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Free Tax Clinics for Low-Income Residents

Several tax clinics are scheduled across Mississauga to help low-income residents prepare their taxes. Find out about the locations, hours and contact information to book an appointment on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website.

Mississauga Council Approves Election Campaign Contribution Rebate Program

Contributions to mayoral and councillor candidates in Mississauga elections may now be eligible for a rebate. Mississauga City Council voted in favour of implementing a Municipal Election Campaign Contribution Rebate Program for the 2018 Municipal Election.

“Various municipalities in Ontario have implemented election campaign rebate programs,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The small cost of a campaign rebate program is a worthy investment if it will broaden the source of campaign funding and potentially increase voter and candidate participation.”

A rebate program enables a municipality to reimburse contributions made by individuals to the campaign of a candidate running for mayor or councillor. Application rules and procedures must be followed by the candidate and contributor in order for the City to pay a rebate.

Rebates of 25 per cent will be issued for financial contributions between $25 and $150.

Further information, including rules and procedures, will be made available on Mississauga’s election website, mississaugavotes.ca in 2018.

Now Open: 2017 City of Mississauga Designated Heritage Property Grant Program

Heritage property owners in Mississauga are eligible to apply for grant funding through the 2017 City of Mississauga Designated Heritage Property Grant Program.

The program, which opens on Friday, February 17, 2017, offers grants to help heritage property owners with restoration, conservation and repair to a property designated as heritage under the Ontario Heritage Act. Matching grants from $500 to $5,000 are available for general conservation and from $500 to $10,000 for the repair or restoration of structural elements.

How to Apply
Details, eligibility criteria and the online application are available through the Heritage Planning website at mississauga.ca/heritageplanning.

Information Session
An information session is planned for designated heritage property owners to learn more about the process involved when applying for a grant, eligibility criteria and available funds.

When:  
Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:  
301 Burnhamthorpe Road West (Central Library), 2nd Floor, Classroom 3 [MAP]

Deadline

The deadline for applying is Friday, March 24, 2017 by 4:30 p.m.

Mississauga Asks Federal and Provincial Governments to Support City-Building Initiatives

Big cities need new ways to fund infrastructure and other projects. The City of Mississauga is taking action by asking the federal and provincial governments to contribute to its city-building projects and initiatives in their 2017 budgets. Today the City’s General Committee approved the proposed requests for the City’s top priorities – transit, infrastructure, job creation and partnerships.

“The City of Mississauga and Members of Council welcome the opportunity to offer recommendations and outline our priorities to the federal and provincial governments as they prepare their 2017 budgets,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said. “We need to find more options for sustainable funding to address our critical needs in areas such as transit, infrastructure and affordable housing and work together with the federal and provincial governments to build a 21st Century city.”

The downtown segment of the Mississauga Transitway and Regional Express Rail, along with new construction and other infrastructure projects, require sustainable funding. Federal and provincial support for transit and city-building projects such as Dundas Connects and Inspiration Lakeview is critical to boosting economic growth, job creation and productivity.

“Like all municipalities, Mississauga receives only 10 per cent of all tax dollars collected in Canada,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “At the same time, the City owns 65 per cent of its infrastructure, much of which is aging. We acknowledge the contributions the federal and provincial governments have provided; there has been good progress. We ask both levels of government to continue to partner with us to help meet the challenges facing our growing communities.”

Other priorities include support for active transportation, small business and entrepreneurs.

Read the full submissions for further information.

Mississauga Asks Residents to Help Measure Local Internet Performance

The City of Mississauga and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) are asking for residents’ help as they launch a six-month pilot to test Internet performance around the city.
Residents and businesses can test the speed and quality of their Internet connections using an Internet browser on any computer or mobile device at https://performance.cira.ca/Mississauga.
This pilot will help find the areas in Mississauga that have adequate Internet service and areas where service could be improved. Internet service is provided by many different commercially available Internet Service Providers (ISP) who offer Internet connectivity to residents for a fee as part of a phone, cable or internet package. Internet performance may differ from these providers and the types of Internet services they provide.
City staff will use the pilot’s test data and crowdsourced data to analyze Internet performance across the city. A customized heat-map will be used to display the data collected. The heat-map will identify variations in the quality of internet performance and offer insight into the relationship between geography and connectivity. Data will also be available by ward or neighbourhood.
“Studying our Internet performance will help improve the City’s ability to deliver programs and services through technology,” said Shawn Slack, Director, Information Technology. “Reliable Internet service is crucial to the services residents depend on every day. Everyone can help measure the quality of Internet service in Mississauga. It only takes a few minutes.”
This pilot supports Mississauga’s IT Master Plan by ensuring the city has fast, dependable Internet service to meet the city’s technology demands now and for the future.
“Having consistently high quality Internet services across the city is a key element to continuing to provide reliable, two-way communications with citizens,” says Ivana Di Millo, Director, Communications. 
Di Millo added that with more than 34,000 subscribers to the Corporate eNewsletter, over 27,000 self-service online and mobile interactions, more than 15 million website visits, 91,000 followers on Twitter and 73,000 likes on Facebook in 2016, ensuring citizens have a strong digital connection to the City of Mississauga is critical.
CIRA’s Internet performance test is built on the globally recognized M-Labs testing technology, with test nodes across the country. The test operates independently from any major Internet service provider network, ensuring unbiased measurements and data.
“High-performance Internet is a backbone for the smart community projects that help economies flourish and citizens engage,” said Dave Chiswell, VP of Product Development at CIRA. “At CIRA, we built our Internet Performance test to do two things. First, we wanted to provide decision makers in communities across the country with a way that they can measure and benchmark their Internet performance, helping add data to their decisions about digital policy and programs. Secondly, we wanted to empower individual Internet users in those communities with information about their Internet connection, helping them understand what they pay for and make informed decisions about their connectivity needs.”
Find out more about CIRA’s national Internet performance testing program at https://cira.ca/performance.
To learn more about Mississauga’s Internet performance test, visit mississauga.ca. For more information about your Internet service, please contact your Internet Service Provider.
Background
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. CIRA also develops technologies and services that support its goal of building a better online Canada. The CIRA team operates one of the fastest-growing high-performance global DNS networks, and supports the Canadian Internet community through investments in Internet exchange points, the Canada Internet Forum, and the CIRA Community Investment Program.

