Category Archives: City of Mississauga

City’s Online Open Data Challenge Uses Data and Technology to Build a Smart City

From October 5 to 30, the City of Mississauga is hosting its first online Smart City Open Challenge. The online event targets Mississauga high school and post-secondary students to develop innovative ideas and solutions that use data and technology to assist the City. This year’s challenge is to contribute to the City’s ongoing COVID-19 response and digital transformation.

As part of the Smart City Master Plan, the Smart City Open Data Challenge focuses on public engagement through the Centre for Civic Curiosity. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, expand their professional networks, be mentored by industry professionals and demonstrate their skills and knowledge while being recognized for their talents.

Participants can register as individuals or as a team.  Registration is open until noon on Friday, October 2.

Event Details

What:

Smart City Open Data Challenge

Where:

This is an online event only. After registering, participants will be given access to the online event platform.

When:

·         Kick-Off Event

Monday, October 5, 2020

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·         Challenge Period

October 5 – 23, 2020

·         Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 30, 2020

9 a.m. to noon

Who:

High school students

Post-secondary students

Cost:

Free – registration is required.

During the kick-off event, participants will hear from Mayor Bonnie Crombie as well as data and technology experts from ICUBE UTMEDGE Sheridan CollegeTableauESRIAWS and Data Docket.

During the event, participants will identify a challenge based on issues and opportunities realized during the pandemic. Working virtually within a team for three weeks, participants will develop solutions to that challenge using open data and technology while getting support and guidance from subject matter experts, including staff from Mississauga’s Economic Development Office and Information Technology division. At the end of the event, teams will submit their solutions to a panel of judges and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.

Learn more and register at smartcity.mississauga.ca.

Budget Engagement Sessions: Hear from Mayor Crombie and Senior Staff About the City’s 2021 Budget

Mississauga residents are invited to participate in a Budget  Engagement Session on the proposed 2021 Budget with Mayor Bonnie Crombie and the City’s senior staff. Residents can choose from sessions taking place on October 8 (city-wide) and October 13 (Wards 1, 2 and 4: Councillor Stephen Dasko, Councillor Karen Ras and Councillor John Kovac) and October 22 (Wards 3 and 6: Councillor Chris Fonseca and Councillor Ron Starr). Staff from the Region of Peel will also participate in the city-wide session.

Residents will receive a telephone call in advance based on a list provided by a virtual town hall service, with an invitation to participate in one of the upcoming sessions. They will be able to ask a question and hear about the City’s proposed 2021 Budget. Residents will receive a second telephone call just before the session begins. The call out is done to ensure as many residents as possible have an opportunity to participate. Anyone who receives a call and does not wish to participate can simply hang up.

“Council has already had significant consultation through the COVID-19 recovery process and we have captured those points already. The City’s Budget EngagementSessions provide us with additional input on what is important to residents,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “We face a challenging year, making these sessions an important part of our budget engagement.”

Residents can also register to participate in the Budget Engagement Sessions. In addition, the city-wide session will be available to watch on Facebook Live and online.

Information about the City’s budget is available at mississauga.ca/budget. Other ways to participate in the budget process include:

COVID-19 Response: Reduction in Social Gathering Limits to 10 Indoors and 25 Outdoors

The City of Mississauga will be enforcing the reduction in social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors as announced by the Government of Ontario, in effect as of today. The amended provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 include:

  • Functions
  • Parties
  • Dinners
  • Gatherings
  • BBQs
  • wedding receptions held in private residences
  • backyards
  • social gatherings in parks.

The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held at facilities operated by businesses and organizations, such as:

  • Bars/restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Convention centres or banquet halls
  • Gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art venues.

Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures, for these businesses and facilities continue to be in effect.

The City of Mississauga is continuing to review the impacts on services and programs and will be sharing updates through City channels.

“We are prepared and ready to enforce the province’s new limits on social gatherings and thank residents and businesses for continuing to work with us to reduce the severity of a second wave this fall,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Addressing the unique challenges Peel Region faces is the right thing to do. Exposure through social interactions and large social gatherings continues to be the driver with 80 per cent of all new cases in Peel being acquired in community or household settings. When interacting outside of your bubble of 10, it’s important to remember that the Core 4 still applies – stay apart, lather up, mask up and get tested. While I do not want to see Mississauga regress, it’s important that we work together across the Region to keep cases down, reduce the spread and keep Mississauga healthy and safe.”

A new offence for hosting or organizing a gathering that exceeds social gathering limits will come with a minimum fine of $10,000 and anyone attending the event may be fined a minimum of $750.

City Enforcement Measures

  • City By-law Enforcement and Security Officers will be enforcing the amended provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, in partnership with Peel Regional Police
  • Residents can call 3-1-1 to report non-compliance

Visit COVID-19 for the latest updates on the City’s response and service impacts

Get Ready to Roll into Fall – It’s Bike Month!

