Category Archives: City of Mississauga

Mississauga Offers Property to Habitat for Humanity

The City of Mississauga is moving forward on affordable housing in partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build two semi-detached homes with legal basement apartments on a vacant property to accommodate eight households in total.

The property is a former fire station located at 3136 Victory Crescent in Malton.

“Mississauga’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity demonstrates the City’s commitment to finding ways to increase the supply of affordable ownership and rental housing in the city,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Affordable housing is a priority identified in the City’s Strategic Plan, and we will continue to work toward meeting the demands of our growing population.”

Habitat for Humanity will be responsible for demolishing the fire station, debris removal, decommissioning the oil tank onsite and for all building permits and development charges. It will receive the property for $2.

“Bold, creative actions are needed to help address the critical shortage of affordable housing in Mississauga, including the Malton community,” said Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Ward 5. “The City’s efforts with Habitat for Humanity will result in an affordable place to live for up to eight families, generate revenue through property taxes and add families to a very welcoming neighbourhood.”

The City of Mississauga is developing an affordable housing program in collaboration with the Region of Peel, the provincial and federal governments and other private and public sector organizations. The program is expected to be established by the end of 2016.

Be an Ontario Summer Games Volunteer

Mississauga is the official host city for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games, taking place August 11 to 14. Athletes, ages 13 to 17, from all regions of Ontario will compete against fellow provincial athletes. With less than six months to go, the City is assembling its volunteer team and is taking applications.

Games volunteers will be part of the largest event in Ontario Games history as they welcome 3,500 athletes, 500 officials, 700 coaches and managers and many visitors, spectators from around the province to Mississauga. Becoming a volunteer is a great way to earn high school volunteer hours, build lasting relationships and engage and inspire the community.

More than 1,000 volunteers will be required for roles like welcoming athletes, their families and coaches, working at Games venues, providing information for spectators and helping members of the media and dignitaries.

All Ontario Summer Games volunteers must:

– be 16 years of age or older;
– pass a Police Vulnerable Records Check;
– be available during August 11 to 14 inclusive; and
– available to attend an orientation session on one of the following evenings: July 25, 26, or 27.

Interested in this Unique Opportunity?
Volunteer applications can be completed online at games.sportforge.com/games/summer2016/views/modules/volunteer/registration. The online volunteer application captures information about skills and experience, preferences and availability. July 13 is the deadline to submit all volunteer applications.

Questions about volunteering can be directed to osgvolunteer@mississauga.ca.

The 2016 Ontario Summer Games will combine both winter and summer sporting events together. These Games will showcase 34 sporting events staged at 20 locations throughout Mississauga and a few other neighbouring municipalities.

For more information about the Ontario Summer Games, visit: osgmississauga.ca or follow @OSGMississauga on Twitter.

City Announces New Culture Director

The City of Mississauga has appointed Paul Damaso as Director, Culture Division effective March 30, 2016. Damaso has been the City’s Acting Director, Culture Division since 2015.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Paul since he joined the Community Services Department in 2010,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “Paul’s wealth of experience will serve him well as he continues to lead his team through sound leadership, guidance and excellence as they continue to deliver impressive culture programing within the community.”

Reporting to the Commissioner, Community Services, Damaso will be responsible for managing all business functions of the Culture Division including responsibility for Museums of Mississauga, Heritage, Cultural Planning, Public Art, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga Celebration Square, Culture Programs and the Film Office.

In his previous role, Damaso was the Manager of Celebration Square before becoming Manager, Culture Operations. Prior to joining the City, Damaso held roles including the Manager of Children and Youth Services with St. Christopher House, Director of National Projects with ParticipACTION, Project Manager with the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services and Executive Director of Brampton Safe City.

Damaso joined the City as Manager of Corporate Marketing and Promotions in 2005.

Damaso holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from York University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester.

Pearson Airport Central to Transit Planning, Region-Building, Economic Development: Mayor Crombie

Toronto – We need to build regionally-integrated transit and any plan to undertake new transit initiatives in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) must consider a role for Toronto Pearson Airport, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today.

Mayor Crombie made the comments during the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s 2016 Aviation Summit. Mayor Crombie participated in multiple panels that included elected officials and industry experts, Toronto Pearson CEO Howard Eng and Leslie Woo, Metrolinx’s Chief Planning Officer.

