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Financial Assistant Programs for Older Adults

As Mississauga’s older adult population grows, there will be those in need of financial assistance. The City of Mississauga offers many assistance programs for older adults, including programs for low-income seniors.

These programs include:
• Property Tax Rebate Program
• Stormwater Subsidy Program
• Yard Maintenance Subsidy Program
• Active Assist Program
• Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program
• MiWay Affordable Transit Program
• MiWay Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak Program

For more details about these City programs and other financial assistance programs offered by the Region of Peel, the Government of Ontario and Government of Canada, visit sau.ga/207.

Goreway Bridge Under Construction

After years of promises, multiple delays and a fair share of mysetery, a Contract is being awarded in the amount of over $40 million to finally build the Goreway Bridge. Delays have driven the costs up by $19 million. The Brampton City staff are the lead on this project.

Goreway over the CN tracks will be closed for 12-15 months for construction, eliminating the need for track rerouting and detour construction which would add $9.5m to the costs and 26 months to the project.

After consulting with many residents of Malton, it was agreed we’ve waited too long for the bridge at a location that sees 15,000 vehicles a day regularly being halted by 50 freight trains per day. The road closure will be a small inconvenience to ensure to finally enjoy the convenience of our overpass.

Freedom Pass Lets Youth Ride for Free

A Freedom Pass allows youth ages 12 to 14 to ride MiWay for free and swim for free at City-run pools all summer long. The pass, a partnership between the City’s Transit and Recreation divisions, can be used from July 1 to August 31, 2018.

Applications are available at mississauga.ca/freedompass starting May 1. Bring a completed application (parent/guardian signature is needed) along with a piece of photo ID displaying proof of age to any City-operated community centre. A photo will be taken by a customer service staff member to create a personalized Freedom Pass.

Check out the Freedom Pass video here: sau.ga/213.

Britannia Fall Fair

An old tradition has returned to the Britannia Farm with our second annual community Fall Fair at the Old Britannia School House. This year, again with lead sponsor Pinnacle International, as well as TMG, and three Tim Hortons stores. We’ll have an old fashioned fair with a few surprises – a veggie market, Horse and Wagon rides, Free Tim Hortons beverages, a BBQ and bouncy castles, cotton candy and popcorn, Dixie Land music, an incredible 80 foot T-Rex hot air balloon for tethered rides and much more. Put Saturday September 29th 11:00-5:00pm in your calendars!

Let’s Celebrate Summer on the Square

Summer is back and Celebration Square has something for everyone. Outdoor movies, fitness classes on the lawn, children’s theatre and farmer’s markets and best of all – it’s all free. Enjoy events and festivals every weekend, all summer long.

Canada Day will feature live concerts with internationally-renowned Canadian recording artists and local musicians. Enjoy over 25 food trucks, Canadiana-inspired kids programming and an unforgettable fireworks finale. Don’t miss the action – right in your own backyard. For more details visit sau.ga/204.

Malton Youth IMPACT – National Youth Week

Over 200 Free Events at the Malton Community Centre from May 1-7th.

Click on the link below to view a full list of scheduled events:

MCC NYAW Flyer

 

Stormwater in the Spring

Now that spring rains are here, residents often start thinking about stormwater around their home. Many have questions about how the City manages stormwater from rain events.

The City’s stormwater system carries stormwater away from homes and businesses to keep people, properties and the natural environment safe. There are many parts to this complex system – some visible and some underground. The public may see roadside catchbasins, which are the metal grates and drains on the street, but there are also ditches, pipes, watercourses, creeks, the Credit River, stormwater management ponds and even roads helping to carry stormwater runoff to Lake Ontario. Because of the huge quantities of stormwater that drain during storms, stormwater cannot be chemically treated in the sanitary sewer system. Instead, it flows directly into our natural environment.

The City continues to invest in our stormwater system to ensure that it serves the residents and businesses of Mississauga. As one example, the City is building the enormous Matheson stormwater management pond to help contain and hold back stormwater and reduce the flood risk for homes in the Cooksville Creek watershed. The lands surrounding this pond will also serve as a park for the community. Many other infrastructure and maintenance projects are also underway. City staff inspect our creeks and the Credit River to identify erosion, debris and other issues that could impact our watercourses and aquatic ecosystems. In addition, City staff investigate and contain spills of contaminants in the stormwater system and our waterways.

Residents also play an important role in protecting their own home from flood damage and helping the stormwater system do its job. Simple steps include ensuring that stormwater flows away from your house through proper grading, disconnected downspouts and keeping eavestroughs clear of debris. Residents can also protect stormwater quality by cleaning up and properly disposing of oil, pet waste, cigarette butts and other garbage and contaminants. Remember, any chemical or waste that ends up on the ground will flow into the stormwater system (and into Lake Ontario) during the next rain. To learn more about the City’s stormwater system, visit: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/stormwater/

Distracted Driving Collisions

All it takes is seconds of taking your eyes off the road while driving to have an accident. In fact, in Ontario, every 30 minutes a person is injured from distracted driving. The Ministry of Transportation reports that collisions caused from distracted driving have doubled since 2000.

With those staggering stats, the City’s Road Safety Committee is encouraging residents to take action to tackle those stats. If you can’t resist looking at your phone, lock your phone in the glove box or in your purse in the backseat. In fact, it’s not just phones and hand-held devices that take driver’s focus on the road. Activities like eating, putting on makeup, reading maps, choosing a play list and reading can also be distracting.

The City’s Road Safety Committee reminds residents to keep your focus on driving while you are at the wheel. Remember, it doesn’t matter whether you are driving on the highway or stopped at a red light, distraction can lead to fines, careless driving charges and accidents. Be safe – put your phone away when driving. It could save your own or somebody else’s life.

Peel Regional Police are doing a distracted driving blitz from April 23 to 29 and will be laying fines for distracted driving offences.

For more information on distracted driving, visit the Ministry of Transportation’s distracted driving webpage.

Wednesday, April 18th – Malton Youth Job/Volunteer Fair

Are you looking to apply for a job with the City of Mississauga?

Are you interested in volunteer opportunities within the community?

Do you need help with building a resume and cover letter?

Malton Community Centre’s Youth group “I.M.P.A.C.T will be hosting their annual Youth Job/Volunteer fair from 3PM-5PM in the gymnasium on Wednesday, April 18th. This year the Centre for Education and Training are returning to help with onsite resume/cover letter assistance.

When: Wednesday, April 18th between 3-5PM

Who: Youth aged 13+ (for volunteers) and Youth aged 15+ (for employment)

Where: Malton Community Centre, 3540 Morning Star Drive

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services is Turning 50 – Help us Celebrate!

Did you know that Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services is turning 50 this year? Join us for an official ceremony and community open house to celebrate this milestone anniversary.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Help us reach our goal of filling a fire truck by donating a non-perishable food item. You will not only be helping our residents in need but you will also be entered for the chance to win a prize.

Mark Saturday, May 12 on your calendar and get ready for some family-friendly fun at the Garry W. Morden Centre. The free activities include hands-on demonstrations, tours, a high-speed chase demonstration by Peel Regional Police and much more.

Onsite parking is available but limited. Visit Mississauga.ca/fire for more information.