• City leash- free zones

    October 17, 2019

    Parks, Forestry, and Environment are currently reviewing the Parks By-law and are looking to solicit feedback from residents regarding items related to City leash- free zones and dog walker permits.  In 2014, staff consulted with the public on these issues and implemented the following:

    • A dog walker permit process that allowed a commercial dog walker to have 5 to 8 dogs in their care at one time.
    • No age restrictions for children entering the leash-free zones.

     

    Staff will be sending a survey out, working with Leash Free Mississauga to send to their membership, Animal Services, and to send to all current dog walker permit owners.  We would encourage you to share the survey as well to solicit feedback on this topic.  The survey will be available until October 31st, 2019.

    Survey Link: https://app.keysurvey.com/f/1439978/a972/

     

  • Slower Residential Street Speed Limits will Roll in One Neighbourhood at a Time

    October 3, 2019

    Yesterday, members of General Committee supported amendments to the Traffic By-law that will gradually lower speeds on residential streets from 50 to 40-kilometres per hour (km/h). This year, 10 neighbourhoodsacross the City will have their speed limits reduced to 40 km/h.

    This amendment to the City’s Traffic By-law addresses the actions in the Transportation Master Plan related to safety goals to achieve Vision Zero that include reducing speed limits within neighbourhoods.

    “The new 40 km/h speed limit in our neighbourhoods advances Vision Zero by matching speeds to the types of activity on a street,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It will also promote active transportation by making it safer for our families to walk, ride, play and commute. It’s another tool we can use to address speeding in our neighbourhoods and help keep pedestrians and cyclists safe.”

    The corporate report highlights that staff consulted with City councillors to determine priority neighbourhoods to receive the new lower 40 km/h signage in this first round.

    “Reducing speed limits in our local neighbourhoods is an important part of the City’s Vision Zero initiatives that was supported by the Road Safety Committee,” said Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito and Chair of the City’s Road Safety Committee. “It takes small steps like this one to work toward reducing the number of pedestrians injured on our roads.”

    “Currently, 40 km/h speed zones are posted in front of elementary schools, but the speed limit through the rest of the neighbourhood is 50 km/h,” said Andy Harvey, Director, Traffic Management and Municipal Parking. “This amendment will see the City gradually reduce speed limits throughout the entire neighbourhood from 50 km/h to 40 km/h. The first 10 neighbourhoods will be adjusted to 40 km/h this year by placing signs at every entry and exit to a neighbourhood.”

    In 2017, the Government of Ontario passed new legislation under the Safer School Zones Act (Bill 65) that amended the Highway Traffic Act, allowing municipalities to designate areas where speed limits can be lower than 50 km/hr.

    The By-law will come before City Council on Oct. 9 for final approval. For more information visit the corporate report.

    For more detailed information on where 40 km/h speed limits will be implemented this year visit the road safety webpage.

     

  • Help Shape the City’s New Economic Development Strategy

    October 7, 2019

    Mississauga residents are invited to help shape the City’s new Economic Development Strategy by completing an online survey. The survey will help the City identify priority areas and address the changing economic climate.

    The five-year strategy will focus on attracting businesses, employment and investment opportunities to Mississauga. The last strategy was created 10 years ago and has helped Mississauga achieve many accolades including first overall mid-sized City of the Future by Foreign Direct Investment (fDi). The new strategy, now in development, will build on that success to continue to make Mississauga a thriving hub where businesses and the community can innovate and grow.

    “Having a strong economic development strategy is the cornerstone of job creation – attracting and retaining global industries and securing talent,” said Bonnie Brown, Director, Economic Development. “Additionally, our strategy will help the City identify areas of focus and opportunities for innovation and collaboration with our 91,000 small businesses, 1,400 multinational firms and 75 Fortune 500 companies.”

    The survey closes on October 18. Once the consultation period has concluded, the draft strategy will be presented to Council for approval.

