Category Archives: City of Mississauga

Mississauga Seeks New Poet Laureate for 2021 to 2024 Term

The City of Mississauga is searching for its fourth Poet Laureate to fill a 31-month term, starting this September until March 2024.

The selected candidate will take over for the current Poet Laureate, Paul Edward Costa, as his term comes to an end this year.

This honorary position is well suited for a poet who is skilled in poetry, spoken word and public speaking. They must also be able to speak and write on themes that are important to Mississauga residents. The position grants the opportunity to give back to the city while creating an artistic legacy.

What: Mississauga Poet Laureate recruitment

Where: Submit your application online

When: Applications close on Sunday, August 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Mississauga Celebrates its Indigenous Community in a Month Dedicated to their History and Culture

In Canada, June marks both National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a time for learning about and acknowledging Indigenous peoples as the original and continued residents of Canada, while recognizing the contributions of today’s First Nations; Métis and Inuit leaders.

“Celebrating and honouring the history, heritage and culture of the Indigenous peoples in our community has never been more important,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “In a time when we, as a City, continue to mourn the 215 innocent lives lost at a former residential school in in Kamloops, B.C., we have to make a vow as a country to do better. It isn’t enough to focus on Indigenous history, heritage and culture for just one month a year. We have to make a commitment to lifelong, continuous learning.”

From libraries to museums, the City is offering a number of free, virtual activities and information-sharing to help residents continue or kick-start learning more about Mississauga’s Indigenous history. 

Activities and Events

What: Film screenings by Indigenous filmmakers and media artists, as part of the Public Art Program’s Art on the Screens at Celebration Square. Remarks from Chief R. Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation will be shown prior to the start of each program. The Moccasin Identifier Project, a program to promote public awareness of significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Communities, will also be featured at Celebration Square.

Where: Digital media screens on Mississauga Celebration Square

When: National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, June 21 between 2 and 10 p.m.

What: Indigenous Learning Circle led by Traditional Indigenous Elder, Cat Criger

This weekly learning circle explores Indigenous cultures, perspectives and issues. Thoughts and questions of the participants, Indigenous teaching and philosophies will help guide the discussions to facilitate an intercultural dialogue. 

Where: Virtual experience. Registration details can be found here: mississaugalibrary.ca/IHM.

When: Weekly starting on Monday, June 21

What: A celebration to honour and learn about the history, culture and heritage of Indigenous people in Canada

All sessions will begin with a virtual smudge ceremony that leads into a teaching followed by sharing reflections and questions.

Where: Virtual experience. Registration details can be found here: mississaugalibrary.ca/IHM

When:

·       Tuesday, June 15 – Whose Land Are You On…the Language of Treaties

·       Tuesday, June 22 – Indigenous Place and Space and Language: changing culture

·       Tuesday, June 29 – Your Connections to Calls to Action

“We continue to grieve alongside the Indigenous members of our community and across the country following the tragic discovery in Kamloops last month,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “As a City, we are offering ways to take that grief and channel it into useful activities that can help us learn and grow. Nothing can change what has happened but we can certainly work toward a more equitable, fair and balanced city and country.”

In addition to the above activities, a book list is also available through the Mississauga Library featuring books by Indigenous authors. A short video of Elder Cat Criger talking about Indigenous History Month is also available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

June is Recreation and Parks Month

We’re celebrating by encouraging everyone to get out and explore Mississauga’s magnificent green spaces. With more than 500 parks, 393 km of trails, 266 playgrounds and 7,853 acres of parkland, our parks are spaces for everyone to enjoy!

There are many hidden gems throughout Mississauga, which support multiple outdoor leisure activities. As summer draws near, try out one of Mississauga’s many trails  – you may see some blue jays, woodpeckers, cardinals and some of the other beautiful birds or wildlife that make the city their home. Whether you’re going out for a morning jog, an evening walk, a brisk workout or looking to connect with nature, the City’s trails are the perfect location for you.

You may want to try some of our wonderful multi-use trails like those nearRiverwoodBurnhamthorpe Trail and Lake Aquitaine Trail. They allow you to enjoy the natural sounds and views that can have a relaxing and calming effect on your day.

Mississauga’s parks are an excellent opportunity for photographers of all levels, capturing both the splendour of nature and man-made features such as landscapes, sculptures and urban design. The majestic trees and colourful flowers are a photographer’s dream.

If you’re a bike enthusiast, we have you covered. Mississauga has added many bike lanes to our streets, and our network of bike trails span the entire city. Whether you seek an active way to get to work or little adventurous biking, Mississauga has a path for you – try Mississauga’s cycling map.

Being physically active is good for physical and mental health. If you prefer recreation or fitness, City parks are great for individual yoga and meditation sessions. If you’re looking to be more active at home, you can check out the City’s ‘Stay home stay active’ webpage to access online videos, nutritional tips, home workouts, and family fun activities for all ages and abilities. 

