City Publishes 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget

The City of Mississauga’s 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget is now available online at The 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget details what will happen with City services in 2016 and how they will be financed.

Highlights of the 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget

– The total operating budget proposed for 2016 is $723.1 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g. transit fares and recreation fees) totalling $289.4 million. The amount that is not offset by these revenues is the net operating budget.
– The net operating budget proposed for 2016 is $433.7 million, compared with $412.9 million in 2015. 2016’s proposed net operating budget is approximately $21 million more than the 2015 net operating budget.
– Almost all the budget proposed for 2016 (about 96 per cent or $418.4 million) is there to keep our vibrant City’s services running at current levels. This includes services like:
– MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay customers boarded a bus more than 52 million times last year
– Fire and Emergency Services – responding to emergencies and visiting more than 30,000 residences last year to promote fire safety
– Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s more than 5,220 lane kilometres of roadway
– Parks and Forestry – maintaining our City’s 2,903 hectares of parkland and open space, including one million City-owned trees, two marinas and 10 publicly owned cemeteries
– The Central Library and 17 branch libraries – lending residents 6 million items last year
– Recreation – last year providing 166,000 hours of recreation programming like swimming, fitness, skating and more
– Expenses related to the Stormwater Program have been removed from the City’s operating budget ($6.7 million). Starting in 2016, Stormwater Program expenses will be funded by the revenue from the Stormwater Charge. This dedicated funding will be used to keep the City’s draining system in good working order.
– New service accounts for between one and two per cent of the proposed budget, or about $7 million. As the City advances its strategic plan, new service includes:
– continuing the low-income transit pass pilot
– adding 28,000 transit service hours
– opening three new Mississauga Transitway stations – when completed in 2017, the Transitway will move riders from the west end (Winston Churchill station) to the east (Renforth Gateway station) or vice versa in 20 minutes
– increasing the City’s fire prevention efforts by adding capacity for public education and plans examination
– improving the City’s disaster resilience
– improving the Library’s collection and completing the Woodlands and Meadowvale libraries redevelopments
– promoting our City as a tourism destination
– reopening the extensively renovated Meadowvale Community Centre
– beginning Phase I design and construction of a community centre for Park 459 in Ward 10
– The overall tax impact on residents is 2.6 per cent on the 2016 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.7 per cent is for the City’s services, and 0.9 per cent for Region of Peel services.
– For the owners of an average, detached, single family home in Mississauga (value $533,000), a 2.6 per cent overall tax increase comes to about $121. Of this, approximately $78 goes to the City.

Starting on November 23, the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin deliberations on the 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget. Deliberations will continue November 24 and 30 as well as December 1 and 2. The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.

Residents of Mississauga can get involved and have their say on the City’s 2016 budget process.

Here’s how to participate:

– try the budget allocator tool
– email questions and comments to
– contact the Mayor or your Councillor
– attend Budget Committee meetings in person, or watch them live online or on Rogers Cable 10
– receive live updates on Twitter and Facebook
– visit for information about the City’s budget and the budgeting process

2016 Budget Review Starts With Overview and Economic Outlook

Today, the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee received an overview of the 2016 proposed budget and a presentation on the economic outlook for 2016 from CIBC Economist Andrew Grantham.

The overview included mention of the results from the City’s online budget allocator as of November 9 and other citizen engagement initiatives that in total gathered input from 32,511 people on the proposed budget for 2016. With the economic outlook and input to date from residents, Budget Committee members formally began their deliberations on the 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget.

“The process of developing the Business Plan and Budget ensures the City’s resources are spent wisely. It also brings the City’s strategic plan to life by providing the necessary funds to move action plans forward,” said Jeff Jackson, Director of Finance and City Treasurer. “By providing the Budget Committee with resident input and an economic outlook, we are helping to provide them with the information they need to make informed decisions regarding the business plan and budget.”

In his presentation to the Committee, Andrew Grantham, CIBC Economist noted economic growth in Canada is forecast to be modest and that Mississauga is well-positioned economically given the new drivers of the Canadian economy such as finance. His full presentation is available online as part of the meeting agenda.

From September 23 to November 9, the City sought input from residents on the 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget in three main ways: via an online budget allocator tool, three tele-town hall meetings and via outreach to seven Mississauga schools.

In the online budget allocator, traffic management was the City service people cited most for increased spending, followed by winter road maintenance. Many comments showed support for the opportunity to provide feedback as well as support for finding efficiencies and cost savings. The full report on 2016 budget engagement is available online as part of the Budget Committee meeting agenda.

