• City of Mississauga Maintains Standard & Poor’s Strong ‘AAA’ Credit Rating Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    September 14, 2020

    The City of Mississauga has received an ‘AAA’ credit rating from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) for the 17th year in a row. The rating was based on the City’s extremely high liquidity levels and its dynamic and diversified economy. The City was able to maintain its score of “AAA” despite the challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “I’m proud that despite the challenges we have faced as a City this year, that Mississauga continues to be recognized as a municipal leader in fiscal management, especially as we embark on the road to economic recovery,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We have a strong Financial and Economic Recovery plan in place that will help us build back better as we work to address the pressures that arise from COVID-19 in the years to come. This plan will help us remain fiscally prudent and financially strong while ensuring we can continue to provide the key services residents and businesses rely upon.”

     

    S&P’s report stated that, “Mississauga’s life sciences, advanced manufacturing, financial services and information and communication technology sectors fuel the city’s robust economy. Mississauga’s competitive tax rates, proximity to major markets and extensive transportation infrastructure network have also aided its economy and helped attract and retain investment.”

    “We’ve had to make many difficult yet necessary decisions to move us forward during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “The stable outlook reflects our City’s ability to bounce back from the financial impacts of the pandemic, but there is work to be done. Along with the $46 million from the Government of Ontario and funding from the Government of Canada, Mississauga will be able to address the approximately $60 million deficit that we are facing in 2020. However the echo impacts for future years will require additional assistance from other levels of government and continued strong financial leadership from Council and staff as the 2021 budget is set. I am confident we have a strong foundation to meet those challenges.”

    S&P added that, “Mississauga’s credit profile benefits from very strong financial management. The City has a robust set of financial policies, including a debt policy that sets out which capital projects are eligible for debt financing and establishes debt service limits. Mississauga provides clear and transparent disclosure, including unqualified financial statements.”

    Kent added, “In addition to rolling out our Recovery Plans, our Long-Range Financial Plan identifies future financial challenges and opportunities, helps us maintain financial sustainability and prepares us for unforeseen circumstances like the pandemic by maintaining strong reserve funds.”

     

    Mississauga’s Long-Range Financial Plan is a snapshot of the City’s current and anticipated financial position over the next 10 years. The plan supports the vision of the City’s Strategic Plan: Our Future Mississauga. The City’s Annual Report Highlights reflect its commitment to transparency in financial reporting.

    For more information, visit standardandpoors.com.

    To learn more about the City of Mississauga’s finances, visit mississauga.ca/financereports.

    About S&P Global Ratings:

    In 26 countries around the world and a history that dates back more than 150 years, S&P Global Ratings provides high-quality market intelligence in the form of credit ratings, research and thought leadership.

     An S&P Global Ratings issuer credit rating is a forward-looking opinion about an obligor’s overall creditworthiness. An obligor rated ‘AAA’ has extremely strong capacity to meet its financial commitments. ‘AAA’ is the highest issuer credit rating assigned by S&P Global Ratings.

     

  • Get Involved in the City’s 2021 Budget and Business Plan

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

    September 14, 2020

    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.

     

  • Mississauga’s Windrow Snow Clearing Program Now Open for Registration

    September 14, 2020

     

    The City is now accepting applications for its Windrow Snow Clearing Program for some residents needing snow clearing assistance. The program is available for up to 300 residents who are 65 years or older, or who have a physical disability.

     

    Program participants can expect to have a three-metre space in their windrow cleared during the winter season. A windrow is the pile of snow left at the end of a driveway after the street has been plowed. The program does not include the clearing of the whole driveway.

     

    “We understand the challenges that some residents face when it snows,” said Mickey Frost, Director, Works Operations and Maintenance. “Our windrow service makes winter easier for program participants to deal with throughout the season.”

     

    Winter crews will clear a space in a resident’s driveway beginning up to 36 hours after the end of a snow storm and when road plowing is completed. Windrow snow clearing may not be to bare pavement, but will make the driveway safe and passable for one car to get in and out.

     

    Additional Program Details:

    • Last day to apply is Friday, November 6, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
    • Program starts November 30, 2020 and ends March 12, 2021.
    • Cost of program is $200, but free for residents who meet financial assistance criteria.
    • Only 300 spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.

     

    How to Apply:

    • Download and print an application form online at ca/windrow or pick one up at any community centre service desk.
    • Submit the completed form and required documents through any of the following:
      • In-person at any community centre service desk

     

    • The following submission options have been added as part of the City’s response to COVID-19:

     

    • By mail:

    Recreation Customer Service Centre

    Paramount Fine Foods Centre

    5600 Rose Cherry Place

    Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6

     

    For more information about the Windrow Snow Clearing Program, including eligibility, financial assistance criteria and details on how to apply, visit mississauga.ca/windrow.

