Category Archives: City of Mississauga

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.

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 Council Appoints Former Councillor Patricia Mullin to Fill Vacant Ward 2 Councillor Role

February 3, 2022

Yesterday, Mississauga Council endorsed a motion to appoint former Mississauga Councillor, Patricia Mullin to fill the Ward 2 office vacancy for a term beginning February 7, 2022 and ending November 14, 2022.

The Ward 2 office was declared vacant by City Council following the resignation of former Councillor Karen Ras on January 28, 2022.

Mullin served as a Mississauga Councillor for the Ward 2 area for 29 years before choosing not to run again in the 2014 municipal election. During her time as City and Regional Councillor, Mullin held the position of Chair of the Region of Peel’s Finance and Budget committees, served as Chair of the Peel Police Services Board and as Chair of the Credit Valley Conservation Authority. She was also a member of a number of boards and committees in the City, including the Bradley House Museum, the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee and the Benares Museum.

According to the Municipal Act, if a Councillor resigns prior to the end of their term, Council has the option to hold a by-election or appoint an individual to fill the role.

The next City of Mississauga municipal election is on Monday, October 24, 2022. Visitmississaugavotes.ca for more information.

Mississauga Council Calls on the Integrity Commissioner to Investigate Alleged Property Damage Committed by a City Councillor

At its meeting today, Council passed a resolution requesting the Integrity Commissioner conduct an investigation into the allegations that Councillor Ron Starr engaged in harassing behaviour towards former Councillor Karen Ras that violated the Councillor Code of Conduct and/or the City’s Respectful Workplace Policy.

Council requested that Councillor Starr take a leave of absence until the Integrity Commissioner’s investigation has concluded and the report is presented to Council.

Council also requested the Integrity Commissioner attend a Special Council meeting on February 9, 2022 or at his earliest convenience to explain his rationale for not investigating former Councillor Ras’s complaint regarding this matter and to explain how Sections 2(2)(a) and 2(2)(c) of the Council Code of Conduct Complaint Protocol applies to this situation.

“Neither Council or the Corporation of the City of Mississauga condone the alleged actions by one of our City Councillors or any harassment or bullying at City facilities,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We take seriously the safety of all our employees, Members of Council and everyone who visits the City Hall precinct. Through this investigation, we will get the answers Council and the public demand and deserve.”

It is important to note that City Councillors are not employees of the Corporation of the City of Mississauga. They are governed by the Councillor Code of Conduct. Complaints about contraventions of the Code are be made to the Integrity Commissioner. Matters between Councillors are dealt with through the Code, and where criminal activities are involved, through Peel Regional Police.

The City can confirm that staff received a report of vandalism/property damage occurring within the City Hall secure parking garage in April 2021. City of Mississauga security staff followed and continue to follow all procedures and cooperate with Peel Regional Police in their investigations when asked to do so. This includes providing video footage if requested. The City does not publicly comment on the specifics of security incidents or disclose the content of security tapes as the footage is protected under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and our Video Surveillance Policy (03-10-02).

Specifics of this matter are best addressed by Peel Regional Police.

City of Mississauga Provides Update on New COVID-19 Measures Taking Effect January 5

The Government of Ontario announced new measures in response to the rapid spread of Omicron in Ontario. Effective January 5, at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will return to the Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen.

The City of Mississauga is adjusting its programs and services accordingly, including closing all fitness and gym facilities, cancelling ticketed events, and operating libraries by curb-side pick-up only.

“I know Mississauga residents are tired, frustrated and anxious and these measures are not how we wanted to start the New Year,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The Omicron variant is very transmissible and case counts are the highest we have seen thus far in the pandemic. We need to work together to limit the spread and protect our hospital capacity. We must focus on solutions and supporting our businesses most impacted. Please continue to do your part to limit the spread by booking your first, second or booster doses and limiting indoor, unmasked contact with those outside your household.”

City of Mississauga Service Updates:

Community Centres and Cultural Facilities:

  • All City-owned indoor recreational amenities, fitness centres, courts, pools, and arenas will be closed and associated programming paused as of the end of day on January 4, 2022 until new direction is given by the province (including all registered programs, drop-ins, leagues and memberships).
  • Community Centres, Living Arts Centre and Port Credit Arena will remain open for general building access such as washrooms, access to leased/retail space, warming, and shower access.
  • Daycare and childcare operations in community centres will remain open.
  • Virtual programming will continue.

Meeting and Event Spaces:

  • All indoor meetings and events booked at City facilities will be cancelled unless the venue is used for a religious service, social services, film and television production or health and safety training. These gatherings will be subject to provincial capacity limits.

Libraries:

  • Will operate with curb-side pick up only. Current hours will remain unchanged.

Entertainment and sporting events:

  • All ticketed events at recreational and cultural venues, including the Paramount Fine Foods Centre and the Living Arts Centre. are cancelled and ticket holders will be contacted with further information.
  • The box office at the Living Arts Centre will remain open for refunds only.
  • Theatre rentals are available for rehearsals and recording or broadcasting of a performance only.
  • The City is talking with the Mississauga Steelheads and Raptors905 about whether scheduled games without spectators will continue. More information will be provided when available.

Food Services:

  • All food services operations in City facilities will remain closed.

Museums:

  • Mississauga’s museums will remain closed.

Outdoor Sports and Recreational Fitness:

  • The outdoor skating rinks at Celebration Square and Woodhurst Heights Park as well as community operated outdoor rinks will remain open.
  • Washrooms and outdoor recreational amenities open during the winter will remain open.

For more information regarding City service impacts, please visit mississauga.ca/covid19.

Vaccination Update

Residents are reminded that Peel Public Health (PPH) is offering booster shots as quickly as possible through various clinics across the region. In addition to PPH clinics, many pharmacies and primary care providers are offering vaccinations. To book your first, second or booster shot, please visit the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

In addition, on December 30, 2021 the province provided updated guidance on COVID-19 isolation requirements and testing.