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There’s much to do in March at The Riverwood Conservancy!

By Events, Parks, Ward 1

Spring is just around the corner, and the warmer weather means some unique waterfowl will soon be migrating north. Don’t miss your chance to see some unique species at our upcoming birding events!

Register for our March events today!

Winter Waterfowl at Lakefront Promenade

March 4 | 9:00 am

Birding with the Expert at J.C. Saddington Park

March 9 | 8:30 am

March Break: Duck Day at Lakefront Promenade

March 12 | 9:00 am

Birding with the Expert at J.C. Saddington Park

March 20 | 8:30 am

Port Credit Memorial Park Skate Loop Lighting Update

By Announcement, Parks, Resources, Ward 1

Please be advised that the Contractor will return to the skate loop on next Monday, Feb 12 to replace the temporary light poles.

The work will begin at 8am and it is planned to be completed by the evening.

The skate loop will be temporary closed to the public during the light pole installation and resume service in the evening.

This planned closure will be mentioned on the rink hotline message and Notice of service disruption signs will be posted on the weekend by Operations.

311 will be notified by this email.

Coyote Information Session – Thursday February 15th

By Events, Issues, Parks

Mississauga is home to a lot of wildlife, including coyotes. Coyotes are native to North America and live in natural areas, including suburbs and cities. Mississauga residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy and live in harmony with wildlife by not interfering with their natural instincts and behaviours.

Learn more about coyotes and other urban wildlife in Mississauga by visiting mississauga.ca/wildlife.

The City of Mississauga will be hosting a free information session to educate residents on coyotes and how to coexist in urban environments. The session is open to all interested Mississauga residents and will be held on Thursday, February 15. Attendance to the session is being offered either in-person or online.

The session will feature a presentation from Mississauga Animal Services staff who will share information about coyote behaviour, mating season, safety tips and how to report coyote sightings or encounters. The session will also include a Q&A period where residents can ask questions related to coyotes and get answers from the City’s Animal Services team.

What

Coyote information session – hybrid meeting (attend in-person or online)
This information session is open to all Mississauga residents

When

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where

Burnhamthorpe Community Centre – Applewood Room

1500 Gulleden Drive
Mississauga, ON

Online session – WebEx virtual meeting (requires registration)

Questions

Residents are encouraged to share their coyotes questions in advance of the session by emailing mypet.info@mississauga.ca.

Port Credit Memorial Park Skating Trail Opening Friday January 19th

By Announcement, Events, Parks, Stephen’s Initiatives, Ward 1

Councillor Stephen Dasko is pleased to announce the opening of an initiative that is near and dear to his heart.

Port Credit Memorial Park Skating Trail
will open starting
Friday January 19th at 4:30 pm

Enjoy a special, inaugural skate and hot chocolate with Councillor Stephen Dasko!  Check out and test the new skating trail prior to the Official Grand Opening.

Mark your calendar

Official Grand Opening Event
will take place on
Saturday February 17th 4:30 to 7 pm 

This FREE event will feature Figure Skating Club performances, ribbon cutting, Fire & Ice demonstrations, ice sculptures, interactive children’s activities, a DJ playing favourite tunes, food vendors, skate rentals, contests and much more!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

2024 Budget moves Mississauga forward

By Announcement, Parks, Planning & Development, Resources

Mississauga’s 2024-2027 Business Plan & 2024 Budget was adopted today by Mayor Bonnie Crombie. The 2024 Budget moves Mississauga forward by prioritizing infrastructure, building and growth while maintaining a safe and healthy community. It outlines how the City will allocate resources to meet service expectations for 13 service areas and more than 300 programs and services over the next four years, ensuring affordability for residents and businesses.

Important investments

Key capital investments in 2024 include:

  • Hybrid bus acquisitions – $87.9 million
  • New fire stations and station renovations – $24.6 million
  • Major road construction – $22.4 million
  • New park development – $41.4 million
  • Road rehabilitation – $44.6 million
  • Storm sewers – $19.2 million

“Mississauga’s 2024 Budget proposes a modest 2.3 per cent increase on the City’s portion of the tax bill compared to 3 per cent last year. This was achieved through finding $3.7 million in savings and efficiencies while being extremely measured when considering anything new,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The budget remains prudent with tax dollars, with nearly half (2.9 per cent) of the budget increase allocated to maintaining the status quo for the 200 services provided by the City. We are exploring new opportunities to move Mississauga forward like housing, transportation, public safety and mitigating climate change. The largest investment within the budget is for transit as we look to increase service levels and support our community’s growth.”

Property taxes

More than 57 per cent of the City’s revenue comes from property tax from residents and commercial/industrial properties. This is the main revenue tool for municipalities as per the Municipal Act, 2001.

Mississauga residents will see a 2.34 per cent increase on the City portion of the residential tax bill and business owners will see a 1.59 per cent increase on the City portion of the commercial/industrial tax bill.

New initiatives

Of the 21 new initiatives proposed for 2024, 13 are funded by user fees or other revenues, or are funded from capital, and do not impact the tax rate. These initiatives include a MiWay service increase, the opening of a new fire station, parkland growth, and invasive species management programs.

“Of every property tax dollar collected, only 37 cents stays in the City of Mississauga, and we’re putting that money to good use,” said Shari Lichterman, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “We’re committed to keeping costs low by identifying operational efficiencies, securing financial support from other levels of government, and charging user fees where appropriate. At the same time, we continue to make smart investments in making the quality of life for residents better today, and into the future.”

Cost savings

The City has implemented cost containment strategies to help bring down costs. The 2024 Budget contains savings of $3.7 million (a 0.6 per cent reduction in the City’s net costs). Since 2009, the City has achieved $80.8 million in cost savings.

