate and long-term actions to support local businesses, workers and residents.

The Task Force will consult, as needed, with the Brampton Board of Trade, Brampton Downtown Business Improvement Area, Black Chamber of Commerce, local employers and businesses, labour organizations, the public and others, to fulfil its mandate.

Where possible and available, the Task Force will leverage and advocate for regional, provincial and federal government economic assistance and funding to support Brampton-based businesses.



Useful Links & Resources:


Support for Businesses in the Region of Peel: Prevention, Cleaning & Resources

"Business Help Centre" - (via Canadian Federation of Independent Business)

"Pandemic Preparedness Guide" for Business - (via Canadian Chamber of Commerce)

"Crisis Communications Plan" (Word Template) - (via Canadian Chamber of Commerce)

"Business Continuity & Recovery Plan" (Word Template) - (via Canadian Chamber of Commerce)

"Business Continuity Plan" and Templates for Entrepreneurs - (via Business Development Bank of Canada)

"Coronavirus Resources for Canadian Businesses" - (via Trade Commissioner of Canada)

"Fiscal Countermeasures for COVID-19" (PDF) - (via Canadian Chamber of Commerce)

"Coronavirus and Small Business: Keeping You and Your Employees Safe" - (via Canadian Federation of Independent Business)

"Getting Your Business Ready for Coronavirus" - (via World Health Organization)

"Frequently Asked Questions for Canadian Exporters" - (via Export Development Canada)

"Managing the Impact on Global Supply Chains" - (via Export Development Canada)

"COVID-19 Smart Shopping" - (via Retail Council of Canada)



Click here to visit the Brampton Economic Development page to learn about supports and resources available to you.

Have a question for the task force? Email covid19business@brampton.ca

Arts, Culture & Tourism Community Tele Town Hall

On Friday, May 29, 2020 at 3 p.m., please join us for a tele town hall for our Arts, Culture & Tourism community, hosted by the Economic Support Taskforce, to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and an update on the City’s plans for Economic Recovery.
Register here. Note: registration closes May 28 2020 at 8:00 PM


Economic Recovery Strategy

The Economic Recovery Strategy aims to bring resiliency and competitive advantage to the Brampton economy.

This will be achieved by fully adopting our innovation and technology transformation, seizing opportunities to attract investment, expediting infrastructure projects and shifting the paradigm through which the arts and creative sector serves as the beating heart of Brampton.

Economic Recovery Strategy Four Cornerstones


Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship: The Innovation and Technology sector continues to be highly adaptable and resilient. A significant focus will be put on supporting innovation and technology companies through dedicated sector support as well as investments in the up and coming Brampton Innovation District. This support system has resources for innovation and tech companies in all stages including start-up, scale-up as well as SME’s and large corporates. Looking beyond the sector, economic resiliency will come from businesses in all sectors adopting new technology.

Infrastructure: The City of Brampton will be moving forward with short and long term infrastructure projects to help stimulate economic activity and position projects that can take advantage of federal and provincial stimulus funding.

Investment: The “new normal” that is being created throughout the economy will provide opportunities as companies review, and potentially restructure, their operations and supply chains. The City of Brampton can seize these private-sector investment opportunities by supporting our local companies as they adapt to new realities, building on our strategic advantages like logistics, and looking internationally for companies that would benefit from investing in Brampton.

Arts, Culture & Tourism: The Culture Master Plan themes of Developing a Community of Practice and Building Brampton’s Identity not only remain relevant, but are required in the effort to transform the city’s current cultural environment into a thriving arts scene – replete with opportunities to produce, participate in and consume creative products that drive cultural and community progress, grow the local economy, attract investment and build Brampton’s identity.



Task Force Members


Kamal Khera
Member of parliament (Brampton West), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Government of Canada

Prabmeet Sarkaria
Member of Provincial Parliament (Brampton South), Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, for the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Province of Ontario

Todd Letts
Chief Executive Officer, Brampton Board of Trade

Suzy Godefroy
Executive Director, Downtown Brampton BIA

Kristina Romasco
Chair, Downtown Brampton BIA and Owner/Operator, Dolcezza Custom Cakes

Andria Barrett
President, Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce

Pramod Goyal
President, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce

Jenny Lo
Founder and President, Brampton Chinese Business Association

Badar Shamim
Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Generation PMCA Corp and Member of the Board of Directors, Canadian Turkish Business Council

David Kapil
Advisor, Kapil Financial Services and Chair of Board of Directors for New Brampton

Todd Kerr
Vice President, Real Estate, Giampaolo Investments Limited

Steven Schipper
C.M., O.M, Executive Artistic Director, Performing Arts



Past events:

April 17, 2020: Brampton Small Businesses
Click here to download audio recording

April 6 2020: Restaurant & Food Service Sector Conference Call
Click here to download audio recording

March 30, 2020: Small Business Tele Town Hall
Click here to download audio recording


The Economic Support Task Force, co-chaired by Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi (Wards 2 and 6) and Regional Councillor Paul Vicente (Wards 1 and 5), will coordinate recommendations and measures to support business relief efforts in Brampton.

