Supports Action Plan to meet needs of city's diverse and growing older adult community
The City of Mississauga received a $50,000 Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant from the Province of Ontario to develop an action plan towards becoming a World Health Organization (WHO) designated "Age-Friendly Community." This internationally-recognized designation will acknowledge Mississauga as a municipality that supports older adult participation in social, civic, employment, communication and healthy active living opportunities.
"Diversity, equity and inclusion will be the key drivers for developing and implementing our age-friendly action plan," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. "Being an 'Age-Friendly Community' is a way of life that requires our ongoing effort to meet the growing and changing needs of our citizens. I welcome the opportunity to continue to work with our partners including the Region of Peel, community organizations, service providers and our Older Adult Advisory Panel who were instrumental in preparing the successful grant application."
In 2014, the City formed an Older Adult Advisory Panel comprised of 11 members and six City staff. Their mandate is to give older adults opportunities to exchange information and advice on developing and improving older adult services in the community. Among a number of initiatives, the major goal will be to pursue the Age-Friendly City designation. This will be done by working with the City, community groups, volunteers and residents through Community Centre Older Adult Committees.
Together they will develop a plan that involves an age-friendly community self-assessment, reviewing and updating the City's 2009 Older Adult Plan and establishing action teams to move forward the key priorities of the WHO's Age-Friendly Cities framework:
community and health care
outdoor spaces and buildings
respect and social inclusion
civic participation and employment
communication and information
"Mississauga is committed to being a city where people can lead purposeful and active lives, live in their community with dignity, integrity and independence and experience a diverse range of lifestyle opportunities to purse their personal interests," added Acting Recreation Director Laura Piette. "While older adults will be a priority for this work, the results will create a more inclusive, safe, healthy and accessible community for all of Mississauga's 757,000 residents."
For more information, contact Lorena Smith, Community Development Co-ordinator, Older Adults at 905-615-3200, ext. 3718 or
Mississauga is Canada's 6th largest city and includes a growing and diverse older adult population. Fifty per cent of Mississauga residents are born outside Canada and adults over the age of 55 account for approximately 20 per cent of the city's population. This percentage is expected to exceed 38 per cent by 2031. Older adult interests are served by 11 older adult groups delivering activities and services through the City's 11 community centres.
June 26, 2015 – On June 24, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) hosted its eighth annual Canoe the Credit event at the Mississauga Canoe Club in Port Credit. This year's Corporate Dragonboat Challenge brought together a dozen corporate teams from across the Credit River watershed for a competitive dragonboat race in support of the Conservation Youth Corps program.
"It's inspiring to see over 200 corporate participants showing their support," said Jim Muscat, Chair, CVCF. "The Credit River is an integral part of our landscape. I'm thrilled that so many experienced it firsthand, while contributing to such an important cause."
Participants from the following teams competed in the event; Aquatech, Axis Communications, Baxter Corporation, Condrain, Credit Valley Conservation, DG Group, Enersource, Fieldgate Developments, Humphries Planning Group, Peel Regional Police, RJ Burnside, Samsung, University of Toronto Mississauga, and Urbantech.
In the end, the "Canoe the Credit Corporate Challenge" cup went to the Peel Regional Police, in a close race with the "University of Toronto Mississauga Smokin' Tuna".
"Over the past eight years, Canoe the Credit has raised more than $180,000 in support of the Conservation Youth Corps, a program of Credit Valley Conservation," said Terri LeRoux, Executive Director, CVCF. "We are grateful to our participating teams, and we look forward to increased corporate participation in order to help develop leadership and conservation knowledge among local youth."
At today's Council meeting, a new corporate policy and procedure for the City's Open Data program was approved. The policy enables data to be published in easy, accessible formats adopted by other governments and agencies globally.
"Our City was one of the first public sector organizations in Canada to publish Open Data," said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. "It demonstrates our commitment to being an open, accountable and transparent government. Through this initiative, we're connecting citizens to online City information that allows them to get a clearer understanding of how we, as elected officials, make decisions."
Crombie adds, "The City is using this information to improve service delivery, increase transparency, demonstrate accountability and enhance community engagement, while looking for innovative approaches to make Mississauga better."
Open Data is raw, digital, machine-readable information about City programs and services that is accessible to everyone free of charge. The data is unrestricted to copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.
"As the Open Data program continues to grow, it is imperative that the City implements standards that provide a consistent approach to data," said Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. "Through detailed research and benchmarking, the City has developed a corporate policy and procedure that aligns to existing Open Government strategies. The policy provides guidelines for City staff about the type of data being collected, how it is distributed and where the public access it."
The City started publishing urban planning data sets in March 2010. The information provided looked at population, demographics, census information, development monitoring, growth forecasts, housing, employment, land use, vacant lands and the environment.
"City data sets can be very valuable because they contain useful information that can be used for research, software, app and website development or for new business opportunities," said the City's Director, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Shawn Slack. "Citizens, businesses, app developers, urban planners or those who are interested in analysing data can look for innovative ways to improve City programs and services helping to make the community stronger."
Today, there are more than 400 publications available in open formats such as CSV, KML or Shapefile on the City's Open Data website. With new data sets being added regularly, the City seeks to include information about more City services like 3-1-1 call stats, community centres, MiWay, cycling lanes, parks and trails.