Downtown Master Plan

Since launching the City's original Downtown Master Plan, the City's downtown core has been completely transformed and continues to evolve. Downtown Brantford is an ongoing success story. As one of 25 Ontario “Urban Growth Centres”, the City of Brantford has proven that strategic partnerships are an excellent way of revitalizing a downtown core.

Through partnerships with the provincial government, Wilfrid Laurier University and other postsecondary institutions—the City of Brantford has created opportunities for sustained growth which has dramatically improved the vitality of the downtown core. The City has also partnered with the Downtown Brantford BIA to help create a vibrant business community for visitors, students, citizens of Brantford and surrounding communities to use and enjoy.

As the revitalization of Brantford’s downtown continues, implemented plans to accommodate the core’s growth include the City's Official Plan, Master Servicing Plan, Transportation Master Plan,  redevelopment of the Brantford Transit terminal and the opening of the Laurier- Brantford YMCA recreational centre.

The Downtown Master plan guides development and  improvements as well as providing a vision of how the Downtown can continue to evolve well into the future.

Completed Enhancements 

  • Laurier- Brantford YMCA – 130,000 sq. ft. of state of the art recreational services
  • Harmony Square – the hub for special events and downtown dining
  • Revitalized Downtown Public Library – new façade with revamped main floor
  • Aggressive Capital Plan for improvements to roads and municipal services
  • Victoria Park / George Street Heritage District Renewal 
  • Conestoga College expansion in downtown
  • GO Transit Service providing more commuter options from Brantford to the GTA 

Downtown Brantford Urban Growth Centre

Downtown is a mixed-use, amenity-rich, commercial, residential and civic-oriented area easily accessed by a public transportation system. It is a vibrant commercial and employment centre that is compact and walkable. Downtown is an organized business community through the Downtown Brantford BIA. It is a networked and cohesive entrepreneurial community, working closely with the growing post-secondary institutions within its midst.

Live, Work, Play and Learn

Bike to work. Walk to lunch. Downtown Brantford is a quaint city centre with pleasant older neighbourhoods surrounding an architecturally rich core. The City features acres of parks and miles of trails along the picturesque Grand River. Downtown is also conveniently located within minutes of highways 403 and 401. Support services and market access for your employees and/or customers is easily available in one of southern Ontario’s most affordable and attractive business centres.