Cities Must be Made Whole: City of Mississauga Responds to Devastating Financial Impacts of Bill 23

Today, at a Special Council Meeting, City staff provided an overview of Bill 23, the Build More Homes Faster Act, 2022 and its potential impacts on Mississauga. The Bill introduces changes, which, if approved, would significantly limit the City’s ability to provide important housing-related infrastructure and services resulting in increased costs for Mississauga residents.

“We want to work with the province to build more housing and while we agree that bold action needs to be taken, it can’t be done at the expense of our city and ultimately, our taxpayers. Cities can’t be expected to fund provincial incentives to help bring more affordability to the market. Right now, we have no guarantees from either level of government that cities will be made whole and that’s extremely concerning. If passed, this legislation puts our plans to build and maintain parks and open spaces, libraries, fire stations, sewers, roads and public transit that future and existing residents need and deserve on hold. Our Council works hard each day to deliver fairness for taxpayers and I encourage the government to find a solution that doesn’t put the gains we’ve made at risk.”

Mayor Crombie

According to the staff report, the City stands to lose over $800 million in revenue over the next 10 years. This includes more than $320 million for growth-related infrastructure and a staggering 70 per cent loss of revenues collected for the purchase of parkland. The shortfall stems from Bill 23’s proposed changes to development charges and parkland dedication.

“Building complete communities requires cooperation with the private sector and all levels of government,” said Shari Lichterman, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “Cities are facing significant financial impacts but there is no guarantee that developers will be required to pass any savings resulting from lower growth and parkland charges on to new homeowners. This must be addressed because as it stands, the quality of life in our communities will suffer at the expense of developer profits.”

In addition to the projected loss of revenue, the staff report highlights the impact Bill 23 could have on affordable housing. The legislation proposes to reduce or eliminate the few tools municipalities have to deliver affordable housing.  For example:

  • The proposed five per cent cap for inclusionary zoning (IZ) units will result in a minimum of 30 per cent fewer affordable units than the City anticipated when it passed its IZ policy earlier this year.
  • The shift to a market-based definition of affordability for IZ units would mean that the vast majority of Mississauga’s essential workforce would be priced out of these homes.
  • Rental protection laws would be removed or scaled back.

As part of the province’s overall 1.5 million new homes target, Mississauga must pledge to build 120,000 homes in the next ten years (approximately 12,000 units a year).

“We welcome growth in Mississauga and have a robust plan to build more housing, including allowing for unlimited height and density in our downtown and gentle density in our neighbourhoods. But, as we build more supply, we can’t forget about affordability,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “Given the depth of the affordability issues across Ontario, the Province must continue to protect rental housing and ensure that the supply of affordable housing continues to grow alongside market units.”

The City already has policies in place that will assist Mississauga in achieving the provincial targets, however, the staff report questions whether the development industry is prepared to bring those units to market given economic conditions, persistent labour and material challenges.

The staff report also outlines concerns echoed by many stakeholders around the potential impacts on Ontario’s heritage, natural environment and the ability to adapt to climate change. Of note for Mississauga is the new proposed “Ecological Offsetting” policy which would set a dangerous precedent by chipping away at the amount of natural spaces covered by the City’s Natural Heritage System.

Today’s report, which was endorsed by City Council, authorizes staff to submit detailed comments on Bill 23 to the Government of Ontario during the consultation period.

Credit Valley Conservation Named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

For the third year in a row, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers (2022).

CVC was recognized for its many green initiatives, including a commitment to making its vehicle fleet fully electric by 2035, an employee uniform recycling program and organic composting. CVC is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and investing in low impact development approaches to sustainably manage stormwater on its properties.

CVC’s head office includes a LEED gold-certified building, new electric vehicle charging stations and a permeable parking lot that allows rainwater to filter naturally into the ground. In 2022, the organization will be installing an innovative “smart blue roof” to manage stormwater onsite.

