City Revises New Year’s Eve Event Schedule Due to Extreme Cold Weather Conditions

The City has revised the schedule for its New Year’s Eve event on Celebration Square due to extreme cold weather conditions.

The event has been shortened and will begin at 11:30 p.m., featuring Shaun Frank and Delaney Jane live on stage, followed by fireworks at midnight.

Those attending the event are advised to dress appropriately for the weather. The City will continue to monitor weather conditions and make further adjustments, if necessary.

Revised Schedule of Events: 8 p.m. to midnight

8 to 11:30 p.m. Skating rink open
11:30 p.m. Shaun Frank with Delaney Jane perform live on stage
11:59 p.m. Countdown to 2018
Midnight Fireworks

(Please note that the fireworks are weather dependant. If the wind speeds are high, it may be unsafe to launch fireworks. The City will continue to monitor conditions and update through social media channels.)

Winter Tree Wraps are Back – Get Ready for a Magnificent Sun-SET in Mississauga’s Downtown

Need something to warm you up this winter season? How about a magnificent Sun-SET.

Residents and visitors travelling through Mississauga’s downtown will see a spectacular Sun-SET along the Hurontario Street median. The Winter Tree Wraps are a temporary public art display that add colour and vitality to Mississauga’s downtown streetscape during the winter months. Created by Polymétis, a Toronto-based architectural design firm, Sun-SET features a series of vibrantly printed fabrics that span across 45 burlap-covered oak trees.

“Artists Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft designed the art piece to infuse our city with vibrancy and colour during the winter months,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division. “In addition to signalling a new dawn for the City in the face of new projects, Sun-SET also addresses the theme of environmental stewardship and our appreciation for Mississauga’s natural resources.”

This year’s tree wrap theme was Future Directions, as it related to concepts such as city building, transit infrastructure and climate change.

In August, the City held a public art competition calling for proposals from artists to create the temporary public art piece for the Winter Tree Wraps. Proposals were reviewed by an independent jury made up of arts professionals and subject matter experts. Sun-SET was recommended by the jury and Polymétis was awarded the commission.

Damaso added, “Public art, like Sun-SET, fosters community pride and contributes to a sense of identity for residents, visitors and surrounding businesses.”

The temporary public art piece will be on display until spring 2018.

For more information on Sun-SET or about the City’s other temporary public art projects, visit

Mississauga Receives $2.3 Million in Provincial Funding to Improve Cycling Networks

The City of Mississauga is one of 120 municipalities that will receive funding from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Grant Program announced on December 4 by the Government of Ontario. Mississauga is receiving $2.3 million to build better cycling networks along busy routes and support safe cycling.

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we welcome this important city-building investment being made by the Government of Ontario to improve and build new bike lanes and cycling infrastructure throughout Mississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Council and staff remain committed to ensuring residents and visitors can safely get to work, school and around our community using cycling; and continue to enjoy healthy active lifestyles.”

When the grant program was unveiled earlier this year, it was announced the Government of Ontario would invest $42.5 million for new bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure. This is now increased to $93 million. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan. Funding was determined by the size of the municipality.

“As part of a two-tiered municipal government, Mississauga and the Region of Peel are splitting the funding, with the Region of Peel receiving $4.2 million and the City receiving $2.3 million in the first year of a four-year program,” said City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, Janice Baker. “This funding will help the City continue to work toward our strategic goal of making our city more pedestrian and cycling friendly by improving infrastructure along heavily-travelled routes.”

“This funding is well-timed as it coincides with the update of the 2010 Cycling Master Plan that is currently underway,” said Commissioner of Transportation and Works, Geoff Wright. “This will give us more capacity to continue to build our cycling infrastructure network and allow us to complete projects such as the Burnhamthorpe Road East multi-use trail.”

Some of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Grant Program approved key projects that were also part of the 2010 Cycling Master Plan include:

Project Name Description
Burnhamthorpe Road East Multi-use Trail  • Will complete the east/west multi-use trail along Burnhamthorpe Road and connect to the north/south Etobicoke Creek Trail
Mavis Road Multi-use Trail • Multi-use trail along Mavis Road from Courtneypark Drive to 407 near the Brampton border
Lakeshore Corridor Trail • Development of a new east/west multi-use trail that will connect Mississauga to Oakville just north of Winston Churchill Boulevard at Royal Windsor Drive to Westfield Drive (west of Stanfield Road and south of the Queensway)
• Joint project with the Region of Peel Active Transportation Plan
Hydro Corridor East Trail • Development of a new north/south multi-use trail that runs north and south from Dundas Street to Audubon Boulevard
• Will connect to the trail at Tahoe Station (Mississauga Transitway)

The grant funding will cover up to 80 per cent of the project cost. Projects that use cycling grant funds must be completed by December 30, 2020.

For more information on the full list of approved projects, please see the corporate report from the October 18, 2017 agenda.