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City of Mississauga welcomes its fifth Poet Laureate

By Announcement, Food for thought

Andrea Josic has been selected to serve as a literary ambassador for the city to help elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and writers.

In celebration of the City of Mississauga’s 50th anniversary, the City is pleased to announce that Andrea Josic will be its fifth Poet Laureate. Andrea will hold this position from 2024 to 2026. She will serve as a literary ambassador for the city, as well as help elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and writers through community poetry events and projects.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Andrea Josic as our new Poet Laureate,” said Kristina Zietsma, Director, Culture and Recreation. “Chosen from an exceptional pool of candidates, Andrea is a talented writer and poet who will inspire aspiring artists and elevate literary arts in Mississauga.”

Andrea Josic is a second-generation Bosnian-Canadian poet, performer and arts educator from Mississauga. She has been competing in international poetry slams for nearly a decade and is a national award-winning poet and journalist with publications at Whippersnapper Gallery, Meridian Arts Centre, Toronto Transit Commission x Poems in Passage, This Magazine and more. She was the champion of the 2020 Toronto Poetry Slam, 2019 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam and the runner-up in the 2021 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Andrea has supported her hometown Mississauga in profound ways, including facilitating a writing exhibit with The Woodlands School at the Small Arms Inspection Building and attending the first Sauga Poetry event as the inaugural feature poet. She hopes to cultivate healing, belonging and joy through her work.

Every two years, the City embarks on a search for its new Poet Laureate. This honourary position recognizes a poet who writes excellent poetry or spoken word and has written on themes that are relevant to the residents of Mississauga.

Andrea will take over the role starting on April 10th from the City’s fourth Poet Laureate, Ayomide Bayowa.

The public can expect to see the new Poet Laureate at the City’s fifth annual Poetry Slam on April 24. She will also make an appearance as part of the Canada Day celebrations at Celebration Square on July 1.

As a way to kick off her new role and celebrate National Poetry Month, Andrea read from one of her poems titled, (Almost) Daughter Inherits the Matriarch at today’s General Committee meeting. See verse below.

(Almost) Daughter Inherits the Matriarch

I will always be my mother’s swelling
she says my shell is recipe booking
knees that knock
wrinkle in left cheek
lower back carves
but I am not the “her” she expects me to be
I am but the swallow of a woman
my given name is tongued sandpaper
that undresses the rind out of a drying throat
and rots the girlhood I denounced at 18

when my mother and I run along the grass
our limbs are harmonious applause, she says
“can you see us in grandmother?
her kiln breaded me and
sunned your yeast for 34 years”
grandma remembers me at 13
a beanstalk child, stretching just like her
old photographs could prove time travel
but I hush regret this inherited matriarch
a lineage that ends, ungendered
away from the bellies that have homed me

afternoons are the furthest I am from my femme
sun lending my shadow to the pavement
a passing silhouette reflects my boyish frame
not quite of a woman
not much in-between
apologetic that bloodline changes with my other
and on the hottest day
when mist rises to even the slate
my mother’s shadow asks
can I even call you mine?

Andrea Josic, Mississauga’s fifth Poet Laureate: 2024 to 2026

Members of Council stand with fifth Poet Laureate (Andrea Josic), fourth and outgoing Poet Laureate (Ayomide Bayowa) and current Youth Poet (Lisa Shen).

From left to right: Lisa Shen (Mississauga’s current Youth Poet), Andrea Josic (Mississauga’s fifth Poet Laureate) and Ayomide Bayowa (Mississauga’s fourth and outgoing Poet Laureate).

Family Day Holiday Service Hours at Peel Region

By Food for thought

Peel Region offices and some non-emergency services will be closed for the Family Day holiday on Monday, February 19, 2024.

