With COVID-19 public health protocols still in place this summer, the City has decided to move forward with expanding its Slow Streets initiative, piloted as Quiet Streets in 2020, in all City wards. Slow Streets have rolled out in neighbourhoods throughout Mississauga to give residents ample space to safely move around their neighbourhood. They will be in place until the end of October 2021, to allow time to prepare for the winter season.
Slow Streets are a temporary traffic calming measure that involve installing road barricades and signage on neighbourhood streets. Slow Streets are intended to provide additional space for pedestrians and cyclists to move around their neighbourhood while safely maintaining physical distancing, following COVID-19 public health recommendations. Slow Streets also reduce speeding and limit traffic to local vehicles. Slow Streets will remain accessible to car traffic and two-way travel. Posted speed limits will remain the same.
Slow Streets direct drivers to slow down and share the road with other road users. By implementing Slow Streets, those walking, running, biking and using mobility devices can comfortably use the road while being able to physical distance.
Temporary barricades and signs will be installed at main vehicle entry points. This installation signals to drivers to slow down, avoid passing and take extra care if they live in the area and are navigating the road. The barricades will also allow for easy movement of essential emergency service vehicles as well as waste and road maintenance vehicles. Specific layouts will vary somewhat depending on characteristics such as road width and parking usage on each roadway.
Slow Streets are not intended for multi-lane major collector or arterial roadways or with roads that have MiWay routes.
There are no changes to services such as waste collection. Please put your green, blue and grey carts at the curb following your regular schedule.
A Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for June 21, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. where staff will report on an updated financial position for 2021 and budget outlook for 2022.
In April, staff provided an update on the impacts of COVID-19 as well as projections regarding the City of Mississauga’s Budget and Business Plan for future years.
The budget and business planning process enables the City to efficiently provide residents and businesses with municipal services, projects and programs. The City’s budget allocates the funding and resources needed to deliver services and maintain the infrastructure that residents and businesses depend on, while meeting the City’s short and long-term operational and strategic goals.
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.”
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:
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:
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.
Today, Mississauga City Council approved several initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including virtual meetings for Planning and Development Committee (PDC) and Committee of Adjustment and a Library recovery plan.
“We are very pleased to be taking further steps toward recovery in Mississauga. Our Library has plans to reopen in a phased approach and our Planning and Development Committee and Committee of Adjustment meetings will resume in a virtual format. Enhanced public notification will complement the change of format. I would like to note our Planning and Legislative Services staff have remained fully operational during the pandemic and will resume holding required public meetings in association with development and Committee of Adjustment applications in order to keep our City moving.”
Mayor Bonnie Crombie
During the pandemic, on April 22, 2020 Council suspended PDC and Committee of Adjustment meetings. Since the closure of City Hall, Planning and Building Department services have remained fully operational, including accepting and processing development and building permit applications with online submission processes including fee payments and scheduling building and site inspections. Public meetings will resume in association with development and Committee of Adjustment applications. PDC meeting notices provide a range of options for residents and businesses to access additional information, including how to contact the city planner and how to provide written comments by mail or email.
Planning and Development Committee and Committee of Adjustment Virtual Meetings
Virtual PDC meetings will occur in the same format that Council is currently meeting with public engagement through telephone, computer or mobile device. Applicants will be able to present their development proposals to PDC and the public and respond to questions or comments from Council and registered deputants. Information reports will outline resident concerns received up until the report is prepared. Recommendation reports will continue to summarize and respond to resident concerns. PDC meetings will be held in evenings at 6 p.m. The first virtual PDC meeting will be tentatively held on July 13, 2020. Visit the Council and Committees Calendar for updates.
Which Applications Can Proceed to a Virtual PDC Meeting?
Development applications and City-initiated projects that are eligible can be scheduled for a virtual PDC meeting. Only applications deemed to be non-controversial or expected to attract limited public interests will be advanced. If public interest is limited, an information report with enhanced public notice would proceed to a PDC meeting. If additional public engagement is required during the public meeting, the committee may direct staff to either hold a second public meeting once in-person meetings resume or provide full public notice when the Recommendation Report is presented at a later PDC meeting. Recommendation reports for development applications and/or City-initiated projects that have already had a public meeting and which generated minimal resident concern should also be scheduled for a virtual PDC meeting. If the committee subsequently determines that additional public engagement is needed during the recommendation report meeting, it may defer the matter to a later meeting once in-person meetings resume.
Committee of Adjustment Meetings
Similar to Council and PDC, the Committee of Adjustment virtual meetings will allow the public and applicants to engage in the process and meeting through telephone, computer or mobile device. The public notices will provide details about how to register as a deputant to speak at a meeting or other means of providing input about an application. The next Committee of Adjustment meeting will start the week of June 22, 2020. The committee is to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays to address applications. Visit the Council and Committees Calendar for updates.
The library will use a phased approach to resuming services following the Government of Ontario’s announcement on May 14 allowing public libraries to offer curbside pickup. Details on timing and the service will be shared on City channels at a later date.
Library due dates and fines continue to be suspended until further notice.
Customers can continue to use their library card or virtual card to explore our vast collection of ebooks, audiobooks and other online virtual resources.