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From Bus to Plane: New MiWay Airport Express Travels along Mississauga Transitway to Toronto Pearson International Airport

Heading to work? Going on a business trip or on vacation? MiWay’s Route 100 – Airport Express is now operating every 16 minutes, Monday to Friday, along the city’s dedicated bus-only Mississauga Transitway.

MiWay riders can travel between 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Winston Churchill Station to Renforth Station and express to Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminals 1 and 3. Route 100 stops at all 12 transitway stations and offers connections to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), GO Transit bus service and Brampton Transit.

To celebrate the new Route 100 – Airport Express, which started service on October 29, Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council were joined by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Adrian Kupesic, Director, Public and Government Affairs on behalf of Alok Kanti, President and CEO, Bayer Inc; and Tullio Capulli, Vice President, Property Management and Leasing Office & Industrial, Eastern Canada, Morguard Brokerage.

“This new route offers a quick, efficient and more affordable way for residents, visitors and thousands of airport employees to get to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Mayor Crombie. “It is also good for business because it makes it easier for international companies such as Bayer Inc. and Morguard to move employees from the airport to their offices in Mississauga. By strengthening regionally connected transit, we are helping create jobs and grow our economy.”

Route 100 – Airport Express, was made possible in part from the Public Transit Infrastructure Funding program – an equal cost sharing funding program in which the City of Mississauga and the Government of Canada each contributed $58 million. The joint funding program is helping the City deliver service improvements that include the purchase of 13 new buses, 80 replacement buses and the rehabilitation of more than 280 buses, enabling the launch of new services and service improvements to existing routes along key commuter corridors including:

  • New Route 104 – Derry Express, connecting Meadowvale Town Centre with Westwood Square in Malton
  • More frequent service on Route 107 – Malton Express, which improved crosstown connections between downtown Mississauga and Humber College
  • More frequent service on Route 109 – Meadowvale Express, which improved crosstown connections between Meadowvale Town Centre and the TTC transit hub at Islington

“Mississauga residents now have better transit options to access the Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Minister Bains. “Our government is helping create a new route that will serve the growing needs of riders in Mississauga, whether they travel for work or pleasure.”

Route 100 is part of the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan from 2016-2020. The plan is moving Mississauga’s transit system to a grid network allowing more frequent buses along main corridors, improving connectivity to surrounding municipalities and making travel to Toronto Pearson International Airport easier.

“We congratulate the City of Mississauga on the launch of the Route 100 – Airport Express service, which will improve transit connectivity to Mississauga for our passengers and employees. Mississauga is home to more than 13,000 airport employees and many global businesses that rely on timely access to the airport,” said Howard Eng. “We look forward to continuing to work with the City and other surrounding municipalities to enhance Toronto Pearson’s regional transit connectivity as we work towards our vision of serving as the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s second major transit hub.”

Route 100 will serve customers in Mississauga’s downtown core and in the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre. These stops target Mississauga businesses, offering them an efficient way to travel to the airport.

“As a global organization, we frequently travel and welcome a great deal of guests through Toronto’s Pearson International Airport,” said Alok Kanti. “We are pleased to see that this expansion has been completed as it will lead to improved accessibility for our employees and those that we do business with.”

“Morguard owns and manages an extensive portfolio of commercial real estate, with properties and team members located across North America,” said Tullio Capulli. “Having a direct transit line between the airport and the Mississauga core, where our head office is located, is a great option for our tenants and our employees.”

Plan your MiWay trip on Route 100 – Airport Express by visiting miway.ca/planatrip or by calling 905-615-INFO(4636) for customized route and schedule information.

BACKGROUND:

MiWay is Mississauga’s transit service and the third largest municipal transit service in Ontario. MiWay services a high-growth population of more than 752,000, travelling across 179 kilometres. MiWay’s bus fleet of nearly 500 vehicles is fully accessible. MiWay provided more than 55 million annual boardings in 2017 across more than 80 bus routes. MiWay service connects with neighbouring transit systems including GO Transit, TTC, Brampton Transit and Oakville Transit.

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.

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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City of Mississauga Ranked Among Top 10 Locations in Canada

The City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Office has been named one of 10 local and regional groups representing Canada’s Best Locations by Site Selection magazine. The rankings are based on project data, regional partnership, proactive and innovative programming, quality data and web tools and resources.

“This recognition is proof that Mississauga’s economy is thriving and that our ongoing efforts to market our City and attract new business are resulting in significant investment and job creation,” said Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga. “Mississauga is a city where world-class businesses choose to invest, expand, compete and achieve success. Mississauga is open for business!”

The results are based on April 2017 to March 2018 corporate end-user facility investment and job creation data and the magazine’s own research. The selection process criteria include:

  • The number of new facilities and expansions per capita
  • Project capital investment per capita
  • Job creation per capita
  • Subjective analyses of website resources, programming and outreach efforts

To learn more about the top 10 Canadian economic development group rankings and recipients visit Site Selection.

About Site Selection

“Mississauga is honored to receive this recognition. It is a testament to our strong, diverse business community,” said Bonnie Brown, Director, Economic Development. “Our efforts, along with investments in infrastructure and transit, are helping attract more businesses to Mississauga – where the future is unlimited.”

Site Selection magazine is the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council. The magazine is published six times annually by Conway Inc. It delivers to over 45,000 executives responsible for site selection and facility planning decisions worldwide.