Proposed Budget Represents A 3.84% Increase Over 2019
The City of Mississauga’s proposed 2020 – 2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget is now available online at mississauga.ca/budget. It describes the City’s proposed program and service enhancements and how they will be funded.
The total proposed 2020 operating budget is $926.1 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares, recreation fees, and building permit fees) totalling $387.4 million. The property tax funds the budget amount not covered by these revenues.
The proposed overall impact is a 3.84 per cent increase on the 2020 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.74 per cent is for the City’s services and, based upon the proposed budget provided to Regional Council, 2.1 per cent for Region of Peel services.
Every 1 per cent of City tax increase is about $19.50 per average residence, or $2.84 per $100,000 of assessment.
The proposed 2020 net operating budget is $538.7 million – about $27.8 million higher than the 2019 Budget.
The 2020 expenditure budget is targeted to keep the City’s services operating at current levels including:
• MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 79 routes with 500 buses; customers board a MiWay bus over 57 million times per year
• Fire and Emergency Services – responds to an average of 30,000 incidents each year; conducted 9,256 fire safety inspections in 2018 to ensure Fire Code compliance and completed 1,703 building permit applications to ensure compliance with fire and life safety requirements in the Ontario Building Code
• Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s 5,660 lane kilometres of road network; maintaining a cycle network that includes approximately 570 kilometres of multi-use trails, park paths, bicycle lanes and signed bike routes
• Parks, Forestry & Environment – maintaining our City’s 3,154 hectares of parkland and open space, including City-owned trees, 371 sports fields, 265 playgrounds, two marinas and 11 publicly-owned cemeteries
• Library Services – includes the Central Library and 17 branch libraries that saw 4.3 million in-person visits and 6.1 million loans in 2018 including digital loans; 152,000 people attended library programs in 2018
• Recreation – providing over 200,000 hours of programming such as swimming, fitness, skating and more each year; accommodated 13 million visits last year to Recreation facilities, including 11 community centres
The City advances on its strategic plan in 2020 by adding about $4.6 million worth of new services, including:
• Continuing MiWay service growth, adding 32,600 service hours, providing some new services, streamlining routes, integrating transit hubs, improving off-peak service levels and addressing overcrowding on existing routes
• Opening of the Churchill Meadows Community Centre which includes a triple gymnasium, indoor pool, warm water therapeutic tank, multi-purpose spaces, a teaching kitchen and change rooms servicing the adjacent sports fields and seasonal dome
• Increasing public safety by introducing attendants at the Celebration Square fountain which will allow for first aid support and supplies and the ability to implement emergency communication as required by Public Pool Regulations
• Modernizing Library technology by enhancing online access, supporting the repair and replacement of the musical instrument lending library and expanding Mississauga Maker learning opportunities
• Adopting Vision Zero, a framework which focuses on the prevention and ultimately the elimination of pedestrian, cyclist and motorist injuries and fatalities on the City’s roads
• Using funds raised through Mississauga’s Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) to fund Culture grant programs (Arts and Culture, Festivals and Celebrations, Heritage and Project grants)
The proposed Stormwater Rate per billing unit for 2020 is $108.20, effective April 1, 2020.
• The City has over 2,100 kilometres of storm sewer pipes, over 51,000 catch basins, 250 kilometres of ditches, 32 creeks and 64 Stormwater management facilities in its drainage system, at a total replacement value of close to $2.2 billion
On November 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin discussions on the proposed 2020 Business Plan and Budget.
The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.
Learn more about the City’s 2020 Business Plan and Budget and what they mean to you as a taxpayer:
• Visit mississauga.ca/budget and see what you get for your tax dollars
• Read an overview of the 2020 preliminary Business Plan & Budget that was presented to Budget Committee on June 26, 2019
• Watch or attend Budget Committee deliberations scheduled for November 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27 with a Council vote to approve the budget planned at the December 4, 2019 Special Council Meeting at 9:30 a.m.*
* Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change.
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Today, City of Mississauga Council endorsed theLakeview Waterfront Development Master Plan. The Plan sets out the framework for the development of the 177-acre site, formerly the Lakeview Power Generating Station lands, located in Mississauga’s Lakeview community.
Today’s approval of the Master Plan is the latest step in the multi-year project which began with Inspiration Lakeview consultations in 2010. The City can now review submitted development applications and can consider amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law. Public consultation will continue throughout the process.
“I am pleased that we are one step closer to creating liveable, walkable communities connecting the lakeshore from east to west,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The transformation of our waterfront will drive tourism, foster innovation, spur economic growth and attract a new generation to Mississauga. Few cities in the world have the opportunity to develop 250 acres of their waterfront. The potential here is enormous. As we continue to work together, our vision to create a world-class waterfront will become a reality.”
The Plan sets out an urban framework that defines the character of Lakeview Village. It creates the foundation for the development of mixed-use, multi-modal, green and innovative neighbourhoods on the site.
“The Lakeview Waterfront Development Master Plan outlines an ideal 21st century community for our waterfront,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “We wanted to ensure this Master Plan was in place before we considered any Official Plan amendments. The development of the Master Plan allowed us to more closely examine the built form and density. We were also able to more fully engage with the community, than what would have been possible under the original Official Plan process.”
Following presentations of earlier versions of the Master Plan to Planning and Development Committee (PDC) on April 29 and June 24,Lakeview Community Partners Limited met with City staff and the Lakeview Community Advisory Panel (LCAP) to incorporate feedback received and revise the Plan.
“I would like to thank the community for the significant time and energy they have contributed to this process,” said Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko. “We will continue to work with our community partners to ensure we can create something for generations to enjoy.”
