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Mississauga Ready for Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Today, Mississauga’s General Committee identified and approved the projects the City will submit for consideration under the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). According to the funding criteria outlined by the Government of Canada, the ICIP is a ten-year federal infrastructure program designed to create long-term economic growth, build inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities and support a low-carbon economy. 

The federal government is providing $33 billion through the ICIP to cost-share projects under four streams: 1. Public Transit; 2. Community, Culture and Recreation; 3. Green Infrastructure and 4. Rural and Northern Communities. The City of Mississauga is not eligible for the fourth stream.

“Infrastructure funding investments are important and help us build strong, vibrant communities. This funding will allow us to build a transit and transportation system that is convenient, connected, and reliable for those who live and work here. We’ve heard from residents about their priorities and we are in a strong position to put forward projects that we are confident will be approved by the federal and provincial governments. This will be the largest investment we’ve made in public transit to date with an $847.5 million total cost for the projects we’re putting forward. These projects include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes along our Lakeshore and Dundas corridors, as well as the purchase of 409 new hybrid-electric buses to green our transit fleet and help us hit our GHG reduction targets. In addition, we will be applying for almost $133 million for community and recreational infrastructure projects such as the rehabilitation of the Public Marina and Waterfront Park development, and the South Common Community Centre and Library. We’ve been working hard to ensure Mississauga is at the table with both the federal and provincial governments and that they are aware and understand our priorities and most importantly, why Mississauga matters.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Under the Public Transit stream, a total of $339 million in federal funding and $282.5 million in provincial funding has been allocated to the City of Mississauga over the next 10 years. The primary focus is for new transit projects and active transportation infrastructure directly connected to the public transit system.

The Community, Culture and Recreation stream is different as it is application based with no guarantee that projects will be approved. The program will provide approximately $407 million in federal funding and $320 million in provincial funding to support projects across Ontario that improve access to and quality of community, cultural and recreation infrastructure.

“We are able to respond quickly and put forward a list of projects for Council’s consideration as result of our deliberate, consistent and detailed capital budget planning,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “For transit in particular, this funding program is helping to provide the predictable and sustainable infrastructure funding needed to grow, maintain and improve our current transit systems. Projects for both streams were selected based on the program criteria and knowing they could not begin until after ICIP approval is received and that they must be substantially complete by March 2027.”

List of proposed City projects:

ICIP – Public Transit Stream ProjectsTotal Cost
Bus replacement program$359.7 M
Dundas BRT lanes – Confederation to Etobicoke$305.7M
Lakeshore BRT lanes – Deta Rd. to East Ave.$54.6M
Express Corridors$49.5M
Bus Maintenance/Rehab$44.1M
Presto$10M
CAD/AVL/HASTUS$9M
Cycle Tracks$4M
Bus Shelters$3.8M
Farebox Refurbishment$2M
Bus Terminals$1.6M
Bus stops/pads$1M
Enhanced Partitions$0.7M
Mini Terminals/Bays$0.7M
MiWay Signs$0.7M
Transit Vehicles (non-buses)$0.4M
Revenue Equipment Replacement$0.1M
Total Cost$847.5M
  
ICIP – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream Projects 
South Common Community Centre and Library$61.6M
Public Marina and Waterfront Park$71.3M
Total Cost$132.9M

Council previously approved the projects for the Public Transit stream and the City submitted the required initial documents as per the October 24, 2019 deadline. The proposed projects for the Community, Culture and Recreation stream will be going forward to Council on November 6 for final approval and will be submitted by the deadline of November 12, 2019.

Flood Outlook Statement

The Surface Water Monitoring Center of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry advises that general rainfall of up to 25 mm is forecasted over parts of southcentral Ontario for today and tomorrow with highest amounts forecasted along the western shores of Lake Ontario.  Strong thunderstorms are also forecasted in this region and may bring an additional 25 to 50 mm to localized areas.  The humidex today is expected to reach the high thirties (30s) before dropping down to the mid-teens by early this evening with the passage of a cold front.  These conditions are ideal for the development of severe thunderstorms.

While flooding along the Credit River and its main tributaries are not expected, heavy downpour associated with thunderstorms could result in flooding of urbanized areas. Local streams, rivers, and shorelines could become hazardous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams. People should be warned to stay away from all watercourses, especially children and pets.

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. The Watershed Conditions Statement for Flood Outlook will be in effect through Wed-Oct-02-2019, or until further notice.

To view current watershed conditions, please visit our real-time monitoring website: https://cvc.ca/watershed-science/watershed-monitoring/real-time-monitoring/

Council Endorses Proposed Port Credit West Village Redevelopment Plan

The vision for the Port Credit West Village has moved closer to reality. At yesterday’s Planning and Development Committee, Council endorsed theproposed development of the former Imperial Oil Lands at 70 Mississauga Rd. S. and 181 Lakeshore Rd. W. The proposed redevelopment plan will go to Council for formal support on July 31.

