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MiWay to Begin Servicing Renforth Station Nov. 22

As of November 22, MiWay customers will be able to travel along the full 18 kilometre Mississauga Transitway from Winston Churchill in the west to Renforth Station – the final station in the east.

MiWay will service 12 stations along the dedicated bus corridor from west-east: Winston Churchill, Erin Mills, City Centre Transit Terminal, Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken, Dixie, Tahoe, Etobicoke Creek, Spectrum, Orbitor and the new Renforth Station.

  • 7 Airport, 39 Britannia – Servicing the new Renforth Station
  • 21 Explorer, 24 Northwest, 43 Matheson-Argentia, 87 Meadowlark-Skymark – Servicing new on-street bus bays on Commerce Boulevard outside Renforth Station
  • 107 Malton Express, 109 Meadowvale Express – Travel along the Mississauga Transitway, servicing all 12 stations

These service improvements expand Mississauga Transitway service on the Renforth Station platform as well as on-street bus bays along Commerce Boulevard and Skymark Avenue.

For a complete list of service changes, please visit miway.ca/miway5.

Mississauga’s 2018 Budget Discussions Now Underway

Today, staff presented the City’s Budget Committee with an overview of the proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget. Andrew Grantham, CIBC’s Senior Economist provided an economic outlook for the City as part of the overview.

Grantham noted in his remarks, “That while growth in Canada is expected to remain modest, the City is well positioned to grow above the national average. Traditional industries continue to expand at a solid pace. These include wholesaling and service sectors such as finance and scientific development, which are increasingly important to the City’s economy.” The full presentation is available online as part of the meeting agenda.

The proposed overall tax impact on residents is a 2.74 per cent increase on the 2018 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.58 per cent is for the City’s services, and 1.16 per cent for Region of Peel services.

For the owners of an average, detached, single-family home in Mississauga (value $604,000), a 2.74 per cent overall tax increase comes to $141, or $23.27 per $100,000 of assessment, before any phased-in assessment change.

The overall tax increase is 1.64 per cent on the 2018 commercial/industrial property tax bill. Of this, 0.95 per cent is for the City’s services, and 0.70 per cent for Region of Peel services.

“The City’s annual Business Plan and Budget process ensures that residents are getting value for their tax dollars,” said Jeff Jackson, Director of Finance and City Treasurer. “Our comprehensive business plan, paired with the valuable input received from residents, helps Budget Committee make informed decisions on the proposed 2018 Budget.”

From September 11 to November 1, the City encouraged residents to have their say about the budget by trying the online budget allocator tool, visiting the City’s budget web page and participating in one of three telephone budget sessions. Through these engagement activities, 23,823 residents provided input on the City’s proposed 2018 Budget.

Based on the results from the online budget allocator, most residents agreed with the proposed spending for 2018. Many identified traffic management and winter road maintenance as the City services to receive increased spending. Respondents were pleased with the opportunity to provide feedback and urged the City to continue to find efficiencies and cost savings. The full report on 2018 budget engagement is available online as part of the Budget Committee meeting agenda.

The following programs and service areas also presented their 2018 Business Plan and Budget:

Fire and Emergency Services
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $106.3 million.

Roads
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $67.3 million.

Parks and Forestry
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $33.1 million.

Budget Committee Meeting Update
The City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee meetings on the proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget will continue as follows:

Tuesday, November 21 – 9 a.m.
Mississauga Library, Recreation, Information Technology, Facilities and Property Management and Culture

Wednesday, November 22 – 10:30 a.m. (immediately following Council)
MiWay, Stormwater, follow-up reports and Budget Committee’s overall recommendation

Residents can address the Budget Committee through deputation by contacting the City Clerk’s Office. Council is expected to approve the proposed budget on December 13.

The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.

Information about the City’s budget and the budget process is available online at mississauga.ca/budget. Residents can participate in the budget process as follows:

Now Available Online – Mississauga’s Proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget

Residents can view the City of Mississauga’s 2018 proposed Business Plan and Budget online at mississauga.ca/budget. It describes program and service enhancements for 2018 and how they will be financed.

Highlights

The total proposed 2018 operating budget is $819.2 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares and recreation fees) totalling $334.2 million. The amount that is not offset by these revenues is the net operating budget funded by property taxes.