“It starts by thinking differently about Pearson Airport,” Mayor Crombie said. “Pearson is more than just an airport – it is a regional and national asset that must be utilized.” Mayor Crombie added that “Pearson Airport is a hub of economic development, job creation, international trade, travel and transportation.”

“All levels of government need to incorporate Pearson Airport into their public policy and strategic planning goals.”

“Whether directly or indirectly, all roads and rails must lead to Toronto Pearson,” Mayor Crombie said, citing Mississauga’s efforts to drive forward new regionally-integrated transit plans like the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT), along with the ongoing development of the MiWay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Transitway.

“In 2017, the Renforth Gateway BRT station is scheduled to open. The station will help make travel to Pearson Airport and the Bloor-Danforth subway line easier via Highway 427,” Mayor Crombie said. “Our vision for all-day two-way Go Train service on the Milton and Kitchener GO Train lines with the Missing Link plan will further move people throughout the Western GTA and will allow for greater access to the airport.”

“In our conversations with Mayor Tory and the City of Toronto, we are exploring opportunities that will one day see SmartTrack further connected to transit that leads to Pearson Airport.”

“We support a vision that reimagines Toronto Pearson as the Union Station of the GTA West and Mississauga is ready to do its part to make this happen,” Mayor Crombie said.

Beyond transportation, Mayor Crombie singled out the importance of Pearson to Mississauga and the GTA’s overall economy. Pearson Airport is Mississauga’s largest employer (41,100 people). The aerospace industry is responsible for 25,000 jobs in Mississauga.

“Put simply, what is good for Pearson Airport’s economic prospects are good for Mississauga’s own economy,” Mayor Crombie said, adding that “we chose the arrival gates of Pearson to launch the Mississauga International Partnership Program Committee (MIPP) – a new working group to attract and retain foreign-direct investment.”

“Each day a wealth of economic opportunity flows from Canada’s largest airport into our community. It is critical that we position ourselves to compete effectively in the global market place.”

Mayor Crombie concluded that “as we look toward the future, with plans to build a more thriving and promising Mississauga and GTA, the success of Pearson Airport is central to transit planning, region-building and unleashing new economic development opportunities.”

Transportation (Ride Sharing) Network Companies Directed to Suspend Operation as Review Continues

At this week’s General Committee meeting, Council passed a motion directing transportation network companies (TNCs) to suspend operations in Mississauga as the City’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee (PVAC) continues a review of these companies currently operating illegally in Mississauga.
 
Highlights of the motion includes:
• directing TNCs and drivers to suspend operation within Mississauga until amendments to the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law are made;
• City staff continuing to enforce the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law and charge all drivers;
• Staff to report back on TNC related charges under the City’s Public Vehicle Licensing By-law;
• Federal and Provincial government be requested to undertake legislative changes to regulate TNCs to ensure that TNCs are regulated consistently across municipalities in Ontario;
• PVAC holds an open education session and makes its recommendations to Council. 

“We need a safe and fair system where everyone operates under the law,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are taking the time and doing the work to ensure we have a level playing field.”
 
“The motion directing TNCs to suspend operations will give us time to ensure we have the best option for Mississauga,” said Ron Starr Ward 6 Councillor and Public Vehicle Advisory Committee Chair. “Further review will be done at the City’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee.”

“Technology is changing many industries,” said Carolyn Parrish Ward 5 Councillor and Public Vehicle Vice Chair. “Our job is to manage the transition and make it fair. Review at the City’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee will help us achieve that.”

The motion will be on the March 9, 2016 Council agenda for final approval.
 
Background
 
Public Vehicle Licensing By-law
The City of Mississauga’s Public Vehicle Licensing By-law regulates transportation services provided by public vehicles (taxis and limousines.) This bylaw ensures public and consumer safety, driver safety and consumer protection for public vehicle transportation services.  TNCs are currently operating in Mississauga unlicensed.
 
Studies and Reports
Two studies were conducted by the City of Mississauga.
 
Taxicab and Accessible Plate Issuance Models and Taxi Fares
The study and report includes recommendations on the by-law provisions to issue taxicab plates and accessible taxicab plates as well as the setting of fares.
Study of Regulation of Transportation Network Companies A study and report was prepared on how other jurisdictions (Canada, United States, Europe) are regulating TNCs and to evaluate policy alternatives.