The City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will continue deliberations on the 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget November 24 and 30 as well as December 1 and 2. The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.

Clear information about the City budget and the budgeting process is available online at Throughout deliberations, residents can participate in the budget process in the following ways:
• try the City’s budget allocator tool 
• email questions and comments to
• contact the Mayor or your Councillor
• attend Budget Committee meetings in person, or watch them live online 
• receive live updates on Twitter and Facebook

Utility Merger Involving Enersource Approved by All Shareholders 

The proposal to merge municipal electricity utilities Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream and jointly acquire Hydro One Brampton has now received approval from all shareholders.

Mississauga City Council approved the proposed plan on September 30. The City of Markham became the final shareholder to approve the transaction on November 19. The other shareholders involved include the municipalities of Barrie, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Vaughan and Borealis, a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System and a shareholder of Enersource.

Once the agreements are finalized, details will be forwarded to the Ontario Energy Board for regulatory approval, a process that is expected to take several months.

When the transaction is completed, the new utility will deliver electricity and related services to more than 900,000 residential and commercial customers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, making it Ontario’s second largest local electric distribution company.

Background on the merger is available at:

Connect to Mississauga with Free Pingstreet App

Looking to request a temporary parking permit? Know of a pothole in need of repair? You can now report a problem and request a parking permit in Mississauga directly from your smartphone using Pingstreet – a free mobile app for the City.

“Mississauga is a customer-focused, modern and mobile municipality,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “It’s about using technology to provide residents with easy access to the information and services they want through multiple channels. The Pingstreet app lets us do just that.”

New App Features: Submit a Request 24/7
· Parking Permits: Request a temporary parking permit for a residential street. Residents may request up to 14 permits per year.
· Report a Problem: Report graffiti, sidewalk or road damage (potholes), illegal signs and abandoned shopping carts.

Other features available on the Pingstreet app include Mississauga’s latest news, upcoming events, committee meetings, Twitter feeds, Mayor and Council contact information and waste collection schedules from the Region of Peel.

“With approximately 20,000 online service requests to date on, the app allows the City to offer some of its popular online services in a convenient, mobile friendly way,” said Shawn Slack, Director, Information Technology.

“Mississauga is the first municipality to fully integrate its existing software used by the City’s 3-1-1 team with the app,” said Ivana Di Millo, Director, Communications. “This means that the service requests submitted through the app go directly from the citizen to the appropriate business unit for resolution.”

The City of Mississauga joined Pingstreet in May 2015 and is one of 20 municipalities currently featured on the app, developed by eSolutionsGroup. The City plans to add new online services and features on the Pingstreet app in 2016.

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The Pingstreet mobile app is free and available for download at the following stores: App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World, and Windows Store.

Visit to learn more.

Mississauga Moves 2015 a Turning Point in the City’s Transportation Future

City roads are built out and innovative solutions are needed to move forward

Mississauga is experiencing a turning point in the development of its transportation system. Today, more than 300 people looked into the future of travel throughout the City, at the first ever transportation summit – Mississauga Moves 2015, held at the Living Arts Centre.

“Mississauga is a City committed to building transit,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The results of today’s first-ever transportation summit will shape Mississauga’s transit priorities as we build up our City over the next 25 years,” she added. “We are here to listen to the ideas and solutions residents have toward making Mississauga an even better place to live, work and achieve unrivalled success.”

Registered attendees heard from panel experts on Complete Streets; these are designed to embrace all road users through inclusiveness, safety, comfort, efficiency and public space. Attendees also had the opportunity to design their own transit network or tour the Mississauga Transitway, as well as learn about Mississauga’s transportation story in terms of dealing with growth and congestion and possibilities for the future.

“Participation today will impact how we implement change; a process that will begin with the development of our Transportation Master Plan in 2016,” said Martin Powell, commissioner Transportation and Works and MC for the day. “We not only attracted the best local and international transportation experts but we brought together a transportation showcase that encompasses all areas of transportation.”

Powell further explained, Mississauga Moves 2015 allowed residents to listen, be heard and brainstorm innovative strategies for moving around the City more efficiently in the future on foot, by bicycle, car and public transit.

Keynote speaker Sam Schwartz, better known as “Gridlock Sam” a leading transportation expert in the United States, shared his insights on how Mississauga can become more “street smart” and move toward reducing cars and increasing use of public transit, walking and cycling.

The discussion will continue in 2016, with the development of the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP). Input gathered from today’s summit is only the first step, watch for broader outreach and input from the community in the new year, added Powell.

