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City Provides Community and Cultural Groups Grant Funding for 2020

Today, Mississauga City Council approved $3.8 million in grant funding to support community and cultural groups in Mississauga.

“The City of Mississauga’s grant programs empower our local not-for-profit organizations while supporting the diverse needs of our community,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The support provided through these grants enhances the quality of life for our residents. They also expand our cultural and recreational offerings to different communities and support environmental protection initiatives throughout the city.”

Community Grant Program

This program assists local, not-for-profit community groups by providing multi-year, annual operating and project grants. The program aligns with the strategic priorities of the Recreation, Parks & Forestry and Environment Divisions. 

A total of 16 organizations will receive funding through the Community Grant program in 2020.

Approved Grants:

  • Active Adult Centre of Mississauga*: $275,257
  • Backyard Farm and Market: $10,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel: $10,000
  • Blooming Boulevards: $4,350
  • Boys & Girls Club of Canada: $10,000
  • Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled:$10,000
  • Erin Mills Youth Centre*: $72,888
  • Global 180 Students Communications Inc.: $9,957
  • MIAG Centre for Diverse Women and Families: $4,949
  • Mississauga Sports Council*: $114,595
  • Nexus Youth Services*: $42,615
  • Safe City Mississauga*: $132,730
  • The DAM: $10,000
  • The Riverwood Conservancy*: $331,859
  • Volunteer MBC: $38,200
  • Ecosource*: $109,683

Arts and Culture Grant Program

Grant funding for this program supports emerging and established not-for-profit professional and community-based arts, culture and heritage organizations in Mississauga. The grant supports the development of exemplary arts and culture programs and services that improve participation, knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of arts, culture and heritage for the citizens of Mississauga.

A total of 25 organizations will receive funding through the Arts and Culture Grant program in 2020. 

Approved Grants:

  • Art Gallery of Mississauga*: $325,000
  • Arts on the Credit Mississauga: $5,000
  • Canadian Arabic Orchestra: $15,000
  • Chamber Music Society of Mississauga: $85,000
  • Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters: $7,500
  • Fashion Circuit Series: $7,500
  • Frog in Hand: $15,000
  • Heritage Mississauga*: $244,000
  • Living Arts Centre Mississauga*: $100,000
  • Mississauga Arts Council*: $269,670
  • Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble: $4,400
  • Mississauga Children’s Choir: $25,000
  • Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization: $21,500
  • Mississauga Choral Society: $57,300
  • Mississauga Festival Choir: $20,000
  • Mississauga Festival Youth Choir: $17,000
  • Mississauga Potters Guild: $18,000
  • Mississauga Symphony Orchestra*: $150,000
  • Sampradaya Dance Creations*: $130,000
  • Sawitri Theatre Group: $60,000
  • Small Arms Society: $25,000
  • Streetsville Historical Society: $4,000
  • Theatre Unlimited: $15,500
  • Visual Arts Mississauga*: $165,000
  • Youth Troopers for Global Awareness: $25,000

Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grants

Cultural traditions and celebrations are important for Mississauga residents and visitors. Grant funding in this area supports cultural programming and helps event attendees enjoy clean and safe venues.

A total of 18 festivals will receive Cultural Festivals and Celebrations funding in 2020.

Approved Grants:

  • Arts on the Port: $7,500
  • Bollywood Monster Mashup*: $100,000
  • Canada Day Together Festival: $12,500
  • Carassauga Festival*: $120,000
  • Dragon Lion Dance Festival: $5,000
  • Egyptian Coptic Festival: $7,500
  • Malton Celebrates Canada Day: $27,000
  • Mississauga Italfest: $19,999
  • Mississauga Latin Festival: $19,000
  • Mississauga Polish Days Festival: $10,000
  • Mississauga Waterfront Festival: $100,00
  • Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival: $80,000
  • Muslimfest: $50,000
  • Paint the Town Red Port Credit: $70,000
  • Philippine Festival Mississauga: $19,000
  • Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival*: $100,000
  • Streetsville Christmas in the Village: $12,500
  • Streetsville Founder’s Bread and Honey Festival: $60,000

Culture Project Grants

This grant supports cultural events, projects or activities in the community.

A total of 11 groups will receive Culture Projects funding in 2020. 

