The following speech was delivered by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie during the Region of Peel’s Housing and Homelessness Summit which took place on April, 4th, 2017:
“Good morning, everyone; on behalf of the City of Mississauga, our team of professional staff and Members of Council, I welcome the opportunity to be part of today’s Peel Housing and Homelessness Summit. Let me single our Councillor Karen Ras and Ron Starr who are with us today.
“I also welcome the opportunity to discuss specifically what the City of Mississauga is doing to ensure people, who choose to live, work in and enjoy Canada’s sixth largest city, are able to do so.
“It is only fitting that this Summit is taking place now. Council is moving forward with a made in Mississauga plan that provides bold, innovative and practical strategies to give people more options for affordable, stable and safe housing here in Mississauga.
“Our strategy is called: Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga.
“This strategy aims to foster a supportive development environment for private and non-profit housing builders to provide a range of housing that is affordable for all – with a focus on middle-income households earning between $55,000 and $100,000.
“The draft strategy proposes a target of 35% of all new development to be affordable.
“Why are we doing this now? Housing affects all residents and Council wanted to identify actions the City may take to help ensure housing remains affordable. Continue reading Making Room for the Middle, Mississauga’s Bold Housing Strategy: Mayor Crombie Address
Will you need a building permit this spring? The City of Mississauga is notifying homeowners, designers and contractors of changes to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) in advance of starting a renovation project. The changes relate to energy efficiency requirements that came into effect on January 1, 2017.
“We want to ensure everyone is aware and understands the changes to the Ontario Building Code before applying for a building permit,” said Ezio Savini, Director, Building Division. “These changes help make buildings more energy efficient and will reduce operating costs.”
The changes affect how a homeowner or contractor sets out to meet energy efficiency requirements of the OBC. This includes choosing the right type of compliance package when applying for a building permit, including prescriptive compliance packages. A prescriptive compliance package is a set of predetermined building construction requirements. When these requirements are met, so are the OBC energy efficiency requirements.
Highlights of the changes to the Ontario Building Code:
- New prescriptive compliance packages are 15 per cent more energy efficient than previous packages. This will impact the installation of exterior insulation, windows and doors, skylights, space heating, heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and domestic water heaters.
- Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) or HRV is now required for all prescriptive compliance packages.
- Drain water heat recovery (the process of recovering energy from warm water to preheat incoming cold water) units are now required for all prescriptive compliance packages.
Learn more by visiting the Ontario Building Code website.
Customers can obtain a building permit from the City of Mississauga using ePlans – an easy and convenient online submission process that can be made anywhere, 24/7. For more information about building and renovating in the City of Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/building.