City of Mississauga Wins FEO’s “Municipality of the Year” Award

The City has been recognized by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) as the 2017 Municipality of the Year. This award acknowledges the best in municipal leadership, festivals and event partnerships in Ontario.

“The City of Mississauga is committed to offering our residents the highest quality of events, programs and experiences possible,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are honoured to receive this award which further emphasizes our dedication to becoming a dynamic, global city focused on creativity and innovation.”

The City’s Culture and Recreation Divisions submitted an application to FEO for the Municipality of the Year Award in November 2016. The award was accepted by City staff during an awards gala in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, March 3, 2017.

“We believe festivals and events allow us to celebrate our traditions, share our unique culture and enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “In 2016, Mississauga’s outdoor venues operated at maximum capacity while we hosted many hugely successful events including the 2016 Ontario Summer Games. So, to be recognized as Municipality of the Year by Festivals and Events Ontario is an award we are most proud of.”

FEO offers this award in three population categories: less than 50,000; 50,000 to 150,000; and more than 150,000. The City won in the 150,000+ category.

Front row: (L to R) Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services; Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division; Ward 9 Councillor, Pat Saito; Ward 10 Councillor, Sue McFadden; Sonja Banic, Manager, Culture Operations; and Karen Ferreira, Manager (A), Mississauga Celebration Square. Back row: (L to R) Ward 3 Councillor, Chris Fonseca; Ward 5 Councillor, Carolyn Parrish; Ward 2 Councillor, Karen Ras; Ward 11 Councillor, George Carlson; Ward 8 Councillor, Matt Mahoney; Ward 4 Councillor, John Kovac; Ward 6 Councillor, Ron Starr; Ward 1 Councillor, Jim Tovey; and Ward 7 Councillor, Nando Iannicca.

“With the opening of Mississauga Celebration Square in 2011Streetsville Village Square in 2015, our Festival and Celebrations grant program and an ongoing commitment to Sport and Tourism, the City is working to maintain an environment in which festivals and events can thrive,” added Mitcham. “This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the event organizers who produce amazing events throughout the city. There are several that were also honored with FEO awards and many more that continue to add to the vibrancy and popularity of the high quality festivals and events held in Mississauga.”

A Tourist’s Guide to Mississauga

Explore the top five unique neighbourhoods of the city.

Now that the snow has finally melted, it’s time to explore what Mississauga has to offer. From the spectacular waterfront to the exciting downtown core, Mississauga has many communities with their own distinct identity. Take the time to visit these five districts filled with heritage houses, modern construction and beautiful parks that shape the city.

  1. Clarkson
Benares Historic House
Benares Historic House in Clarkson

Clarkson is the oldest Mississauga community and features a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services. Just a short distance away is Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, where the trail leads you through mature forests, floodplain features and a green ash swamp. To learn more about the history of the area, travel back in time with a visit to the Bradley Museum and the Benares Historic House.

  1. Downtown
Mississauga Civic Centre
Mississauga Civic Centre in City Centre

At the heart of the city, Mississauga’s downtown is home to the Civic CentreCelebration Square, the Central Library, the Living Arts Centre, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Ontario’s largest shopping mall, Square One Shopping Centre. It’s always buzzing with activities, festivals and concerts for everyone to enjoy. Whether you love shopping, entertainment or learning, downtown Mississauga has it all.

  1. Meadowvale
Meadowvale Theatre
Meadowvale Theatre

Meadowvale is one of the most active communities in Mississauga, filled with many parks and trails. To get your body moving, stop at Lake Aquitaine Park for stunning views of a man-made lake and get your workout on at the six exercise stations around the pathway loop. If you love live performances, check out Meadowvale Theatre to experience all aspects of the performing arts, including music, drama, comedy, dance and musical theatre.

  1. Port Credit
Port Credit Harbour
Beautiful Port Credit Harbour on Lake Ontario

As one of the city’s top cultural, entertainment and culinary districts, Port Credit’s old fashioned atmosphere is an incredible experience in Mississauga. With over 400 shops and exceptional restaurants as well as exciting festivals and events, this lakeside neighbourhood is a place you can’t miss. For nature lovers, the Waterfront Trail runs through Port Credit and offers popular paths for walking, cycling and rollerblading in the city.

  1. Streetsville
Streetsville Village Square
Streetsville Village Square

Streetsville has a small town charm that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood with many restaurants, bakeries and cafés that offer an assortment of dining options from formal afternoon tea to casual fish and chips. This lively area is a great place to discover, whether you are meeting for a coffee, enjoying an ice cream or listening to a musical performance.

Pick up a map, grab a friend and go explore these wonderful parts of Mississauga. To learn more about what the city has to offer, visit discovermississauga.ca.

Sheridan Celebrates Grand Opening of Campus Expansion

Mississauga, ON:  Today marked the official opening of the long-awaited Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) expansion, a 5-storey, 225,000 square foot building known as the HMC B-Wing that will increase enrolment capacity in Mississauga to over 5,600 students.  The event drew over 200 guests, including provincial and municipal elected officials, donors and industry partners.

Dr. Mary Preece opened the formal proceedings and acknowledged the $67.7 million in infrastructure funding  provided by the provincial government to support the construction of B-Wing.  She also thanked the City of Mississauga for its donation of the land on which HMC is situated, as well as the many private donors who contributed to Sheridan’s Get Creative Fundraising Campaign, which raised $9 million to support the expansion.

