Brantford Downtown Improvement Task Force seeks public input

Downtown Brantford

BRANTFORD, ON – In response to concerns related to social challenges in the city’s downtown core that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, in August 2021, Brantford City Council appointed a new Downtown Brantford Improvement Task Force (DBITF) to focus on developing actions that the City and community partners will collectively implement to improve the health, vitality and resiliency of the heart of our city. DBITF’s primary objective is to develop a Downtown Improvement Action Plan that is informed by expert stakeholders and public input.

The plan will include strategies to provide additional supports to vulnerable populations including individuals experiencing homelessness, those with substance use disorders, and persons struggling with mental health and addiction challenges.  Priority will also be placed on enhancing safety and security, as well as enhancing tourism, arts, culture, music, entertainment and community events to attract businesses, residents and visitors to the city’s downtown.

We want to hear from you

As the health of our city’s downtown impacts everyone in our community, we want to hear what the community thinks the Task Force should be focusing efforts on. The public is encouraged to provide their input by joining the conversation and completing a survey at https://letstalkbrantford.ca/DowntownImprovement.

Members of the public are also invited to take part in one of two Downtown Improvement Community Town Halls that will be offered virtually on Tuesday October 19th. Please visit https://letstalkbrantford.ca/DowntownImprovement to register to speak at the meeting. The public engagement period will be open until October 22, 2021.

The Brantford Downtown Improvement Task Force is made up of representatives across several sectors including (but not limited to):

  • Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant 
  • Brant County Health Unit
  • Brantford Police Services
  • Brantford Public Library
  • City of Brantford
  • Conestoga College
  • Downtown Brantford Business Improvement Association (DBBIA)
  • Downtown Central Neighbourhood Association
  • MPP Will Bouma
  • Wilfrid Laurier University 

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Media Contact:
Maria Visocchi Director, Communications and Community Engagement
City of Brantford | Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5754 | mvisocchi@brantford.ca

 

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