The following non-emergency services are closed and will reopen Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

  • Access Peel Counters
  • Dental Services Contact Centre and Dental Clinics
  • Early Years and Child Care Services
  • Family Health Call Centre
  • Healthy Sexuality Clinics
  • Housing Services, Client Services
  • Needle Exchange Program and Harm Reduction – Mobile Van
  • Ontario Works in Peel

Vaccination Clinics

Routine school immunization clinics will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024. Clinics will resume regular hours of operations on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Visit here to book your appointment.

Emergency shelter, food, or personal support

For urgent homelessness supports, including food, supplies, referrals, and shelter, call the Street Helpline 24/7 at 1-877-848-8481. For information on emergency shelter, visit the emergency shelter web page or call 905-450-1996.

Emergency Peel Living Maintenance Requests

For emergency Peel Living maintenance requests, contact the 24-hour request line at 905-790-7335.


To travel on Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20, you must call 905-791-1015 and book by 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 18.

On Monday, February 19 (Family Day):

  • Call us at 905-791-1015 if you need to cancel your trip.
  • Flexible (same-day) trips will not be provided.
  • All subscription trips will be cancelled, with the exception of dialysis trips.
  • TransHelp will operate from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • The TransHelp office will be closed and unable to process applications, payments, or feedback.

We offer bookings up to 7 days in advance. Consider booking your next trip early to ensure your holiday travel.

Email or call 905-791-1015 with any questions.

Public Transit

Visit  Mississauga Transit for holiday schedules.

Waste collection Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon

On Monday, February 19 (Family Day), there will be no waste collection. Waste will be collected one day later that week. Check your collection calendar to find your pickup day or sign up to receive free waste collection reminders.

All Community Recycling Centres will be closed on Monday, February 19 (Family Day) and will return to regular hours of operation on Tuesday, February 20.

City invests $4.7 million to support community, culture and live music in Mississauga

By Announcement, Food for thought, Music, Resources, Ward 1

Today, February 14th, 2024, Mississauga City Council approved $4.7 million in grant funding to support various community and cultural groups, including live music presenters in Mississauga.

As a nod to the City’s 50th anniversary, this year’s theme is Celebrate 50. This theme is designed to help arts and culture groups celebrate Mississauga’s rich and diverse communities through their unique cultural practices. It encourages projects that share underrepresented stories and histories related to Mississauga, including those that emphasize Indigenous worldviews, creative and artistic methods and presentation practices.

2024 also marks the second year of the Live Music Grant pilot program, which supports for-profit concert presenters as a part of the City’s Music Strategy.

Community Grant Program

The Community Grant program assists Mississauga-based, not-for-profit community groups by providing multi-year, annual operating and project grants to improve the quality of life for residents. The grant program aligns with the strategic priorities of the Culture, Recreation, Parks and Forestry and Environment divisions.

Approved grants:

*Indicates multi-year funding

  • Active Adult Centre Mississauga: $9,990
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel Inc.: $10,000
  • Blooming Boulevards: $10,000
  • Citizens for the Advancement of Community Development: $10,000
  • Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled: $10,000
  • Ecosource: $109,863*
  • Erin Mills Youth Centre: $58,000*
  • Global 180 Student Communications Inc.: $9,950
  • Joshua Creek Church/Heart Comonos: $6,500
  • Malton Black Development Association: $10,000
  • MIAG Centre for Diverse Women & Families: $10,000
  • Mississauga Girls Softball Association, Inc.: $7,500
  • Mississauga Seniors Club Inc.: $6,000
  • Mississauga Sports Council: $120,500*
  • Mississauga Youth Action Committee: $2,990
  • Ontario Schools Cricket Association: $10,000
  • Our Place Peel: $10,000
  • Pak Pioneers Community Organization of Canada: $9,950
  • Port Credit Lawn Bowling Club: $10,000
  • Safe City Mississauga: $224,127*
  • Senior Tamils Society of Peel: $10,000
  • Lady Ballers Camp: $6,000
  • The Dam: $80,000*
  • The Erin Mills Farmers Market: $10,000
  • The Riverwood Conservancy: $369,859*
  • Volunteer MBC: $40,000*

Arts and Culture Grant Program

Grant funding for this program supports emerging and established, not-for-profit, professional and community-based arts, culture, and heritage organizations in Mississauga. The grant supports the development of exemplary arts and culture programs and services that improve participation, knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of arts, culture and heritage for residents of Mississauga.

