Skip to Content

A Vision for Malton

On October 14, members of the Malton community gathered to learn the results from the MyMalton project, a City-initiated review of the planning policies that shape the look and feel of Malton.

I’m excited to share the design and planning report from Urban Strategies – let me know what you think of these ideas, all based on community input! The report is a very large file, so we’ve uploaded it in sections:


You can also see an article about the October 14 presentation by the Mississauga News.

City Introduces First Public Art Master Plan

The City’s first Public Art Master Plan, which builds upon the Council endorsed Framework for a Public Art Program was introduced during today’s General Committee meeting. The Public Art Master Plan provides 54 recommendations designed to direct the expansion and implementation of a continued successful public art program throughout the city over the next five years.

“Our goal with the Public Art Master Plan is to establish a unique artistic identity for Mississauga,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture. “Public art has the power to boost local industry and tourism, it enhances our public spaces and contributes to our quality of life by creating memorable experiences.”

The plan establishes a curatorial and design outline which will guide the City’s Public Art Program for both permanent and temporary public art installations, mentioned Damaso.

The Public Art Master Plan includes the following elements:

  • a design and curatorial outline to guide public art opportunities that can be realized in the next five years;
  • priority zones within Mississauga that reflect the public art guiding principles;
  • types of public art to be considered for each site;
  • areas for temporary public art opportunities as well as those that might be appropriate for future permanent works;
  • detailed site selection criteria; and
  • education and public engagement opportunities for the Public Art Program.

“Through the Mississauga Public Art Master Plan, all future public art projects will consider the uniqueness of each community, its people and their stories,” added Damaso. “The Plan also ensures that public art reflects the context in which the artwork is located in order to maximize public benefit.”

The Public Art Master Plan will be voted on during the City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Municipal Property Assessment Notices to Be Mailed Out Starting May 16

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) advised that Property Assessment Notices will be mailed out earlier than in previous years. Assessments will be mailed to Mississauga residential property owners starting on May 16. Mississauga property owners should carefully review and understand their Property Assessment Notices.

“An increase in assessment does not necessarily mean an increase in property taxes and, the City of Mississauga does not benefit financially from reassessment,” said Connie Mesih, Director, Revenue and Material Management. “Tax rates are adjusted to offset assessment value changes and to ensure the City does not receive a windfall gain as a result of an increase in assessment.”

Every four years MPAC conducts a province-wide Assessment Update and mails Property Assessment Notices to every property owner in Ontario. This year, MPAC will be updating the assessed values of every property in Ontario. All properties will have a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016. MPAC looks at sales and compares like properties that have sold in a particular area.

The Property Assessment Notices will be used to calculate property taxes for the 2017-2020 property tax years. According to MPAC, assessed values of residential properties in Mississauga have increased an average of 6.8 per cent between 2016 and 2017. “If a property owners assessment increase is in line with the average assessment increase, property owners will see minimal change on their tax bill due to reassessment,” added Mesih.

The final Mississauga tax bills for 2016 use the 2012 assessment values and will be mailed out on June 9 and June 10. For more information visit the City of Mississauga Taxes and Assessment website.

Background

Equal reassessments = same taxes
Varying reassessments = potential tax change
Service cost increase = everyone pays more

Property owners can visit aboutmyproperty.ca to learn more about residential market trends in their area and how their property was assessed. By using the Roll Number and unique Access Key on their Property Assessment Notice, they can also see the information MPAC has on file for their property and compare it to others in their area.

Property assessment information is provided to your municipality for property tax purposes. Property owners can also learn more about the relationship between property assessment and taxation through aboutmyproperty.ca.

MPAC’s province-wide Assessment Updates of property values have exceeded international standards of accuracy. MPAC’s property values and data are also used by banks, insurance companies and the real estate industry.

For more information, property owners can visit aboumyproperty.ca or contact MPAC at 1 866-296-MPAC (6722).

