The City of Mississauga’s 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget is now available online at mississauga.ca/budget. The 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget details what will happen with City services in 2016 and how they will be financed.
Today, the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee received an overview of the 2016 proposed budget and a presentation on the economic outlook for 2016 from CIBC Economist Andrew Grantham.
The proposal to merge municipal electricity utilities Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream and jointly acquire Hydro One Brampton has now received approval from all shareholders.
Looking to request a temporary parking permit? Know of a pothole in need of repair? You can now report a problem and request a parking permit in Mississauga directly from your smartphone using Pingstreet – a free mobile app for the City.
“Mississauga is a customer-focused, modern and mobile municipality,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “It’s about using technology to provide residents with easy access to the information and services they want through multiple channels. The Pingstreet app lets us do just that.”
New App Features: Submit a Request 24/7
· Parking Permits: Request a temporary parking permit for a residential street. Residents may request up to 14 permits per year.
· Report a Problem: Report graffiti, sidewalk or road damage (potholes), illegal signs and abandoned shopping carts.
Other features available on the Pingstreet app include Mississauga’s latest news, upcoming events, committee meetings, Twitter feeds, Mayor and Council contact information and waste collection schedules from the Region of Peel.
“With approximately 20,000 online service requests to date on mississauga.ca, the app allows the City to offer some of its popular online services in a convenient, mobile friendly way,” said Shawn Slack, Director, Information Technology.
“Mississauga is the first municipality to fully integrate its existing software used by the City’s 3-1-1 team with the app,” said Ivana Di Millo, Director, Communications. “This means that the service requests submitted through the app go directly from the citizen to the appropriate business unit for resolution.”
The City of Mississauga joined Pingstreet in May 2015 and is one of 20 municipalities currently featured on the app, developed by eSolutionsGroup. The City plans to add new online services and features on the Pingstreet app in 2016.
The Pingstreet mobile app is free and available for download at the following stores: App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World, and Windows Store.
Visit mississauga.ca/pingstreet to learn more.
As the weather gets colder, you may not be thinking about the waterfront, but the Region of Peel has big plans for its share of the Lake Ontario shoreline. A degraded and inaccessible section of the shore will be transformed into a beautiful, naturalized conservation area. The space is slated to become a hotspot for wildlife migration and a green oasis in the heart of the city.
On October 22, Peel Regional Council voiced their continued support for the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project and endorsed moving forward to implementation. The project is a joint undertaking of the Region of Peel, Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to add green space where it is significantly lacking. Mississauga’s Lakeview community once boasted significant natural areas and several wetlands, which have since been lost to urbanization.
“This is a wonderful day for the environment, our community, the city and the Region of Peel,” said Jim Tovey, Peel Regional Councillor representing Mississauga’s Ward 1. “Today’s Council decision demonstrates a strong commitment to restoring our natural environment and creating a sustainable future for generations to come.” Tovey, who has been a staunch advocate for change along the waterfront, has led the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project since its inception.
The project is scheduled to take seven to ten years to complete. It will yield a publicly accessible conservation area roughly 48 football fields in size with 1.5 kilometres of new shoreline, stretching from the old Lakeview generating station to the Toronto border at Marie Curtis Park. The Waterfront Trail will be rerouted along the newly created shoreline, instead of its current inland path near Lakeshore Boulevard.
“A naturalization project of this scale will transform our urban environment and contribute to a healthier Great Lakes ecosystem.” said Andrew Farr, Director of Water for the Region of Peel. “We’re learning more about the connection between environmental health and human health each day. Access to natural spaces leads to a better quality of life for families and youth, and that’s exactly what the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project will do.”