September is Bike Month! If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to bust out your bike, give it a tune up and get peddling.

Whether you’re new to biking or you’re an advanced cyclist who knows Mississauga’s cycling network like the back of your hand, biking is an activity that can be enjoyed by those of all skill levels.

Not sure how to celebrate Bike Month? Check out our list of cycling activities.

Learn something new with a safe cycling webinar

Join hundreds of other bike-loving residents across the GTHA by checking out a free, safe cycling webinar presented by Peel Region. Register for the webinar that interests you most, or check out them all!

All webinars take place from noon to 1 p.m., following the schedule below. Visit bikemonth.ca/mississauga for more information and to register.

  • Family Biking – September 12
    Learn tips and tricks for teaching kids how to bike as well as biking while pregnant and with babies and toddlers.
  • Safe Cycling 101 – September 16
    Safe Cycling for School-Aged Children – September 19
    Bike with confidence. Learn about the rules, responsibilities, etiquette and more.  A version of this workshop is also available for school-aged children.
  • Road Rules – September 26
    This interactive, quiz-style workshop will cover a range of topics, including laws and fines that apply to cyclists and drivers, how to navigate shared space with other roads users and common misconceptions about road rules.
  • Biking in All Weather Conditions – September 30
    This interactive, quiz-style workshop will cover a range of topics, including laws and fines that apply to cyclists and drivers, how to navigate shared space with other roads users and common misconceptions about road rules.

Give your bike a check-up
Just like us, your bike might not be in tip-top shape if you haven’t been out for a ride in a while. Before you head out, give your bike a safety check – especially if you and your bike are a little rusty. Do the ABCD Quick Check to make sure your bike is safe to ride.

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Brush up on your trail etiquette
Biking is a great activity that allows you to get outdoor exercise while practising physical distancing. Due to the pandemic, more cyclists and pedestrians have been hitting Mississauga’s trails and shared pathways, creating an increase in congestion. To ensure everyone is able to safely enjoy their trail time, be courteous and follow trail etiquette – it involves more than just ringing your bell! Brush up on your trail etiquette before you head out.

Bike to work or to school
Swap out four wheels for two wheels, and gas-fuelled for pedal-powered by choosing your bike instead of your car the next time you travel to work or to school. Not only does it get you active, it also helps reduce traffic congestion, especially around school zones, and is something easy you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

Explore somewhere new
Whether you’re looking for a quieter forested trail away from the bustle of the city, or a route that takes you through downtown or by the lake, there’s so much to see and explore in Mississauga – especially by bike. Use the Mississauga cycling map to plan your route, or check out one of these hidden gems.

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Temporary active transportation lane on Glen Erin Dr. in Ward 9

If you live in Wards 4, 7 or 9, take advantage of the temporary active transportation lanes that continue to be available for local use and are part of the City’s Active Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Framework. Whether you’re hopping on your bike to get some exercise, making a local trip in your neighbourhood, or running errands, these lanes make physical distancing safer and easier for cyclists and pedestrians. Go online to see where the temporary active transportation lanes are located in your ward.

To learn more about the City’s vision for cycling in Mississauga, check out the 2018 Cycling Master Plan.

City of Mississauga Launches 2021 Culture and Community Grant Programs

The City of Mississauga’s 2021 Culture and Community Grant Programs are now accepting applications. The grants program supports the community through various streams of funding for arts and culture activities, heritage preservation, festivals and community groups.

Organizations are able to review the 2021 guidelines for the four grant programs currently accepting applications: Arts and Culture Grant Program; Culture Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program; Culture Projects Grant Program; and Community Grant Program.

All applications must be submitted online at mississauga.ca/grantsportal by Friday, October 16, 2020at 4:30 p.m.

2021 Culture and Community Grants

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 residents of Mississauga.

Click here for more information on the Arts and Culture Grant Program.

Culture Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program

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.

Click here for more information on the Culture Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program.

Culture Projects Grant Program

The City of Mississauga is focusing this grant program on placemaking initiatives. The City encourages arts organizations and collectives to animate different areas of the city and provide safe environments for people to experience art.

Click here for more information on the Culture Projects Grant Program.

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.

Click here for more information on the Community Grant Program.

Virtual Information Sessions

In light of COVID-19, all grant program information sessions are being offered online in a webinar format. Organizations interested in applying for funding are required to attend an information session, unless the organization received funding from the City within the last two years.

To register for grant program webinars, please send an email to grantsinfo@mississauga.ca with the date and time you wish to attend. A confirmation email will be sent with further instructions.

Arts and Culture Grant Program

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 6 to 8 p.m.

Community Grant Program
Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 2 to 3 p.m.

Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 9 to 11 a.m.

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 6 to 8 p.m.