Category Archives: City of Mississauga

Official List of Candidates for the 2018 Municipal Election is Now Final

The official list of candidates running in the City of Mississauga’s 2018 Municipal Election is now final. A total of 154 candidates are nominated and running in the upcoming election for Mayor, Ward Councillors and School Board Trustees.

Voters can view the full list of official candidates by visiting MississaugaVotes.ca. Continue reading Official List of Candidates for the 2018 Municipal Election is Now Final

Deadline to Become a Nominated Candidate in the Municipal Election is this Friday

Thinking about running in the City of Mississauga’s 2018 Municipal Election? If so, you must complete the nomination form and hand it in before this Friday, July 27 at 2 p.m.

The City is accepting applications for Mayor, Ward Councillors and School Board Trustees.  The filing fee is $200 for Mayor and $100 for Councillor and Trustee.  Candidates must hand in their completed forms in person to the Office of the City Clerk at the Mississauga Civic Centre. Those applying for Mayor and Ward Councillor must also provide 25 endorsements from eligible voters in Mississauga. All forms and other information can be found online at mississaugavotes.ca/infoforcandidates.

Nominations for Peel Regional Chair must be made at the office for the Region of Peel.  Candidates applying for Peel Regional Chair must also provide 25 endorsements from eligible voters in Peel Region. All forms and other information can be found online at http://www.peelregion.ca/elections/become-a-candidate.asp.

For a full list of candidates, visit MississaugaVotes.ca/infoforvoters/whosrunning. A final list of all candidates running will be made available on Monday, July 30.

City Increases Subsidy for Outdoor Maintenance for Low-Income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

The City has modified its Outdoor Maintenance Subsidy Program (formerly known as Yard Maintenance Subsidy Program) by increasing the yearly subsidy amount to $350 – up from $200. The program has also been expanded to include all yard maintenance work in the spring and summer (e.g., weed removal, leaf cleanup, hedge trimming, etc.), rather than grass cutting only. Eligible residents in Mississauga can claim expenses on a per-household, per-year basis for the cost of yard maintenance, as well as snow clearing in the winter.

“We are committed to ensuring that our city is affordable and accessible for our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “By increasing the eligible subsidy and streamlining the application and claims process, we are making it easier for low-income seniors and people with disabilities to access the services they need.”

The changes will take effect in 2019 and will also include:

· The subsidy period will change from “April 1 to March 31” to “January 1 to December 31”, aligning with the calendar year.
· Applications will be due annually by March 31 following the subsidy year. For example, applications for the 2019 subsidy year will be due on March 31, 2020.
· Spouses of eligible applicants who live in the household can apply for the program.

In addition, the subsidy for the current period of April 1 to December 31, 2018 will be pro-rated and increased to $260.

“By expanding the program to include outdoor maintenance of all kinds in the spring and summer, we are able to meet other needs that older adults or people with disabilities may have on yard maintenance, rather than restricting it to just grass cutting,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor.

Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, added, “Since the 2014/15 subsidy year, the average amount of claimed expenses has increased. City staff considered this and recommended increasing the subsidy to benefit applicants. Other changes to the program will also provide and establish a more transparent application and efficient process for residents and staff.”

For more information about the program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/outdoor-maintenance-subsidy.

For other financial assistance programs for older adults and people with disabilities, visit mississauga.ca/olderadultsassistance.

Proposed Land Use Plan for Lakeview a Milestone in Mississauga’s History

A shared vision for the Lakeview waterfront is one step closer to reality. City staff yesterday brought forward the proposed final land use plan for the area to the Planning and Development Committee.

The proposed Official Plan policies embed the vision and key principles of the Inspiration Lakeview Master Plan into Mississauga’s Official Plan policies. They support the transformation of the waterfront lands into a sustainable and innovative community with a generous public realm and primarily mid-rise buildings.

“I am pleased that we are moving forward with our plans to revitalize the Lakeview lands into a sustainable, mixed-use waterfront community for all residents to enjoy,” said Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga. “The lakefront redevelopment, inspired by the late Jim Tovey, will drive tourism, spur innovation and boost economic growth, helping put Mississauga on the international map. Only by working together, will our vision to transform the waterfront become a reality.”

Key ideas from the Master Plan contained in the policies include:

  • a continuous waterfront that reconnects residents to Lake Ontario and the shoreline
  • generous green and water-related open spaces
  • a new urban street pattern that connects the existing neighbourhoods
  • a cultural hub
  • an employment and innovation corridor

“We embrace Mississauga’s history as we move into the future,” said Ward 1 Councillor David Cook. “Residents in Lakeview and throughout the city will continue to work with us to help make Jim’s vision for the Lakeview waterfront a reality.”

The proposed land use plan is expected to be approved by Council on July 4. Continue reading Proposed Land Use Plan for Lakeview a Milestone in Mississauga’s History

Pedestrian Crossover Pilot Program Comes to Mississauga

Over the next few months, the City of Mississauga will install five new pedestrian crossovers in various neighbourhoods. Locations have been selected as part of a pilot program looking to improve pedestrian safety on Mississauga roads. The program comes as part of a new provincial legislation under the Highway Traffic Act introduced in January 2016. Under the law, Ontario municipalities now have the ability to install crossovers on low-speed roads.

A pedestrian crossover is a type of crossing where by law, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians intending to cross the road. Crossovers allow pedestrians to cross roads safely and all have specific signs and pavement markings.

“Mississauga is a very busy city with thousands of people making use of our roadways every day, making road safety an important priority,” said Mickey Frost, Director, Works Operations & Maintenance for the City of Mississauga. “These new crossovers will allow pedestrians to easily cross roadways safely.”

Staff reviewed more than 20 locations where pedestrian crossing assistance were requested by the public. The review of these locations included criteria such as the level of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area and the posted speed limit of the roadway and the locations selected for the pilot were deemed to have the greatest impact on public safety with a view to advance City Council’s Vision Zero mandate.

Frost added, “Vision Zero is a Council endorsed approach to road safety. The framework looks at preventing and ultimately eliminating all pedestrian, cyclist and motorist fatalities and injuries on city streets.”

The pedestrian crossovers, also known as a Level 2 Pedestrian Crossover, will be installed in the following locations:
• Doug Leavens Boulevard(Ward 10)
• Whitehorn Avenue(Ward 6)
• Winding Trail (Ward 3)
• Westbridge Way(Ward 11)
• Homelands Drive(Ward 2)

The law states that drivers and cyclists must also stop and yield at pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and other locations where there is a crossing guard. Drivers can be fined $150 to $500 and three demerit points for offences at a pedestrian crossing.

Following the installation of the crossovers, City staff will evaluate the effectiveness of the program over the coming year.

Mississauga City Council approved the pilot program in February 2018.

For additional information about the City’s road safety program, visit mississauga.ca/road safety.