Approved grants:

*Indicates multi-year funding

  • Art Gallery of Mississauga: $350,000*
  • Arts on the Credit Mississauga: $15,000
  • Canadian Arabic Orchestra: $100,000
  • Chamber Music Society Mississauga: $100,000
  • Crane Creations Theatre Company: $100,000
  • CreativeHub 1352: $75,000
  • Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters: $19,999
  • Fashion Circuit Series: $17,000
  • Frog in Hand: $100,000
  • Heritage Mississauga: $297,000*
  • Hispanic Canadian Arts and Culture Association: $19,500
  • Meadowvale Music Theatre: $10,000
  • Mississauga Arts Council: $360,000*
  • Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble: $2,975
  • Mississauga Children’s Choir: $39,000
  • Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization: $22,500
  • Mississauga Choral Society: $62,000
  • Mississauga Festival Choir: $36,000
  • Mississauga Festival Youth Choir: $18,250
  • Mississauga Music: $19,999
  • Mississauga Potters Guild: $19,500
  • Mississauga Theatre Alliance: $10,000
  • NeoVoce Philharmonic Choir: $5,000
  • Orchestras Mississauga: $200,000*
  • Sampradaya Dance Creations: $160,000*
  • Sawitri Theatre Group: $108,000
  • Streetsville Historical Society: $4,800
  • Theatre Unlimited: $19,999
  • Visual Arts Mississauga: $225,000*
  • Youth Troopers for Global Awareness: $35,000

Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grants

The Cultural Festivals and Celebrations grant program provides funding to offset expenses associated with providing a clean and safe venue for the presentation of arts, heritage and cultural festivals and celebrations to residents and visitors. This grant supports a range of events that reflect the City’s many cultural traditions.

Approved grants:

*Indicates multi-year funding

  • Bollywood Monster Mashup: $120,000*
  • Carassauga Festival: $120,000*
  • International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto: $15,000
  • Mississauga Italfest: $45,000
  • Malton Celebrates Canada Day: $24,000
  • Mississauga Latin Festival: $19,500
  • Mississauga Polish Days: $19,999
  • Mosaic Festival: $105,000
  • Muslimfest: $50,000
  • Paint the Town Red: $105,000
  • Philippine Festival Mississauga: $19,999
  • Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival: $120,000*
  • Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival: $100,000
  • Streetsville Christmas in the Village: $15,000
  • Mississauga World Music Festival: $15,000
  • Portugalo Fest: $9,750

Culture Project Grants

The 2024 Culture Projects Grant program aims to support arts and culture initiatives highlighting the City’s 50th anniversary. With the focus this year on “Celebrate 50”, the theme helps arts and culture groups celebrate and recognize the origins, transformations and potential of the City’s rich and diverse communities through their unique cultural practices and encourages projects that share underrepresented stories and histories related to Mississauga.

Approved grants:

  • Blackwood Gallery: $5,000
  • Canadian Arabic Orchestra: $5,000
  • Frog in Hand: $5,000
  • Mississauga Music: $5,000
  • Kaleidoscope Chinese Performing Arts Society: $5,000
  • Crane Creations Theatre Company: $5,000
  • Arts on the Credit: $3,500
  • MonstrARTity Creative Community: $5,000
  • SAWITRI Theatre Group: $5,000
  • Streetsville BIA: $2,500
  • NeoVoce Philharmonic Choir: $5,000

Live Music Grant Pilot Program

The Live Music Grant Pilot Program is a two-year pilot intended to increase the number and frequency of live music events in Mississauga. 2024 marks the second year of the program. The grant will provide $45,000 per year for a maximum of $90,000 in total funding over the two years. This grant stream is the first City Culture Grant open to for-profit businesses with the potential to increase tourism and cultural growth.

