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Stephen Dasko

City Awarded Continuous Improvement Excellence Award

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The City of Mississauga was awarded the 2018 Continuous Improvement Excellence Award by Leading Edge Group based on the progress and commitment it has made to sustainable continuous improvement over the past three years.

The award criteria focused on five pillars of overall operational excellence in continuous improvement: strategy; capability; capacity; improvements that have been realized; and improvements that have been sustained.

The City’s Lean Program was established as a permanent resource in 2016 following a small pilot, with the goal of strengthening the culture of continuous improvement across the organization. It focuses on focuses on creating improvements to business processes and enhancing customer-focused thinking

Property Tax Rebate Program

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Property Tax Rebate Program  

Together with local municipalities including the City of Mississauga, the Region of Peel provides annual property tax rebates to eligible low-income seniors and low-income disabled persons to provide relief from financial hardship.

Eligible low-income seniors and low-income persons with disabilities must apply annually to receive the rebate. Application forms must be completed and returned to the local municipality in which the property is located.

Eligibility requirements and application forms are available at the City of Mississauga Civic Centre, located at 300 City Centre Dr. They are also available online.

Learn more at

Community Recognition Program

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Community Recognition Program

The City of Mississauga’s Community Recognition Program provides the opportunity to recognize and celebrate special occasions and events which foster a spirit of community, celebrate Mississauga’s diverse cultures and contribute to enriching the quality of life in Mississauga.

Organizations can request recognition in the form of either a flag raising or lighting of the Civic Centre clock tower.

Please note:

  • Flag raising and lighting requests must be submitted at least six weeks in advance.
  • Organizations can select only one recognition option (flag raising or lighting) per year.
  • Requests must be made annually; they will not carry over year after year.


For more information or to request a community recognition, visit

Animal Care 

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The well-being of animals is always top of mind in our neighbourhoods. It’s important that residents understand the City’s Animal Care and Control By-Law. It sets standards of care to help protect animals and ensure they are cared for by their owners. 

Extreme Weather

When the snow falls and frigid temperatures set in, don’t forget about your furry animal friends. Pets cannot be left outdoors during extreme weather, except for brief walks or washroom breaks. The exception is for animals that have access to adequate shelter. Some breeds can live outside during winter as long as they have proper shelter. Do your research – an Alaskan Malamute may be outside in a doghouse while a Whippet can’t handle the cold. 

Adequate Shelter – Doghouses

If your dog or a neighbour’s dog lives outside, it must have access to a doghouse that is large enough for the dog to stand up, turn around, lie down and stretch out. The walls, floor and ceiling of the shelter must be insulated and interior walls must be covered to prevent the dog from coming into contact with the insulation. The doghouse must be clean with dry bedding such as straw and there must be a door flap during winter months to keep cold winds and snow at bay. And finally, the doghouse must comply with the City’s Zoning By-law. 

Veterinary Care

It’s up to owners to ensure their pet has regular veterinary care including vaccinations to support good health and to attend to any signs of injury or disease. 

Pens and Enclosures

Dogs must be kept in an enclosure that is a minimum of 9.3 m2 or 100 ft2.  If there is more than one dog, the pen must be increased by 2.8 m2 or 30 ft2. Pets must be taken out of the pen and not tethered for at least four hours at a time within a 24 hour period. Put some thought into your pet’s living conditions as the pens must be clean, sanitary, safe and secure. 


Did you know that pets can only be tethered for a total of four hours in a 24 hour period? Tethered pets must be in their owner’s view and have at least 3 m or 9.84 ft. to ensure the dog can travel safely and access shelter and water.