Veterans Ride MiWay Free on Remembrance Day

Canadian Forces veterans and their companion can ride free on MiWay on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11.

“MiWay honours our Canadian veterans who are our parents, aunts, uncles, children and our heroes,” said Geoff Marinoff, director of transit. “They selflessly put their lives on the line to further freedom throughout the world. On Remembrance Day, we proudly salute our veterans and encourage them to ride with MiWay for free.”

Marinoff asks veterans to wear their uniform and, or, medals and let transit operators know if a companion is travelling with them so they too may ride free.

MiWay buses and operators will pause on November 11 at 11 a.m. for two minutes of silence to recognize Canadian veterans for their sacrifices during wars and peace missions around the world.

Let MiWay take you to the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Mississauga Civic Centre. The ceremony will be held in front of the Community Memorial in the northwest corner of Mississauga Celebration Square. The ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. on November 11.

Visit to plan your trip on MiWay, call 905-615-INFO (4636) or view customized route and schedule information on your smartphone at

Election Night 2015 Live Streaming for the Region of Peel

Peel Region residents from Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon represent approximately 4% of Canada’s population (just under 11% of Ontario). The 12 Federal seats in the region feature 3 new ridings and together comprises almost 1.5 million constituents. Battleground Ontario starts in Peel, yet the general media’s election night coverage features mostly national results and perspectives.

Brampton Focus, and Mississauga Connects, both independent grass roots community based organizations realized that the region’s electorate was void of a dedicated riding by riding hyper local coverage of these 12 important federal seats.

“Peel deserves dedicated election coverage of our 12 Federal riding results on election night. We want relevant discussion focused on our local issues with live voting results as they come in. Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon currently have no dedicated TV coverage on election night and we intend to change and improve that”

Donald Mcleod, Co-Founder of Brampton Focus

A team of over 26 professionals and concerned residents are volunteering time, money, television expertise and technology to create a multi-camera TV studio to host a 4 hour live independent election night streaming broadcast. The broadcast will feature multiple political insider guests, interviews from riding halls and candidates, with up-to-the-minute vote results. A legion of on-site volunteer reporters via smart phone technology are integrated live into the broadcast delivering exclusive and engaging local coverage. Accessible and free to residents with an internet connection.

With on-line viewing becoming the future of broadcast, and those who watch conventional broadcasts having a media device open simultaneously, this hyper local interactive coverage by a grass-roots non broadcast voluntary entity is what the future promises to deliver…. today! Watch election night coverage for Peel Region Live at

CVC to Remove More Infested Ash Trees at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) will restart ash tree removals at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area due to the invasive forest pest – emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB is a shiny green beetle, not native to North America. It infests and kills 99.9 per cent of all ash trees. The trees being removed are already infested, cannot be saved and pose a hazard to people on trails and private property.

Removal of infested ash trees will begin during the week of September 17, 2015. Work will take place Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will continue into early 2016. Continue reading CVC to Remove More Infested Ash Trees at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

Native Plants Bring All the Birds to the Yard

Landscaping is a source of pride for landowners. Beautiful trees, plants and flowers with bursts of vivid colour are only part of the story. The other part is the long list of welcomed visitors. Vibrant songbirds, migrating butterflies and busy bumblebees bring life and excitement to any garden. Native plants are proven to attract more welcomed wildlife, giving you a garden that’s truly buzzing.

Ontario’s local wildlife are perfectly adapted to Ontario’s native plant species. For example ruby-throated hummingbirds will eat nectar from cardinal flowers while pollinating them at the same time. When the cedar waxwing, a very beautiful bird, eats the berries from a red cedar, the germination rate is three times higher than if they didn’t pass through a bird at all. Turtlehead flower nectar contains a ‘medicine’ for bees to reduce intestinal parasites. So while bees are busy eating they are healing themselves and pollinating flowers. These examples of plant-animal symbiosis result from millennia of native plants and native wildlife evolving together in the same ecosystems. Continue reading Native Plants Bring All the Birds to the Yard

Fire Prevention Week – Free Community Open Houses

Can you ‘Hear the Beep Where you Sleep?’ During National Fire Prevention Week, October 4 to 10, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) wants to remind you that this sound can save your life.

During Fire Prevention Week, MFES will be in the community and opening fire stations throughout the city to help educate residents on the importance of fire prevention and safety.

According to MFES, most fires in Mississauga occur in residential homes, so having an escape plan, knowing the sound of your alarms and having both fire and carbon monoxide detectors in place can save lives. Continue reading Fire Prevention Week – Free Community Open Houses