Approved grants:

  • BluPrint/Bluprint Concert 2024: $2,500
  • Celestial Music Ras Penco & Friends in Concert: $2,000
  • Friends in Arts/Friends in Arts live concerts: $2,500
  • Aim Nation/History of our Music: $2,500
  • Majd Sekker Sextet band/From Upherate to the Credit: $1,000
  • Headway Music/2024 Open Mic Series at Cuchulainn’s: $2,500
  • The Academy The Hustle Mississauga Edition: $2,500
  • Let’s Make Good Productions/Arlene & The People EP Release: $2,500
  • Sounds from Damascus/Sounds from Damascus DNA: $2,500
  • 40oz Heroes/RIVER MOUTH II: $2,500
  • The Savoy Band/Two Nights of Dancing and Live Jazz Music: $2,500
  • Deep Ganguly/MYBANSURI MUSICAL EVENTS: $2,250
  • antiskeptic entertainment/illScarlett returns to Mississauga!: $2,500
  • Ebony Ivy Corp OOH LA LA Showcase: $750

For more information about the City’s grant programs, visit the webpage.

About the City’s 50th anniversary

In 2024, the City of Mississauga celebrates its 50th anniversary. This anniversary marks the City of Mississauga’s incorporation in 1974. A part of the Treaty and Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat and Wyandot Nations, Mississauga is one of Canada’s largest and most diverse cities.

Mississauga honoured for two projects that contribute to the city’s economy

By Announcement, Food for thought

The City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Office (EDO) has been recognized for its contributions supporting the economy of the city. Last week, the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) presented the City of Mississauga’s EDO with one prestigious award for innovative and impactful projects that support economic development and, by extension, the city’s economy. The two projects recognized are:

  • Equity and Diversity Collaborative (EDC) – Received the  Award of Excellence in the category of Inclusive Based Initiatives & Programming
    • In 2021, the City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Office (EDO), in collaboration with the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (Canada Region), established the Equity & Diversity Collaborative (EDC) – a consortium of healthcare and life sciences companies dedicated to driving gender equity and diversity. EDC’s mission is “To achieve gender parity (50 per cent) and significant representation (30 per cent) of other under-represented groups, including racialized persons, people living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2 community at all levels of organizations and on Canadian board(s).”
  • IDEA Square One – We were recognized as finalists in the category of Building Initiatives, Brick and Mortar projects
    • Launched in May 2023, IDEA Square One is a central entrepreneur hub that brings together a network of supports to help entrepreneurs grow, scale and commercialize their ideas and businesses. The hub reduces barriers to entrepreneurship and increases the access and visibility of Mississauga’s Innovation assets to all businesses and residents.

“This award and recognition indicates the City of Mississauga is making in economic development as leaders in the field,” said Acting Mayor Joe Horneck. “Our Economic Development team works hard to identify actions and opportunities that contribute to Mississauga’s business community and economy. They work to create an environment where businesses of all sizes can grow and succeed. I congratulate them on this prestigious recognition.”

“As an organization committed to advancing equity and inclusion, the HBA is proud that HBA Canada’s work as part of the Equity and Diversity Collaborative is being honored by EDCO. Beyond the significant impact of the EDC’s work, the visibility that comes from recognition of the award will help to raise greater awareness of the critical importance that inclusion and belonging play in the workplace and in the greater community,” said Mary Stutts, CEO, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.

The EDCO Awards of Excellence

The EDCO Awards of Excellence is an annual program that aims to seek distinctive ideas and initiatives that can become future economic development best practices. Recipients of the EDCO Awards of Excellence are viewed as leaders in economic development and are often asked to present their efforts and accomplishments at speaking engagements, including the EDCO Conference and Showcase.