“As a leading environmental organization, we are proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the third year in a row. This award reflects the accomplishments made by our dedicated staff and our continuing commitment to protect and restore the local environment.”

Quentin Hanchard, Chief Administrative Officer at CVC

In addition to environmental initiatives, CVC continues its commitment of giving back to the community. Each year, staff volunteer and raise money to support charitable organizations like the Eden Food Bank, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, and the Peel Children’s Aid Society.

CVC continues to support residents, businesses and partners in government with vital services like land use planning, environmental stewardship, flood forecasting and warning, environmental inventory and monitoring, environmental education, source water protection, outdoor recreation and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Canada’s Greenest Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness. Learn more about CVC’s accomplishments at https://reviews.canadastop100.com/top-employer-credit-valley-conservation.

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drain into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

Local Arts Stars Awarded – Tickets on sale NOW for the 27th Annual Mississauga Arts Awards!

Live and in-person, Mississauga Arts Council (MAC)’s 27th Mississauga Arts Awards (The MARTYS), takes place on Thursday, May 19th, 2022 at the Mississauga Convention Centre. Tickets are now available to attend The MARTYS, the most comprehensive civic arts awards program in Canada.

“There is no better time to celebrate the achievements and the resilience of professional artists than now.” says MAC’s Executive Director, Mike Douglas. “This MARTYS will be emotionally packed and more important than ever before. Our City’s artists are recovering from two terrible years, adapting and prevailing through the pandemic. This community revival will spotlight the finalists and winners with much deserved recognition.” 

Hosted by award-winning folk rock singer/songwriter, Matt Zaddy, with co-host jazz singer/songwriter, JACELYN the event features performances from Ukrainian artist, Marta Shpak singing the Ukraine national anthem and O Canada. Guests will enjoy Canada’s Got Talent stars Shadow Entertainmentand musical performances from Gabriela Rodgers and fusion instrumentalist band Five and Tens

The MARTYS kicks off at 6:00 PM at the Mississauga Convention Centre, with a red carpet photo gallery and cocktails, followed at 7:00 PM with dinner, presentations, entertainment and the Awards wrapping up by 10:30 PM. To learn more about the awards, watch a recap of our last in-person MARTY Awards from 2019 here: https://youtu.be/zz2Ez89BlPg

Tickets are selling fast, there are less than 400 left. Tickets are $90 (MAC member rate $75) and a full table of ten is only $800. Get your tickets atmississaugaartscouncil.com/events/the-marty-awards/.

The 2022 MARTY Awards will follow all provincial COVID-19 guidelines and precautions. For your protection, masks are strongly encouraged and hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue. Social distancing options for seating are available upon request. Contact Susan Durnin, MAC’s Administration Lead, admin@mississaugaartscouncil.com for more information.

About The Mississauga Arts Awards: 
The Mississauga Arts Awards (The MARTYS) are the Mississauga Arts Council’s annual award celebration honouring outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts and cultural activity in our City. Each year we seek to recognize honourees whose work helps transform and advance our communities through art. For the last 26 years, the MARTYS has been the City’s most distinguished red carpet event for recognizing established and emerging artists. Learn more mississaugaartscouncil.com/events/the-marty-awards/

About MAC:
Mississauga Arts Council is a registered charity, dedicated to accelerating progress toward the attainment of our Vision of Mississauga, as a vibrant cultural community where arts and culture thrive! Our mission is to empower the Arts Economy by Creating more opportunities & capacity; Connecting artists to audiences and each other; and Celebrating artists’ achievements. Learn more at mississaugaartscouncil.com

Fine for Stopping or Parking in a Bike Lane set at $55

Today, Council approved updates to the Administrative Penalty By-law and Traffic By-law. These updates will improve safety and comfort for cyclists using bike lanes in Mississauga. Starting in May, drivers will be fined $55 for stopping or parking in bike lanes.

