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City of Mississauga Flood Warning

The City of Mississauga has experienced substantial rainfall over the last 24 hours and the weather forecast is predicting an additional 20 millimetres of rainfall before the end of day Wednesday, February 21. Water levels will continue to rise in response to the rain and melting snow. Ice in the Credit River may begin to break up as water levels approach the top of the bank which will increase the potential for flooding due to ice jams.

For safety and to reduce potential damage, the following measures are recommended:

  • Avoid walking or driving in flooded areas
  • Stay away from creeks, rivers, streams and frozen bodies of water
  • Clear debris from catch basins near your home or business, as long as it is safe to do so
  • Call 3-1-1 to report blocked catch basins or road flooding in your neighbourhood
  • Do not open any sewer manholes under any circumstances

 

To report flooding, please call 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311 outside City limits. For emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1.

For more information as the Flood Warning continues, visit mississauga.ca or follow the City of Mississauga on Twitter at @citymississauga.

 

On-Street Parking is Suspended during Snow Operations

Parked cars on City streets reduce the ability of our winter crews to efficiently clear roads. You can help by removing parked cars from the street when it snows to give equipment space to work.

An on-street parking restriction is in effect in Mississauga year-round between 2 to 6 a.m. Parked or stopped vehicles that violate the City’s Traffic By-law 555-00 or on-street parking restriction will be issued a $40 penalty notice. They will also be subject to towing and storage fees at the expense of the owner. The vehicle’s operational condition does not exempt the owner from meeting these requirements.

Suspension of Temporary Parking Requests

Temporary parking requests can be suspended at any time during snow events to allow staff and machinery to safely clear our roads. New temporary parking requests will not be issued and current ones will not be recognized for the duration of snow clearing operations.

We kindly ask residents to remove vehicles from City streets in order for crews to complete snow clearing operations within our service standards timelines.

To find out if temporary parking considerations have been suspended:

* Follow us on Twitter @MississaugaSnow

* Contact 311 (905-615-4311 outside city limits) * Visit mississauga.ca/snow

Winter Maintenance Operations

This is just a reminder of the City of Mississauga’s snow plow operations. Please drive carefully in these conditions and be patient of others.

The City clears and salts roads, priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings within 12-36 hours after the end of a snowstorm. Back to back storms will extend this timing.

Winter maintenance standards are set by Council and help ensure emergency vehicles and transit can travel safely.

During a snowstorm crews focus on clearing priority routes. Local or residential streets are plowed after priority roads are cleared. Bare pavement is not guaranteed.

Snow Season Parking – Safety Comes First – Plan Ahead

Roads with parked cars take longer to plow or salt. Please remove vehicles from roads during heavy snowfalls.

winter on-street parking restriction is in effect in Mississauga between November 1-March 31between 2 a.m.- 6 a.m. Parked or stopped vehicles will be towed and stored at the owner’s expense.

During snow clearing, temporary paring requests (parking considerations) will not be issued and current ones will be cancelled.

City Recognizes Traffic Safety in Schools

Congratulations were in order today for four Mississauga schools and one principal who were recognized by Mississauga City Council for their commitment to traffic and student safety around their schools.

The Wilde Wood Award and the Dr. Arthur Wood Award are presented annually by the Traffic Safety Council to schools and individuals who have advocated and promoted traffic and student safety.
The following schools received the Wilde Wood Award for their outstanding leadership in promoting school zone safety and active transportation:

Lisgar Middle School, Ward 10
Mary Fix Catholic School, Ward 7
Ridgewood Public School, Ward 5
St. Alfred Catholic Elementary School, Ward 3

“The safety of students as they travel to and from school is paramount,” said Sue McFadden, Ward 10 Councillor and Traffic Safety Council Member. “These schools have demonstrated outstanding leadership in looking for and taking actions that help ensure student safety while also encouraging active transportation as a way to get to and from school.”

The Dr. Arthur Wood Award was presented to Margaret Wise-Hellmuth, former principal at Artesian Drive Public School for her dedication and commitment to advocating and promoting student safety and encouraging students to walk or cycle to school.

“Wise-Hellmuth championed and took a hands-on approach to traffic and student safety at Artesian Drive Public School. She streamlined the Kiss & Ride program so that it operated smoothly and was often outside keeping a close eye on traffic to maintain the highest level of student safety. She worked tirelessly to ensure students and parents understood the safety rules for vehicles and pedestrians around the school. I commend her for her commitment to student safety,” said Councillor McFadden.

The Traffic Safety Council is an advisory committee of Council which makes recommendations to help protect students from the dangers of vehicular traffic. Dr. Arthur Wood founded the Toronto Township Traffic Safety Council in 1955 which was renamed to the Mississauga Traffic Safety Council in 1974. His work promoting traffic safety for children was recognized with the naming of this award.