Approved Grants:

  • Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia: $5,000
  • Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation: $4,949
  • Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters: $5,000
  • Ink Movement: $3,500
  • Meadowvale Music Theatre: $5,000
  • MEHAR: Mental & Emotional Health Awareness Renaissance: $5,000
  • Mississauga Arts Council: $5,000
  • MonstrARTity Creative Community: $5,000
  • Riverwood Conservancy: $5,000
  • Sawitri Theatre Group: $5,000
  • Visual Arts Mississauga: $5,000

* Represents multi-year funding

For more information about the City’s grant programs, visit


Steelheads set to host 2nd Annual New School Night Friday March 13, 2020

On Friday March 13th, the Mississauga Steelheads host the Niagara IceDogs in the club’s 2nd Annual New School Night in support of Trillium Health Partners. The hockey club will be welcoming in the next-generation of hockey fans as seven lucky kids will get a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the hockey team. 

With a successful New School Night last season, the hockey club has partnered with Trillium Health Partners and added some unique elements to make the game even more memorable. Steelheads players will be wearing specialty jerseys designed by a child from the paediatric unit at THP. The team will also be extending tickets to patients and their families. 

“We are so excited to partner with the Mississauga Steelheads and Niagara IceDogs this year for the 2nd annual New School Night” says Debra Carson, VP, Patient Care Services, Trillium Health Partners. “We are so thankful that our paediatric patients and their families are given the opportunity to be a part of this amazing initiative and we look forward to working together in the future.”

Once again, there will be SEVEN positions available for the next wave of kids to take on during New-School Night:

·       Warm-Up Coach: Look your best because you will be standing with the Steelheads coaches on the bench for pre-game warm-up and make sure players are ready for puck drop!

·       PA Announcer: Your voice will be heard around the arena as you announce goals, penalties and more!

·       DJ/Goal Horn Operator: Do you have a passion for music? Do you enjoy entertaining people with some great tunes? Sign up to be our DJ and Goal Horn Operator!

·       Social Media Side-Kick: Do you like what you see on our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok? Become our Social Media Side-Kick for the day and help us connect with our fans!

·       Junior Reporter: Are you the next great hockey reporter? Help us keep our fans updated with a pre-game and post-game hit about all the Steelheads news!

·       Junior In-Game Host: Do you like being in front of a camera? Join our In-Game host to help with all of our game-day contests!

·       Junior Radio Announcer: Do you have the next best hockey voice? Help our radio team call the game with in-game reports during play and give us your thoughts at the intermission!

To sign-up and be part of the next wave, fill out the form HERE!

This year’s New School Night also marks the last Winning Night during the 2019-20 campaign. If the Steelheads secure 2 points on March 13th, fans in attendance will have an opportunity to redeem their ticket for a free ticket to the club’s game against the Barrie Colts on March 20th.  Additionally, the Family Pack is available for purchase with 4 tickets, 4 drinks, 4 bags of popcorn and 4 programs for an unbeatable price of $67.

To secure your seats and support Trillium Health Partners, follow this link:

If you are interested in learning more about Trillium Health Partners please visit

Join us on Friday, March 13th to see the New-School of Hockey Fans take over…again!


Shoppers can “hit the links” at THE GREEN for a round of family fun 

Erin Mills Town Centre is pleased to invite Mississauga shoppers to enjoy its newest interactive attraction, THE GREEN, a one of kind 9-hole miniature golf course located in centre court.

 “This is a true mini golf experience” explains Francesca Bourré, Erin Mills Town Centre’s Marketing Director.  “THE GREEN offers rolling hills, varied turfs and fun breaks that will offer a new experience each time.”

The course’s putting greens are designed to approximately 1/10th the scale of a regulation golf course in partnership with golf pro Dave Pelz.  Pelz is considered an expert and has published writing on the art of the short game, in particular putting.  Pelz was named by Golf Digest magazine as one of the 25 most influential instructors of the 20th Century.


For a budget friendly cost of admission ($5 general admission, $3 seniors), golfers will enjoy a unique activity that is challenging and fun for all skill levels, conveniently located within the shopping centre.  THE GREEN will be open from 12pm-8pm on weekdays and 11am-5pm on weekends. 

A variety of perks will be offered while THE GREEN is in place such as themed activities, prizes, free treats and more.  Daily offers and group deals are also available.