This recognition among our peers validates our work and its positive impact on our business community” said Christina Kakaflikas, Director, Economic Development. “With Council’s strong support and direction, the City of Mississauga’s Economic Development team is dedicated to providing programs and resources that help our businesses grow and prosper while also contributing to our strategic priorities.”

The team provides site location assistance, sector development support, research, industry analysis and marketing as well as offering guidance and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

About EDCO

The Economic Developers Council of Ontario supports the economic development profession through a variety of learning events and conferences. Each year they have an awards call-out to communities and organizations to submit new, innovative and impactful projects that support economic development.

To learn more about growth and development opportunities and why businesses continue to choose Mississauga, visit

For more information about supports for small business, visit

Staff winning an award
Left: Christina Kakaflikas, Director of Economic Development, and Right: Donna Heslin, Manager of Small Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Celebrate Safely this Lunar New Year

By Events, Food for thought

Mississauga is a vibrant and diverse city that always has something to celebrate. As the Lunar New Year approaches, families across the city are getting ready to welcome the Year of the Dragon with food, fireworks, decorations, music, lanterns, gifts and more.

Lunar New Year is one of the largest celebrations for Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Southeast Asian communities around the world, including Mississauga. Families and friends will come together to give thanks for the blessings of the year, exchange gifts and celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

Follow these safety reminders to ensure your Lunar New Year celebrations are safe and enjoyable for everyone:


The City of Mississauga has a Fireworks By-law to regulate the lighting of fireworks within Mississauga. Fireworks for Lunar New Year are allowed at home on your private property on Saturday, February 10 from dusk until 11 p.m.

To use fireworks on a public street or park, you must obtain a permit from the City or call 905-896-5908.

To dispose of used or unused fireworks, completely submerge the fireworks in water and soak them overnight. Wrap the soaked fireworks in a plastic bag to keep them from drying out, and dispose of them in your garbage bin.

Lights and décor

If you’re planning to use candles, remember to keep them in a sturdy holder on a heat-resistant surface. Keep flames a safe distance from curtains, lanterns, furniture, decorations and loose clothing. Keep children and pets away from all sources of heat and flames.

Stay safe in the kitchen

Lunar New Year brings families together. If you plan to cook, remember to stay safe:

  • Turn your hot appliances off if you have to leave the kitchen.
  • Keep towels and clothes away from the stovetop and never cook or barbecue in your garage.
  • If you’re frying or cooking with oil, you must be careful. Hot oil can catch fire easily – use a deep fryer with a temperature gauge that will make sure the fat does not get too hot.

Additional information

  • Having guests over who plan to stay a while? Consider applying for a temporary parking permit.
  • Visit Mississauga’s fire prevention page for more tips on how to prevent a fire.
  • Submit a complaint for illegal use of fireworks on private property, sidewalks, boulevards and residential roads by calling 311 or online.
  • To report fireworks in City parks or school properties call the Facility Watch Program at 905-615-4060
  • To report fireworks on major public roadways or unsafe fireworks use, residents should contact Peel Regional Police using the non-emergency number: 905-453-3311. Please do not call 911 for fireworks complaints.

City recognizes Dana Wilson and four Mississauga schools for their efforts in promoting traffic safety

By Announcement, Food for thought

On January 31st, Mississauga City Council, on behalf of Mississauga School Traffic Safety Action Committee, awarded the 2023 Dr. Arthur Wood Award to Dana Wilson, Principal of Hillside Public School. Four Mississauga schools also received the 2023 Wilde Wood School Safety Zone Award including St. Basil Elementary School, St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School, Darcel Avenue Senior Public School and Nahani Way Public School.

“Congratulations to this year’s award winners for prioritizing student road safety and encouraging active travelling by walking and biking,” said Acting Mayor John Kovac. “Your hard work and commitment towards promoting traffic safety for students is truly remarkable and serves as an inspiration for others to strive for. You’ve helped make our schools safer for students travelling to and from school. Thank you for being a role model for us all!”

