aerial view of Downtown Brantford from the Grand River looking north

In May 2021, Brantford City Council approved the creation of the Downtown Improvement Task Force to address ongoing challenges in the downtown core. The primary goal of the task force, which held its first meeting in August, is to make recommendations with respect to both short and long-term actions that should be taken to improve the health, vitality, safety, and resiliency of the city’s Downtown.

The Downtown Brantford Improvement Task Force comprises city councillors and representatives from the chamber of commerce, health unit, police, library, Conestoga College, Laurier University, the Downtown Brantford Business Improvement Association and the Downtown Central Neighbourhood Association. The MPP and MP also are part of the group.

The taskforce and its three sub working groups will focus on social supports, economic development and programming, and safety and security, to better position the downtown as a centre for civic government, retail, business, academia, culture, arts, music and entertainment.

The task force will meet over the next four months to focus on outcomes that result in a Downtown that is demonstrably safer, more secure, inclusive and welcoming to a broad diversity of people.

Community Input

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.

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 register online to speak at the meeting.

The public engagement period will be open until October 22, 2021.