Important Information for Voters in the Upcoming Municipal Election

With the 2018 Municipal Election only one month away, the City of Mississauga would like to remind residents of some important information as they prepare to vote on Monday, October 22.

Vote Anywhere

New to the 2018 Municipal Election – eligible voters can vote at any voting locationin their ward on Election Day and at any voting location across the city during the Advance Polls.

Advance Polls

Eligible voters can vote earlyduring the Advance Polls:

Friday, October 5                   10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          Mississauga Civic Centre

Saturday, October 6               10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          Mississauga Civic Centre

Saturday, October 13             10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          22 locations across the city

Sunday, October 14               10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          22 locations across the city

Voting by Proxy

Voters who cannot vote on Election Day or during the Advance Polls can still vote.

Voting by Proxy allows a voter to have another eligible voter cast their vote on their behalf. They simply need to fill out the Appointment of Voting Proxy Formand have the appointed voter submit it in person to the Office of the City Clerk (2nd Floor, Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive), during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Updating Your Information or Adding Yourself to the Voters’ List

Eligible voters who are not on the voters’ list, or eligible voters who need to update their voters’ list information, can do so by completing a Voters’ List Revision Form.

The form must be completed and submitted in person with acceptable identificationto the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours.

Eligible voters can also update their information by bringing identification to any voting location in the City of Mississauga during the Advance Polls or any voting location in their ward on Election Day.

Voter Notification Letter

All eligible voters who are on the voters’ list will receive a Voter Notification Letter in the mail in the coming days. This letter will arrive in a Mississauga-branded, standard-sized envelope.

The Voter Notification Letter lists the various voting locations that eligible voters can vote at during the Advance Polls and on Election Day. Voters should bring this letter along with I.D. when they vote.

Official List of Candidates for the 2018 Municipal Election is Now Final

The official list of candidates running in the City of Mississauga’s 2018 Municipal Election is now final. A total of 154 candidates are nominated and running in the upcoming election for Mayor, Ward Councillors and School Board Trustees.

Voters can view the full list of official candidates by visiting MississaugaVotes.ca. Continue reading Official List of Candidates for the 2018 Municipal Election is Now Final

Deadline to Become a Nominated Candidate in the Municipal Election is this Friday

Thinking about running in the City of Mississauga’s 2018 Municipal Election? If so, you must complete the nomination form and hand it in before this Friday, July 27 at 2 p.m.

The City is accepting applications for Mayor, Ward Councillors and School Board Trustees.  The filing fee is $200 for Mayor and $100 for Councillor and Trustee.  Candidates must hand in their completed forms in person to the Office of the City Clerk at the Mississauga Civic Centre. Those applying for Mayor and Ward Councillor must also provide 25 endorsements from eligible voters in Mississauga. All forms and other information can be found online at mississaugavotes.ca/infoforcandidates.

Nominations for Peel Regional Chair must be made at the office for the Region of Peel.  Candidates applying for Peel Regional Chair must also provide 25 endorsements from eligible voters in Peel Region. All forms and other information can be found online at http://www.peelregion.ca/elections/become-a-candidate.asp.

For a full list of candidates, visit MississaugaVotes.ca/infoforvoters/whosrunning. A final list of all candidates running will be made available on Monday, July 30.

City Increases Subsidy for Outdoor Maintenance for Low-Income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

The City has modified its Outdoor Maintenance Subsidy Program (formerly known as Yard Maintenance Subsidy Program) by increasing the yearly subsidy amount to $350 – up from $200. The program has also been expanded to include all yard maintenance work in the spring and summer (e.g., weed removal, leaf cleanup, hedge trimming, etc.), rather than grass cutting only. Eligible residents in Mississauga can claim expenses on a per-household, per-year basis for the cost of yard maintenance, as well as snow clearing in the winter.

“We are committed to ensuring that our city is affordable and accessible for our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “By increasing the eligible subsidy and streamlining the application and claims process, we are making it easier for low-income seniors and people with disabilities to access the services they need.”

The changes will take effect in 2019 and will also include:

· The subsidy period will change from “April 1 to March 31” to “January 1 to December 31”, aligning with the calendar year.
· Applications will be due annually by March 31 following the subsidy year. For example, applications for the 2019 subsidy year will be due on March 31, 2020.
· Spouses of eligible applicants who live in the household can apply for the program.

In addition, the subsidy for the current period of April 1 to December 31, 2018 will be pro-rated and increased to $260.

“By expanding the program to include outdoor maintenance of all kinds in the spring and summer, we are able to meet other needs that older adults or people with disabilities may have on yard maintenance, rather than restricting it to just grass cutting,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor.

Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, added, “Since the 2014/15 subsidy year, the average amount of claimed expenses has increased. City staff considered this and recommended increasing the subsidy to benefit applicants. Other changes to the program will also provide and establish a more transparent application and efficient process for residents and staff.”

For more information about the program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/outdoor-maintenance-subsidy.

For other financial assistance programs for older adults and people with disabilities, visit mississauga.ca/olderadultsassistance.