Know What’s Available to You

There are many financial assistance programs that are available to all residents of Mississauga and/or Peel who qualify.

We have compiled a list of available programs, including some provincial, for your convenience.

Click the PDF below for programs:

Financial Assistance and Programs

Share Your Big Ideas for the City’s Smart City Plan

The City of Mississauga is asking residents and businesses to share their big ideas on how to use technology, data and innovation to make Mississauga even better.

The City is hosting public engagement sessions as well as an online engagement site to generate ideas for a Smart City Master Plan and the City’s submission to the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge.

The goal of Smart Cities is to create more liveable, workable and sustainable communities.

Mississauga has already implemented many smart city initiatives including free public Wi-Fi, open data, hackathons, fibre network, Advanced Traffic Management, LED Lighting, mobile apps and more. To learn more and share your ideas, visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/smart-cities-challenge

City Requests Support from 2018 Federal and Provincial Budget for Top City Priorities

Today, Council adopted a resolution to seek ongoing support from the governments of Canada and Ontario for the City’s top priorities and initiatives:

  • strategic transit investments
  • sustainable infrastructure funding
  • legislative changes
  • city-building initiatives
  • affordable housing and partnerships

“There is a buzz about Mississauga these days as we are a city in demand,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “To build the Mississauga of the future, we need federal and provincial support in the form of long term, predictable funding for our top priorities like infrastructure, affordable, middle-class housing, and transit – the foundations of our city. As the two governments prepare their 2018 Budget, they need to listen to the priorities of Mississauga, as well as municipalities across the province. We are the economic engines and need committed and engaged federal and provincial government partners to continue to build and remain prosperous.”

While the City continues investing in transit, dedicated funding is needed for transit initiatives like the downtown portion of the Mississauga Transitway, the Regional Express Rail and Dundas Connects – all of these initiatives support future growth.

There is also a need for the City to continue managing its infrastructure and move forward on City-building initiatives. Waterfront development projects such as Inspiration Lakeview and projects that encourage active transportation are among the many projects identified as priorities. With federal and provincial funding and support, Mississauga can successfully plan for the long term.

“As Mississauga grows, a strong, continuing partnership with the governments of Canada and Ontario will ensure that we can effectively address the many challenges of a large city,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Among all levels of government, Mississauga like all municipalities, receives the smallest share (eight to 10 per cent) of all tax dollars collected in Canada, yet we own 60 per cent of the infrastructure.”

Other priorities for the City include climate change and culture and heritage infrastructure.

Goreway Bridge Update

We have exciting news!

It has been a long journey, but we’ve just received confirmation that the easement for the Goreway Bridge has been purchased by Brampton, on the north side of the tracks, and the hydro permits have been submitted.

The Goreway Bridge is finally underway!

If you do not remember where things left off before the purchase, you can click here for the last update.

Bus Stop Removals

Please be advised that effective January 15th, the following two bus stops will be removed from service:

Stop #0627 Eastbound Eglinton Ave at Dixie Road (Route 35 East and 7 North)

Stop#2036 Westbound Eglinton Ave at Dixie Road (Route 35 West and 87 North)

All boarding and alighting for Routes 7 and 35/35A will occur on the east side of Dixie Road. Route 87 patrons will have to use Route 35/35A going forward.

Click the map below to view the removals.

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CF-100 Featured in Airforce Magazine

The National publication of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, Airforce magazine, featured an article in their December issue on the CF-100 Rededication Ceremony we held on September 24th.

Eloquently written by Gord McNulty, the article gives a brief overview of this historical aircraft from its origins to its restoration.

Click the link below to read a piece of Malton’s aviation history!

Malton CF-100 Rededication story in Airforce magazine, December 2017

Hurontario Light Rail Transit 2017 Update

The Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) Project led by Metrolinx in partnership with the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton reached significant milestones in 2017.

Infrastructure Ontario announced the short-listed consortiums on June 6, 2017 and followed with request for proposals for the HuLRT project on August 17, 2017 to the three pre-qualified teams. 2018 will see a contract award in the spring, financial close in the fall followed by the start of major construction by the end of next year.

The City of Mississauga HuLRT Project office has continued to work closely with Metrolinx. City staff has been closely involved in the development of specific standards and requirements for the project. Preparatory work for the project to relocate communication cables and underground structures along the Hurontario LRT route began in fall 2017 in Cooksville and Mineola. Plans for major construction will be available from the successful bid team once chosen.

Mississauga Council has approved additional municipal infrastructure to be included in the procurement process to repair and upgrade municipal infrastructure during the construction of the LRT. Staff also identified and Council approved corridor enhancements for the project, important for overall city building objectives.