If you’re into sports, our Lakeview Golf Course and BraeBen Golf Course and driving range are open and accepting tee times. If you prefer some family time and enjoy virtual activities, try our Family Fun Corner. It is always creative and fun for all ages. The City also offers a number of outdoor amenities open to residents to enjoy such as spray pads, skateboard parks, BMX parks, batting cages, sports courts (basketball, tennis) and sport fields (soccer, softball). Team sports or any other sports or games that involve coming within two metres of each other are not to be practised or played at this time.

Stay up-to-date and informed about provincial guidelines for outdoor recreation and recreational amenities as they may change. If outside, please follow all health and safety COVID-19 guidelines by staying two metres apart from those not in your household and wearing a face covering or mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Let’s all get out and enjoy our marvellous recreation amenities, parks and trails. The City of Mississauga has a great resource to explore and find many parks, please visit mississauga.ca/parks and mississauga.ca/recreation.

For more information on June is Recreation and Parks month, visit JRPM information.

City of Mississauga enters Step One of Government of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on June 11

Earlier this week, the Government of Ontario announced that province will enter Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, June 11 at 12:01 a.m.

“This is fantastic news. I’m excited to work with the Mississauga team to reopen additional services for our residents permitted under Step One. We know everyone has waited a long time for us to reach this milestone. I’m grateful to the team who will be working very hard over these next few days to safely reopen our outdoor pools, patios, outdoor fitness and much more. Thank you to the entire Mississauga community for doing their part by listening to the advice of public health and for getting vaccinated. It’s clear that these steps are working and I see a bright future ahead for our city.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Under Step One of the reopening framework, the following is permitted:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training with up to 10 people
  • Outdoor pools
  • Day camps for children
  • Outdoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including weddings and funerals permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on goods that can be sold; essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold

For a full list of what is permitted to open, click here.

Reopened City activities:

  • Libraries will reopen computer bookings at Burnhamthorpe, Malton and the pop-up location at the Living Arts Centre on Thursday, June 17.
  • Outdoor pools will be open this summer for lane and public swims. Capacity will be limited and participants will be required to reserve online at activemississauga.ca.
    • Lion’s Club of Credit Valley Outdoor Pool and Streetsville Outdoor Pool will open on Saturday, June 12 (reservations will open today at 10 a.m. and for bookings five days in advance reservations will be available at 6 a.m.)
    • The remaining outdoor pools will open on Saturday, June 19 (reservations available five days in advance at 6 a.m.)
  • Celebration Square Wading Pool will open on Friday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with capacity limits. Residents waiting to go into the wading pool will be required to line up and ensure they maintain a two-metre distance.
  • Outdoor permits for sport fields, outdoor fitness classes and picnics will be available as of Friday, June 11 for groups limited to 10 patrons (no games or scrimmages permitted). Those interested in booking a permit can contact the Customer Service Centre at 905-615-4100.
  • Limited outdoor registered programs will begin on Saturday, June 19, including instructional golf, tennis and fitness with limited capacities. Registrations will be available at activemississauga.ca starting today at 10 a.m.
  • Registration for Day Camps with limited capacities continues to be available.
  • Both BraeBen and Lakeview golf courses are open.

Mississauga residents are asked to continue to follow all public health measures put in place. The City continues to offer many online recreational activities for all ages.

 More information

For information about the City’s response to COVID-19:

Government of Ontario Maintains COVID-19 Restrictions Until Step One of Roadmap to Reopen Takes Effect

Yesterday, the Government of Ontario announced that all public health and workplace measures will remain in effect until Step One of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen is rolled out.

“I want to thank all Mississauga residents for doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the health and safety guidelines in place, and for getting vaccinated,” says Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our staff are busy ramping up to prepare for more activities to open in the coming weeks. We’ve come such a long way – I am hopeful knowing that the reopening framework is on the horizon. Keep it up, Mississauga!”

The City of Mississauga is preparing to reopen outdoor dining, outdoor fitness classes and pools when the Government of Ontario enters Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen. Until then, Mississauga residents are asked to continue to follow all public health measures put in place. The City continues to offer many online recreational activities for all ages and the following services are currently available:

·       Book a Golf tee off time

·       Find a spray pad or park

·       Stay active with virtual activities

·       Register for summer camps

While many of our outdoor recreational amenities are open, residents are reminded that team sports are not permitted at this time and gatherings (with those outside of your household) must be limited to five. The following outdoor recreational amenities in Mississauga are open:

·       Spray pads

·       Baseball diamonds and batting cages

·       Lawn bowling and bocce

·       Golf courses and driving ranges

·       Tennis and basketball courts

·       Soccer and other sports fields

·       BMX and skate parks

More information

·       Information on the Province’s Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province

·       For a full list of the restrictions and enforcements, visit ontario.ca/covid19

·       For information on City Services, visit the City Services Status page