Mississauga residents are invited to join THE GREEN’s Grand Opening on Thursday, February 6 at 11am to enjoy: 

  • Play & Win– Best score of the day wins a $500 Gift Card plus Erin Mills Town Centre will donate 
    $500 to Mississauga ErinoakKids which provides support and care to children with a wide range of physical and/or developmental disabilities
  • Shop & Putt – receive a free round of golf with every $50 purchase from that week  
  • Free $10 Food Court gift card to the first 100 groups to complete a round
  • Complimentary green refreshments at the 9th hole (sponsored by Freshii) 

“As a community-centred shopping centre, Erin Mills Town Centre is proud to create a fun and family friendly attraction that will enhance the shopping experience for visitors” said Bourré.  “We are pleased to leverage our Grand Opening to help raise funds for ErinoakKids and support their important work.”


Leading emerging visual artists from the City of Mississauga are set to present Visual Arts Mississauga’s (VAM) latest exhibition, Now Streaming. Co-curated by VAM’s Creative Residency Group (VCR), the exhibition will run from February 3 to 23, 2020. The VAM Gallery is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. 

Proudly sponsored by TD Bank, Now Streaming will showcase artists ages 18 to 29, from the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. The youth-led exhibition supports emerging artists working in experimental processes using a combination of traditional and new media. Audiences can expect a mix of photography, installation, digital and traditional mediums.

VAM welcomes art enthusiasts to the free Opening Reception to be held on Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Prizes will be presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Live entertainment including Spoken Word Artists and music will be presented by the Open Gallery.

“Co-curated by VAM’s Creative Residency, Now Streaming is an opportunity for this collective to collaborate with their creative peers in the region,” explains VAM Cultural Development Manager Eldiana Begovic. “VAM is happy to be a leading platform for young creatives in the city. Our annual youth exhibition is an opportunity for the artists to showcase their skills for innovation and creativity with their peers and the city.”

VAM’s Creative Residency (VCR) include Ashley Beerdat, Jenny Chen, Jasmine Canaviri and Soka Lazara, four up-and-coming youth artists. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, this residency is an opportunity for emerging youth artists in Mississauga to participate in a 6-month exhibitions program with a focus on mentorship and professional development. Click here for more details.

VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Please call 905-277-4313 or visit for more information. Follow VAM on Twitter @VisualArtsMiss, on Instagram @visualartsmississauga and Facebook.

Credit Valley Conservation appoints 2020 Chair and Vice-Chair

Mississauga Councillor Karen Ras was acclaimed as chair of Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) at the inaugural 2020 board meeting on Friday, January 17, 2020. The election marks Ras’s second term as chair and her sixth year of service on the CVC Board of Directors. 

“I’m honoured to be acclaimed as chair of Credit Valley Conservation,” said Councillor Ras. “These are important times for Ontario conservation authorities. We have a new Conservation Authorities Act with pending regulations. We’re continuing to support municipalities and neighbours with services like flood warning and greening communities to mitigate and adapt to climate change. “We’re proud to work with our partners in government and across the watershed to lead protection, restoration and enhancement of our local natural environment.”

The CVC Board of Directors also acclaimed Town of Oakville Councillor Tom Adams as vice-chair. Adams has served on the CVC board since 2011 and previously served as vice-chair in 2013 and 2019.

The CVC board consists of 12 members from watershed municipalities, all of whom were also reappointed to the Credit Valley Source Protection Authority:

·         Karen Ras, Ward 2, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Tom Adams, Ward 6, Town of Oakville and Region of Halton Councillor

·         Martin Medeiros, Wards 2 and 6, City of Brampton and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Michael Palleschi, Wards 3 and 4, City of Brampton and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Ron Starr, Ward 6, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Stephen Dasko, Ward 1, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Matt Mahoney, Ward 8, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Johanna Downey, Ward 2, Town of Caledon and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Ann Lawlor, Ward 4 Councillor, Town of Halton Hills

·         John Brennan, Councillor, Town of Erin

·         Grant Peters, Councillor, Town of Orangeville

·         Tom Nevills, Councillor, Township of East Garafraxa

CVC is accountable through its Board of Directors to the municipalities and residents in the Credit River Watershed. The board approves and guides CVC policies, programs, services and sets its annual budget.