    Brown added, “We encourage our residents and business community to share their input and be part of shaping the City’s economic future.”

    For more information about the Economic Development Strategy, visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/edstrategy.

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    BACKGROUND

    Mississauga has a robust and diverse business community that makes up some of the largest knowledge-based sectors in Canada. These sectors include Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing (Aerospace, Automotive, Clean Tech and Food and Beverage), Information and Communications Technology and Financial Services and Real Estate.

    For more information about the City’s Economic Development initiatives, visit thefutureisunlimited.ca 

  • Peel offers curbside battery collection this fall

    BRAMPTON, ON (Oct. 7, 2019) – Residents who are saving their single-use household batteries, can place these out for curbside collection which runs from October 21 – November 1, 2019. Residents are encouraged to check their collection calendar at peelregion.ca/waste to find out their battery collection day or to sign up to receive free waste notification reminders.

    This collection service provides residents a convenient way to ensure that their batteries are disposed of safely.

    Residents can:

    • Set out only single-use A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt and button cell household batteries in a transparent, sealable bag. On your recycling collection day, place the bag of batteries on top of your closed organics cart.  If you don’t have an organics cart, place your bag of batteries beside your recycling bags.
    • Take household batteries to battery drop-off barrels throughout Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
    • Drop off all other batteries to one of Peel’s Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) year-round free of charge.

    Visit peelregion.ca/waste to find a CRC or drop-off barrel near you.

    Thanks to your efforts, we have recycled 67 tonnes of batteries since 2016 helping Peel get closer to its target of 75% waste diversion by 2034.

    The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada’s Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

     

  • You’re Invited! Provide Feedback on the 2020 MiWay Five Transit Service Plan

    October 8, 2019

    This month, MiWay will be hosting five public information sessions as part of the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan (2016-2020) where participants can provide feedback on the proposed 2020 service changes in person or online.

    Some highlights of the 2020 service plan include:

    • Implementing seamless connections with the new Kipling Station in Toronto (currently under construction); and
    • Lisgar and Meadowvale area routing changes, integrating the New Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Park.

    Learn how these and other upcoming changes will help meet the City’s strategic goal of developing a transit-oriented city.

    Public Information Sessions

    Session #1:
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    City Centre Transit Terminal (inside the Terminal)
    200 Rathburn Rd. W
    [MAP]

    Session #2:
    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    2 to 7 p.m.
    Meadowvale Town Centre Transit Terminal
    6677 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle
    [MAP]

    Session #3:
    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    2 to 7 p.m.
    Westwood Square Transit Terminal
    7205 Goreway Dr.
    [MAP]

    Session #4:
    Friday, October 18, 2019
    12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Burnhamthorpe Library
    3650 Dixie Rd.
    [MAP]

    Session #5:
    Saturday, October 19, 2019
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Erin Mills Town Centre Transit Terminal
    5100 Erin Mills Pkwy
    [MAP]

    At the transit terminal locations (except City Centre), look out for MiWay’s outreach tent set up outside a parked bus featuring MiWay 5 information displays inside – customers are welcome to board and speak with MiWay staff about the changes.

    Plan your MiWay trip by visiting miway.ca/planatrip or by calling 905-615 INFO (4636) for customized route and schedule information.

    Unable to attend? We still want to hear from you! Tell us what you think about the 2020 MiWay Five Transit Service Plan by taking the online survey at miway.ca/survey.

    About the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan
    The MiWay Five Transit Service Plan (2016-2020) is delivering ongoing improvements in the transit network to meet the City’s strategic goal of developing a transit-oriented city. To learn more about MiWay’s five-year transit service plan visit miway.ca/miway5.

     

     

  • Mississauga Comic Expo

    It’s a comic book fan’s dream! Mississauga Comic Expo  (MCX) returns on October 18 and 19 as part of Ontario Public Library Week. The free two-day event features local Mississauga and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) graphic artists, novelists, creators, designers and developers. This family-friendly, all-ages event, hosted by Mississauga Library, celebrates the diverse culture of comics, gaming, anime, cosplay and art.

