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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

Share Your Ideas at the Reimagining the Mall Community Meetings

Residents are invited to participate in a series of community meetings where they can share their ideas, opinions and local knowledge to help shape the future vision of five areas anchored by indoor shopping malls.

In partnership with the Region of PeelReimagining the Mall will guide the long-term evolution of these into healthier, mixed-use communities. This will set a proactive policy framework to fulfil the City’s long-term vision should a property owner choose to redevelop the mall and surrounding area in the future. Continue reading Share Your Ideas at the Reimagining the Mall Community Meetings

Rotary RibFest Seeking Council Approval to Relocate Event to Port Credit Memorial Park

UPDATE MARCH 7

Rotary RibFest has announced that the event will be taking place in Port Credits Memorial Park this summer

Continue reading Rotary RibFest Seeking Council Approval to Relocate Event to Port Credit Memorial Park

Mississauga City Council Appoints David Cook as Ward 1 Councillor

At Mississauga’s City Council meeting today, David Cook was appointed as Ward 1 Councillor. The appointment will be effective immediately and the new Ward 1 Councillor will remain in office until the end of the current City Council term on November 30, 2018.

David Cook will also be a member of the Region of Peel Council. The Regional appointment will be addressed at the Region of Peel Council meeting on Thursday, February 22.

David Cook is a former Mississauga City Councillor having served three terms between 1980 and 1988.

At its meeting on January 25, City Council decided that the vacant office of Ward 1, formerly held by the late Councillor Jim Tovey, would be filled by appointment. The appointment process involved candidates submitting nomination forms and supporting documents. Each candidate also had an opportunity to address Council at today’s meeting.

A total of 19 candidates participated in the appointment process. All forms and documents submitted by the applicants are a matter of public record, available in the Council meeting agenda.

For the next term of Council which runs from 2018 to 2022, the Councillor for Ward 1 position will be filled through the 2018 municipal election. The next City of Mississauga municipal election is on Monday, October 22, 2018. Visit mississaugavotes.ca for more information.