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Ontario Rental Registry

By Food for thought, Resources

Learn about the new rental registry 

The Ontario Rental Registry is an online database where tenants can anonymously register their rents. The purpose of the registry is to track rising rents across the province. This will lead to better, publicly-available housing data that can help protect and create more affordable housing. You can access the registry by going to rental

The Rental Registry was created by a Montreal based non-profit, Vivre en Ville, with support from CMHC. The registry was first introduced in Quebec and has over 30,000+ rents voluntarily registered. The rental registry is easy, quick and secure as it was designed to be compliant with SOC2 cybersecurity standards.

Why ACORN supports the Ontario Rental Registry: 

  • Greater transparency for renters so they can make informed decisions about where they choose to live
  • Better housing data can help inform affordable housing policies
  • Over time, the rentalregistrywill track increases in the rents of individual units. This data will ensure tenants are not being charged more than the legal amount in cases where tenants’ rights are often not respected. For example: when tenants try to exercise the right to return to their unit at the same rent after major renovations (ie. renovictions) OR when a tenant has finished paying an ‘Above-the-Guideline-Increase’ (AGI) and their rent is supposed to be reduced. Better enforcement of these current provincial housing laws will help preserve existing affordable housing.

We want to hear from you on projects in Mississauga

By Events, Food for thought, Issues, Planning & Development, Ward 1

We want to work together to create a better Mississauga for everyone. There are many ways you can be involved and share your ideas and opinions on the different projects around the city. Your input can help shape our vision for Mississauga!

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Upcoming opportunities

Dixie Outlet Mall Policy Review

The City is moving forward with next steps to help guide the future redevelopment of the Dixie Outlet Mall site. On January 29, city staff will share draft Official Plan policies for community input. Policies around areas such as housing, parks, transportation, retail, office, commercial and community uses will be used as a framework for future development.

Here’s how to get involved:

1. Join one of our in-person community meetings at the Small Arms Inspection Building (1352 Lakeshore Rd E) on Monday, January 29 from 3-5 p.m. or 6-8 p.m.

2. If you are unable to attend the in-person meetings, the presentation will be posted on Dixie Outlet Mall Policy Review website. Comments and questions are welcome anytime.

Visit Your Say – Dixie Outlet Mall Policy Review to register for the meeting, share your feedback and sign up for updates.

Streetsville Heritage Conservation District

We are approaching the end of Phase 1 of the Streetsville Heritage Conservation District Study. The consulting team has completed an evaluation of the study area. It has been determined that the study area includes property which meets the legislated criteria for identifying a potential Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. A recommended Heritage Conservation District boundary has been identified.

Now that data has been collected and recommendations are being drafted, we are looking to the community for input. Information provided to the consultants at the upcoming community meeting will feed into a report prepared by the Consultants. This report will be brought forward to Council in late winter 2024 to determine whether or not the study should proceed to Phase 2.

Join us at our next community meeting:

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 7 p.m.
Vic Johnston Community Centre
Hazel McCallion Hall
335 Church Street, Mississauga


An Evening with Brent Toderian

Get your free ticket for an evening of engaging discussion about Mississauga’s future.

Join us for an unforgettable evening with Brent Toderian, renowned urbanist and city planner, as he shares his insights and experiences in shaping vibrant cities.

This in-person event will take place on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre.

More information

The city plans to continue its community engagement efforts and is always looking for new ways to involve residents in the decision-making process. For more information on community engagement initiatives in Mississauga, please sign up on this site.

Get home safely this holiday season: Stay alert to prevent collisions

By Food for thought

As we head out on the roads this holiday season, it’s important to remember that we are all taking a risk. Whether we’re driving to visit family and friends or simply running errands, we need to be aware of the potential dangers and take steps to protect ourselves and others.

Road collisions continue to be a problem in Mississauga. Many residents have lost their lives in road collisions that were preventable or could have been avoided. This time of year, there is a higher risk of collisions on Mississauga roads. Reduced daylight hours can impact visibility, winter weather can cause challenging road conditions and there are more road users travelling around Mississauga celebrating the holidays. Whether you’re walking, cycling, taking transit or driving, the City of Mississauga reminds you to stay alert and safe when travelling around the city.

“There’s always a lot to celebrate this time of year, but it’s important to do so responsibly. We want to make sure everyone gets to their destination and home again safely,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “If you’re driving, avoid distractions, drive to weather conditions and don’t drive impaired – you can designate a driver, use MiWay to get around or use a rideshare program or taxi. If you’re walking, cycling, taking transit or using another mode of transportation, remember to stay alert and use crosswalks or crossrides when possible.”