Free Youth Programs in Malton

There are many great, free programs for Malton youth – including basketball, sewing, volleyball and painting – at the Malton Community Centre, library and Malton Neighbourhood Services. View the full calendar here: February 2017

Thank you to the Malton Youth IMPACT group!

No Waste Collection on Family Day

A reminder that February 20 is Family Day – the Region of Peel will not be doing regular waste pick up. Collection will be one day later than usual next week. City offices will also be closed.

If you’re looking for fun, free activities to enjoy with your family, the City of Mississauga is offering free skating and swimming times and several centres throughout the city. Learn more here.

Mississauga Set to Receive Additional Funding for Local Transit

The City of Mississauga is set to receive additional Provincial Gas Tax funding to improve and expand its transit system.

Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca was in Mississauga today to make the announcement with Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Mississauga-Streetsville MPP Bob Delaney.

“I welcome the announcement that Ontario will double the gas tax funding that goes to municipalities. Mississauga can now expect approximately $32 million in gas tax funding. These are important and necessary funds that Council will use to invest to break gridlock, build transit and move people and our economy forward,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

Mississauga could see its funding increased to an estimated $20 million in 2019-20, $24 million in 2020-21 and $32 million in 2021-22.

“In 2016-17, Mississauga received $16.6 million from Provincial Gas Tax funding. These funds were used to enhance and grow our MiWay transit system including the completion of the Transitway. We continue to foster partnerships, seek innovative solutions and welcome assistance from senior levels of government,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer.

Mississauga Fire Station 119 Earns City’s First LEED Gold Status

The City of Mississauga was awarded its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Status for Fire Station 119 located at 6375 Airport Road. The LEED Gold Status applies to both Fire Station 119 and Peel Regional Paramedic Satellite Station S11 as part of the Airport Road Emergency Services building.

“We’ve made it a priority to make our facilities environmentally friendly. Our commitment to being at the forefront of green and sustainable design is evident with this milestone and we hope to continue leading the way for other municipalities to follow,” said Ward 5 Councillor, Carolyn Parrish. “The residents of Malton are particularly proud of being at the forefront of gold standard environmental innovation.”

Officially opened in June 2016, the state-of-the-art facility consists of many sustainable design features, including:

  • a white reflective roof
  • stormwater management design
  • exterior and interior LED fixtures
  • high efficiency heating and cooling equipment
  • natural ventilation
  • low flow plumbing fixtures

“As the City of Mississauga’s first certified LEED Gold building, Fire station 119 represents an important milestone in the City’s commitment to building great and environmentally responsible buildings in our communities,” said Raj Sheth, Director of Facilities and Property Management. “This award illustrates Mississauga’s commitment to becoming a leader in green building initiatives and reinforces the City’s strategic plan’s green pillar.”

Mississauga began pursuing LEED Gold certification for Fire Station 119 at the start of the design process. This is now the second City facility with LEED status. Garry W. Morden Fire Training Centre received a LEED Silver Status in 2014.

In September 2016, Fire Station 119 also won a Mississauga Urban Design Award – Award of Merit for Quality and Green Initiatives.

About LEED

LEED certification provides independent third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality are all aspects of LEED design.

 

Region of Peel Opens New Youth Shelter in Brampton

The Region of Peel’s first youth shelter at Goreway Dr. and Queen St. in Brampton was filled to capacity on its first day, Monday Jan. 30.

The shelter accommodates youth in two buildings, one for males the other for females and has 30 beds, with the ability to expand to 38 beds. The location at the former 7&7 motel has good proximity to public transportation that makes it more accessible to youth in the City of Brampton and the communities of Caledon.

Onsite services and programs at the shelter are being delivered by the Salvation Army. Our Place Peel, which operates a shelter in Mississauga, is providing youth outreach and after care supports.

Youth will have access to a range of services including:

  • Daily meals
  • Financial assistance
  • Health services
  • Professional supports
  • Housing search assistance
  • Life-skills and employability training
  • Community-based referrals
  • After care support

In April 2016, Regional Council endorsed the Region of Peel’s recommendation to open a dedicated youth shelter in Brampton to continue to meet its goals of reducing poverty and increasing stable employment. The shelter will be open for a two-year period, which will allow the Region to further study how homelessness affects young people in the community and develop long-term solutions.

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