  • The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $485 million, compared with $461.7 million in 2017. The 2018 proposed net operating budget is approximately $23.4 million more than in 2017.
  • Almost the entire proposed 2018 operating budget – approximately 95 per cent or $782 million – is targeted to keep the City’s services operating at current levels. Examples include:
    • MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 82 routes with 499 buses; customers board a MiWay bus over 56 million times per year.
    • Fire and Emergency Services – last year answering more than 30,000 emergency calls, conducting over 9,700 fire safety inspections and providing public education on fire safety to over 27,000 residents.
    • Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s 5,290 lane kilometres of road network; maintaining approximately 480 kilometres of multi-use trails, park paths, bicycle lanes and signed bike routes.
    • Parks and Forestry – maintaining our City’s 3,639 hectares of parkland and open space, including one million City-owned trees, 362 sports fields, 263 play sites, two marinas and 11 publicly-owned cemeteries.
    • Library Services – Includes the Central Library and 17 branch libraries that saw 4.9 million in-person visits and 6 million items loaned last year, including digital loans.
    • Recreation – providing over 175,000 hours of recreation programming such as swimming, fitness, skating and more each year; and accommodating 12.6 million visits annually to Recreation facilities, including 11 community centres.
  • New services account for less than one per cent of the proposed budget, or about $2.8 million. Transit improvements account for 60 per cent of this amount ($1.7 million). As the City advances its strategic plan, new services include:
    • continuing planned MiWay service growth of three per cent per year, adding 46,000 service hours and additional transit security;
    • increasing support to culture groups and local artists to provide enhanced  services that reach more people;
    • redeveloping the recently acquired Small Arms Inspection Building;
    • hosting the Ontario 55+ Summer Games;
    • providing public education about the City’s Active Transportation options to encourage the use of cycling and walking infrastructure; and
    • improving the Library’s collection to support the City’s population growth
  • The proposed overall tax impact on residents is a 2.81 per cent increase on the 2018 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.65 per cent is for the City’s services, and 1.16 per cent for Region of Peel services.
  • For the owners of an average, detached, single-family home in Mississauga (value $604,000), a 2.81 per cent overall tax increase comes to $144, before any phased-in assessment change.

Starting on November 20, the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin deliberations on the proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget. The City has set aside November 21, 27, 28 and 29 to continue the discussions. Residents can address the Budget Committee through deputation by contacting the City Clerk’s Office. Council is expected to approve the proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget on December 13.

The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.

What is the Ontario Fire Code and How Does it Apply to Mississauga Property Owners

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) want all property owners to understand how the Ontario Fire Code applies to them and their property. MFES inspects properties (homes and businesses) to keep the community safe, prevent the risk of fire and ensure residents comply with the Ontario Fire Code.

“The code is provincial law with clearly defined safety requirements set out for property owners,” said Nancy Macdonald-Duncan, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention and Life Safety, MFES. “It’s important that owners comply with the code or they may face significant charges.”

Some examples of safety requirements are:

  • installing smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas
  • ensuring that smoke alarms are maintained in operating condition
  • replacing smoke alarms within the time frame indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions
  • testing smoke alarms annually and after every change in tenancy in rental units
  • testing smoke alarms annually and after every change in tenancy in rental units

 

Macdonald-Duncan added, “Inspections are done on a regular basis, by request or complaint. Property owners are responsible for ensuring all relevant regulations and standards within the code are followed.”

Properties that do not meet the minimum standards of the code can be charged under the Provincial Offences Act. Owners can be fined:

  • up to $100,000 for a company/organization
  • up to $50,000 for an individual and/or
  • a jail sentence for up to one year

Looking for more information?

Learn more about the Ontario Fire Code and its safety requirements, by visiting Mississauga.ca/Fire or follow @MississaugaFES on Twitter or call Fire Prevention and Life Safety at 905-896-5908.

The North Pole Is Coming to Malton!

The holiday season is upon us and what better way to get into the spirit than to have the North Pole come to Malton!

This free family-fun event will take place on Sunday, November 26th at Paul Coffey Arena and Park. Enjoy wagon rides with Santa, ice skating and a very special tree lighting!

Click on this link to view the poster: North Pole-ooza

Dress warmly and we will see you there!

Mississauga Ready to Make City Roads Safe this Winter

Resident safety is our priority every winter season and the City of Mississauga is prepared to keep traffic moving this winter. We are ready to clear 5,600 lane kilometres of roads; 1,400 lane kilometres of priority sidewalks; 3,700 bus stops and over 1,000 pedestrian crossings. Lane kilometres are calculated based on the plowing or salting of a kilometer long segment of roadway that is a single lane in width.

