Riverwalk is an important initiative to revitalize downtown Brampton and unlock its economic and development potential. The initiative will provide long-term flood risk reduction along the Etobicoke Creek, while creating places for residents to access nature and enjoy public spaces.
The Downtown Brampton Flood Protection (DBFP) project, is part of Riverwalk and focuses on ways to eliminate and reduce flooding from the Etobicoke Creek during extreme storms. This project will make improvements to the Etobicoke Creek channel, as per the approved DBFP Environmental Assessment (2020), including:
- Widening and deepening the Etobicoke Creek channel
- Replacing bridges at Church, Scott, and Queen Streets and the pedestrian bridge south of the CN Rail line
- Improving the bridge at the CN Rail line
- Relocating Ken Whillans Drive to the west
- Improvements to Church Street at Etobicoke Creek
The DBFP project is currently in the detailed design phase. Throughout the summer of 2023, the City's consultants will be working in the waterway to gather data and information to produce the detailed design. This works includes doing site surveys, geotechnical investigations and conducting tree inventories and/or tagging.
Construction of flood protection works is anticipated to begin in 2025 and be completed in 2028.
An Environmental Assessment (EA) is a planning and decision-making process, prescribed by Provincial legislation, that identifies a preferred solution that will reduce the flood risk to the downtown core, while considering opportunities for revitalization and ecological benefits. The EA for the DBFP was approved in 2020 and forms the basis of the detailed design.
Learn more about the purpose of the EA from the Riverwalk Frequently Asked Questions page.
For more information, about the Environmental Assessment or to review the documents visit the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority project website.