Downtown Mississauga is Open for Business

The City of Mississauga’s Downtown Community Improvement Plan (CIP), with a goal to create new office development and jobs, is now in effect.

“Mississauga is a great place to do business because of our low taxes, highly skilled workforce, strategic location to key markets and our competitive commercial and industrial real estate. These new incentives will help stimulate new investment and office development in our downtown core and reaffirms that Mississauga is open for business,” said Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga. “Coupled with the upcoming Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT), our close proximity to major highways and Pearson International Airport, downtown Mississauga is quickly becoming the ideal place for world-class businesses to invest, grow and succeed.”

The Downtown CIP provides four financial incentive programs to offset a portion of the costs of constructing offices in downtown Mississauga.  To be eligible for CIP incentives, projects must be at least three storeys in height, contain a minimum of 50,000 square feet (5,000 sq. m) of office space and result in a property tax increase.

Eligible landowners can now apply for one or a combination of these programs:

  • Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) – a grant equal to a portion of a municipal property tax increase on a development.
  • Development Processing Fees Grant – a rebate on municipal planning fees (e.g., rezoning, site plan application fees).
  • Municipally-Funded Parking Program – the City may build and own a municipal stand-alone parking space. Alternatively, the City may co-locate part of a municipally owned parking space within a private office building development.
  • Municipal Property Acquisition and Disposition – the City may purchase key properties and redevelop them for office buildings. The City may also choose to dispose of City-owned lands to attract new office development.

“Business owners can apply for one or more of these programs according to their needs and eligibility,” said Bonnie Brown, Director, Economic Development. “As Mississauga’s downtown continues to transform over the coming years, there is no better time to locate or invest in this vibrant urban setting.”

Eligible applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

“The goal of the Downtown CIP is to create more job opportunities and draw talent to the downtown area by attracting new office development,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “These incentives are key to unlocking opportunities to better balance residential and employment space for a healthy, vibrant and prosperous downtown where people can live, work, play and raise a family.”

All proposals are subject to City Council approval and budget availability, except where approval is delegated to staff. The Downtown CIP is in effect until July 4, 2022.

Police Appeal for Witnesses in Cemetery Thefts

Peel Regional Police are seeking assistance from the public as they investigate thefts from cemeteries that occurred in the City of Mississauga.

Police are looking to identify suspect(s) involved in thefts of bronze vases from Mount Peace Cemetery, St. Mary’s Cemetery and Assumption Cemetery. A total of 269 vases were stolen valued at approximately $67,250.00, these thefts occurred between April 7, 2018 and September 24, 2018.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses, who may have observed incident or any persons who may have video surveillance. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 1233. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – VAM41 ANNUAL JURIED SHOW OF FINE ART

Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood welcomes artists from across the province to apply to its 41st Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. This prestigious art exhibition will kick-off the 2019 season of Mississauga’s cultural events.

VAM41 will showcase an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary visual arts works and selected works will be on display at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) from January 10 – March 15, 2019. The AGM is located at 300 City Centre Dr. in Mississauga. Awards will be generously sponsored by DeSerres and VAM.

Open to emerging and established artists living and working in Ontario, the entry deadline is midnight on Sunday, November 11, 2018. For submission information, click here or go to www.visulartsmississauga.com under the Exhibitions tab.

“This will be VAM’s 41st year celebrating the creative energy of established and emerging artists from around Ontario,” says VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “And this year also marks the 31st year that the Art Gallery of Mississauga has hosted this show. Our partnership with the AGM is indicative of the collaborative energy that flows between Mississauga’s arts, culture and heritage organizations. We thank the AGM team for showcasing this highly anticipated show with us.”

VAM is pleased to announce our distinguished panel of jurors for VAM41:

Charmaine Lurch is an award winning arts researcher and interdisciplinary artist. Her contribution to Canadian art has been influenced by a wealth of cultural experiences, academic studies and formal art education. Charmaine’s present research involves an examination of how anti-black racism creates a climate of invisibility and erasure of the experiences and agency of racially marked subjects in society.

Cole Swanson is an artist, educator, and curator based in Toronto. He holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto. Swanson has exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions in international venues including those in the USA, Brazil, Italy, China, Taiwan, and India. He is a two-time national fellowship winner through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (2007, 2014) for his research on miniature paintings and Jaipur school fresco techniques in Rajasthan.

Denis Longchamps is the recently appointed Executive Director at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo. From 2013 – 2018, Longchamps was the Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery Burlington, and from 2012 to 2013, he was the Exhibition and Publication Manager at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He received his PhD in art history in 2009 from Concordia University and was a research fellow at the Yale Centre for British Art in 2010.

Square One Opening Signals Change on Horizon for Canada’s Premier Personalized Gift Store

Take your gift giving to the next level! Things Engraved, Canada’s largest gifting company, is set to open a new location at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga on October 12, 2018. The official Grand Opening party with a theme of Cocktail Culture will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 13. As the country’s premier personalized gift store chain, the revamped store design marks a turning point for the Kitchener-based retailer.

“We’re a great Canadian success story, and it’s important that we support our local communities, so sourcing in Canada and contributing to the success of our neighbours is very important to us; it’s part of our DNA. Though we operate in every province across the country, each of our stores should feel like a local shop, complete with locally-made products.” – Shawn Brock, CEO, Things Engraved

CEO Shawn Brock anticipates a change in strategy will lead the company into a more personal, more unique future. “We’ve been in business since 1982, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep pace with today’s consumer. Our new store design is all about a better shopping experience for our customers, one that makes it very easy to find – and personalize – the perfect gift.”

As one of Canada’s top-ranked shopping centres, Square One provides an ideal environment for a bold reintroduction. The new store will feature distinctive branding elements that reinforce the benefits of gift giving, as well as the emotional experience of each step in the process, from first thought to afterthought. Festivities at the Grand Opening party will include music, balloons, giveaways and mocktails for people of all ages. On Sunday, shoppers have the chance to meet and greet a featured local artisan as part of the company’s new Locally Made Pop-Up Shop program.

In keeping with its community values, selected Things Engraved locations will feature a local craft artisan’s gift products alongside the company’s normal gift offerings. “The main goal of the program is to create a bridge between local Canadian makers and the broader national community that Things Engraved reaches,”elaborates Brock. In addition to Square One, Things Engraved looks forward to opening its second new store later this year, slated for McAllister Place in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Failte Irish Pub is having a 20th Anniversary Celebration

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**CONTEST TIME** Up for grabs is a Guinness Can Fridge Dispenser, Can shaped refrigerator that holds 16 cans of the REAL Black Gold! Also, you'll get a reserved table Saturday October 13th for you and three friends for our 20th Anniversary, complete with an appetizer AND you'll all receive prizes! All you need to do is Like, SHARE, Comment on this post. Retweet on Twitter or tag a friend on Instagram and your name will be put in the draw! Each action is a separate ballot so this complete all 5 and you get 5 entries into contest! Winner will be announced Thursday October 11th shorty after midnight! Must be 19+ to win. Good Luck Everyone! Cheers! We celebrate a major milestone and we can't wait to celebrate it with all of YOU! We have a ton in store for all, complimentary Smirnoff Vodka cocktails from our custom ice luge, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, Oysters by Clearwater Seafood, prizes and much more! Friday October 12th we have performance by the legendary Orangeman. Saturday October 13th we host The Doubts and as a special treat, we reunite one of the original bands of Failte irish Pub, the band who consistently brought us one of the best shows on our beloved St. Patrick's Day.. we reunite with, The Kitchen Party!!! Thank you for many great years everyone, we can't wait to entertain you for many, many more!

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