Older Adult Expo Kicks off Seniors’ Month

On June 1, approximately 3,000 older adults are expected to attend the annual Mississauga Older Adult Expo. This free, full-day event features educational sessions, a local seniors’ talent show and exhibitor booths. The City of Mississauga, in partnership with the Older Adult Advisory Panel (OAAP) and the Community Centre Older Adult Committee (CCOAC) are hosting the Expo to kick off Seniors’ Month (June 2016).
 
What: 
Mississauga Older Adult Expo
 
Who:
Mayor Bonnie Crombie
Members of City Council
 
Date/Time:  
Wednesday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Where:
Mississauga SportZone (formally the Hershey SportsZone)
5600 Cherry Rd.
Mississauga, ON
[Map]
 
Cost:
Free for Older Adults (55+)
 

This event initially began as the Seniors’ Got Talent Show with an attendance of 150 people. Today, the event has thousands of older adult attendees. The Expo provides older adults with the opportunity to connect with others in their community and learn about available programs and services to help them live safe, healthy and active lives.

Background:

About Seniors’ Month
In June each year, the province celebrates and recognizes the contributions seniors make to our communities. June 2016 marks the 32nd anniversary of Seniors’ Month in Ontario. This year’s theme is Seniors’ Making a Difference.

About Older Adults in Mississauga
The City is committed to being an age-friendly community where older adults serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and active members within the community. The City works with older adult organizations and different levels of government to provide accessible and inclusive programs that allow older adults to live safe, healthy and active lives. For more information about older adults programs and services, visit: mississauga.ca/olderadults.

Mississauga to Regulate Transportation Network Companies and Create a Committee to Develop Pilot Program for TNCs

This week, Mississauga City Council approved:

• That the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law be amended for the regulation of transportation network companies (TNCs) where TNCs will be required to obtain a broker licence and operate using only licensed taxi and limousine drivers, operating licensed taxi and limousine vehicles.
• That the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law will be amended to facilitate licensed taxi and limousine drivers being able to work for more than one brokerage.
• That staff be directed to report back to the Public Vehicle Advisory Committee on ways to modernize the regulation of taxi and limousine industries.

Also approved was the creation of a committee to develop a pilot program for TNCs to operate in Mississauga under Council regulation.

Regulation of TNCs

“Safety and consumer protection are key in this important service,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We will be watching this particular form of regulation carefully to ensure we are meeting the needs of our residents, businesses and taxi industry. We have provided the protection the industry needs and the pilot will enable consumer choice. The committee and pilot program will help us reach a solution for Mississauga.”

“With amendments to the Public Vehicle Licensing Bylaw, we will have a framework that works for Mississauga,” said Ron Starr, Ward 6 Councillor and Public Vehicle Advisory Committee Chair. “The industry is going through a great deal of change and this will make the system fair while maintaining safety. I look forward to the work on the committee to develop an appropriate pilot program.”

Pilot Program

Mississauga City Council passed a resolution to create a committee to develop a one year pilot to determine how TNCs will operate in Mississauga under Council regulation.

The committee is to be comprised of Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Councillor Ron Starr, Ward 6; Councillor Karen Ras, Ward 2; a citizen representative from the Public Vehicle Advisory Committee, one representative each from the taxi industry and transportation network companies.  The committee is to work with the City’s Enforcement Division to develop a report on a pilot framework for the September 21, 2016 General Committee meeting.

TNCs have been instructed to cease operations until the pilot is instituted. Non-compliance will result in the committee being dissolved.

Background

Public Vehicle Licensing By-law

The City of Mississauga’s Public Vehicle Licensing By-law regulates transportation services provided by public vehicles. This by-law ensures public and consumer safety, driver safety and consumer protection for public vehicle transportation services.  TNCs are operating in Mississauga in violation of the by-law.

For more information, read: Regulation of TNC Report

Studies and Reports

Two studies were conducted by the City of Mississauga:

• Taxicab and Accessible Plate Issuance Models and Taxi Fares
The study and report includes recommendations on the by-law provisions to issue taxicab plates and accessible taxicab plates as well as the setting of fares.
• 
Study of Regulation of Transportation Network Companies A study and report was prepared on how other jurisdictions (Canada, United States, Europe) are regulating TNCs and to evaluate policy alternatives.