Metrolinx Community Connectors have been canvassing businesses and residents along the Hurontario corridor to help raise awareness of the project. This team conducts one-on-one visits for small and medium businesses at street level, an information table over lunch time for office towers and evening information session sessions for residents of high rise condos/apartment buildings. The Connectors provide information to those who work and live on the Hurontario LRT corridor with twice per year visits, supplemented with ongoing availability through phone and email for questions.

To prepare for the start of heavy construction, the Hurontario LRT team has been working with Corridor Committees – groups of stakeholders representing businesses, residents, schools and organizations along each portion of the LRT corridor. These committees will provide information to Metrolinx and the City on ways to minimize the necessary impacts that come with major construction. Further to that goal, the team is also working closely with the Region of Peel on timing and construction related to the Burnhamthorpe Water Project.

To keep up to date on the project, please visit Hurontario LRT and follow @HurontarioLRT.

Thank you for your support of this important transit project and enjoy the holidays.

Report Recommends Regulation of Short-Term Accommodations in Mississauga

A staff report presented yesterday to City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee recommends amendments to the Zoning By-law to regulate short-term accommodations (STAs) in the City.  The recommendations include allowing STAs in all dwelling types that are primary residences, subject to conditions.

The report also includes an update on responses from an online survey and public consultation process as well as an updated municipal scan and recommendations to amend the Zoning By-law to regulate STAs.

The City’s Zoning By-law currently does not prohibit STAs. Council directed Enforcement staff to further examine STAs in Mississauga, consult with stakeholders and recommend options for regulatory control within three months.

According to the report, the proposed amendments:

  • define short-term accommodation as the use of all or part of a dwelling unit, used by the owner or leaseholder as their principal residence, for temporary overnight accommodation for 28 days or less;
  • define a principal residence according to the Income Tax Act;
  • permit STAs in all principal residences in the City of Mississauga, in all types of residential units for 28 days or less; and
  • Require a minor variance or rezoning application to permit an STA in a dwelling that is not a principal residence. This will allow condominium boards, neighbours and property managers to comment on the application and City departments to evaluate the request. If a minor variance application is submitted, the Committee of Adjustment can impose conditions of approval including time limits.

The report also cites that similar regulations are proposed in Toronto and Vancouver and are already in place in New York City, Philadelphia, Portland and San Francisco.

There are existing by-laws to address nuisance concerns that may be related to STAs. Under these by-laws, City staff respond to any complaints in the community as they arise.

“The proposed amendments to the Zoning By-law represent a balanced approach to regulating short-term accommodations in Mississauga,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “They clarify how residents can share their principal residences with others, while limiting the potential impacts on housing availability and affordability. They also provide some additional protection to buildings and neighbourhoods.”

Staff are also considering the potential to tax short-term accommodations. On November 1 at General Committee, Council approved in principle the introduction of a four per cent hotel tax effective July 1, 2018.

As next steps, staff will present the proposed Zoning By-law amendments to Council for approval in early 2018.The Enforcement Division will report to General Committee on a possible registry or licensing regime for short-term accommodations to reduce the potential for nuisance impacts in buildings and neighbourhoods.

Community Police Station Update

The proposal to close our community police station at Westwood Square was arrived at without consultation with the community, the owners of the mall, or your councillor. It was based on a reduction in crime for the area surrounding the mall, a desire to redeploy the three officers out into the community and in a minor way, the cost of the station rental and clerical staff.

Upon hearing of the proposal, several things happened. The mall owners offered to reduce or completely remove the rental fees and a meeting with Police Chief Evans and your councillor was booked.

After some negotiation, a compromise was reached. There was agreement that the Malton Village community will be better served by re-designing the function of the station at 7205 Goreway Dr.

A police sub-station will be in the same location, with the same signage, designed for many officers to use during their shifts for administrative duties and breaks. Many cruisers and officers will be in and out of the station, maintaining a high profile police presence in the community. Non-emergency reports by citizens will be received at 21 Division by phone or online, 24 hours a day.

Thank you to everyone who got in touch with my office when this important issue came up. Malton’s safety is a top priority and I’m happy to work with the community to find solutions that will work for all.

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.

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.

 

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.

Textile Collection Pilot Project

The Region of Peel is working with the Kidney Foundation of Canada on a pilot project to collect unwanted textiles from residents’ homes. The results of this pilot will be used to inform the Region’s Waste Management Strategic Advisory Committee on whether a textile collection initiative is something we should look at in the future.

One pilot has been completed in Ward 2, and the next area selected is in the Kennedy/Matheson area of Ward 5. Approximately 900 homes will receive notification from the Kidney Foundation in mid-November, with collection scheduled for mid-December.

Here is the map of the collection area

Here is more information about the textile collection

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