Since 2016, the Mississauga School Traffic Safety Action Committee (MSTSAC) has focused on recognizing schools who promote active transportation and traffic safety around schools. The Wilde Wood Award was named after James Wilde and Arthur Wood who co-founded the Kiss and Ride concept in Mississauga. It is awarded to schools from the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.

Dr. Arthur Wood Award

Dana Wilson, Principal of Hillside Public School, has received the Dr. Arthur Wood Award for her work advocating and promoting traffic safety for students. Her efforts at Hillside Public School, including the School Walking Routes Program and the School Streets Pilot Project (that took place in May 2022), have greatly improved the safety of students. Wilson’s efforts also emphasize active travelling as she encouraged cycling to school, organized bike skills and drills sessions and secured new bike racks for Hillside Public School.

Members of Council, School Board Trustees and members of MSTSAC present Dana Wilson with the 2023 Wilde Wood School Safety Zone Award.

Wilde Wood School Safety Zone Award

Four schools received the Wilde Wood School Safety Zone Award for their outstanding leadership and dedication in promoting school zone safety and active transportation.

Significant highlights from each school:

St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School

  • Organized a week-long walk and bike to school event to encourage active travel.
  • Implemented safety reminders as a part of their monthly newsletters.
  • Installed bike racks to encourage biking to school.
Members of Council, School Board Trustees and members of MSTSAC present St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School with the 2023 Wilde Wood School Safety Zone Award.

St. Basil Catholic Elementary School

  • Promoted Bike to School Day and Walk to School Day to encourage active travel.
  • Installed bike racks to encourage biking to school.
  • Partnered with the City’s Enforcement staff and Peel Regional Police to keep school areas safe.
  • Dedicated staff and student ambassadors acted as active transportation champions.
Acting Mississauga Mayor and Councillors presenting award to St. Basil Catholic Elementary School.
Members of Council and members of MSTSAC present St. Basil Catholic Elementary School with the 2023 Wilde Wood School Safety Zone Award.

Darcel Avenue Sr. Public School

  • Promoted community walks and education on active transportation to encourage active travel.
  • Dedicated staff and student ambassadors acted as active transportation champions.
  • Installed bike racks to encourage biking to school.
Darcel Avenue
Members of Council, School Board Trustees and members of MSTSAC present Darcel Avenue Sr. Public School with the 2023 Wilde Wood School Safety Zone Award.

Nahani Way Public School

  • Promoted active transportation through newsletters and assemblies.
  • Organized Kiss and Ride to keep traffic moving efficiently and ensure student safety.
Members of Council, School Board Trustees and members of MSTSAC present Nahani Way Public School with the 2023 Wilde Wood School Safety Zone Award.

Learn more about school walking routes, the crossing guard programcycling and the Mississauga School Traffic Safety Action Committee.

Councillors take part in CPR and AED training during Regional Council

By Food for thought, Resources

Thursday, Jan. 25, councillors took part in a CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training session during Regional Council. The training session was delivered by Peel Regional Paramedic Services in anticipation of Heart Month in February.

1800 people experience cardiac arrest in Peel Region each year. The chance of survival increases significantly if the person receives bystander CPR within 60 seconds of collapsing.

So far this month, two people in Peel Region have received a second chance at life because of bystander CPR, underscoring the importance of everyone learning this life-saving skill.

To further promote bystander CPR, Peel Regional Paramedic Services has placed hundreds of AEDs in public places, together with the GTAA, Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. It is also participating in a Volunteer Community Responder pilot project with Sunnybrook Hospital to see if crowdsourcing CPR can save more lives in Peel. With more than 200 citizen volunteers, the pilot project has helped 20 people receive life-saving care.

For more information about Peel Regional Paramedic Services’ PAD program, visit

For more information about the Volunteer Community Responder Pilot Project, visit

City remains committed to reducing single-use plastics

By Food for thought, Issues

Plastic can take more than 1,000 years, or 100 decades, to decompose and break down. The plastic you throw away today will start to decompose in 3024. Unfortunately, much of this waste ends up in landfills or as litter, causing harm to Mississauga’s environment and wildlife. To help reduce plastic waste, the City has proposed the Reduction of Single-use Items in City Facilities and Operations policy to limit single-use items purchased in all City facilities and operations.