City Transit Pass Offers Youth More Than Just Free Rides

For a third straight year, the City of Mississauga is offering youth ages 12 to 14 the Freedom Pass. The popular pass provides incentives like swimming for free at City pools and riding MiWay free all summer long. The pass begins on July 1 and is valid through to August 31.

“Summer is the perfect time for youth to get comfortable using transit,” said Geoff Marinoff, Transit Director. “Our goal with the program is to encourage them to take part in community events and programs around the city, while becoming familiar with MiWay transit routes.”

This year the Freedom Pass includes a Green Challenge, which encourages Freedom Pass holders to do green activities around Mississauga such as tree planting, visit a Farmers Market, volunteer at an Earth Market or participate in a bike ride. Pass holders participating in a green activity can take a selfie and upload it to their Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account using the hashtag #freetobegreen. Photos will be shared on the City’s Storify page.

Applying for a Pass
Applications for the Freedom Pass start on Sunday, May 1 (10,000 passes are available).

  • Visit mississauga.ca/freedompass.
  • Complete the application (parent/guardian signature is needed);
  • Bring the completed application, along with a piece photo ID displaying proof of age, to any City-operated community centre.
  • A photo will be taken by the customer service staff to create a personalized Freedom Pass.

Only valid, photographed Freedom Pass holders are eligible to ride MiWay for free. All other riders must pay regular fares. To learn more about MiWay, visit miway.ca or plan a route with the Plan a Trip tool or call 905-615-INFO (4636) for route and schedule information.

For more on the Freedom Pass, please visit: mississauga.ca/freedompass.

PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT IN MALTON

Tonight at VICTORY HALL FROM 7PM-9PM, there will be a Public Meeting to review proposed options for regulating infill housing – this includes restrictions on heights, side yards, setbacks and lot coverage. Several options for the new control by-laws will be presented, similar to the site plan approvals currently in effect in the Villages of Port Credit and Streetsville. Those in attendance will choose the option they prefer.

Habitat for Humanity will also be in attendance to describe their plans for new homes on the old fire station property on Victory Crescent, land donated to them by the City to assist with affordable housing.

The Malton BIA will also have illustrations of the new Malton entrance signs soon to be installed in the Village.

Mississauga Calls on Province to Impose Ban on Door-to-Door Sales

Mississauga City Council passed a motion last Wednesday calling on the Province of Ontario to impose a ban on door-to-door sales activities in the home services sector. The ban specifically addresses the sale or lease of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, water heaters, water filtration systems and other related home energy products and services by door-to-door sales agents.

The motion, brought forward by Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras, urges other municipalities to join with Mississauga in calling on the Province to act.

“Even with the recently implemented Stronger Protection for Ontario Consumers Act in April 2015, homeowners have continued to experience unsolicited, aggressive and misleading sales tactics at their door from companies seeking to sell home energy products,” said Councillor Ras. “These sellers are thumbing their noses at the existing provincial legislation. They misrepresent their identities, pose as government safety inspectors and tell their victims that they are there to conduct so-called mandatory checks. I’ve experienced this kind of behaviour myself, and we need to put a stop to it.”

The motion comes as part of a campaign called ‘StopTheKnocks’ which encourages homeowners across Ontario to lend their voices by signing the online petition on Change.org.

“It is important for homeowners to know their rights when it comes to door-to-door sales,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “We ask residents to always be cautious when approached by anyone offering goods and services door-to-door.”

Most Fires are Preventable: Home Safe Home Campaign Kicks Off in Mississauga

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) want you to open your door this Spring and Summer when fire crews come knocking to talk about fire safety.

Home Safe Home (HSH) is a free city-wide education and awareness program that teaches residents about fire prevention and life safety. Until September, fire crews will be going door to door distributing fire safety materials and conducting fire safety surveys to ensure that residents have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

“In Mississauga we are on a mission to zero – zero deaths and zero injuries due to fire,” said Jamie Zimmerman, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention and Life Safety, MFES. “It should be unacceptable in today’s society for people to die in fires. Most fires are 100 per cent preventable. Think about it. It’s up to you.”

