What Can Community Services Be?

Have an idea about a library program, a City-owned recreation facility or something you’d like to see at a local park? Tell us about it. The City is creating long-range plans for the next five to 10 years for the City’s Culture, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Library and Fire & Emergency Services.

“As Mississauga continues to grow, so does the number of residents using City-run programs, services and facilities,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “It’s important to understand what the community sees as priorities so we can ensure we continue to meet their needs now and in the future.”

To create these plans, input from the community will be combined with feedback from other stakeholders, targeted user groups, data and trends. Plans will address concerns about existing programs and services, align with Council priorities and investigate innovative and unique opportunities to enhance City services and programs. The Culture Division recently completed a series of public meetings focused on the future of arts and culture in the city.

Mitcham added, “Getting feedback from the community is essential when it comes to preparing service area plans. Residents and stakeholders provide a lot of great insights into understanding community priorities and needs, gaps in services or programs where funds need to be spent and ideas to consider in the future.”

Over the next 14 months, City staff will work with consultants to:
• gather insights, ideas and thoughts about the future direction for Culture, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Library and Fire & Emergency Services;
• host a number of community engagement initiatives including resident surveys, face-to-face sessions and online feedback;
• cluster information with other sources of data to drive the creation of the plans;
• reach out to the public and staff for feedback on draft plans; and
• present each plan to City Council for review and approval.

Residents interested in sharing their thoughts can do so via an online survey, email, telephone, participating in a public meeting or attending a community event. For more information about how to provide feedback, visit mississauga.ca/yourfuture.

Conservation Authorities Flood Programs Prevent Worse From Happening in Ontario

May 10, 2017 — Keeping people out of flood waters is a focus of flood management programs at Credit Valley Conservation, one of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities across the province. But who likes to be regulated?

Marina Park in Port Credit – May 11th

“If Conservation Authorities didn’t prevent development in as many flood prone areas as they do, we’d be in a lot more trouble than we are today,” says Kim Gavine, General Manager of Conservation Ontario, the organization that represents Ontario’s Conservation Authorities.

“It’s a hard message to hear when the floodwaters are rising, but prevention is the first step to successful flood management. Not allowing development in flood prone and other hazardous areas has to be done.”

Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities play a key role in flood management where 90 percent of the population in the Province of Ontario lives.

At the foundation of this program are conservation authority floodplain maps which identify flood prone areas. Under the Conservation Authority Act, Conservation Authorities regulate development in these areas.

“It’s not their most popular job,” Gavine says, “but it’s a critical piece to protecting lives and property. Living near water is highly valued by us, but during the hot days of summer, we forget that rivers can flood and with growing climate change impacts, this is becoming more frequent.”

Conservation Authorities provide flood risk information to municipal planners and the general public to promote proper land use planning and regulation of new and existing development in order to protect lives and homes.

Conservation Authorities also maintain $2.7 billion worth of protective flood infrastructure such as dams and dykes or purchased lands located in hazardous areas. And, through their watershed management programs, they protect wetlands, forests and other natural features and systems which capture and store floodwaters.

Gavine points out that we’d be in a lot more trouble without the long history and experience of Conservation Authorities.

Conservation Authorities are responsible for monitoring and predicting flood flows and water levels within their watersheds, operating flood control structures such as dams, and disseminating flood messages to local municipalities and agencies. This information is used to support flood forecast, safety and warning messages to the public and many partners including emergency management officials to help keep people out of harm’s way in advance of potential flood events.

“When you look at the country as a whole, federal reports have shown that Ontario comes out on top in terms of how we prevent and reduce flooding and this is because back in the 1940s, the Province and municipalities had the foresight to start to establish Conservation Authorities across much of Ontario,” she said.

But provincial funding for conservation authority flood programs has not kept pace with changing conditions. Today, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry provides $7.4 million per year to be shared by all 36 Conservation Authorities for flood operations.

Some of the floodplain mapping needs to be updated, flood operations within Conservation Authorities need expansion and despite some significant ongoing provincial and municipal investments in priority flood infrastructure, there is still a long list that needs to be addressed, particularly in more rural areas.

“We’ve been selling a Flood Business Case to the Province which promotes a very cost effective approach to being able to continue to reduce the escalating costs of flood damages which we’re having to pay for today,” Gavine says. “We’re lucky – we’re not starting from scratch. They can just build off the good work of Conservation Authorities.”