“We’re dedicated to reducing plastic waste at the City,” said Acting Mayor John Kovac. “That’s why this policy is so important. Reducing single-use plastics is not just beneficial for the environment but also crucial for Mississauga’s future. Simple changes like swapping to reusable cutlery, straws and water bottles and making use of compostable bags can have a big impact. We can significantly decrease the amount of plastic waste in landfills, creeks, green spaces and natural habitats. Action is needed today for a better tomorrow.”

What are single-use plastics?

Single-use plastics refer to plastic materials intended for one-time use and are generally discarded after their use. Single-use plastics prioritize convenience over durability and repeated use. Examples of single-use plastic include plastic grocery bags, product packaging, straws, coffee cups and lids, plastic cutlery, fast food containers and plastic sandwich bags.

The Reduction of Single-use Items in Facilities and Operations policy is intended to:

  • Limit the purchase and use of single-use items in City facilities and operations.
  • Educate City staff on environmentally sustainable alternatives to single-use items.
  • Communicate the City’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
  • Identify roles and responsibilities in reducing the purchase and use of single-use items.

“According to the Government of Canada, about three million tonnes of plastic waste is discarded every year, with less than nine percent of it being recycled,” said Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services. “While single-use plastics are still accessible for purchase in Canada, including things like resealable plastic bags, garbage bags and zip ties, the City is committed to reducing plastic waste and recommending alternatives to plastic products. The City will also continue to educate and promote waste reduction, as well as reduce the use of non-recyclable, single-use plastics in internal operations where feasible.”

The environment and single-use plastics

Plastic waste pollution has a severe impact on the City’s ecosystems. It poses a threat to Mississauga’s wildlife – as many animals find themselves entangled or mistakenly ingesting plastic thinking it’s food. This can lead to animals getting trapped or injured, or even dying due to ingestion. Decomposing plastic can also release toxic chemicals that can harm aquatic life and contaminate water sources including soil, creeks and rivers.

Actions to reduce plastic waste

By making small changes to our day-to-day lives, you can help reduce plastic waste. Here are some easy ways to limit your plastic consumption:

  • Carry reusable bags when shopping.
  • Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic bottles. Try out a water bottle filling station available at all community centres.
  • Use a reusable cutlery set instead of disposable plastic utensils.
  • Choose to buy items with less plastic packaging.
  • Pack lunches and snacks in reusable containers instead of plastic bags.
  • Shop at bulk food stores to reduce packaging waste when possible.
  • Cook at home instead of ordering takeout (takeout food often comes in single-use packaging).
  • Bring coffee or a hot drink from home in a reusable mug.
  • Switch to bar soaps instead of bottled shampoos and body washes.
  • Repurpose old plastic containers and bottles.
  • Recycle items properly.
  • Participate in local city-wide litter clean-up
  • Avoid littering. Throw your waste in the proper waste bin available throughout the city.

These actions along with other actions like reducing your waste, shopping local and eating more plant-based foods can make a positive impact on the environment.

On June 20, 2018, City Council passed Motion 15.4 to request the Federal Government to develop a strategy to reduce plastic pollution. The Federal Government implemented the Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations, which came into effect in 2022. Late last year, Canada’s Federal Court overturned the Federal ban on single-use plastics. This court ruling has no impact on the City’s proposed Reduction of Single-use Items in City Facilities and Operations policy.

This policy is an action within the Climate Change Action Plan. Learn more about the City’s Climate Change Action Plan and its progress.

The Reduction of Single-use Items in City Facilities and Operations policy was endorsed by the Environmental Action Committee on November 7, 2023 and will go to Council with final approvals on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

Learn more about the City’s efforts to manage waste or actions you can take by visiting: