Category Archives: City Centre

Creating a Vibrant Downtown

City staff presented the Downtown Community Improvement Plan (CIP) report yesterday to the City’s Planning and Development Committee.

The Downtown CIP aims to attract new office development to the downtown. New office development has not occurred in the downtown for decades because of the high costs of building underground parking. The CIP will allow the City to consider providing financial incentives to eligible projects to offset these high costs.

The report takes into consideration public input received on four proposed incentive programs with recommended changes. Once the CIP is approved, all of the programs will come into effect if no appeals are brought forward.

  • Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) – a grant equal to a portion of a municipal property tax increase that relates to a development or improvement.
  • Development Processing Fees Grant – a rebate on municipal planning fees (e.g., rezoning, site plan application fees).
  • Municipally Funded Parking Program – the City may build and own a municipal stand-alone parking space. Alternatively, the City may co-locate part of a municipally owned parking space within a private office building development.
  • Municipal Property Acquisition and Disposition – the City may purchase key properties and redevelop them for office buildings. The City may also choose to dispose of City-owned lands to attract new office development.

“The Downtown CIP is a toolbox of incentives where applicants can choose to apply for one or a combination of programs,” said John Kovac, Ward 4 Councillor. “However, the CIP offers no guarantees of any loans or grants, but rather, applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for loan and grant considerations.”

The report also recommends a by-law authorizing the City Manager to approve the Development Processing Fees Grant and Tax Increment Equivalent Grant. In addition, the City is asking the Region of Peel to develop a Regional Community Improvement Plan to support office development.

“Downtown Mississauga has not seen significant office development in over 20 years,” said Nando Iannicca, Ward 7 Councillor. “Application of the CIP will help create incentives and attract much needed new office development in our downtown.”

The goal of the Downtown CIP is to create more job opportunities that will help balance growth and create a complete community that includes:

  • a lively, pedestrian and transit-oriented urban space
  • support for existing and planned transit infrastructure
  • support for arts, culture, recreation, entertainment and other employment uses

“With population growth, intensification and the upcoming Hurontario Light Rail Transit, Mississauga’s downtown is poised to transform significantly in the coming years,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “By stimulating private sector investment and office development, increased job opportunities can attract talent and create a vibrant downtown and complete community.”

The Downtown CIP is a five-year pilot and will be implemented the day after the adopting by-law is approved, subject to no appeals. The report will go to City Council for approval on April 26.

Celebrate and Support 30 Years of Art at the Art Gallery of Mississauga Annual Fine Art Auction on April 27!

The Art Gallery of Mississauga Annual Fine Art Auction is the not-to-be-missed art event in Mississauga, featuring a curated selection of original artworks by iconic and up-and-coming regional and national artists. Once again, with the generous support of Lead Sponsor Square One Shopping Centre, the AGM is thrilled to host a stellar fundraising event at C Banquets on the 12th Floor of the Mississauga Civic Centre, offering a fantastic line-up of auction artworks, cocktail hour and live entertainment with Stephen Ranger, Vice President Business Development at Waddington’s as our dynamic auctioneer! We’re also celebrating the AGM’s 30th anniversary, which makes this event even more spectacular!
To mark our 30th Anniversary, we are offering a selection of Limited Edition pieces by Canadian artists who have had exhibitions at the AGM over the years. The Annual Fine Art Auction is the biggest event of the year for the AGM and also its primary fundraiser, in support of nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative programs, all with free admission at Mississauga’s public gallery. Get your tickets!
Diyan Achjadi, Peter Adams, Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Jaime Angelopoulos, Kotama Bouabane, Gil Caldwell, Patrick Cruz, Karen Darling, Jason Deary, Bonnie Devine, Soheila Esfahani, Fausta Facciponte, Heather Grindley, J.C. Heywood, Robin Hollingdrake, Warren Hoyano, HyunRyoung Kim, Lila Lewis Irving, Erin Loree, Kristie MacDonald, Charles Pachter, Ed Pien, Ester Pugliese, Claire Scherzinger, Margaret Stawicki, Tamara Thompson, Paul Tom, Youngo Verma, Chih-Chien Wang, Leszek Wyczolkowski, Lynn Wyczolkowski
Check out available works in our  ONLINE GALLERY!
Libby Hague | Panchal Mansaram | Andrew McPhail | Howard Podeswa
Public Preview Opening Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 – 8 PM @ AGM 
All artworks can be viewed in person during the public preview weekend at the gallery from Friday, April 21 – Monday, April 24 during regular gallery hours.
C Banquets, 12th Floor, Mississauga Civic Centre,300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Doors Open at 6:30 PM for Cocktail Hour + Live Entertainment | Live Auction at 8 PM! Tickets: $75. To purchase: 905-896-5088 or via