“Our priority during a snow fall is to clear major roads first to allow access for emergency vehicles and public transit. This is followed by residential roads, pedestrian crossings, priority sidewalks and bus stops,” said Mickey Frost, Director of Works Operations and Maintenance. “Our snow plow tracker webpage allows you to track the routes for snow plows and salters so you are aware of road conditions ahead of your commute.”

What we clear and when

  • Roads are salted if the snowfall is less than eight centimetres or plowed and salted if the snowfall is more than eight centimetres.
  • Major roads are cleared first for emergency and transit vehicles. This is followed by local residential roads, bus stops, pedestrian crossings and priority sidewalks (around hospitals, schools and major transit routes for transit service).
  • Priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings are cleared within 24 to 36 hours of snow ending.

Winter on-street parking restriction

Residents are advised not to park their vehicles on City streets from November 1 to March 31 between 2 and 6 a.m. Vehicles left on City streets in violation of the Traffic By-law may be issued a penalty notice and subject to towing and storage fees at the expense of the owner. During snow removal, temporary parking permits will not be issued and current ones will be suspended.

Frost added, “Residents also play an important role in keeping the community safe. It’s important to clear your sidewalks after each snowfall to keep them safe for pedestrians and be a good neighbour by lending a hand to help seniors or people with disabilities to do the same.”

Snow Clearing Updates

Residents can track City snow plows and check routes in their neighbourhood by visiting the snow plow tracker webpage. In addition, they can follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter or visit mississauga.ca/snow.

General questions about road conditions can be directed to the Citizen Contact Centre at 3-1-1 (or 905-615-4311 outside city limits).

Changes to Animal Care and Control By-law Improve Animal Welfare

Mississauga City Council approved amendments to the Animal Care and Control By-law at today’s meeting. These By-law changes formally recognize not-for-profit animal rescue organizations and provide clarity regarding trap, neuter, return (TNR) programs that manage feral cat populations.

“These changes allow the City’s Animal Services to partner with approved organizations who operate rescue and foster care for homeless animals,” said Sam Rogers, Director of Enforcement. “They also outline criteria for approving animal rescue organizations and the regulation of TNR programs. This ensures the welfare of the animals and that property standards are maintained at all times.”

The following changes are required in order to allow not-for-profit animal rescue organizations to operate legally:

  • Exemption from requiring a pet license for foster pets in their care
  • Exemption to allow them to have more than four pets in their care
  • Exemption from the at-large restriction for cats that are part of a City-approved TNR program

In addition, changes also include prohibiting providing false information when surrendering an animal to the Mississauga Animal Services shelter.

Learn more about the Animal Care Control By-law and the City’s Animal Services by visiting mypetmississauga.ca.

Parking Matters Mississauga

The City of Mississauga wants your help as we study citywide parking. This study, called Parking Matters, will help make future decisions about parking across the City. As our City continues to grow and evolve, our community parking needs are changing. All kinds of parking are being reviewed in the study including: on-street and off-street parking, as well as public and private parking. They are all an important part of our transportation system.To learn more about the study, click here!

Several Public Open Houses and Pop-Up sessions will be happening across the City – including an open house at City Hall on November 16 and a pop-up at the Malton Community Centre on November 22. Visit the Parking Matters website to see a complete list.

 

Mayor’s Youth Employment Expo 2017

Meet a variety of employers in an exhibition-like setting to learn more about their employment, volunteer and co-op opportunities among others.

Event Details
What: Mayor’s Youth Employment Expo 2017
When: Sunday, November 19th, 2017
Time: 12 PM – 1 PM – Workshops
1 PM – 4 PM – Employment Expo

Where: Mississauga Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Great Hall, Ground Floor

Employers:

Booth space is free and available on a first come, first served basis. Don’t miss out on this recruitment opportunity. Please register to reserve your booth space.

Job Seekers:

Explore employment and volunteer opportunities, network with local employers and sign up for a resume writing, interview preparation or networking skills workshop. Registration is mandatory.

Visit the Mayor’s website for more information and to register.

Mississauga SportZone Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The Mississauga SportZone is celebrating its 10th anniversary. On Saturday, November 18, residents are invited to stop by the facility for pizza, cake, information booths and tours. An official ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m.

What:
Mississauga SportZone 10th Anniversary Celebration

Who:
Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish
Members of Council
Dignitaries and special guests

Date/Time:
Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Official ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
  • Live costume characters at 10:30 a.m.
  • Pizza and cake at 11 a.m.
  • Information booths and tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until 1 p.m.

Where:
Mississauga SportZone
5600 Rose Cherry Pl.

Mississauga, ON
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Free parking is available at the facility.

For more information about Mississauga SportZone, visit mississauga.ca/sportzone.