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.

Exciting New Development: AOTC launches On-line Gallery in September

Arts on the Credit is delighted to announce that in September, art lovers will be able to purchase art from selected artists that have participated in the AOTC shows – all year round – another chance to purchase from our outstanding artists! https://www.artsonthecredit.ca/art-shop

“Arts on the Credit is an art tour like no other”, says founder and organizer, Marie Payne, “The entire Port Credit business community gets involved and local artists are hosted by generous shop owners along Lakeshore Road. Our tour is walkable and accessible, with fantastic restaurants all along the route, making it a complete experience of original art, fabulous food and refreshments, and live music at some locations.”

The Arts on the Credit art tour includes fine art, paintings and photography, and 3-dimensional work such as blown and fused glass, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, and wood carving. Arts on the Credit carefully juries and selects quality work, attracting participation from both local and GTA artists who will be available to chat and explain the stories behind their creations, there is always a story to be told!

The tour takes place along Lakeshore Road in the east, central and west village of Port Credit. As always, the tour is FREE, and is walkable and accessible with thousands of quality art-related gifts available just in time for the coming holiday season. For those visitors who complete the tour & submit their “tour passport” there are also fabulous draw prizes. A map is available at  http://artsonthecredit.ca/arts-on-the-credit-tour/ with detailed information about this year’s participating artists.

Mayor Crombie Welcomes Professional Soccer to Mississauga

Mayor Crombie officially welcomed the MetroStars, the first team to join the Canadian Major Arena Soccer League Team, to Mississauga.

“It’s clear; Mississauga is a ‘soccer city ’ and we are thrilled to be stepping up on the world stage and welcoming Canada’s first professional soccer team to our City. Soccer transcends language and culture; it’s the most popular sport in the world and is a unifying force for our diverse City.  Simply put, it brings our community together” said Mayor Crombie.

“The MetroStars are excited to bring Major Arena Soccer League action to Mississauga. This is a world-class City with incredible soccer communities and we are proud to showcase Mississauga in our professional franchise name,” said Serge Giancola, President and CEO of the Mississauga MetroStars.

Mayor Crombie was proud to be standing next to the MetroStars from day one and will continue to support the team as they prepare for their first match as Mississauga’s first professional soccer team.

The City’s very own Paramount Fine Foods Centre will serve as the headquarters and training centre for the Mississauga MetroStars.

The City is also exploring building a multi-use sports stadium with the capacity to host large-scale events such as Canadian Premier League, World Cup soccer, cricket, field hockey and much more. A feasibility study is currently underway with results to become public in the next year.

For more information on the MetroStars follow @saugaarenasocc1 on Twitter.

Celebrate Design that Moves Us at the 35th Mississauga Urban Design Awards Ceremony

Design that Moves Us is the focus of this year’s theme for the Mississauga Urban Design Awards, which looks at how urban design can motivate people to be active and move around the city.

On Thursday, September 20, the Mississauga Urban Design Awards ceremony will be the 35th celebration of design excellence. Four awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Award of Excellence
  • Award of Merit
  • Award of Heathy by Design
  • People’s Choice Award

What: 35th Mississauga Urban Design Awards Ceremony

Where: Sheridan College, Hazel McCallion Campus
B-Wing, Creativity Commons (2nd Floor)
4226 Duke of York Blvd.
Mississauga, ON
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When: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Who: Speakers and Presenters:

  • Mayor Bonnie Crombie (TBC)
  • Lesley Pavan, Director, Development and Design, City of Mississauga
  • Edward Nicolucci, Acting Manager, Urban Design, Development and Design, City of Mississauga
  • Erinma Chibututu, Urban Designer, Development and Design, City of Mississauga

2018 Urban Design Jury Members:

  • Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac
  • Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building, City of Mississauga
  • Paul Sharma, Director, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division, Peel Public Health, Region of Peel
  • Ken Snell, Professor, School of Architectural Technology, Sheridan College
  • David Dow, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Christine Abe, Principal, The MBTW Group

The Mississauga Urban Design Awards is the longest running municipal urban design program in Ontario. For more information about the 2018 Mississauga Urban Design Awards including the list of nominees, please visit mississauga.ca/urbandesignawards.

Microsoft Announces New Canadian Headquarters in Downtown Toronto

Facility part of a series of investments by Microsoft in Canada over the next four years

Microsoft says moving to a new facility at 81 Bay Street (CIBC SQUARE) will enable the company to better serve its customers, collaborate with its technology partners and to attract top talent to a central location, one well served by transit and more accessible to universities and innovative new tech start-ups.

“Increasingly, Canada is being recognized as a global leader in technology and the investments we are making today and into the future will help ensure Canada continues to be a hotbed of innovation,” said Microsoft Canada President Kevin Peesker. “By relocating our headquarters to downtown Toronto, we will be able to better serve our customers and attract top talent to continue to drive innovation and growth for our Canadian customers and our large partner ecosystem.”

Comprising 132,000 square feet over four floors of the 81 Bay Street building now under construction, the new Microsoft Canada headquarters is a significant investment in Toronto’s tech cluster. Currently, Microsoft employs more than 2,300 employees across Canada, and supports an extended ecosystem of more than 14,000 trusted partners who sell, service or deploy Microsoft products. The company expects that given the pace of technology and the investments it is making that the Microsoft ecosystem could account for more than 60,000 new jobs by the time its new headquarters opens in two years.

“Our Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan is working. Leading tech companies are setting up offices across Canada, hiring Canadian talent, and investing in Canada’s enormous potential as an innovation and tech hub. Microsoft’s latest investment in Canada – totaling $570 million – will create hundreds of new jobs and benefit several cities, from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal. I know our highly-skilled, diverse workforce will continue to attract tech investment in record numbers – growing our economy and creating new opportunities for Canadians across the country,” said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minster of Canada.

“This announcement by Microsoft offers yet more evidence of the strength of Toronto as a global technology centre, and as a desirable home for major corporations. By choosing South Core as its new home, Microsoft is embracing one of the hottest new areas of downtown and Toronto welcomes them with open arms,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory.

Investment in Canada

Microsoft has had a headquarters in Canada since 1985, and during that time has injected billions of dollars into the Canadian economy including, most recently, the opening of two datacentres (Toronto and Quebec), an innovation hub in Vancouver, and an artificial intelligence lab in Montreal. Other investments since 2015, include:

  • $111M in Azure credits into the startup ecosystem by supporting 5,700 start-ups
  • donating more than $178 million in cash, software and technology services to Canadian non-profits; and
  • enabling employees to contribute up to 100,000 person-hours annually of volunteer time in support of worthy causes, representing an equivalent dollar value of $10million

In addition to today’s announcement, Microsoft Canada intends to:

  • grow staff by more than 500 full-time employees, with an additional 500 co-ops/internships by 2022
  • invest $21 M in Azure credits to the Canada’s Supercluster initiative
  • invest $10M over 5 years into Cascadia innovation corridor which is formed between Washington and British Columbia to create new economic opportunities
  • invest more than $570M in next 3 years in fixed assets in the country, including relocation and expansion of its research and development lab in Montreal, relocation of its Vancouver sales office, renovation and redesign of its Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal sales offices, and the relocation of its Canadian Headquarters

Construction of the new Microsoft Canada headquarters at 81 Bay Street (CIBC SQUARE) is underway with occupancy expected for September 2020. CIBC SQUARE is a project by Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines.

About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq “MSFT”) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering innovation, prosperity and security through great software – any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.