Want the perks of working in Toronto but without the hefty rental prices that come with living in the city? Considering buying your first home but can’t find anything bigger than a one-bedroom apartment for your current budget within the city’s limits? Interested in living in a vibrant, diverse and multicultural city with great educational options and reliable transport links to downtown Toronto? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we might have the perfect solution for you. Say hello to life in Brampton, Ontario.
Where is Brampton, Ontario?
Brampton is located about 40 kilometres north-west of downtown Toronto, right by Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Population and immigrant communities
Life in Brampton is anything but ordinary. Brampton is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Since 2011, its population has grown about three times more quickly than that of Ontario, with around 600,000 people calling Brampton home today. Remarkably, according to the 2016 census over 52 percent of Brampton’s population was born outside Canada Of these, 61,640 came from the Americas (North and South), 35,160 from Europe, and 16,065 from Africa. Most people come to Brampton from Asia with a total of 195,235 residents (with the most coming from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Philippines). In particular, there is a massive Indian population looking to make a life in Brampton, and that number continues to grow by the day.
These figures mean that Brampton ranks fifth nationally when it comes to the number of immigrants versus total population numbers. It is clear why life Brampton is regarded as so good by many, especially as it is one of the most diverse cities in the entire country. But what is attracting so many immigrants and other newcomers to the birthplace of Hollywood actor Michael Cera? Let’s find out.
Housing in Brampton
If you choose to buy or rent a property in Brampton then you can expect to pay significantly less than you would in downtown Toronto or one of the city’s outlying neighbourhoods. For instance, a one-bedroom apartment in Brampton city centre will set you back around $1,542 per month, though more affordable apartments are also on the market. For instance, if you plan on living independently or with a partner then you can find a one-bedroom apartment outside downtown Brampton for approximately $1,252 per month. If you are moving to Brampton as a family and are looking for a larger property then a three-bedroom apartment in Brampton’s downtown core will set you back around $2,375 per month. However, if you are happy to live a little further outside the city then you should be able to find a place for around $2,050 per month. So, if you end up renting in Brampton, you can rest assured that you will be paying somewhere between 40 and 45 percent less per month than if you were living in downtown Toronto. Guess what? You can buy a lot of Maple Leafs or Raptors tickets with all that extra cash!
Or, you could save for a downpayment on your very own property in Brampton.
If your move to Brampton was in order to purchase a home that was out of your price range in Toronto then you’ll be happy to know that the price per square metre to purchase a property was about $5,262 in Brampton city centre and about $3,822 outside the downtown core. These figures are approximately half of what you might expect to pay in Toronto. Despite the more affordable rental and property prices available in Brampton vis-a-vis Toronto, the reality is that you may still have to travel each day if you continue to work in Toronto (though more Bramptonians are working locally or benefiting from remote work environments). So, what does the commute from Brampton to Toronto look like?