    Enthusiasts can test their skills in an escape room and in a range of board, tabletop and card games. Other activities include a costume creation station, an anime marathon, introduction to Dungeons & Dragons, local artists and exhibitors, an Instagram photo booth, sketch challenge and children’s area.

    The 2019 guest lineup includes Marcus To (DC, Marvel Comics), Megan Kearney (Disney Princess), Adam Gorham (Archie Comics, Marvel Comics), Jamal Campbell (DC, Marvel Comics) and many more.

    Event Details

    What:
    Mississauga Comic Expo

    When:
    Friday, October 18, 2019
    4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Game Night: tabletop board and card games, Dungeons & Dragons, escape room and more.

    Saturday, October 19, 2019
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Costume creation station, artist alley, exhibitors, workshops, panels, cosplay shoots, tabletop board game demos and video game free-play sessions.

    Where:
    Mississauga Central Library
    301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.
    Mississauga, ON
    [MAP]

    Cost:
    Free admission

  • City’s New Water Waste Collector to Keep Plastic and Debris out of Lake Ontario

    October 10, 2019

    From dog-walkers to cyclists to boaters, Mississauga’s waterfront continues to be a favourite destination for many residents. On August 29, the City of Mississauga installed a Seabin, a water waste collector, at the Credit Village Marina on a trial basis.

    “We work hard to ensure our marinas, parks and natural areas are kept clean. Given increased concern over plastics and other contaminants in the water, this device allows us to collect and dispose of waste in our marina in a way that is efficient and safe for staff,” said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry & Environment. “Not only does the waste collector help to restore the overall cleanliness of the water, but it also provides us with a great opportunity to educate boaters and residents about the importance of keeping plastic and waste out of our lakes and waterways.”

    The waste collector is bolted to the dock at the south-east corner of the marina. It continuously sucks in water from the lake’s surface to catch any debris, including cigarette butts, micro-plastics and spilled oil and fuel. According to the Seabin Project, the device can hold 20 kilograms of debris and can catch one ton of debris per year.

    Robillos added, “This innovative device does not have a negative impact on marine animals and wildlife. In the situation where a fish ends up in the Seabin’s catch basin, it will not be harmed in the underwater filter and can easily be returned to the lake.”

    The device will be operational during regular marina hours, with City staff monitoring the device daily and recording the kind of debris that is collected.

    Both of the City’s marinas, Credit Village Marina and Lakefront Promenade Marina, have previously received a five star anchor rating for environmental practices.

    To learn more about the City’s ongoing commitment to maintaining its marinas, parks and natural areas, follow Mississauga Parks and Forestry on Twitter (@MississaugaPF) or visit mississauga.ca/parks.

     

     

     

  • Celebrating Canadian Library Month in Mississauga

    Oct 11, 2019

    October is Canadian Library Month. This month we commemorate Canadian Library Workers’ Day (October 19) and Ontario Public Library Week (October 20 to 26) at Mississauga Library.

    Mississauga Library, together with the City of Mississauga, is hosting a flag-raising ceremony to salute the valuable contributions of the City’s libraries and library workers.

    Event Details

    What:
    Flag-raising ceremony to recognize Canadian Library Workers’ Day and Ontario Public Library Week

    When:
    Monday, October 21, 2019
    9:30 a.m.

    Where:
    Mississauga Celebration Square
    300 City Centre Dr.
    Mississauga, ON
    [MAP]

    Who:
    Members of Mississauga City Council
    Mississauga Library Board
    Mississauga Library staff

    Friends of the Library
    Special guests
    Residents

    Check out the library’s program guide for a detailed list of activities and programs happening this month.

    For more information about Mississauga Library, visit mississaugalibrary.ca and follow Mississauga Library on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

    This program is made possible with funding provided by the Friends of the Mississauga Library System.