“The safety of all road users is a top priority at the City of Mississauga and that’s why we took the action we did today,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We closely reviewed options for enforcing and issuing fines and looked at how neighbouring municipalities are responding. We strongly feel that creating a fine for this behaviour and strengthening our by-laws is an important way we can protect cyclists and drivers and help avoid injury and death on our roads.”

Prior to the by-law amendments, the City’s Administrative Penalty By-law did not include a fine for parking in or blocking a bike lane. The City’s Traffic By-law prohibited road users from stopping their vehicle in a bike lane, but not from parking. Without specific reference to parking, the City was limited in its ability to establish penalties for this behaviour.

“We have painted bike lanes in Mississauga where it’s not uncommon to see drivers encroach on, stop or park in them. We often see this happening where parking exists to the right of the bike lane – where drivers must cross the bike lane to access the parking. You can see examples of this on Confederation Parkway between Rathburn Road West and Burnhamthorpe Road West, and Tenth Line West between Britannia Road West and Derry Road West,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “While physically separated bike lanes will be part of major road projects moving forward, these updated by-laws will deter this behaviour on our existing painted bike lanes, where cyclists are most vulnerable.”

The updated Traffic By-law includes: 

  • A formal definition of ‘bicycle lane’ to make identification and enforcement easier
  • Language that prohibits drivers from stopping and parking in painted bike lanes
  • An updated list of vehicles permitted to park or stop in a bicycle lane (e.g. public transit, fire and emergency services)
  • An updated list of those permitted to drive in a bicycle lane (e.g. bike, e-scooter, fire and emergency medical services)

The updated Administrative Penalty By-law includes: 

  • $55 fine for parking and stopping a vehicle in a bicycle lane
  • $55 fine for parking in a prohibited area (e.g. where there is signage prohibiting parking)

The City reviewed 38 neighbouring Ontario municipalities and determined of those 38, 15 have fines for this kind of behaviour, including Toronto, Oakville, Vaughan, Burlington, Brampton and Hamilton. Mississauga’s $55 fine is consistent with these findings, as well as the City’s fine for stopping and parking in a prohibited area.

“Enforcement by the City will begin in May. Proactive enforcement will also occur this spring in locations previously identified by residents and on roads that have vehicle parking and painted bike lanes,” said Helen Noehammer, Director, Infrastructure Planning and Engineering Services. “If you see drivers parking or stopping in a bike lane, we encourage you to call 311 so that the location can be flagged for enforcement.”

Establishing this fine aligns with the Move pillar in the City’s Strategic PlanCycling Master PlanTransportation Master PlanVision Zero Action Plan and Climate Change Action Plan.

For more information about cycling in Mississauga, visit mississaugabikes.ca.

Mississauga Potters’ Guild Online Registration for our 2022 Spring Session Goes LIVE Sunday, March 27th at 9am

We are pleased to offer Beginner/Intermediate spring sessions:

  •    10-week Tuesday or Wednesday classes begin April 26-27
  •    8-week Monday classes begin May 9

Beginner/Intermediate Classes will run:

  • Monday AM:          May 9 – Jul 4        9am to 12pm
  • Monday PM:          May 9 – Jul 4        7pm to 10pm
  • Tuesday AM:         Apr 26 – Jun 28    9am to 12pm 
  • Tuesday PM:         Apr 26 – Jun 28    7pm to 10pm
  • Wednesday PM:    Apr 27 – Jun 29    7pm to 10pm

All levels are welcome. No experience is required for Beginner/Intermediate classes. 

Once registration is LIVE (March 27, 2022), click HERE to register, to review class options, or to access more information about our programs.

Note: Our COVID-19 Protocol remains in place for the 2022 Spring Session. 

All class Participants and Instructors who enter the building must be fully vaccinated, and proof of vaccination is required to attend class. 


We anticipate high interest in our classes this session, so don’t delay in signing up!

Questions about classes? Email info@mississaugapotters.com or go to mississaugapotters.com.

We hope to see you in one of our classes this Spring!