Public Information Session – Coyote Issues –Save the Date: March 26, 2019, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Clarke Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West

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PHONE: 905-896-5858 –
The feeding of wild animals and birds can become habit forming making them dependent on a food source or unwilling to forage naturally which can lead to illness, disease or injury.
 Like humans, if an animal fills up on junk food or one type of food they may not consume an adequate diet which can lead to nutritional deficiencies or illness.
 Ducks and geese naturally feed on vegetation and water insects. A nutritionally deficient diet of seed or bread can cause illness and disease.
 When ducks and geese gather in large numbers they can become ill from the bacteria in unconsumed food or increased faeces in the water.
 Ducks and geese that have become dependent on human handouts may not migrate and may suffer or starve during the winter months.
 Bird feeders may attract large flocks of non-native species such as sparrows, starlings and feral pigeons as these birds compete for habitat with rare song bird species.
 Improperly maintained bird feeders or poor quality bird feed can actually cause birds to die of illnesses such as salmonella, botulism or other deadly bacterial infections.
The feeding of wild animals can interfere with natural instincts and behaviours and could lead to human/wildlife conflicts.
 Raccoons and squirrels typically live close their food sources which may have them causing damage or denning in neighbouring homes and properties.
 Feeding squirrels, raccoons or coyotes can cause them to become a danger to humans as they will lose their natural fear and approach humans.
 Providing food for birds and squirrels can attract rats and mice due to the spillage of seed.
 An increase in rodent activity can attract larger predators like coyotes and foxes which can also prey on neighbourhood pets.
What can you do to help wildlife?
The City of Mississauga encourages residents to enjoy and live in harmony with our native wildlife. If you enjoy wildlife we would encourage the planting of native flora that will enhance your property and attract wildlife naturally without altering natural behaviour.
Adopt responsible bird feeding practices. Reserve bird feeders for winter months and ensure feeders are clean, tidy and seed mix attracts native songbirds. Bring feeders inside at night to discourage raccoons and discontinue feeding if you are attracting rodents or larger mammals like coyotes into the area.
(See reverse for by-law information and tips to reduce wildlife conflicts)
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As per the Animal; Care and Control By-law 0098-04 as amended,
10) No person shall intentionally feed a wild animal or leave food or attractants of any type or in any form out of doors in such a manner as to attract, or be accessible by, a wild animal, feral or stray domestic animal on private or public property.
11) Section 10 does not apply to the feeding of song birds on a property, provided the owner or occupier places seed in a bird feeding device that is sufficiently above grade and maintained in a sanitary condition.
Sanitary Condition means a condition that does not result in an accumulation of faecal matter, pigeons, odour, insect infestation, or rodent attractants which endanger the health of any person or animal; or that would not disturb or would likely disturb the enjoyment, comfort or convenience of any person.
12) Section 10 does not apply in the following situations: (242-11)
(1) the leaving of food as bait in a trap by a property owner to capture a nuisance animal inhabiting or habituating their property pursuant to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, S.O.1997, c.41
(2) the leaving of food as bait by a licensed trapper, and employee of a licensed wildlife or pest control agency, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer an Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Inspector or a Mississauga Peel Police Office, in the performance of their work.
(3) The leaving of food for a colony of stray or feral cats for the purposes of trap, neuter or spay and release program approved by the City of Mississauga.
Maximum Penalty for Contravention of this By-Law is $5000.00
o Store garbage, green bins, recycling, compost etc. in an area inaccessible to wildlife and place to the curb on the morning of collection.
o Remove any debris or materials from property/decks/balconies that may provide hiding or nesting sites for wild animals or rodents.
o Conduct a spring and fall exterior home inspection to ensure shingles, eaves, soffit, facia; vents etc. are in good repair.
o Cap/screen roof, dryer, bathroom vents and chimney’s with secure, safety approved mesh.
o Sheds, decks or any structure without a foundation should be screened below ground in a reverse L formation, (12” down, and 18” away from the structure) to prevent burrowing animals.
o Cover window wells with mesh or commercial window well covers.
o Trim tree branches away from the roof of your home.
For additional information visit the Animal Services web site at

Security Services – Important Phone Numbers to Know

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Security Services 

Did you know? The City of Mississauga has its own Security Services team. They are responsible for enforcing several by-laws and the Trespass to Property Act on City property and publicly owned areas, such as parks, community centres, libraries and MiWay busses.

