The Queen Bea’s Lookout
Today at Council the following items were reviewed and approved: Requests for amendments to the Ontario Building Code for building inspector entry provisions, affordable housing at 600 Eglinton Ave. E. and Port Credit Lighthouse dedication.
“It is up to us to stop the spread of COVID-19. We need to stay apart, lather up, mask up and avoid large gatherings. Keep it small – 25 outside and 10 inside, but remember these limits cannot be combined,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It’s important to remember that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate. If you are not taking steps to reduce your risk, no matter the setting you are in, you are putting yourself and others at risk. As we work to reduce the severity of a second wave, it is time to consider shrinking your bubbles to the most essential people; whether that is the people you live with or work with, we need everyone to keep it as small as humanly possible.”
Amendments to the Ontario Building Code Requested – Building Inspector Entry Provisions
Council is requesting Minister Steve Clark, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, that section 16 of the Ontario Building Code Act be amended. This would allow inspectors to enter into dwellings to ensure compliance with the Act where there are grounds to believe that construction is taking place without a permit. A copy of the Council resolution will also be provided to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. The motion was raised by Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras.
Port Credit Lighthouse Landing Lookout Dedication
The landing lookout (podium) of the Port Credit Lighthouse is to be named The Queen Bea’s Lookout in honour of Beatrice Moreira-Laidlow for her service to the Port Credit Business Improvement Association. The motion was raised by Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko.
Considerations Requested for Affordable Housing
Council is requesting the Government of Ontario, when selling the lands at 600 Eglinton Ave. E., to actively seek a developer/proponent to provide affordable housing to meet the needs of lower income residents and-long term care; and that the lands be sold at a lower than market only if affordable housing is provided. The motion was raised by Mayor Crombie.
Government of Ontario Recent Changes
In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario announced additional restrictions for businesses on September 25 and changes to the visitor policy for long-term care homes in hot spot areas on September 29, effective October 5.
The changes do not directly impact City of Mississauga facilities or programs.
The changes include:
Rules for Areas in Stage 3:
- closure of strip clubs
- licensed establishments such as bars and restaurants must stop serving alcohol at 11p.m. and close by midnight
- alcohol cannot be consumed in licensed establishments between midnight and 9 a.m.
- clarification that the social gathering limits (10 indoor and 25 outdoor) applies to residential buildings, houses, condos, apartments and student residences. The gathering limits are aimed primarily at private, unmonitored gatherings that are not subject to controls and regulations that businesses, schools and other organizations are subject to
Visitor policy for long-term care homes in hot spot areas:
- Access will be restricted to staff, essential visitors and essential caregivers
- Residents or their substitute decision-makers are being encouraged to identify up to two individuals to be their essential caregivers
- Essential caregivers must continue to follow all public health measures, including having a negative COVID-19 test within two weeks of a visit, passing active screening at the home, wearing a mask and additional PPE as directed and practising frequent handwashing.
For the latest updates on the City of Mississauga’s COVID-19 recovery and response visit: mississauga.ca/recovery.
Want to have your say on the 2021 Budget? The City will be rolling out a variety of engagement methods to collect input and feedback from residents and businesses on the 2021–2024 Budget and Business Plan. The City will seek input from September 14 to October 23, 2020.
“In a challenging year the City’s budget funds services that residents and businesses need every day,” says Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “Our 2021 Budget needs to manage the deficit from the pandemic while providing services and programs. We are following our financial recovery principles that Council approved and trying to build a budget that reflects the needs of the community. While Council has already held multiple engagement sessions and received input throughout the COVID-19 recovery planning process, we continue to look for input to assist Council in their decision making. We are looking to involve as many as possible in the coming weeks through a variety of methods, with the public being fully engaged and kept up-to-date.”
For details view the staff reports from:
June 24, 2020 Budget Committee Meeting: Update on the Financial Impacts of COVID-19.