This group will provide an assessment on support, stimulus and recovery measures needed to get local business, across all sectors, back to normal operations in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 public health pandemic. This includes immediate and long-term actions to support local businesses, workers and residents.

The Task Force will consult, as needed, with the Brampton Board of Trade, Brampton Downtown Business Improvement Area, Black Chamber of Commerce, local employers and businesses, labour organizations, the public and others, to fulfil its mandate.

Where possible and available, the Task Force will leverage and advocate for regional, provincial and federal government economic assistance and funding to support Brampton-based businesses.



Useful Links & Resources:


Support for Businesses in the Region of Peel: Prevention, Cleaning & Resources

"Business Help Centre" - (via Canadian Federation of Independent Business)

"Pandemic Preparedness Guide" for Business - (via Canadian Chamber of Commerce)

"Crisis Communications Plan" (Word Template) - (via Canadian Chamber of Commerce)

"Business Continuity & Recovery Plan" (Word Template) - (via Canadian Chamber of Commerce)

"Business Continuity Plan" and Templates for Entrepreneurs - (via Business Development Bank of Canada)

"Coronavirus Resources for Canadian Businesses" - (via Trade Commissioner of Canada)

"Fiscal Countermeasures for COVID-19" (PDF) - (via Canadian Chamber of Commerce)

"Coronavirus and Small Business: Keeping You and Your Employees Safe" - (via Canadian Federation of Independent Business)

"Getting Your Business Ready for Coronavirus" - (via World Health Organization)

"Frequently Asked Questions for Canadian Exporters" - (via Export Development Canada)

"Managing the Impact on Global Supply Chains" - (via Export Development Canada)

"COVID-19 Smart Shopping" - (via Retail Council of Canada)



Who can apply for residential property tax relief due to Covid-19?

Brampton residents and businesses can defer property tax payments for five months due to COVID-19. 

The City of Brampton has waived the interest and late fees on tax payments for the five-month period of March 18 to August 19, 2020 in response to COVID-19. This means that the City of Brampton allows residents and businesses the ability to choose to make the outstanding interim tax payments by August 19, 2020 without incurring penalty and interest:

  • Taxpayers are encouraged to make tax payments on the original due dates. Payments will continue to be accepted and processed by the City. Payments can be made at financial institutions, through online banking or dropped off at the drop box located at City Hall lobby adjacent to the parking garage elevator.
  • Neither interest nor late fees will be charged for the second instalment of taxes, which was due on March 18, or for the third instalment, which is due on April 22.
  • Those who sent postdated cheques to the City for their April tax instalment and would like to cancel the payment may do so by calling 311 by April 15.
  • Taxpayers who have pre-authorized tax payments through their bank can cancel their instalment, by clicking here to contact Property Tax(External link) and submitting their request. In order to resume the pre-authorized payment at a later date, the payment holder will need to re-apply to the City.
  • Pre-authorized Payment Plan (PTP) instalments for April, May and June will be withdrawn for those who did not cancel their PTP.
  • The April 22 regular instalment payment can be made at financial institutions, through online banking or dropped off at the drop box located at City Hall lobby adjacent to the parking garage elevator.

For any inquiries, use this form.

What business funding opportunities are available for small businesses?

There are a number of programs which have been announced to support businesses during COVID-19. For a full list of programs, click here or email bec@brampton.ca for a one-on-one consultation.

My business does not issue t4 slips, as we have independent contractors that bill us. Do I still qualify for a loan?

Unfortunately, you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Benefit Account.  Our suggestion is you apply for CERB as a means of off-setting some of your expenses at this time.  You can apply and receive payment within 3-10 business days at: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/e-services/e-services-individuals/account-individuals.html   To deliver payments to Canadians in a fast and easy way, the CERB is being delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency and payments are being made within a few business days.

You should also contact your bank to see what your options might be for securing bank financing to help cover you during business closure.  Though it’s not an ideal situation, succeeding financially through this crisis may mean cutting back or cutting out certain expenses altogether to stay afloat. Reviewing your budget should be a critical part of your covid-19 response strategy and determining what expenses can be reduced or eliminated can help.

To speak with someone further, please contact bec@brampton.ca

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