Security and Transit Enforcement officers can enforce the following by-laws:

Residents are encouraged to report any unlawful activity occurring in any publicly owned space, whether they are at a park or riding a MiWay bus. All reports can be made by calling Security Services at 905-896-5040 – available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

For more details on the listed by-laws, please visit

Know Who to Call

3-1-1 for direct access to municipal government programs and services in Peel:

  • garbage pick up
  • water billing
  • tax information

2-1-1 for confidential information and referral to non-emergency community, health and social services in Peel:

  • employment leads
  • doctors accepting new patients
  • social housing resources

9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies or crimes:

  • a fire
  • a crime in progress
  • a medical emergency

Additional Resources

  • Animal Services (emergency)  – 905-896-5858
  • By-Law Enforcement – 905-896-5655
  • Enbridge – 905-276-3400
  • Alectra Utilities (Streetlights) – 905-566-2718
  • Fire and Emergency Services – 905-615-3777
  • GO Transit – 416-869-3200
  • MPAC (Assessments) – 905-813-2083
  • Parks Watch Hotline – 905-615-4060
  • Police (non-emergency) – 905-453-3311
  • Public Health – 905-799-7700
  • Recreation – 905-615-4100
  • TransHelp – 905-791-1015
  • Transit (MiWay Customer Service) – 905-615-4636
  • Waste Management – 905-791-9499

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City Opts Out of Privately-Operated Retail Cannabis Stores

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The City of Mississauga decided at its Council meeting on December 12, that it will opt out and not allow privately-operated cannabis retail stores in Mississauga. Council made the decision to opt out as it was felt the recent changes to the retail cannabis model occurred too quickly and there are many unanswered questions. The province has not given municipalities any control over where cannabis stores can be located in Mississauga.

As the request of Council, our Mayor, Bonnie Crombie, will be writing a letter to the province to explain our Council’s decision to opt-out and will be asking for greater powers for municipalities to have input into the location and the number of retail stores that are allowed in the City of Mississauga.

The Government of Ontario gave municipalities until January 22, 2019 to decide whether they will opt in or opt out of having retail cannabis stores.

The production, sale and use of recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. Private cannabis stores will be legal starting April 1, 2019 for municipalities who choose to opt in. Until then, residents can purchase cannabis online from the Ontario Cannabis Store. Residents must be 19 years or older to purchase cannabis in Ontario.

To learn more about recreational cannabis in Mississauga, visit

Community Meeting 55 Port St. E

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We have arranged a Community Meeting for Monday February 11th, 2019 at 7:00p.m. at Clarke Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd. W. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss an Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning applications submitted to the City by the property owner to permit a ten storey condominium apartment building with 34 units and one level of underground parking at 55 Port St. E.

If you have any questions prior to the scheduled meeting, please contact David Ferro, Development Planner for this application at 905-615-3200 ext. 4554 or by e-mail at

2019-2021 Poet Laureate – Call for Submissions

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The City of Mississauga will recognize its third Poet Laureate in 2019. The role of the Poet Laureate is to elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and writers within their communities and beyond. This honorary position recognizes a poet who writes excellent poetry or spoken word and has written on themes that are relevant to the citizens of Mississauga.

Candidates must be current Mississauga residents.

Term and payment:
The Poet Laureate will serve a 2 year term beginning in April 2019 and will receive a $10,000 honorarium paid in 6 instalments throughout the term. Additional project funds may be available to support Laureate activities dependent upon available financial resources.

Submissions will be accepted between January 18 and March 1, 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019 – 4:30pm

Contact Us
For more information about the Poet Laureate program:
Kathryn Garland
905-615-3200 x4063

Our Community

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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.