The Business Plan & Budget plays a significant role in shaping our city, so it’s important to take the time to read and understand it. The City’s 2024-2027 Business Plan & 2024 Budget, contains valuable information about how tax dollars are spent and highlights specific projects that will be undertaken throughout the City.

Individuals who are interested to learn more about the City’s adopted 2024 Budget and the budget process can visit mississauga.ca/budget.

2024 Budget Highlights

2024 Budget Book - Moving Mississauga Forward

Parks Winter Operations 2023-2024

By Parks, Ward 1

Overview
The Parks Operations team performs winter maintenance that includes clearing snow and de-icing in;
 4-season parking lots,
 Community centres, arenas, libraries and/or banquet facilities
 Trails and walkways that serve a transportation link for local communities (e.g. trails, walkways and easements to school boundaries).

When snow will be cleared
The size and intensity of the storm will dictate the time required to treat and clear facilities, parking lots and pathways. The City plows when five centimetres of snow or more accumulates. If there is less than five centimetres of snow, locations are salted.

The follow chart summarizes Parks winter maintenance service levels;

When experiencing back to back storms, (e.g. over consecutive days), or significant weather events, timelines as outlined above may be extended.

In extreme weather conditions, the City may declare a significant weather event. During a significant weather event, the timing for winter maintenance crews to clear the snow resets when the event is over.

Winter salt and brine
The City uses rock salt, or sodium chloride, to clear parking lots, front entrances, pathways, easements and sidewalks. In anticipation of a snow event, the City may use brine to pre-treat priority locations; such as community centres and arena parking lots, a few days ahead of the incoming event. Brine is solution of water and salt, and is sprayed on the parking lots which makes it harder for ice to form, and makes parking lots easier to plow.

Parking Lot Closures

Seasonal parking lots (including gravel lots and lots adjacent to seasonal facilities) are closed during the winter period.
Parking lots are closed prior to the first significant snowfall. Signs will be posted notifying the public of the closure.

Winter Service Levels for Sanitation
During the winter season, seasonal sanitation containers are removed from permitted sports fields and permanent bins are relocated to entrances to ensure they are serviceable throughout the winter season.

The following chart summarizes Parks winter sanitation service levels;

 

Mississauga receives Active Transportation funding for vital waterfront trail connections

By Announcement, Events, Parks, Ward 1

Today, it was announced that the City of Mississauga will receive $17 million for active transportation through the federal government’s Active Transportation Fund (ATF). This is a funding partnership between the Government of Canada ($17 million investment) and the City of Mississauga ($12 million investment) to expand and enhance trail connections along Mississauga’s eastern shoreline.

“I was so delighted to be part of today’s announcement for the funding of the vital waterfront trail connections…. a huge milestone for our Ward 1 residents and throughout the community”, says Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko.

“Today’s announcement turns a long-held vision of a vibrant, accessible waterfront into a reality. This shoreline trail will provide a year-round connection between Mississauga and Toronto, and an outdoor space that promotes active living,” said Charles Sousa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Lakeshore, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. “Our government is committed to helping communities develop the infrastructure they need while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By investing in a trail network in the redeveloped and restored Lakeview community and Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, we are creating a healthier, sustainable environment for everyone to enjoy.”

Charles Sousa, Acting Mayor and Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, and Stephen Dasko, Councillor Ward 1 and member of the Credit Valley Conservation Board of Directors, announced funding that will support two major projects – the Mississauga Waterfront/Trans Canada Trail ($17 million) and the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area trail owned and operated by Credit Valley Conservation ($4 million).

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we welcome this active transportation funding announcement and thank our federal partners for this investment,” said Acting Mayor and Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca. “Investing in active transportation is an investment in the health, well-being and future of Mississauga. By prioritizing walking and cycling infrastructure, we create safer streets, reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and promote a more connected, vibrant, and sustainable city. It’s an investment in our residents’ quality of life, our environment and the long-term economic vitality of our city.”

Mississauga’s Waterfront/Trans Canada Trail will provide key trail connections to destination parks within the Lakeview Village. It will also connect to Lakefront Promenade Park to the west and the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area to the east. Highlights of the project include:

  • Development of more than 2.5 kilometres of paved, lit, cycling and pedestrian trails to close the gap in the Trans Canada Trail and Regional Waterfront Trail systems.
  • Bridge connection to allow safe crossing for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Development of community recreation and tourism connections that include access to the Western Pier and the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.
  • Rest stations with washroom facilities.
  • Bicycle parking areas along with bench and bike repair station facilities.

“Active transportation is about all forms of movement. So along with the transit services and smart traffic management systems we are implementing in Mississauga, we also need to ensure we are planning for and building robust cycling and pedestrian networks that are safe, comfortable, connected and convenient. Today’s announcement and funding investment helps enable us to do just that,” said Shari Lichterman, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer.

This funding serves to aid Mississauga in increasing its active transportation infrastructure while supporting the City’s Climate Change Action PlanTransportationCycling and Pedestrian Master Plans, as well as Canada’s National Active Transportation Strategy.

Learn more about Mississauga’s Waterfront Parks Strategytrailscycling infrastructure and the Lakeview Village development.

From left to right: Jodi Robillos, Commissioner Community Services, Mississauga, Chris Fonseca, Acting Mayor and Councillor Ward 3, Mississauga, Quentin Hanchard, Chief Administrative Officer, Credit Valley Conservation, Charles Sousa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Lakeshore, Lee Tovey, Stephen Dasko, Councillor Ward 1 and Member of Credit Valley Conservation Board of Directors
Mississauga’s Waterfront (current)
Mississauga’s Waterfront (planned trail upgrades)