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Notification: Closure of NSR at Westfield and Insley Closure for Sanitary MH Construction

By Resources, Ward 1

Project Managers for the Ministry of Transportation QEW Dixie Interchange Project have advised:

Please be informed that North Service Road at Westfield Drive will be closed due to the construction of a sanitary manhole. Similarly, Insley Road will be closed for sanitary manhole construction. As these manholes are located in the middle of the road, closures are necessary to ensure the safety of construction workers and the public. A detour will be implemented to assist traffic during the closure. The dates are noted below:

  • Insley Rd. Closure at NSR – Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 27th for approx. 2 weeks
  • NSR Closure from Westfield Rd. to Insley Rd. – Starting on Tuesday, Mar. 12th for approx. 2 weeks

We’ll ensure everyone stays updated in case there are any changes.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Please contact us, should you have any questions regarding the closure of North Service Road at 905-247-8730, by e-mail at qewdixie@ghd.com, or by visiting the website at https://www.qewdixie.com

 

Coyote Information Session – Thursday February 15th

By Events, Issues, Parks

Mississauga is home to a lot of wildlife, including coyotes. Coyotes are native to North America and live in natural areas, including suburbs and cities. Mississauga residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy and live in harmony with wildlife by not interfering with their natural instincts and behaviours.

Learn more about coyotes and other urban wildlife in Mississauga by visiting mississauga.ca/wildlife.

The City of Mississauga will be hosting a free information session to educate residents on coyotes and how to coexist in urban environments. The session is open to all interested Mississauga residents and will be held on Thursday, February 15. Attendance to the session is being offered either in-person or online.

The session will feature a presentation from Mississauga Animal Services staff who will share information about coyote behaviour, mating season, safety tips and how to report coyote sightings or encounters. The session will also include a Q&A period where residents can ask questions related to coyotes and get answers from the City’s Animal Services team.

What

Coyote information session – hybrid meeting (attend in-person or online)
This information session is open to all Mississauga residents

When

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where

Burnhamthorpe Community Centre – Applewood Room

1500 Gulleden Drive
Mississauga, ON

Online session – WebEx virtual meeting (requires registration)

Questions

Residents are encouraged to share their coyotes questions in advance of the session by emailing mypet.info@mississauga.ca.

UPDATE: TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE SOUTH SERVICE ROAD BETWEEN OGDEN AVENUE TO CAWTHRA ROAD – Status REOPENED

By Resources, Ward 1

UPDATE from contractor GHD for the Ministry of Transportation Project:

We are writing to provide a quick update on the ongoing sanitary and storm work at Ogden Ave and South Service Road intersection.

Unfortunately, the contractor was not able to complete the work as planned and faced unexpected challenges related to complex underground utility conflicts while working on the sanitary infrastructure. Due to these unforeseen issues and with the fast-approaching Christmas break, the decision has been made to open the intersection temporarily on Dec 20, 2023, and remove the detour, and close the intersection again after the holidays to efficiently complete the remaining sanitary & storm work. The details of the closures are:

Closed from Jan. 8th to Jan. 26th , 2024 – SSR/Ogden MH1252 Storm Installation

Re-opened as of January 24th, 2024 at noon.

-SSR closure at Ogden on Jan. 8th, 2024, including detour installation

-realign water main to accommodate proposed storm MH1252 (as per response to IR#401)

-complete storm MH1252 and adjacent pipe runs

Just a heads up, the contractor has also provided closure dates for the completion of work on NSR/Westfield & Insley Road; however, this work will commence after the completion of the Ogden & SSR intersection work.

Closed from Jan. 29th to Mar. 1st, 2024 – Westfield/Insley at NSR Sanitary Installation

-mobilize to Westfield/NSR on Jan. 29th and commence Sanitary work

-Feb. 5th to Feb. 16th – Westfield Rd. closure at NSR

-Feb. 19th to Mar. 1st – NSR closure at Insley Rd.

If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact:

You may visit the QEW-Dixie website for regular updates on the status of the construction project.

Click here for the QEW Dixie Project Contact Page. 

Our Community

By Ward 1

In hearing your passion, hope, and ideas for the future of Ward 1, I know more than ever, we must be united to ensure this great community is always our place to call home.

City of Mississauga calls on province to revisit how it measures cities on housing progress

By Announcement, Issues, Planning & Development

The City is responding to the province’s 2023 housing targets performance update

City building | February 23, 2024

Mississauga is encouraging the province to revisit how it allocates important housing funding to local municipalities. In a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the City outlined its key concerns after Mississauga was deemed ineligible for the Building Faster Fund primarily due to insufficient housing starts – a measure that is completely outside of the City’s control.

