cover and interior spread of the Downtown Priority Plan

In response to concerns regarding social challenges in the city’s downtown core exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, last fall Brantford City Council appointed a Downtown Brantford Improvement Task Force (DBITF) with the objective to make recommendations that the City and community partners could implement to improve the health, vitality and resiliency of the heart of our city. Over the last seven months, the Task Force served as a collaborative community forum in which various entities and organizations across business sectors and community agencies shared information and resources resulting in the development of the Brantford’s Downtown Priority Plan: A Community Vision for the City Centre.

The Priority Plan was informed by public feedback collected through a series of public engagement opportunities with various community groups including businesses, the Downtown Central Neighbourhood Association and people with lived experience. Recognizing that current issues in the downtown are varied and complicated, the primary objective of the engagement campaign was to identify the community’s perspectives of key priorities, as highlighted in the resulting Downtown Priority Plan.