     

    [Download hi-res image]

     

     

  • Dixie Underpass Update

  • Filming in Ward 1

    Please note that the above will be filming exterior scenes for a TV series “Sex/Life” at 1462 Mississauga Road (Ward 2) on September 14, 7:00am – 8:00pm

     

    A permit has been issued to allow parking on the following from September 13, 10:00pm – September 14, 10:00pm:

    • One side of Shenandoah Dr between Wateska Blvd and Mississauga Rd

     

    Affected residents have been informed of these activities via notification letter. A release form survey was sent to residents with less than 20% objecting  in order to allow:

    • Prep occurring on a Sunday
    • Overnight parking

     

    Production has also been granted permission to park production support vehicles at JC Saddington Park, North Lot (53 Lake St, Ward 1) on September 14, 7:00am – 10:00pm.

     

    Should you have comments, questions or concerns please contact the Film Office at ext. 4114.

     

    Thank you.

  • Filming in Ward 1

    Please note that the above will be filming interior and exterior scenes for a TV series “Sex/Life” at 259 Indian Valley Tr (Ward 1) on September 15, 12:00noon – September 16, 2:00am

     

    A permit has been issued to allow parking on the following from September 14, 5:00pm – September 15, 7:00pm:

    • One side of Indian Valley Tr from Pinetree Cres to Glenburnie Rd
    • One side of Glenwood Dr from Kenollie Ave to Indian Valley Tr
    • One side of Point-O-Woods Rd

     

    Affected residents have been informed of these activities via notification letter. A release form survey was sent to residents with less than 20% objecting in order to allow:

    • Afterhours filming
    • Afterhours vehicle movement
    • Overnight parking
    • Lighting and/or generators oriented towards neighbouring residences

     

    Should you have comments, questions or concerns please contact the Film Office at ext. 4114.

     

    Thank you.

     

  • PUBLIC MEETING INFORMATION REPORT (WARD 1) September 21, 2020

    PUBLIC MEETING INFORMATION REPORT (WARD 1)
    Draft Plan of Subdivision, Official Plan amendment and Rezoning applications to permit a
    mixed use waterfront community with employment, commercial, institutional, cultural, park
    uses and 8,050 residential units
    1082 Lakeshore Road East and 800 Hydro Road, south side of Lakeshore Road East, east
    of Lakefront Promenade
    Owner: Lakeview Community Partners Limited
    Files: OZ 19/003 W1, OZ 19/021 W1 and T-M19001 W1

     

    For complete details please visit the link below.

     

    OZ 19-003 W1 OZ 19-021 W1 T-M19001 W1.Public Meeting Notice (virtual …..

     

  • HYDRO ROAD SOUTH OF LAKESHORE ROAD—TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE—

    September 11, 2020

    Please be advised that Hydro Road south of Lakeshore Road will be closed.

    When: Starting Monday, September 14th, 2020 until Friday, September 18th, 2020.

    Where:  Hydro Road south of Lakeshore Road.

     Why:  A temporary road closure is required for the purpose of completing service connection for the new development.

     

     

  • Port Credit GO Station

    September 11, 2020

    A platform change at Port Credit GO Station Terminal due to construction.  This will be effective from 9:00am Monday September 14 until further notice.

    All routes at Platform 8 (8 and 23E) will be moved to Platform 5 and will keep the same stop number.

    Thank you.

     

  • WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition Brings Century-Old Wartime Experience to Life Through Floriography, Sculpture and Scent

    September 10, 2020

    WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition opens at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga on September 17. The unique and historically-based exhibit, offers visitors a unique way to experience a part of Canada’s rich history, ensuring the memories of those who served a century ago live on for years to come.

    During the First World War, Canadian soldier Lieutenant-Colonel George Stephen Cantlie plucked flowers from the fields of war-torn Europe, sending them home to his baby daughter Celia in Montreal. Artist Viveka Melki presents 10 of these century-old flowers in an exhibition that examines human nature in wartime. Using floriography–the Victorian language of flowers–Melki has created an immersive, multisensory experience featuring Cantlie’s letters, specially-commissioned optical crystal sculptures and original flower-based scents, interwoven with the personal stories of 10 Canadians directly involved in the war.

    The Museums of Mississauga is also presenting a local connection to the First World War through the Bradley Museum’s exhibit, Our Boys: Mississauga’s Fallen Soldiers 1914-1918 as well as a Speaker’s Series that focuses on the stories of soldiers from Black and Indigenous communities.

    What:
    WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition Preview Event

    When:
    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    5-6 p.m. (media)
    6-7 p.m. (dignitaries)

    Where:
    Living Arts Centre
    4141 Living Arts Dr.
    Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8

    (Duke of York Blvd. east entrance)

    Who:

    • Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
    • Members of Council
    • Local dignitaries
    • Viveka Melki, curator, WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition (available for virtual interviews upon request)

    Cost:
    Free to the public

    Media Registration:
    All media must RSVP in order to attend the event. Please register using the link below:
    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/war-flowers-limited-attendance-preview-media-tickets-118165280535

     

    COVID-19 Protocol:

    • Visitors, including media, will be required to self-screen upon entry to the Living Arts Centre
    • Ticketed entry to the exhibit will be available through the Living Arts Centre Virtual Box Office
    • Entry will be limited to a maximum number of 50 visitors in the exhibition at one time
    • A maximum of four patrons of the same family unit may enter the exhibition together
    • The exhibition and Living Arts Centre is sanitized on a regular basis by Museums staff