“As a City, we understand the urgency of this crisis and are using all of the tools we have to prioritize getting more homes built,” said Acting Mississauga Mayor, Joe Horneck. “We will continue to address these important issues with the industry experts on our Housing Panel to find innovative solutions that will help us continue to deliver on our housing commitments.”

Mississauga is committed to helping the province meet its goal of building 1.5 million new homes. The City was one of the first municipalities in Ontario to prepare a Housing Action Plan and submit a housing pledge to the province. However, Mississauga has been clear that cities must be measured on factors they can influence and is encouraging the government to re-think housing starts as a way to measure our progress.

“We’re disappointed that Mississauga residents are losing out on much-needed funding that can help our city deliver the kind of intensification the province is looking for,” said Shari Lichterman, Mississauga City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “The worst part is that we’re losing out on funding despite all of the work we’ve undertaken to grow our City including streamlining our development and building permit approval processes and expanding housing permissions.”

Lichterman added, “Right now we have 12,000 new residential units under construction, 4,000 units under building plan review and an incredible 33,000 new units under site plan review – which is the final stage of our development application review process. We can’t put shovels in the ground, but we’re doing everything we can to make our City a great place to build.”

Mississauga has taken a leadership role in convening housing experts and city leaders across Ontario to collaborate on a common ‘reporting data set’ that will help advance housing metrics in the province. Given the government’s decision to deem Mississauga ineligible for the Building Faster Fund, the City is encouraging the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to prioritize consultations on appropriate ways to measure municipalities on our progress.

Some of the City’s key concerns outlined in the letter include:

  • Housing starts are counted when the building’s foundation is finished. In a high-rise, this could be many months, often years, after the City issues a building permit.
  • Despite having 3,470 housing starts in 2023, the City has:
    • Approved over 31,000 residential units in the last three years through our development process.
    • More than 12,000 units under construction.
    • More than 33,000 residential units undergoing site plan review.
  • The City has limited control over market forces and the business and financial decisions of the development and building industry – who determine when to start construction.
  • Development and construction activity is slowing due to a wide variety of factors outside of the City’s control such as interest rates, labour shortages, cost of materials, market/investor demand, etc.
  • Cities in Ontario are at different stages of growth and development which makes comparing housing starts problematic. Mississauga is no longer building low-rise subdivisions like other GTA cities which are much faster and simpler to build than complex high-rise towers.

Read the City’s full response to the province’s 2023 Housing Targets and Performance update.

Background

Housing is a top priority for Mississauga. The City’s housing action plan – Growing Mississauga – includes five goals and 23 actions to help address supply and affordability. It builds on the success of the City’s innovative strategy Making Room for the Middle. When adopted in 2017, it was one of the first municipal housing plans focused on middle-income earners. Today more than 90 per cent of the strategy’s 40 actions are complete or underway.

To learn more about the City’s housing action plan – and read all 23 actions – visit mississauga.ca/housing.

Public Meeting – Planning and Development Committee – Please be informed of the proposed new Mississauga Official Plan

By Planning & Development

City Wide
City of Mississauga
Every 10 years the City reviews and updates the Official Plan with ideas and guidance from the community. The City is moving forward with the next phase and is releasing the draft new Official
Plan.
The Official Plan provides the basis for Mississauga’s land use planning and urban design, in line with the City’s Strategic Plan. It includes policies on transportation, housing, culture and heritage,
the environment and the economy.
The Official Plan guides how the City will grow and develop, as required by the Ontario Planning Act. The goals and policies of this proposed new Official Plan are intended to be achieved by
2051.
File: CD.02-MIS (All Wards)

In Person and Virtual Public Meeting
Meeting Date and Time:
Monday, March 18, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Place:
Mississauga Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 300 City Centre Drive
The City of Mississauga is presenting the proposed new Official Plan.
Meeting Details:
This meeting will be held in person and online. Advance registration is required to make a verbal submission at the meeting virtually. Advance registration is preferred to make a verbal submission
at the meeting in person. The proceedings will be streamed live online for the public to view at the following link: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/council-and-committee-videos. If you wish to phone in to listen to the meeting only, please call 905-615-3200, ext. 5423 for instructions.

Options for participating in the meeting are outlined below.