According to Peel Regional Police, impaired driving (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) and distracted driving continue to be a concern in Mississauga.

“We are proud to partner with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada as part of our strategy to address impaired driving. Our seasonal Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E) program has already checked over 7,000 vehicles and will continue to early January. Please plan ahead as you enjoy the upcoming holiday season. If you suspect someone is driving impaired, call 911. Together, we can Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere!” said Deputy Chief Marc Andrews, Peel Regional Police.

The City is prepared to respond to any snowfall or icy conditions to ensure routes are safe and accessible. Residents are reminded to stay patient during a snow event. Those driving are reminded to clear snow off their vehicles, give crews and equipment space to work and remove parked cars from their street so crews can work to clear roads.

For more road safety information and additional safety tips, visit

For more information about the City’s winter maintenance program, visit

To learn more about impaired driving and distracted driving, visit

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Winter road safety tips

Person driving vehicle in snowy weather in Mississauga.

If driving:

  • Clean off your car by clearing snow and ice from all windows, the roof of your car and headlights to ensure you have an unobstructed view and others can see you.
  • Plan a safe way home, and don’t drive impaired (alcohol or cannabis). Rely on a safe transportation option instead by using MiWay, using a rideshare program or a taxi, or designating a driver.
  • Avoid distractions and focus on the road when driving. Send text messages or make phone calls before you get in your car or when you reach your destination.
  • Drive for the road conditions by slowing down in bad weather like snow, ice or freezing rain.
  • Give snow-clearing crews and equipment room to work. Be patient if you are behind them.
  • Give yourself more time to get to your destination safely.
  • Look for pedestrians and cyclists before turning, entering/exiting driveways or roadways and parking lots as they are busy this time of year.

If walking, cycling or using another mode of active transportation:

  • Give yourself extra time by leaving earlier.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Travel according to conditions by slowing down in icy and snowy conditions.
  • If walking, consider using sturdy winter boots with good treads that can provide extra traction.
  • If cycling, try changing the tires on your bike – thick ones have better grip on snow. Give yourself extra space whenever you brake.
  • Help increase your visibility by using a crosswalk or crossride when possible. If cycling, use reflectors and bike lights.

Recognize a cyclist or community group: Phil Green Award nominations now open

By Announcement, Food for thought

Do you know a cyclist or a group in your community who has made an impact in cycling or other forms of sustainable active transportation in 2023? The Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) is looking for nominations for the Phil Green Award. The award recognizes and celebrates those who have made an outstanding effort to promote and encourage others to cycle or use another mode of active transportation to travel in Mississauga.

The Phil Green Award is presented by MCAC annually. The award continues to honour Mississauga resident, Phil Green, who was a founding MCAC member and worked diligently to promote safe cycling in Mississauga.

See the nomination form for full eligibility details.

Call for nominees – Phil Green Award

The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, January 19, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Download the nomination form and submit it to MCAC will review the nominations and will select the winning resident or group.

The winner will be announced and recognized at a City Council meeting in early 2024.

Nominate a cyclist by filling out this form.

Learn more about cycling in Mississauga:

New Cookbook From The Compass Food Bank & Outreach Centre

By Announcement, Food for thought, Ward 1

Back in 2021, The Compass Food Bank & Outreach Centre released their first ever Compass Cookbook in time for Christmas and sold over 575 copies!

From the feedback received, they made great gifts and since then the recipes have been cooked in kitchens far and wide.

The same group of wonderful volunteers who put together that first cookbook have now produced a new one that’s been printed and is ready to sell. “All Roads Lead to Sweet Treats” is exactly what it sounds like. You can now purchase a beautiful spiral-bound 104-page collection of sweet treats for your baking pleasure.

Thanks to our incredible printers at Options Mississauga, they are able to offer this second masterpiece at the same price as the first, only $20 per copy. No price increase, same outstanding quality cookbook.

As before, you can buy for yourself, as gifts for others, as well as purchase some to donate to our clients.

Order yours now by clicking on the button below. If you prefer, you can pay by cash or cheque at our office or you can send an e-transfer to but please mark “cookbooks” in the notes.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Make your purchase in time for the holidays. These are great gifts for teachers, colleagues, neighbours, your book club, family, friends and more.

All proceeds go to support The Compass Food Bank.