Mississauga Brings on Health and Human Services Expertise to Prepare for Independence

By Announcement

To prepare to become an independent city, Mississauga has hired Catherine Matheson as the new Interim Commissioner for Health and Human Services. In this new role, Matheson will bring her decades of experience and oversight of important health and human services portfolios to Mississauga and assist the City as it prepares to deliver these services by January 1, 2025, or sooner.

Matheson currently serves as the CAO of Nipissing District Social Services Administration Board and CEO of Nipissing District Housing Corporation. Prior to this, she served as the Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chair of the Peel Housing Corporation at the Region of Peel.

“I’m pleased to welcome Catherine to the Mississauga team,” said Shari Lichterman, CAO and City Manager. “She brings a wealth of critical experience to this role, including knowledge of Peel Region and will be an integral part of preparing our City to deliver the important services in the health and human services portfolio. I am confident that under Catherine’s guidance and oversight, Mississauga will be ready on or before January 1, 2025 to provide these important services to residents without missing a beat.”

Throughout her career, Matheson has also served as:

  • General Manager for Community Development in the City of Greater Sudbury
  • Senior Director of Health Care Integration and Transformation at the Northeast LHIN for the Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Director Northeast Centre of Excellence for Seniors Health, Regional Municipality of Sudbury
  • Director of Children Services, Regional Municipality of Sudbury

Matheson holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Social Work from Laurentian University, as well as executive certifications from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Queen’s University, York University, and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, to name just a few. She will begin her role as Interim Commissioner on October 23, 2023.

“She is absolutely the right person to take on this important role at this time,” added Lichterman.

As Mississauga works with the provincially-appointed Transition Board to negotiate the terms of the dissolution of Peel Region and the independence of Mississauga, Matheson’s decades of experience and expertise in health and human services will serve to prepare the City to take on these critical portfolios. She will be tasked with ensuring Mississauga has the right structure and resources – both human and financial – in place to deliver this portfolio starting January 1, 2025 or sooner, as directed by the Transition Board.

“I’m pleased to be joining the City of Mississauga at this historic time,” said Matheson. “I believe my decades of experience in health, housing and human services, as well as my time at the Region of Peel, have prepared me well for this important job. I know Mississauga is ready to be a single-tier city and I am confident that over the next year, the City will be ready to deliver these important services for residents.”

Background on Mississauga’s independence

Mississauga has long advocated to be an independent, single-tier municipality. There are currently 173 single-tier municipalities in Ontario. On June 8, 2023, Bill 112, The Hazel McCallion Act (Peel Dissolution) received Royal Assent. The Bill states the Region of Peel will be dissolved by January 1, 2025 and the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton, and the Town of Caledon, will become single-tier municipalities at that time. To facilitate these changes, the provincial government has appointed a Transition Board to work with the Region and the local municipalities.

Mississauga is the 3rd largest City in Ontario and the 7th largest in Canada, with a population approaching one million people. As the province’s second largest economy, Mississauga is proud to have a received a ‘Triple A’ credit rating from S&P for the last 20 years, as well as various financial awards for good governance and strong financial management. Mississauga has a strong identity and a unique history and long track-record of delivering excellent service. In the 2023 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, 79 per cent of residents said Mississauga had a good or excellent quality of life and well over 60 per cent believe they get good value for tax dollars. Mississauga is ready to be an independent City.

Headshot of Catherine Matheson
Catherine Matheson, Interim Commissioner of Health and Human Services

Green-minded Mississauga Businesses Tackle GHG Emissions

By Announcement

Yesterday, the first group of Mississauga businesses participating in the Mississauga Climate Leaders Program (MCLP) kicked off their (Greenhouse Gas) GHG Training Program. The program, delivered by the City of Mississauga through Enviro-Stewards, is a four-part education and skills development series that will help participating local businesses identify and advance cost-effective ways to improve their energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In addition to the GHG Training Program, participating companies will also benefit from a GHG Emission Energy Efficiency Site Assessment delivered by the City in partnership with Partners in Project Green. As part of the site assessment, a team of technical experts will conduct a facility walk-through for each participating company and provide recommendations about energy efficiency and GHG emission reduction opportunities.

“Congratulations to these businesses on beginning their journey toward greater profitability and energy efficiency while helping us achieve our goal of becoming a net zero city,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We all have a role to play in ensuring our actions don’t negatively impact our environment, and I commend these businesses for stepping up to do their part and acting as role models for others in the community.”

Participants in this year’s program represent a diverse range of businesses and include the following companies:

  • Arterra Wines Canada
  • Blachford Chemical Group
  • Hydro Extrusion North America
  • Lakeside Process Controls Ltd.
  • Magellan Aerospace Corporation
  • Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc.
  • Sofina Foods Inc.
  • Weston Forest.

“I’d like to welcome our first group of participants in our Mississauga Climate Leaders Program! Sustainability and climate action are fast becoming critical market differentiators and drivers of economic competitiveness within our business community,” said Christina Kakaflikas, Director, Economic Development Office. “We’re thrilled to work with these trailblazers and support them in developing the knowledge and skills that will help them advance their sustainability goals and strengthen their value proposition.”

A photo of people from the Mississauga Climate Leaders Program smiling and proud

Need help greening your business?

Local businesses who are not part of the MCLP GHG Training Program and Site Assessments can still register for the MCLP Workshop Series, delivered in collaboration with Partners in Project Green.

The Series will cover three themes:

  • Identifying GHG Reduction Opportunities (November 28, 2023),
  • Strategies to Engage Employees in Your Sustainability Journey
    (January 23, 2024) and,
  • Environment, Social Governance (ESG) Disclosure Reporting (March 28, 2024).

Click here to learn more and register for these no-cost workshops.

Background on the Mississauga Climate Leaders Program

• The MCLP was developed in response to the City’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), which was adopted by City Council in 2019. The plan includes 89 actions that aim to decrease Mississauga’s GHG emissions and prepare the community for climate change impacts, such as increased flooding, ice storms and heatwaves. On March 22, 2023, Council endorsed a motion to reaffirm and strengthen the City’s commitment to climate action, including examining new GHG emission targets to reach net zero by or before 2050.

• This past June, the City launched the Mississauga Climate Leaders Program (MCLP). Delivered by the City of Mississauga in partnership with Partners in Project Green and the Mississauga Board of Trade, the MCLP was created to provide local businesses with the support and recognition they need to take meaningful climate action. The program focuses on supporting pathways for local businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, save energy and lower costs.

For more information on the MCLP, please visit our program page.

October GO Service Changes – Lakeshore West

By Announcement, Resources, Ward 1

Starting Tuesday October 17, 2023: 

For Peel customers at our Mississauga stations, certain trips may depart up to two minutes earlier or up to five minutes later than their previous schedule. Please check your schedules before you travel.

Importantly, these adjustments will not affect the frequency of service you have come to rely on.

As you travel, we recommend listening closely to announcements on your train for specific directions. There might be instances where you’ll need to switch platforms at Union Station to continue your journey.

Customers are encouraged to visit to plan their trip and understand their travel options.

ANNOUNCING Mississauga 50th Anthem Competition – Deadline Extended until November 13th!

By Announcement, Events, Music, Stephen’s Initiatives

Leave your mark on Mississauga’s music history!

Mississauga songwriters, submit an original anthem about Mississauga to Mississauga Arts Council and SoundsUnite in honour of the City’s 50th anniversary for your chance to win a recording and mixing session from Metalworks Studios and have your song named “Mississauga’s 50th Anthem”! 

“On the upcoming 50th anniversary of the City of Mississauga, I had a vision to create an anthem for Mississauga,” Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko says. “My initiative was received with open arms by Metalworks Studios, Mississauga Arts Council and the creative industries at the City of Mississauga, who collaboratively came together to host this song contest for the most unique and fitting song to help celebrate the City of Mississauga’s milestone.”

“Mississauga’s 50th anniversary is a milestone that should be celebrated and what better way than recording a new city anthem,” mentions Gil Moore, Founder and CEO of Metalworks Studios, “Metalworks and SoundsUnite are excited and proud to record the winner and share the joy of music with our community.”

“A winning local singer-songwriter can make themselves a part of our history. Write the anthem heard across the city in 2024, and be part of every celebration of our City’s 50th Anniversary. The legendary Tommy Hunter wrote the first one, now who will write the next one?” asks Mike Douglas, Executive Director of MAC

The deadline to apply is Monday, November 13 at 11 AM.

Get More Details and Apply

Experience the Magic of the Festival of Trees this Holiday Season!

By Announcement, Events, Ward 1

Experience the magic of the Festival of Trees this holiday season!​

The third-annual Mississauga Festival of Trees is a celebration of the winter season, art, food, and community. With twinkling displays of seasonal lights, artist-created tree and woodpile art installations, artisan and culinary markets, workshops, live entertainment, and more, join us to make memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

The Festival of Trees is held at the Small Arms Inspection Building, a restored heritage treasure in Mississauga, to be transformed once again into a winter wonderland of art, food, and fun this holiday season. 

Vendor applications are open for the Mississauga Festival of Trees!

Learn More

Mississauga Makes Housing Data Easier to Track with New Dashboard

By Announcement, Planning & Development

The City has launched a new Development Data dashboard to make it easier to access Mississauga housing data and monitor economic growth. The dashboard makes a wide-range of data available and shows the amount of development underway across the city.

The dashboard is one of 23 actions in the City’s four-year Growing Mississauga plan to get more homes built, streamline approvals and make housing more affordable. The plan was approved earlier this year.

“As a city, we’re committed to reporting back on our housing and development progress in a meaningful and transparent way,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “We also recommend that the province establish common data points to ensure standardized reporting across all municipalities – a shared understanding of housing data is important if we are going to move the needle on the housing crisis.”

For quick reference, the dashboard includes a Housing Update highlighting key figures such as the number of housing units approved and under construction in Mississauga. This monthly summary includes data from both the City of Mississauga and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

The dashboard also provides access to detailed data across the following five tabs:

  1. Residential development tracking: provides information about active and approved housing development applications including the number of approved units
  2. Non-residential development tracking: details total gross floor area for active and approved industrial and commercial development applications
  3. Active development pipeline: provides a deeper dive on active applications by development type
  4. Building permits: includes details on residential and non-residential building permits issued since 2014
  5. Status of approved applications: provides a high-level summary of the number of units associated with an active, phased or inactive application city-wide and details where growth is planned throughout the city

“Cities are constantly evolving which is why access to timely and comprehensive data is so important,” Whittmore added. “As we work to bring more housing to Mississauga, good data helps us make informed decisions today about how best to plan for the future.”

The Development Data dashboard including the Housing Update summary is part of the City’s overall approach to sharing data in an open and transparent manner. Other data available on Mississauga’s City Planning Data Hub includes information on population and jobs growth forecasts, Census profiles and demographics, economic and employment surveys, and other current and historical planning data. Visit the Data Hub to learn more.

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

Mississauga Celebrates 50 in 2024

By Announcement, Events

In 1974, the Towns of Streetsville, Port Credit and the Township of Mississauga incorporated to form the vibrant and diverse City of Mississauga. In 2024, the City will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this milestone. It will be a time to reflect on our past, celebrate the present and envision the great things that are to come in the next 50 years.

The City and community will be hosting year-long activities, events and celebrations starting with this upcoming New Year’s Eve.

Learn More

MiWay Service Changes Start on Oct. 23, 2023

By Announcement, Resources

Starting Monday, Oct. 23, there will be MiWay service changes that include service improvements and reductions based on customer demand, and updated schedules on several routes to improve service reliability based on increased traffic volumes.

MiWay ridership is at an all-time high and this growth continues to put pressure on the transit network capacity. MiWay continues to adjust routes and service frequencies to ensure that services remain responsive to evolving customer demand based on the resources available.

Saturday service resumes on Route 101 Dundas Express  

To provide additional service capacity along the Dundas corridor, the Route 101 Dundas Express will resume Saturday service and operate every 21 minutes throughout the day. This increase in service is due to consistently high customer demand on Route 1 Dundas on weekends.

Service improvements due to increasing customer demand

The routes below will provide more frequent service based on ridership growth:

  • 4 Sherway Gardens: will operate every 34 minutes on weekdays from 2 pm to 6 pm.
  • 22 Finch: will operate every 22 minutes on Saturdays from 12 pm to 7 pm.
  • 66 McLaughlin: will operate every 21 minutes on Saturdays from 11 am to 10 pm. On Sundays, it will operate every 20 minutes from 10 am to 8 pm.
  • 107 Malton Express: will operate every 13 minutes on weekdays from 2 pm to 7 pm.

Service reductions due to low customer demand

MiWay is reducing service on the routes below due to low ridership and reinvesting the savings back into busier routes to address overcrowding and reliability issues for customers.

  • 4 Sherway Gardens: will operate every 59 minutes on weekdays after 6 pm.
  • 20 Rathburn: will operate every 45 minutes on weekdays from 7 pm to 10 pm. On Saturdays, it will operate every 35 minutes before 10 am and after 7 pm.          
  • 23 Lakeshore: will operate every 27 minutes on weekdays from 7 pm to 10 pm.
  • 25 Traders Loop: this route will operate on weekdays from 6 am to 6 pm.  
  • 39 Britannia: will operate every 32 minutes on weekdays from 10 am to 1:30 pm. 

Schedule adjustments

Schedules will be updated on various routes to improve service reliability (a complete list of routes will be available on

Learn more about these service changes and the MiWay 5 service plan benefits at

Trillium Health Partners Announces Ontario’s First Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Mississauga

By Announcement, Resources

Ontario’s First Women’s and Children’s Hospital Announced in Mississauga

Highly specialized health care services closer to home for women, children and families in Mississauga and West Toronto

Trillium Health Partners (THP) and the Government of Ontario are advancing health care and health promotion, by building Ontario’s first Women’s and Children’s Hospital. By focusing on women, children, and equity-deserving groups, THP will provide one-of-a-kind services and integrated care that will improve generational health in Mississauga and West Toronto.

THP has been on a mission to create a new kind of health care for a healthier community since being established in 2011. Today, it is one of Canada’s largest and most innovative integrated health care organizations, combining the strength and expertise of multiple hospital sites and over 15,000 people to serve one of the world’s most diverse communities. Now, THP is taking another giant leap forward by investing in the health of women, children and families and the health of the entire community by establishing the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Located within the future home of The Peter Gilgan Mississauga Hospital, this 200,000-square-foot facility will be equipped with cutting-edge technology, designed to provide the highest standards of care in Maternal and Newborn Health, Children’s Health and Women’s Health. The Women’s and Children’s Hospital will be purpose-built for families, offering an array of highly specialized services, integrated care and health system partnerships that will profoundly impact the generational health of the community, from conception, through infancy and childhood, and into all phases of adulthood.

Key features of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital include:
• A full suite of highly specialized reproductive, gynecological and children’s health services for all people, focused on reducing health inequity and nurturing diversity.
• Dedicated mental health inpatient beds for children and youth – a first for the region.
• Expert care for pregnancies and births, including those that are high-risk, with modern labour and birthing suites for parents and families.
• A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with including specially-designed couplet care suites to accommodate parents and babies staying together.
• Access to state-of-the-art surgical suites to accommodate specialized procedures closer to home.
• Family-centred care that stretches throughout all areas of the hospital and includes gender-neutral washrooms, breastfeeding areas and a dedicated paediatric zone in the emergency department.
• Excellent patient and family experience with access to highly-trained specialists.

“The new hospital will be the first-of-its-kind in Ontario, expanding and improving care for women and children from across Mississauga,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Right across the province, we’re making historic investments in health care, adding new beds and reducing wait times. We’re working to ensure everyone in Ontario has access to convenient care close to home.”

The new Women’s and Children’s Hospital will build upon the strengths of THP’s legacy regional Women’s and Children’s program to enhance THP’s wide range of services and partnerships across the health care continuum and support better health outcomes for families and communities. The new hospital will offer innovative care models and be a place that reimagines how women and children receive care to ensure the whole person is supported, while caring for complex medical and mental health conditions.

“Our government is taking bold and innovative action to connect Ontarians to the care they need, closer to home,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, “By partnering with THP to create the first-of-its-kind Women’s and Children’s Hospital, we are ensuring patients in Mississauga can have access the specialized services they need, when they need it, for years to come.”

“This is a historical announcement for THP that puts people and our community at the centre of creating a healthier future”, said THP President and CEO Karli Farrow. “Focusing on women, children and families is foundational to building a more equitable health system for all. We look forward to working with our partners and community to ensure all people, including all gender identities, feel safe and represented at this Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and at THP overall.”

“Everyone deserves better health and confidence that the health system is working for them” said Dipika Damerla, Mississauga City Councillor, Ward 7. “This announcement is a game changer in the building of a healthier, more equitable, and thriving Mississauga.”

This groundbreaking initiative, combined with state-of-the-art facilities and integration with community care and services, is expected to attract the world’s best health care providers, medical specialists, researchers, and talent to Mississauga and West Toronto. As a result, THP and the communities served will become an even more sought-after place to work, live, and raise families.

Today’s announcement builds on THP’s long-term infrastructure plan, Trillium HealthWorks, which is designed to address the rising demand for health care services in Mississauga and West Toronto. The new hospital is currently in the design phase and patients will continue to access care at THP through the emergency departments. Work is underway now to expand and improve services to create an integrated system of care for women and children that will continue deliver high quality care when construction is complete.