Purpose of Meeting:
 To present the proposed new Official Plan
 For people to ask questions and share their views about the proposal
 For Planning and Development Committee to receive a report that provides information on the proposed new Official Plan
The report will be available on-line one week prior to the meeting at:
http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/planninganddevelopment

For detailed information contact:
Ben Phillips at 905-615-3200 ext. 5881 or ben.phillips@mississauga.ca

If you would like to share your views and/or you wish to be notified of further meetings or be added to the mailing list, please contact the Planning and Building Department by Friday at 4:00 p.m. prior to the meeting date:
 by mail to 300 City Centre Drive, 6th floor, Mississauga ON L5B 3C1
 by email to application.info@mississauga.ca
 please include your name, your address, and application number or address of the property you are providing comments on

Written Comments:
In order to be received by Committee at the public meeting, written comments must be received no later than Friday at 4:00 p.m. prior to the meeting date. Submissions are accepted by email at deputations.presentations@mississauga.ca or by mailing the Planning and Development Committee, 300 City Centre Drive, 2nd Floor, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1. Please include your name, your address, and application number or address of the property you are providing comments on. Written comments received before, during or after a public meeting but before a by-law is passed receive the same consideration as verbal comments made during a public meeting.

How to participate in a public meeting if you wish to make verbal submissions:

Participate Virtually
Advance registration is required to participate and/or make comment virtually at the public meeting. Please email deputations.presentations@mississauga.ca no later than Friday at 4:00 p.m. prior to the meeting date. Any materials you wish to show the Committee during your presentation must be provided as an attachment to the email. Links to cloud services will not be accepted. You will be provided with directions on how to participate from Clerks’ staff.

Residents without access to the internet can participate and/or make comment in the meeting via telephone. To register, please call Angie Melo at 905-615-3200 ext. 5423 no later than Friday at 4:00 p.m. prior to the meeting date. You must provide your name, phone number, and application number if you wish to speak to the Committee. You will be provided with directions on how to participate from Clerks’ staff.

Participate In Person
To make a verbal submission in person, advance registration is preferred. Please email deputations.presentations@mississauga.ca no later than Friday at 4:00 p.m. prior to the meeting date.

Background Studies:
The proposed new Official Plan is available for review at: www.mississauga.ca/officialplan

The proposed new Official Plan covers all lands in the City.

Contact the city planner noted above for more information.

Notice of Decision:
If you wish to be notified of the decision of the City of Mississauga on the proposed Official Plan, you must make a written request to:

Ben Phillips, RPP
Manager, Official Plan and Zoning Services
City Planning Strategies Division
Planning and Building Department
Address: 300 City Centre Drive, 7th floor
Mississauga ON
L5B 3C1

Personal Information:
Individuals should be aware that any personal information in their verbal or written communication will become part of the public record, unless the individual expressly requests the City to remove the personal information. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to application.info@mississauga.ca or in writing to the Planning and Building Department at 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ON L5B 3C1.

Information about Appeals:
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Mississauga before the proposed official plan is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a part.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Region of Peel (the approval authority) to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Mississauga before the proposed official plan is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

Date of Notice: February 22, 2024
CD.02-MIS

SCHEDULED WATER INTERRUPTION NOTICE – Friday, February 23rd, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm – 922 The Greenway 

By Resources, Ward 1

INTERRUPTION DETAILS

Date and Time: Friday, February 23rd, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Location: 922 The Greenway                                

Addresses Affected: 861-972 The Greenway                          

Project #:  C602675

Regional Inspector:  Phemelo Mpoloka

Telephone #   437-220-8917

                        905-791-7800 ext. 3246/3247

The Region of Peel Public Works department regularly maintains and repairs the water system to make sure you have a consistent supply of quality drinking water. Sometimes we must turn off your water supply while we do this work.

Your water will be turned off on Friday, February 23rd, from approximately 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. If we need to reschedule this work due to weather or other circumstances, we will let you know the new date and time.

If this interruption may affect an alarm or maintenance company, it is your responsibility to notify them.  During the time that the water supply is interrupted, the building’s sprinkler protection system will not function.  A fire watch should be performed as necessary during time period.

After the water interruption:

When we turn the water back on, air in the pipes may make the water cloudy and your plumbing may vibrate or make noise.  We recommend removing the air by slowly turning on your taps from the lowest to the highest faucet in the building (that is, starting in the basement/first floor and finishing on the top floor). Flush the toilets as well. You will likely need to run the water for 10 to 30 seconds.  Run the water until it is clear, and any vibration or noise has stopped.

