Category Archives: City of Mississauga

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING TO LAUNCH LAKESHORE EAST CORRIDOR STUDY

The City of Mississauga is hosting a virtual community meeting February 23 – 6:30 to 8 p.m. to launch the Lakeshore East Corridor Study. The planning study will review the built form, height and density policies that guide future development along the Lakeshore East Corridor in the Lakeview area.

Register here to participateRegistered participants will receive meeting instructions and additional background materials.

The goal of the study is to review the planning policy framework that will guide future development along the corridor. More information about the study can be found here.

The study covers the frontage properties along Lakeshore Road East between Seneca Avenue and Etobicoke Creek. The Lakeview Village Master Plan (former Ontario Power Generation site) is not part of this study as it is going through a separate planning application process.

For more information refer to the related city studies:

2021 Property Tax Deferral Program Available for Eligible Mississauga Property Owners


Today, General Committee discussed the 2021 Property Tax Deferral program as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The application-based program will allow eligible residential and business property owners to apply to defer their property tax payments in 2021. As of January 1, 2021, all regular property tax billings, collections, application fees and charges have resumed to the normal schedule, including late payment charges. If eligible resident or business property owners need more time to pay their property taxes, they can apply to the deferral program to have their payments deferred to December 15, 2021.

“As a municipal government, we are doing what we can to provide financial assistance to ease the burden on families and business owners who are facing financial challenges under the current circumstances. We are doing the best we can to support our property owners by deferring taxes for those who need it most.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

To be eligible for the 2021 Property Tax Deferral program, property owners will need to provide a COVID-related reason for their financial hardship such as extreme revenue loss, loss of employment, business closure, prolonged suspension of pay, insolvency and/or bankruptcy. Additionally, eligible property owners cannot have any tax arrears (property tax debt) prior to March 2020.

As in 2020, Council has agreed to move forward in offering tax deferrals for Mississauga residents and businesses who continue to experience financial difficulties.

“In 2020, we learned that most tax payers continued to pay on time, however some had difficulties. We are uncertain about how long the pandemic will continue to affect the community in 2021. As many face struggles like job loss, business closures and bankruptcy, this new deferral program provides eligible property owners with more flexibility and convenience,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “With the December 15 deadline in place, eligible property owners can decide when and how to make their tax payments throughout the year.”

“For those who are eligible for the program, the total taxes billed for 2021 would need to be paid by the due date. Applicants will still be able to make periodic payments throughout the year against the balance of taxes owing depending on their own financial situation,” said Gary Kent, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner, Corporate Services. “It’s the responsibility of the property owner to ensure their 2021 property taxes are paid by December 15.”

If property owners owe taxes from 2020 or previous years, late payment fees will be charged until paid in full. Late payment charges on deferred 2021 taxes would not be applied until after December 15, 2021.

The 2021 Property Tax Deferral program will go to Council on January 20 for approval. Following Council approval, applications can be submitted online beginning in February until March 31, 2021

More information about the 2021 Property Tax Deferral program.

Amendments to Ontario Building Code Requested – Building Inspector Entry Provisions, Dedication of Landing Lookout of Port Credit Lighthouse and Affordable Housing Considerations

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.

Many Ways to get Involved in the City’s 2021 Budget and Business Plan

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:

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.

Council 

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

City Council is expected to approve the final budget at the December 9 Council Meeting.