    BACKGROUND

    Canadian Library Workers’ Day (CLWD)
    This national day recognizes the contributions of those who work for the public, academic, school, government, corporate and private libraries in communities like Mississauga.

    Ontario Public Library Week
    This provincially-recognized week showcases the important contributions Ontario public libraries make to education, literacy and lifelong learning.

    Mississauga Library
    Mississauga Library is one of the largest public library systems in Canada, with more than 500,000 cardholders. In 2018, the library welcomed 4.3 million visits and circulated approximately 6.1 million items. The library collection consists of over one million items across 18 locations throughout Mississauga and a large number of downloadable and streaming items on mississaugalibrary.ca.

     

     

  • Ward 1 Hosted Inaugural Awards of Excellence

    October 11, 2019

    Yesterday, Councillor Stephen Dasko hosted the Inaugural Ward 1 Awards of Excellence at the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre in Mississauga.

    There were 15 broad categories who received outstanding support of nominees from across the Ward 1 community.  Categories such as Entrepreneur of the Year, Environmental Stewardship, Diversity and Inclusion, Volunteer of the Year and Citizen of the Year were recognized.

    Residents, business leaders, community organizations were all welcomed upon their arrival to enjoy a casual reception.  As Councillor Dasko thanked everyone for attending he said “I am so delighted to see the response, the enthusiasm of so many residents who submitted nominations.  The number of entries for each category was plentiful,” said Councillor Dasko.

    There was an overwhelming attendance on hand to recognize excellence across the Ward.  All those that participated truly helped contribute to making Our Community as Our Home at this prominent event.

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    Media Contact:

    Angie Dell,Administrative Assistant to

    Councillor Stephen Dasko

    Ward 1, City of Mississauga

    905-896-5100

    “Our Community is our Home”

  • 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey

    The City of Mississauga received high scores from residents for their overall quality of life according to the 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey. The results are based on responses of over 1,100 randomly selected Mississauga residents that were 18 years of age or older. The survey results showed 89 per cent of citizens rated their quality of life in the city as excellent or good, while 81 per cent of citizens are satisfied with the programs and services provided by the City. The survey gives residents a platform to share, voice and measure their satisfaction with municipal services, city operations, customer service and service delivery. This year’s survey maintains a consistent and positive trend of strong results indicating that residents recognize that the City is responsive in meeting their daily needs.
    “As Mayor of a diverse and flourishing city, I’m pleased to know that our citizen satisfaction rates remain very strong and that our residents are proud to say they are from Mississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This demonstrates that we’re making the right decisions, along with investing in services and amenities that not only meet the needs of our residents but ensure they enjoy a quality of life second to none.”
    Council and City staff use the findings of the survey to better understand the perceptions and attitudes of residents on a range of topics related to the City. This information helps to inform business planning activities.
    “These results help inform the City’s direction and work to complement the overall goal of improving and sustaining the quality of life for residents. Based on this year’s survey results, affordable housing, transportation, the economy, environment and safety are all priorities that are top of mind for our residents,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “The results also help the City make strategic investments, adapt to changing environments and plan for the future.”
    Key findings include:
    • 92 per cent of citizens are satisfied with the job the City is doing to protect the environment
    • 90 per cent of citizens feel Mississauga is an open and welcoming community
    • 89 per cent of citizens rate their quality of life in Mississauga as excellent or good
    • 88 per cent of citizens say they are proud to say they are from Mississauga
    • 82 per cent of citizens indicated they felt Mississauga’s diversity is one of its strengths
    • 72 per cent of citizens are satisfied with the City’s municipal government
    The 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey was performed by Forum Research Inc. on behalf of the City. It was conducted between June 3 and 22 with 1,124 residents being surveyed.
    For full survey details, including service-area results, visit mississauga.ca/citizen-satisfaction-survey.