Important note:  After the water is turned back on, we recommend checking your water meter (usually located in the basement).  If it is leaking, call Water Meter Installations Dispatch at:

  • (905) 791 – 7800 Ext. 3226 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Monday to Friday)
  • (905) 791 – 7800 Ext. 4409 (After hours or Statutory Holidays)

There’s much to do in March at The Riverwood Conservancy!

By Events, Parks, Ward 1

Spring is just around the corner, and the warmer weather means some unique waterfowl will soon be migrating north. Don’t miss your chance to see some unique species at our upcoming birding events!

Register for our March events today!

Winter Waterfowl at Lakefront Promenade

March 4 | 9:00 am

Birding with the Expert at J.C. Saddington Park

March 9 | 8:30 am

March Break: Duck Day at Lakefront Promenade

March 12 | 9:00 am

Birding with the Expert at J.C. Saddington Park

March 20 | 8:30 am

Join the 10th annual Seed Library launch and get ready to cultivate your green thumb

By Events, Resources, Ward 1

Come and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mississauga Seed Library with a range of workshops, gardening experts and family-friendly activities. The workshops will take place at the Small Arms Inspection Building on Saturday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Not only does the program provide a satisfying experience for individuals and families to explore the pleasures of gardening, but it also aims to bolster local food systems, cultivate seed-saving literacy and encourage the use of locally adapted plants. Seed gardens can be grown either indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather conditions.

What

The City is hosting events in Mississauga to celebrate the tenth year of the Mississauga Seed Library with workshops, gardening experts and family-friendly activities.

Where

In-person
Small Arms Inspection Building
1352 Lakeshore Rd. E
Mississauga, ON

When

The workshops will take place on Saturday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Indigenous Gardening Methods and Techniques Small Arms Inspection Building 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Drop-in
Attracting Pollinators to Your Yard Small Arms Inspection Building 12 to 1 p.m. Drop-in
Get Growing: Vegetables in Pots, Vegetables in Plots

 

Small Arms Inspection Building 1 to 2 p.m. Drop-in
Watercolour Botanical Bookmarks for Older Adults Small Arms Inspection Building 10 to 11 a.m. Register
Watercolour Botanical Bookmarks for Older Adults Small Arms Inspection Building 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register
Container Gardening Workshop Small Arms Inspection Building 12:30 to 2 p.m. Register

Additional program details

The Mississauga Library Seed Library form will open at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 24.

The Malton Library browsing collection will open on Saturday, March 2 and the Port Credit Library browsing collection will open on Saturday, March 9.

If you’re interested in contributing to the Seed Library, the library is now accepting seed donations. The Seed Library offers open-pollinated and non-GMO seeds to the public, including tomato, bean, and marigold seeds, among others, completely free of cost. At the end of the growing season, don’t forget to harvest your seeds and return some of them to the library. This will help keep the Seed Library self-sustaining.

To learn more about the Seed Library and how to harvest your seeds for donation, contact seed.library@mississauga.ca or visit mississaugalibrary.ca/seeds.

Ontario’s One Fare Program: Transferring between transit systems more simply, seamlessly & affordably

By Announcement, Resources

Ontario’s One Fare Program is making it more affordable and convenient for everyone to connect between GO Transit, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and participating local transit systems.

Effective February 26, 2024, transit riders will only pay once when they transfer between TTC and GO Transit, Brampton Transit, Durham Region Transit, MiWay and York Region Transit. This streamlined approach eliminates double or triple fares and ensures you move seamlessly across different transit systems without  added financial burden.

This financial relief is a game-changer. Whether you are commuting to work, visiting family or friends, or exploring the city, Ontario’s One Fare Program puts money back into your pocket.

How Ontario’s One Fare Program works starting on GO Transit

  1. Start your journey on a GO train or GO Tap your PRESTO card and pay the usual GO Transit fare.
  2. Tap off when you get to your destination station or exit the
  3. Transfer to your local transit
  4. Tap your PRESTO card and pay $0.

How Ontario’s One Fare Program works starting on local transit (local transit to GO example)

  1. Start your journey on local transit and tap your PRESTO The usual fare amount will come off your card.
  2. Transfer to a GO bus or GO
  3. Tap your PRESTO card and pay a reduced fare on your GO Your discount will be equal to the cost of the tap on local transit.
  4. Tap off when you arrive at your

How Ontario’s One Fare Program works starting on local transit (local transit to TTC example)

  1. Start your journey on local transit and tap your PRESTO The usual fare amount will come off your card.
  2. Transfer to the
  3. Tap your PRESTO card and pay $0.