Infographic:  Risk to Resiliency – Building Resilient Watersheds to Prevent Flooding

Mayor Crombie, Council, Welcome Unveiling of New Waterfront Development

Mayor Crombie joined Council, staff and representatives from West Village Partners (WVP) to unveil plans for a new 72-acre mixed-use development in Mississauga’s Port Credit waterfront community. The City of Mississauga undertook an extensive evaluation of the potential future of the site, with input from the community.  The City’s Inspiration Port Credit envisions: “A lakefront urban neighbourhood of landscapes, meeting places, living, working learning and drawing people to the water’s edge to play.” Members of WVP took part in the consultation process. The following remarks can be attributed to Mayor Crombie:

“This new development is walking distance from the Port Credit GO Train Station – an important transit hub that also offers MiWay bus service and which will also have one of 22 new stops along our new Hurontario Light Rail Transit line – the north-south spine of Mississauga that stretches 22 kilometers from right here Port Credit into downtown Mississauga…heading north into Brampton.

“Thank you, Councillor Tovey for that kind introduction. The people of Ward 1 are fortunate to have you represent them at City Hall. Under your leadership we are truly transforming Mississauga’s waterfront into a world-class destination.

“Let me also recognize our City Manager Janice Baker and all the staff who worked so tirelessly to get us to this game-changing announcement.

“Today is another important milestone for the historic and charming waterfront community of Port Credit and the former industrial lands site.

“We are unlocking another opportunity for people to fully appreciate and celebrate our sprawling twenty-two kilometer waterfront.

“The unveiling of the draft plan for this new development is proof that Mississauga is a city in demand.

Today is also further proof that Mississauga’s next forty years will not look like the last forty. We are building a complete city. What is a complete city?

“A complete city is one where professionals can find good-paying jobs or take risks and launch new business ventures; where a night on the town means staying in town; enjoying an acclaimed restaurant followed by a live performance at the Living Arts Centre; where the environment is protected and natural amenities like the waterfront, beaches and greenspaces encourage people to head outside and live healthy, active, lives; where students choose the University of Toronto Mississauga or Sheridan College as their first choice for undergraduate studies and graduate school; and should they decide to study elsewhere; they have access to reliable, affordable and seamless public transit that gets them to where they need to be.

“You shouldn’t have to plan your course schedule around a transit schedule. You should never turn down a job offer because public transit can’t get you there.

“A complete city is a place where all people, no matter faith or ethnicity are safe, have dignity and can confidently participate in civic life – where residents are welcomed, invited and encouraged to share and celebrate their culture for everyone to experience, appreciate and enjoy.

“Complete cities are home to livable, walkable neighbourhoods, plugged into an extensive regionally-integrated transit network.

“Transit is fundamental to the future of Port Credit, Mississauga and our city-building efforts.

“This new development is walking distance from the Port Credit GO Train Station – an important transit hub that also offers MiWay bus service and which will also have one of 22 new stops along our new Hurontario Light Rail Transit line – the north-south spine of Mississauga that stretches 22 kilometers from right here Port Credit into downtown Mississauga…heading north into Brampton.

Effective urban planning is our responsibility and our legacy to future generations. It’s how Council will be judged. The decisions we make today will affect our future in a profound way.  I am proud to work with such a committed Council and staff professionals who have the best interests of this city at heart.

“We have undertaken a series of comprehensive studies and community consultations – forums for residents and business to share their intimate and local knowledge.

“Together, we’re envisioning a bright new future, for Mississauga. Thank you.”

Exercise Caution: Extreme Weather with Higher than Average Water Level in Lake Ontario

May 3, 2017 – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for many communities in Southern Ontario with wet weather returning Thursday, May 4. Water levels in Lake Ontario having risen approximately 40 cm since the beginning of April. Above normal precipitation and the melting winter snow pack have resulted in higher lake levels in all the Great Lakes. Elevated lake levels are expected for several months before receding.

Higher water levels increase the potential for flooding and erosion. Storms and storm surges may compound the effects and lead to shoreline flooding. Elevated water levels combined with heavy wave action have led to some erosion of natural beaches, bluffs and structures along the shoreline.

Water levels in the Credit River and other Lake Ontario tributaries have increased due to backwater from Lake Ontario.

Residents are urged to exercise caution along the shoreline and lakefront areas. Elevated lake levels combined with wave activity can make these areas dangerous.

Credit Valley Conservation staff continue to monitor weather and lake conditions and will issue public warnings as conditions warrant.

Additional information regarding current and forecasted Great Lakes water levels can be found at the following websites:

For more information, please contact Credit Valley Conservation’s Jeff Wong at (905) 670-1615, ext. 269 or jwong@creditvalleyca.ca.