If you’ve been paying attention to the news stemming from the 2016 Census, then you’ll know that Brampton is experiencing huge growth. The population has officially surpassed the half million mark, coming in at a whopping 593,638! That makes Brampton the ninth largest municipality in Canada and the fourth largest in Ontario. The city has seen a 14.8% spike in its population, making it the second fastest growing city of Canada’s top 10 largest. We love Brampton for so many reasons! For its rich history, diverse culture, and unique shops but most of all, we love the people! Whether it’s someone you pass on the street on any given day or the person behind the counter at your favourite coffee shop, it’s the people who make up the city’s fabric that make living in Brampton so great. We reached out to some of our favourite small businesses in the city and asked them why they <3 Brampton. Check out their brief odes to one of our favourite cities around!