Those in attendance included The Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development; The Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and MPP – Mississauga South; The Hon Dipika Damerla, Minister of Senior Affairs and MPP – Mississauga East – Cooksville; and Amrit Mangat, MPP – Mississauga – Brampton South.

Hazel McCallion, Sheridan’s inaugural Chancellor, noted that “I’m so proud to be the first Chancellor of this great institution, that is making it possible for our young people to go out in the world, and make a difference – in other words, to prepare them not to fear the future, but to shape it.”

“Investing in high-quality postsecondary education is about more than expanding access and affordability,” said Minister Matthews.  “It is also about investing in innovative learning spaces that provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experience in state-of-the-art facilities – experience that will help them get the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The Ontario Government is proud to support the energy efficient expansion of Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus. I know it will serve students well for decades.”

“Supporting the development of state-of-the-art facilities, like the Sheridan College Hazel McCallion campus, is part of our plan to build up our highly skilled workforce and grow our economy,” said Minister Sousa.  “Providing greater access to innovative postsecondary learning spaces will enable Ontario students to develop the new skills they need for our changing economy.”

“The just completed phase 2 of Sheridan College Hazel McCallion campus more than doubles capacity,” said Minister Damerla.  “This much needed expansion gives Ontario’s third largest city a state-of-the-art college that it deserves. This is a big win for Mississauga.”

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Council, we join Sheridan in celebrating the official opening of Phase Two of the Hazel McCallion Campus, located on nearly nine acres of prime land made possible through a partnership between Mississauga and Sheridan,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Sheridan’s Mississauga campus is located directly on the planned Hurontario LRT route. This will make it easier for students, faculty and staff to get to and from campus. Investing in education is city-building and this occasion marks another milestone as we move ahead with our plans for a complete city – a place where people can earn an education, find a well-paying job and enjoy an unrivalled quality of life right here in Mississauga.”

“During this exciting period in our City’s evolution, we celebrate the continued revitalization of our downtown core with the successful completion of Sheridan College’s Phase 2 building,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “As the local City Councillor for Ward 4, I am grateful to have been a part of our City’s collaboration with Sheridan and welcome all of the students attending class here.  I thank all those who have been so hard at work, helping to realize Mississauga’s and Sheridan’s shared vision for a thriving downtown.”

Attendees had the opportunity to explore a variety of interactive exhibits, all reflective of one of the event’s twin themes:  creativity and sustainability.  They included a public exhibit in the Creative Campus Gallery entitled “human:  purposeful creativity for our communities”; a sustainability living lab; and a display from the Material Connexion Library, a first-in-Canada collection of innovative materials for interior design and architecture that is housed in the new facility.

About the New Building:

HMC B-Wing was designed by Moriyama & Teshima and Montgomery Sisam – Architects in joint venture, and embodies Sheridan’s Creative Campus philosophy and commitment to sustainability.  Its features include a creativity commons where students can mingle and collaborate; a public Gallery showcasing the creativity of the Sheridan community; and the Institute for Creativity.

Programs offered in the building include a grouping related to sustainable built environment, including Architectural Technology, Interior Design, and Interior Decorating.  Programs in Advertising , Marketing and Visual Merchandising complement the business diploma and degree programs that have been offered at HMC since its opening in 2011.

The building is built to LEED Silver specifications with potential for Gold.  Sustainability features include smart building infrastructure, zero waste foundations, water efficiency and reuse, lighting and ventilation as well as the use of sustainable materials.

Artist Selected for Riverwood – Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150)  Public Art Project

The City of Mississauga has commissioned artist Marc Fornes and his studio THEVERYMANY to create a permanent public art sculpture at Riverwood entitled Pine Sanctuaryin celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The artwork will be installed at the entrance to the park and is part of the overall rehabilitation of Riverwood. The public art installation and Riverwood upgrades were supported with a grant of up to $745,630 from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150).  

Pine Sanctuary will be a recognizable landmark that reflects the natural and cultural heritage ofMississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This extraordinary sculpture, made possible with the generous support of our federal partners, will encourage new visitors as well as those who call Mississauga home, to get out and explore all that our city has to offer.”

An open Call to Artists was issued in early 2016. Fornes and THEVERMANY were selected by an Art Selection Committee along with public input to create the piece.

“Riverwood is a perfect location for our newest public art piece. It was identified as an area that provides cultural value and a rich opportunity for interpretation through public art in the City’s Public Art Master Plan,”said Councillor Ron Starr, Ward 6.

“The City of Mississauga contributed approximately $854,370 to the overall Riverwood project which also included repairs and accessibility upgrades to the Chappell House and fire safety standard improvements to the Visual Arts Mississauga Building,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer.

The City of Mississauga was awarded up to $2.1 million in Government of Canada funding for 25 infrastructure rehabilitation projects in Intake 1. The approved City Intake 1 projects include:

  • the rehabilitation of 14 trails;
  • nine playgrounds; and
  • two specific renovation projects at Lake Aquitaine Park and Riverwood.

“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will preserve and improve our community infrastructure, so that Canadians and their families can enjoy moments of art, culture, sport, and leisure for years to come. I am proud to see Riverwood benefit from this program,” said Omar Alghabra, Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre.

CIP 150 will allow Canadians to enjoy upgraded community facilities such as parks, trails, cultural and community centres. The program will also help to create a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The artwork will be installed in July 2017.

About Riverwood

Riverwood is an environmentally and culturally significant natural area in Mississauga. It is home to the Chappell Estate and the offices of The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) and Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM). Other amenities include trails, gardens, woodlands, wildlife habitats and views of the Credit River which runs through the site.