Only PRESTO transactions will qualify, including physical PRESTO cards, credit, debit and PRESTO in Google Wallet. Transfers are valid for two hours if you start your trip on local transit and within three hours of the start of your GO trip. Learn more about paying with PRESTO here.

Immerse yourself in a world of art and performance at InSitu this March 21 to 23 at The Small Arms Inspection Building!

By Events, Ward 1

Since 2016, InSitu has embraced the potency of creativity in defining “place”; an opportunity to reconsider, redefine and reclaim the Small Arms Inspection Building.

Presented by CreativeHub 1352, the fourth bi-annual, award winning InSitu Multi-Arts Festival returns to the Small Arms Inspection Building March 21-23, 2024, inviting the community to experience immersive art installations and performance.

The Lakeview Village InSitu Multi-Arts Festival 2024: The Lost Edition will promote Mississauga artists and performers, attracting audiences from across Mississauga, Southern Ontario, and Canada in a 3 day celebration of visual and installation art, dance, music and Mississauga’s creative communities.

Learn more and get tickets now!

Peel Region releases 2023 Year in Review Council Report

By Announcement, Resources

Peel Region’s Chief Administrative Officer Gary Kent presented the Year in Review of Peel’s 2023 Accomplishments and Awards at Regional Council today. The report recognizes the achievements, financial accomplishments, awards, and recognition received in 2023. This report celebrates the Region’s success despite last year’s uncertainty, including the introduction of Bill 112 and the possible dissolution of Peel Region.

Report highlights include:

Accomplishments:

  • Peel’s drinking water system received the highest possible inspection rating of 100% from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
  • Delivered water and wastewater services at a rate which is 30% lower than the GTA average per household.
  • Secured 50 Zero Emission Vehicles for Peel Region and Peel Regional Police, reducing an estimated 418 tonnes of GHG emissions – equivalent to taking 128 gasoline-powered cars off the road.
  • Achieved a customer satisfaction rating of 97% for waste management services.
  • Developed Canada’s first emotion-based dementia training for first responders.

Financial highlights:

  • $800 million in external funding secured to support ongoing service operations.
  • $23 million secured to advance climate action and other initiatives.
  • Completed 31 continuous improvement initiatives with $0.9 million in cost savings and $3.3 million in cost avoidance.
  • Peel Region received a AAA credit rating from S&P Global Ratings for the 28th consecutive year and from Moody’s Corporation for the 11th consecutive year. This is the highest rating a municipal or regional government can receive.

Awards and recognition:

  • Peel Region’s Water and Wastewater Division was awarded the Infrastructure Award of Excellence from the Greater Toronto Sewer and Water Construction Association.
  • G.E. Booth Water Resource Recovery Facility received the Public Works Project of the Year award from the Ontario Public Works Association.
  • The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario recognized Peel Region Long Term Care’s best practices.
  • Peel Region was named one of Canada’s Best Employers by Forbes.

Click here to learn more and to view the full 2023 Year in Review Report.

Quotations

“I am proud to present the 2023 Year in Review of our awards and accomplishments. While 2023 was a challenging year as we navigated uncertainties surrounding Bill 112 and the dissolution of Peel Region, it was also an incredibly successful year for our community.

In 2023, we came together to achieve milestones and maintain exceptional service delivery to meet the needs of the community. I am grateful for the resilience and dedication of Peel Region employees, the community, and to council for their continued support.”

Gary Kent, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) – Peel Region

“Last year was a turbulent and uncertain one for Peel Region. However, the dedication, commitment and professionalism of our staff ensured we continued to deliver exceptional programs and services. I am so proud of the work we do every day for our community.”

Nando Iannicca, Peel Regional Chair

Mississauga celebrates Black excellence at upcoming free community event

By Events

This Friday, February 23, residents and visitors alike are invited to attend the City of Mississauga’s second annual Celebrating Black Excellence event in partnership with the Black Caucus Alliance. The free event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mississauga City Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The evening is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of Mississauga’s Black community and includes musical guests, keynote speakers and a Black Excellence Awards ceremony.

What

Celebrating Black Excellence event

When

Friday, February 23, 2024
6 p.m. – Doors open
7 p.m. – Ceremony begins

Where

Mississauga City Hall
Ground floor, Great Hall
300 City Centre Dr.

Cost

Free (no registration required)

For more information about the event and City programming for Black History Month, visit the webpage.

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