According to Zimmerman, there are three simple steps that could mean the difference between life and death which are:

  1. install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the proper location(s);
  2. develop a fire escape plan; and
  3. practice the plan on a regular basis.

During Home Safe Home, MFES encourages anyone with elderly parents or neighbours to check on them often, help them check their alarms and talk to them about their fire escape plans.

“We need to work together to influence and improve behaviour when it comes to fire safety,” added Zimmerman. “Be your family’s hero and keep them safe. There’s no excuse when it’s so easy to do.”

Birnie CurrentSAFE, a Mississauga-based electrical contractor has partnered with MFES for a third year to help spread the home fire safety message.

“We are proud to partner with MFES in their mission to save lives and prevent catastrophic losses,” said Tim Birnie, President, Birnie CurrentSAFE. “We have the same goal – to keep families and their homes safe.”

For information about the program, visit mfeshomesafehome.ca or call Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Prevention and Life Safety at 905-896-5908.

 

To request a free HSH visit, call MFES Headquarters at 905-615-3777.

Mississauga Youth Participate in Rebel16

From May 1 to 7 the City of Mississauga is hosting its annual Rebel campaign. The campaign empowers youth ages 13 to 30 to get involved and make a difference within their community through music, film, the arts, culture and sport. Rebel16 features free drop-ins, workshops, events and activities all created by youth for youth.

Rebel16 Event Highlights

  • Saturday, April 30 from 4 to 7 p.m.: Pre-conference workshop with Ink Movement at Benares Historic House.
  • Sunday, May 1 at noon: Rebel16 free kickoff event at Clarkson Community Centre and Library – enjoy live performances, food and activities.
  • Monday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m.: More than 1,700 students from across Peel will participate in Ontario Summer Games (OSG) 101 at Mississauga Celebration Square – a countdown to the Games. The event also marks Music Monday, an annual celebration that connects youth across the country to celebrate the gift of music. Students will get the chance to sing along to We are One, the Music Monday anthem which will be sung across the country.
  • Monday, May 2 to Thursday, May 5 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.: Youth artists will perform at 10 City community centres in the Rebel Lounge.
  • Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m.: Film presentation and online expressive activity (open to all) targeted to Aboriginal Youth at Benares Visitor Centre.
  • Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m.: Meadowvale Theatre is hosting a technical workshop for youth who want to learn how to set up a band on stage with lighting and sound
  • Sunday, May 1 to Saturday, May 7: Mississauga libraries are offering a variety of Rebel16 programs for youth throughout the week.

 

For a full list of all Rebel16 events and activities, please visit: mississauga.ca/rebel. To get involved in Rebel16 week, email rebel.youth@mississauga.ca. Also follow @SaugaYouth on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #Rebel16.

BACKGROUND

  • Rebel16 marks National Youth Week, National Youth Arts Week and Music Monday.
  • More than 8,000 youth participated in Rebel Week in 2015.

Last year, youth donated 1,657 volunteer hours during Rebel15

Today Is Earth Day!

Earth Day is a day dedicated to environmental protection and is celebrated annually across the globe. Each city hosts a series of events where residents gather together to symbolize their commitment to the environment.

The City of Mississauga is committed to greening its city and has hosted many events aimed at curbing our carbon footprint to mitigate the effects of our changing earth systems.

Tomorrow is the City’s annual “One Million Trees Planting” at Heatherleigh Park. Starting at 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., you can expect family fun activities, a neighbourhood tree tour and, of course, planting trees.

If you want to do something more home-based, consider greening your daily activities. Behavioural changes, even as small as they may seem, can make a huge impact. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Consider trading in plastic water bottles for a reusable bottle
  • Turn your taps off while brushing your teeth and/or scrubbing dirty dishes
  • Purchase reusable bags and take them with you whenever you go shopping
  • Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room and when it’s a sunny day, don’t turn the lights on at all! Enjoy the natural light!

 

These are just a few tips to help yourself get started!

If you want to share your green activities, you can use the hashtag #SaugaEarthDays.

 

 

 

Top