Brampton is a city in Southern Ontario, part of Peel Region and of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), located just North of Mississauga and North-West of Toronto. Brampton is the seat of Peel Region's municipal government. With a population of 434,000 people as of 2006, Brampton is the 11th most populated city in Canada, and the 3rd largest city in the GTA after Toronto and Mississauga (ahead of Markham, Vaughan, and Oakville). Brampton's population grew by 33% from 2001 to 2006, making it the second fastest growing city in Canada after Calgary. There were 176,000 jobs in Brampton in 2006, and is expected to reach over 227,000 by 2011. In 2007, Brampton's workforce size was 141,000 people. Major employers include Rogers Communication, Chrysler Canada, Maple Lodge Farms, Loblaw Companies, and others. Like jobs in Vaughan and Oakville, there is a high percentage of manufacturing jobs in Brampton (26.7%). Assembly jobs, engineering jobs, and management jobs are well represented as well. An interesting fact about Brampton is that its employment market is strongly dependent on large employers: 23.4% of Brampton's jobs were at companies with 500 and more employees, and almost half (46%) of all jobs in Brampton are at companies with more than 100 employees.
In other words, this means that almost half of Brampton's jobs are concentrated in less than 3% of the city's companies. The automotive industry has a strong impact on the job market in Brampton, as Chrysler has a major car assembly plant in the city. This is partly the reason why, like jobs in Oshawa and in Oakville, jobs in Brampton were hit particularly hard by the recession in 2008 and 2009 (which resulted in the bankruptcy and sale of Chrysler and GM).As a result, hiring demand in Brampton dropped significantly during the recession. It is not uncommon for Brampton residents to work in Mississauga and commute daily. Many work in Toronto as well. It is not uncommon for Brampton residents to even work in Markham. In spite of its smaller population, but there are more jobs in Markham than in Brampton. Due to ongoing government initiatives, it is likely that there will be an increasing number of green jobs in Bampton in the coming few years.