The proposed multi-phase community includes 2,995 new residential units (townhomes, mid-rise and high-rise up to 29 storeys), retail, parkland and campus (employment, recreation and education) uses on the 72-acre property.

“I am pleased that we are moving forward with next steps to revitalize these former brownfield lands into a vibrant waterfront destination that will attract residents from Mississauga and beyond,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “As an important City-building initiative, this redevelopment will drive tourism, create jobs and boost economic growth, helping put Mississauga on the international map. We will continue to work together to ensure our vision to transform the waterfront becomes a reality.”

“Working collaboratively with the residents and key stakeholders has created a vision for this dynamic addition to our waterfront. I look forward to continuing open dialogue as this development evolves and we have a waterfront for the entire City of Mississauga second to none,” said Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko. 

As next steps, City Staff will attend the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) hearing scheduled for August 7, when a final decision will be made. If LPAT approves the matter, construction is anticipated to start in 2020.

“Over the past several years we’ve engaged extensively with the community,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “The comments received from the public and key stakeholders have helped shape the vision for this dynamic addition to our waterfront. We will continue to engage with residents and ensure we have strong land use policies that align with our goal of creating an accessible and sustainable waterfront.” 

Visit the City’s development information webpageto learn more.

Port Credit West Village is one of Mississauga’s three key redevelopment projects, together with 1 Port St. E. and the Lakeview Waterfront.

MIRANET’s (Mississauga Residents’ Association Network) Bill 108 Concerns

The Mississauga Residents’ Association Network (MIRANET) is a city-wide network of residents’ associations.  MIRANET notes that Bill 108 has received second reading in the Legislature.  The period for public comment closes on June 1, 2019.  More time should be permitted for public input when Bill 108 proposes to amend 13 statutes. WE HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROVINCE’S PROPOSED BILL 108.

Economists on all sides of the political debate have authored numerous studies demonstrating that “trickle down economics” is a failure. There is no evidence to support that a reduction in Development Charges (DC s) will lead to more affordable housing. There is no mechanism to ensure that these cost savings will be passed on to the home buyer. Home prices respond to supply and demand. THIS REDUCTION IN DCS  IS TANTAMOUNT TO AN INDUSTRY SUBSIDY FOR DEVELOPERS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYER.

Mississauga has been developing a comprehensive housing strategy in consultation with residents and stakeholder groups which will utilize inclusionary zoning.  This may be negated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing who will have the power to restrict the City’s Official Plan and override municipalities. WHO WILL BENEFIT? ONLY THE DEVELOPERS.

Municipal taxpayers must not subsidize the highly profitable development industry; we are already burdened enough by the high property taxes we pay. In a free market, Developers must be able to stand on their own two feet. The proposed changes will increase red tape and staffing requirements. The Municipality will be assuming greater financial risks due to the reduced development charge payment schedules. The Municipality must not assume the financial risk if Developers go bankrupt, are sold or move. WILL THE PROVINCE MAKE UP FOR ANY REDUCTIONS IN DC REVENUE?  

The community benefit charge could be the most significant of all the proposed changes. In the current Planning Act, “Section 37/Community Benefits” are known as bonus zoning, applying to sites that see height and density increases, beyond current zoning. The Developer contributes a portion of the land value uplift to help off-set the impact of this unexpected and increased development. This puts the amount back into the community that is receiving the extra height/density. The Bill proposes that the term “Community Benefit” include: Section 37 contributions, soft services development charges (e.g. library, recreation and parks, and other services traditionally subject to the statutory ten per cent deduction under the Development Charges Act, 1997); and payment in lieu of parkland dedication.

The legislation indicates the new “Community Benefit” will be capped at a prescribed percentage of the value of the lands, rather than a per-unit type of charge. If the cap reduces what the City can collect, there could be impacts on the tax base or service levels. MIRANET suggests the value of land bears no relationship to the projected number of residents living on that land who will require Municipal services.  A Complete Community has parks, libraries, and recreation facilities which make it a liveable community.  The Premier’s Bill 108 will deny us these benefits. WHO WANTS TO LIVE IN A CONCRETE JUNGLE?

The shortened time lines under the proposed streamlined Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) will no longer allow for meaningful public consultation and will generate much greater staffing and resource requirements for the City’s Planning Department. Municipalities are already struggling to meet the current timelines. This will cost more money. WILL THE PROVINCE COVER THESE COSTS? 

After years of public and stakeholder consultation, the Province implemented changes to the seriously flawed OMB model, introducing the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) that gives more power to Municipalities and residents. The Province’s new model returns power to Developers. WILL BILL 108 HAVE THE EFFECT OF TAX PAYERS PARTIALLY FUNDING DEVELOPMENTS? WE CERTAINLY HOPE NOT.

DOES BEING OPEN FOR BUSINESS MEAN TAXPAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO FOOT THE BILL? IS THIS GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE?

MIRANET

Mississauga Residents’ Association Network