April 8, 2020 Council Meeting: Managing the Financial Impact of COVID-19
Become familiar with the City’s 2021 Budget and Business Plan
Look through the City’s 2021 Budget and Business Plan and understand why these documents play an important role in shaping our city. Learn more and get involved by:
- Visiting mississauga.ca/budget and see what you get for your tax dollars
- Reading an overview of the 2021 preliminary Budget and Business Plan, presented to the Budget Committee on June 24, 2020
- Watching for the full 2021 proposed Budget and Business Plan (to be posted online in November)
- Watching or attending Budget Committee meeting scheduled for October 7 and/or Budget Committee deliberations scheduled for November 23, 24, 30, December 1 and 2 (Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change – please visit the City’s Council and Committees Calendar for any updates that may occur)
Get involved with budget engagement from September 14 to October 23
The City’s budget process is transparent and offers several ways for residents and businesses to get involved, provide feedback and engage over a six-week period by:
- Requesting a meeting for your community group
- Emailing a question or comment to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Following the City budget conversations and posts on Facebook and Twitter
- Attending or watch a Budget Committee meeting via live stream
- Signing up for a 2021 Budget Engagement Session
- Trying out the Budget Allocator
The City’s Budget Allocator
Mississauga’s interactive budget tool for the 2021 Budget will be available at mississauga.ca/budget starting September 14, 2020. Residents and businesses can explore and learn more about City services included in the budget while gaining insight into the overall budget process.
Residents can use the tool to test different spending options in service areas. Results from the allocator will be shared at Budget Committee on November 23. The results will help inform the committee’s review of the 2021 proposed Business Plan and Budget.
Help us understand what matters to you. Visit mississauga.ca/budget to stay informed, learn more and share your ideas on the 2021 Budget.
Budget Committee Meetings
The next Budget Committee meeting is on October 7, where staff will discuss Fees and Charges. Detailed discussions continue on November 23, 24, 30, December 1 and 2. Following committee discussions and public input, Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget on December 9.
Budget Committee meeting dates are subject to change.
Fees and Charges
- Wednesday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Service Area Presentations
- Monday, November 23 at 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m.
- Monday, November 30 at 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, December 1 at 9:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
City Council is expected to approve the final budget at the December 9 Council Meeting.
As the weather cools down this fall, the City of Mississauga wants to remind landlords and tenants that the Adequate Temperature By-Law will ensure buildings are maintained at a suitable temperature during fluctuating and extreme weather.
The by-law requires landlords to provide adequate and suitable heat, meaning the air temperature in a unit is at least 20 degrees Celsius. The by-law also requires landlords to provide adequate and suitable cooling, meaning that the air temperature in a unit does not exceed 26 degrees Celsius when equipped or furnished with an air conditioning system. Additionally, adequate and suitable heat and cooling must also be maintained in all areas of the unit.
“When the by-law was updated in 2018, it was to ensure landlords could be flexible when regulating heat in their buildings during these fluctuating and extreme weather patterns,” said Sam Rogers, Director, Enforcement. “The by-law complies with provincial requirements and responds to changing weather conditions. A violation of this by-law can lead to a fine of up to $100,000.”
To learn more about the Adequate Temperature By-Law, visit mississauga.ca/bylaws.
The City of Mississauga is creating its first Pedestrian Master Plan to help identify gaps in its pedestrian network. The City will seek community feedback through an online survey and a virtual public information session in the fall.
“We are working to build a livable, walkable City that is safe, pedestrian-friendly and encourages active lifestyles. We have heard that road safety is a concern for pedestrians and cyclists and is also a barrier that prevents them from using their preferred mode of travelling,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The Pedestrian Master Plan will help us move closer to Vision Zero and Transportation Master Plan goal of safety for all. It will also help us address other challenges on our roads including congestion, declining air quality and the impacts of car travel on climate change.”
The Pedestrian Master Plan will shape pedestrian connections across neighbourhoods, helping to enhance and create safe places for people to travel on foot, mobility-device and other methods of active transportation in Mississauga. The plan will also guide pedestrian infrastructure projects until 2041, supporting the City’s commitment to a Vision Zero approach. Vision Zero sets a goal of zero fatal and injury-causing collisions each year.
“In our previous Mississauga Moves study, 23 per cent of trips fewer than two kilometres were taken by people using active transportation such as walking or cycling. Many residents expressed that they didn’t feel comfortable walking or cycling in many parts of the City,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation & Works. “The Pedestrian Master Plan will support a more walkable city by developing pedestrian networks that are safe, connected and convenient for all ages and abilities.”
The Pedestrian Master Plan will:
· review the City’s existing pedestrian network (sidewalks, crosswalks, walkways, multi-use trails), and identify opportunities for future infrastructure projects
· identify key destinations for pedestrians (e.g. transit stops, schools, local amenities etc.)
· analyze how growth will impact existing and future pedestrian infrastructure
· set short, medium and long-term service delivery and project priorities
· review best practices for pedestrian infrastructure and network design
The creation of the Pedestrian Master Plan comes from the City’s Transportation Master Plan, which identifies the need for a pedestrian network plan.