Designated as an urban growth center in the provincial growth plan, the City of Brantford is destined for continued growth in all economic sectors. Located on Provincial Highway #403, one hour (88 km) southwest of Toronto and 90 minutes (150km) from Buffalo, Brantford is situated in the centre of Southwestern Ontario and in the heart of Canada's Golden Horseshoe.
Boasting a current population of 93,000 residents and with a projected population reaching 115,000 by 2020, Brantford's economic outlook is very promising. Steady industrial, commercial, and residential developments in recent years has created an exciting array of job opportunities and has facilitated the emergence of Brantford as one of the Top 10 places in Ontario for real estate investment. Over the last few years, Brantford's downtown core has experienced significant investment, attributed to large redevelopment projects undertaken from the public and private sector. At the forefront of these developments is the new $22-million Civic Square project that encompasses commercial, residential and green space elements. The Brantford Casino is also undergoing a $38-million renovation and expansion project slated for completion in 2011. In addition, the emergence of Laurier Brantford University, as one of Canada's fastest growing campuses, coupled with the growth of Nipissing University and Mohawk College, are being viewed as the primary catalysts for future investment endeavors in the downtown. Specifically, Laurier Brantford is currently constructing a $26-million 80,000 sq.ft. University Centre that will consist of academic space, including classrooms, lecture halls, tutorial rooms, and office space. There will also be approximately 60 new residence spaces to meet the demands of a growing first-year enrolment, a full service food court and a bookstore.
Offering big city amenities with a small town feel, Brantford features one of the best urban trail systems in Canada, with over 40km of Trans Canada Trail meandering through the community and along the historic Grand River.