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Jessica Figueiredo

Mississauga Rolls Out Third Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

By Announcement

The City of Mississauga is pleased to share it’s third Multi-Year Accessibility Plan: 2023-2028. The plan builds on the success of the previous plans, outlining new and continued initiatives to meet and exceed its legislated obligations to identify, prevent and remove barriers for people with disabilities.

“Approximately 174,000 residents in Mississauga have a disability – that’s nearly one quarter of the City’s population,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. Planning for accessibility helps create a more vibrant city that all residents, visitors and employees can enjoy and participate fully in their community. I’m pleased to endorse the third accessibility plan with my colleagues on Council as we continue to keep inclusivity for everyone top of mind and focus on removing barriers.”

The plan was developed by the City’s Accessibility Planning and Compliance Team in consultation with the Staff Accessibility Resource Team (StART) and the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC).

In addition to the new plan, a corporate report provides a status update on the final year of the 2018 to 2022 plan (included as Appendix 2), highlighting that 98 per cent of the 64 commitments were completed last year.

The 2022 annual status update includes the following highlights:

  • Ensured the venues used for the 2022 Ontario Parasport and Ontario Summer Games were accessible for athletes, officials and spectators.
  • Implemented 2022 Municipal Election Accessibility Plan to ensure election was accessible to all voters and candidates.
  • Improved accessibility at 12 City facilities through targeted renovations.
  • Installed passenger landing pads at 85 bus stop locations.
  • Launched courses for staff focused on creating accessible documents and presentations.

“In Mississauga, we have made progress towards identifying, preventing and removing barriers for people with disabilities but we know more work is needed,” said Raj Sheth, Commissioner of Corporate Services, City of Mississauga. “The third Multi-Year Accessibility Plan demonstrates the City’s continued commitment to creating a barrier-free environment that helps residents participate fully in their life and work.”

According to Sheth, accessibility champions across the corporation are continuously seeking ways to make Mississauga more accessible. This includes forging new partnerships and researching innovative ways of working that will enable the City to remove more barriers and drive towards becoming a more accessible employer and service provider.

The goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is to identify, prevent and remove barriers to make Ontario accessible by 2025. The AODA requires organizations in Ontario to develop a multi-year accessibility plan.

The City continues to build awareness on accessibility by participating in this year’s National AccessAbility Week underway (May 28 to June 3). Everyone is encouraged to take part in this year’s active lineup, which includes an adaptive Fresh Air Fitness event and Movie Night at Mississauga Celebration Square with accommodation options (captioning and assistive listening device), as well as several library workshops focused on developing accessible Microsoft Word documents.

To learn more about the City’s commitments to advancing accessibility or to read the third Multi-Year Accessibility Plan and 2022 annual status update, visit

Our City, Our Future: Province Grants Mississauga’s Request for Independence – May 18, 2023

By Announcement
On May 18, 2023, the Government of Ontario announced its decision to dissolve the Peel Region and make Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon independent, single-tier cities. For many decades, the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon have operated within a regional governance model. This announcement follows many years of advocacy by Mississauga, and will give the City greater control over its decision-making and the ability to focus on its own priorities.In February, Mississauga City Council unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming its desire to be a stand-alone, single-tier municipality and to separate from the Peel Region. On May 18, 2023, the province announced that a Transition Board will be appointed to facilitate the dissolution of the Peel Region, with all changes made by January 1, 2025. More details on the transition will be available in the days and weeks ahead.

Since the 1990s, Mississauga has been advocating to leave the Region of Peel. In 2005, former Mayor Hazel McCallion and Council advocated to the province to do so and were not successful. The same advocacy occurred in 2019 with the same result.

The City of Mississauga is pleased with the announcement from the province. It reflects years of advocacy by Mississauga for independence and a recognition that our city is ready to stand on its own and make its own decisions. We will work collaboratively with the province, the newly appointed Transition Board, and our partners at the Peel Region, City of Brampton and Town of Caledon to ensure the dissolution of the Peel Region is executed properly and that no one is left behind or out of pocket. While the announcement is positive, there is a great deal of work left to do in the months ahead. We are committed to ensuring the continuity of frontline and essential services across the Peel Region. Council and staff will work together to make sure Mississauga’s interests are protected and that the transition to an independent Mississauga is smooth and seamless.

There are many reasons Mississauga supports separation, but here are the main ones:

  • Saving taxpayers money, up to $1 billion over a decade (Source: 2019 EY Report)
  • Less duplication and greater efficiency in the delivery of programs and services to residents
  • Mississauga property tax dollars should be invested in Mississauga and on our priorities
  • Eliminating a layer of government
  • Making our own decisions, without having to ask permission from other municipalities
  • Building housing more quickly to reach our provincial housing target
  • Mississauga residents and taxpayers have been carrying the costs of the region for 50 years
  • An independent Mississauga will help reduce confusion for residents over “who does what” and will be more efficient as duplication with the Peel Region will be eliminated.

The financial analysis has always supported separation:

    • In 2005, financial analysis by Day and Day showed the City would save over $32 million per year through separation
    • In 2019, a report by EY showed Mississauga residents are over-contributing to the Peel Region by $84 million per year. Through separation, residents could save almost $1 billion over the next decade
    • This money belongs in Mississauga and should be invested in our city and our residents.
    • Mississauga has a strong track record of financial management, receiving a Triple A credit rating for 19 straight years. We are ready and capable of managing our own affairs.

How Will Separation Work?

Council and City staff will work with the province and our neighbours to ensure an orderly dissolution of the Region. Our commitment is that there will be no disruption in service during the separation process. Your garbage will still be picked up, our buses will still run on time and first responders will continue to respond to calls. Continuity of service is important, and we will notify all residents and businesses before any changes are made. Many of the other services provided by the Region can be absorbed in the City of Mississauga on a per-capita basis. Most other cities in Ontario handle all programs and services in their city and we can too.

For services, such as Peel Police and Paramedics, discussions will be had to determine how best they can be delivered under the new governance model. It is too early to make commitments but residents should be rest assured that they will still have access to quality police and ambulance services throughout this process.

More details and information will be available in the coming days, weeks and months as we work through this transition.

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