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Many Ways to get Involved in the City’s 2021 Budget and Business Plan

Want to have your say on the 2021 Budget? The City will be rolling out a variety of engagement methods to collect input and feedback from residents and businesses on the 2021–2024 Budget and Business Plan. The City will seek input from September 14 to October 23, 2020.

“In a challenging year the City’s budget funds services that residents and businesses need every day,” says Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “Our 2021 Budget needs to manage the deficit from the pandemic while providing services and programs. We are following our financial recovery principles that Council approved and trying to build a budget that reflects the needs of the community. While Council has already held multiple engagement sessions and received input throughout the COVID-19 recovery planning process, we continue to look for input to assist Council in their decision making. We are looking to involve as many as possible in the coming weeks through a variety of methods, with the public being fully engaged and kept up-to-date.”

For details view the staff reports from:

June 24, 2020 Budget Committee Meeting: Update on the Financial Impacts of COVID-19.

April 8, 2020 Council Meeting: Managing the Financial Impact of COVID-19

Become familiar with the City’s 2021 Budget and Business Plan
Look through the City’s 2021 Budget and Business Plan and understand why these documents play an important role in shaping our city. Learn more and get involved by:

  • Visiting mississauga.ca/budget and see what you get for your tax dollars
  • Reading an overview of the 2021 preliminary Budget and Business Plan, presented to the Budget Committee on June 24, 2020
  • Watching for the full 2021 proposed Budget and Business Plan (to be posted online in November)
  • Watching or attending Budget Committee meeting scheduled for October 7 and/or Budget Committee deliberations scheduled for November 23, 24, 30, December 1 and 2 (Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change – please visit the City’s Council and Committees Calendar for any updates that may occur) 

Get involved with budget engagement from September 14 to October 23
The City’s budget process is transparent and offers several ways for residents and businesses to get involved, provide feedback and engage over a six-week period by:

The City’s Budget Allocator

Mississauga’s interactive budget tool for the 2021 Budget will be available at mississauga.ca/budget starting September 14, 2020. Residents and businesses can explore and learn more about City services included in the budget while gaining insight into the overall budget process.

Residents can use the tool to test different spending options in service areas. Results from the allocator will be shared at Budget Committee on November 23. The results will help inform the committee’s review of the 2021 proposed Business Plan and Budget.

Help us understand what matters to you. Visit mississauga.ca/budget to stay informed, learn more and share your ideas on the 2021 Budget.

Budget Committee Meetings

The next Budget Committee meeting is on October 7, where staff will discuss Fees and Charges. Detailed discussions continue on November 23, 24, 30, December 1 and 2. Following committee discussions and public input, Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget on December 9.

Budget Committee meeting dates are subject to change.

Fees and Charges

  • Wednesday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m.

Service Area Presentations 

  • Monday, November 23 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, November 30 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, December 1 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Council 

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

City Council is expected to approve the final budget at the December 9 Council Meeting.

MISSISSAUGA BY-LAW ENSURES TENANTS HAVE ADEQUATE BUILDING TEMPERATURES DURING FLUCTUATING WEATHER

As the weather cools down this fall, the City of Mississauga wants to remind landlords and tenants that the Adequate Temperature By-Law will ensure buildings are maintained at a suitable temperature during fluctuating and extreme weather.

The by-law requires landlords to provide adequate and suitable heat, meaning the air temperature in a unit is at least 20 degrees Celsius. The by-law also requires landlords to provide adequate and suitable cooling, meaning that the air temperature in a unit does not exceed 26 degrees Celsius when equipped or furnished with an air conditioning system. Additionally, adequate and suitable heat and cooling must also be maintained in all areas of the unit.

“When the by-law was updated in 2018, it was to ensure landlords could be flexible when regulating heat in their buildings during these fluctuating and extreme weather patterns,” said Sam Rogers, Director, Enforcement. “The by-law complies with provincial requirements and responds to changing weather conditions. A violation of this by-law can lead to a fine of up to $100,000.”

To learn more about the Adequate Temperature By-Law, visit mississauga.ca/bylaws.

Celebrate our Trees and Natural Areas During National Forest Week

September 20 to 26 is National Forest Week, a dedicated week where Mississauga residents and businesses can learn more about trees and raise awareness about the value forests play within our economy, culture, traditions, history and future. Recognized throughout Canada, the week is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

“I encourage all residents to celebrate National Forest Week by planting a tree to help us get one step closer to our goal of one million more trees,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Plant a tree on your property or take part in our planting program. There are so many opportunities to learn more about the benefits trees and forests offer to our city, including reducing our carbon footprint.”

Over the past two years, the City was awarded the designations of Tree Cities of the World and Bee City. Additionally, the City in partnership with The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), eliminated the non-native invasive Asian longhorned beetlefrom its tree canopy after five years of no detection of this pest. 

“Over the last decade, the City’s efforts to preserve, enhance and protect our trees has paid off. We’ve made it a priority to address the environmental pressures trees face like invasive species, urban redevelopment and severe weather events. This ensures our trees are well cared for, maintained and healthy,” said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry & Environment. “National Forest Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the City’s investment in its more than 2.1 million trees – all of which provide countless benefits to the city like cleaning the air, helping with climate change effects, lowering temperatures and providing shade on hot days.”

The City was also the recipient of the TD Green Space Grant from TD Bank Group (TD) and the Arbor Day Foundation. The grant will help the City support urban forestry by providing:

·         450 trees to be planted in Mississauga parks and natural areas by a number of community groups

·         100 trees to be given away to Mississauga residents

·         Tree-specific webinars for residents to learn more

“Green spaces and natural areas like our parks, woodlands and streams play a critical role in making Mississauga a livable city,” said Brent Reid, Manager, Forestry. “We have approximately 2.1 million trees in Mississauga and we are working to plant one million more by 2032 through our One Million Trees program. Trees are fundamental to Mississauga’s environmental, social and economic well-being, and help us enhance our greenspaces. Trees also provide valuable ecosystem services such as pollution filtration, flood control and carbon storage.”

One Million Trees Mississauga was launched to help conserve and enhance the City’s open spaces and forested areas for future generations to enjoy. For more information on how to participate during National Forest Week, visit onemilliontrees.ca

Background: 
The City’s Forestry section plans and implements urban forest management within the City and annually receives more than 18,000 annual service requests. There are more than 300 publicly owned woodlands and natural areas covering 2,777 acres (1,124 hectares).