Today, Mississauga’s General Committee identified and approved the projects the City will submit for consideration under the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). According to the funding criteria outlined by the Government of Canada, the ICIP is a ten-year federal infrastructure program designed to create long-term economic growth, build inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities and support a low-carbon economy.
The federal government is providing $33 billion through the ICIP to cost-share projects under four streams: 1. Public Transit; 2. Community, Culture and Recreation; 3. Green Infrastructure and 4. Rural and Northern Communities. The City of Mississauga is not eligible for the fourth stream.
“Infrastructure funding investments are important and help us build strong, vibrant communities. This funding will allow us to build a transit and transportation system that is convenient, connected, and reliable for those who live and work here. We’ve heard from residents about their priorities and we are in a strong position to put forward projects that we are confident will be approved by the federal and provincial governments. This will be the largest investment we’ve made in public transit to date with an $847.5 million total cost for the projects we’re putting forward. These projects include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes along our Lakeshore and Dundas corridors, as well as the purchase of 409 new hybrid-electric buses to green our transit fleet and help us hit our GHG reduction targets. In addition, we will be applying for almost $133 million for community and recreational infrastructure projects such as the rehabilitation of the Public Marina and Waterfront Park development, and the South Common Community Centre and Library. We’ve been working hard to ensure Mississauga is at the table with both the federal and provincial governments and that they are aware and understand our priorities and most importantly, why Mississauga matters.”Mayor Bonnie Crombie
Under the Public Transit stream, a total of $339 million in federal funding and $282.5 million in provincial funding has been allocated to the City of Mississauga over the next 10 years. The primary focus is for new transit projects and active transportation infrastructure directly connected to the public transit system.
The Community, Culture and Recreation stream is different as it is application based with no guarantee that projects will be approved. The program will provide approximately $407 million in federal funding and $320 million in provincial funding to support projects across Ontario that improve access to and quality of community, cultural and recreation infrastructure.
“We are able to respond quickly and put forward a list of projects for Council’s consideration as result of our deliberate, consistent and detailed capital budget planning,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “For transit in particular, this funding program is helping to provide the predictable and sustainable infrastructure funding needed to grow, maintain and improve our current transit systems. Projects for both streams were selected based on the program criteria and knowing they could not begin until after ICIP approval is received and that they must be substantially complete by March 2027.”
List of proposed City projects:
|ICIP – Public Transit Stream Projects||Total Cost|
|Bus replacement program||$359.7 M|
|Dundas BRT lanes – Confederation to Etobicoke||$305.7M|
|Lakeshore BRT lanes – Deta Rd. to East Ave.||$54.6M|
|Transit Vehicles (non-buses)||$0.4M|
|Revenue Equipment Replacement||$0.1M|
|ICIP – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream Projects|
|South Common Community Centre and Library||$61.6M|
|Public Marina and Waterfront Park||$71.3M|
Council previously approved the projects for the Public Transit stream and the City submitted the required initial documents as per the October 24, 2019 deadline. The proposed projects for the Community, Culture and Recreation stream will be going forward to Council on November 6 for final approval and will be submitted by the deadline of November 12, 2019.
The City of Mississauga is partnering with Partners in Project Green, a program with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to host its fourth annual Recycling Collection Drive for Waste Reduction Week. From October 21 to 27, Mississauga residents can drop off unwanted electronics, clothing and textiles in bins located at 14 City facilities.
A weeklong Recycling Collection Drive. Residents can drop off:
· Clothing and textiles: clothing, hats, bags, belts, ties, footwear, bedding, pillows, linens, curtains and sleeping bags.
· Electronic recyclables (excluding CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes): laptops, desktop computers, monitors, keyboards/mice, cell phones, electronic accessories, audio and visual equipment, network equipment, video game consoles, wires, scanners, cable receivers, portable digital music players, televisions, batteries, fax machines, medical devices, printers, toner and ink cartridges.
Drop-off locations include: Mississauga Civic Centre, Mississauga Central Library, Garry W. Morden Training Centre and the City’s 11 community centres: Burnhamthorpe, Carmen Corbasson, Clarkson, Erin Meadows, Frank McKechnie, Huron Park, Malton,Meadowvale, Mississauga Valley, River Grove and South Common.
Residents are also encouraged to use the Mississauga Battery Recycling program. All year long, battery-recycling bins can be found at the customer service area of City libraries and community centres.
Waste Reduction Week is a year-round program that aims to celebrate Canada’s environmental achievements. The program also educates Canadians on how to reduce waste, preserve natural resources and address climate change and water pollution.
In 2018, 7.5 tonnes of recyclables were collected during Waste Reduction Week in Mississauga, and a combined 15 tonnes have been collected since 2016.
Some Mississauga residents can get ahead of winter and start applying for the City’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program. The program provides snow clearing assistance by clearing a space in the windrow for residents 65 years or older and for people with physical disabilities.
A windrow is a pile of snow left at the end of a driveway after a snow plow has cleared a road. Eligible residents have until 9 p.m. on November 8, 2019 to apply for this year’s program.
“We encourage eligible residents to take advantage of this opportunity so that snow clearing and getting out of their driveway is made easier for them this winter,” said Mickey Frost, Director, Works Operations and Maintenance. “As this program only accepts a maximum of 300 applicants on a first-come first-serve basis, residents should apply as soon as they can to secure their spot.”
More details about the program:
· The program will run from December 2, 2019 to March 27, 2020.
· Windrow snow clearing will be completed up to 36 hours after a snowfall has ended.
· A space in the windrow will be cleared (about three metres or 10 feet wide) to allow one car to get in and out of the driveway.
· Free for eligible residents who require financial assistance and $200 for those who don’t.
· Only one person per address can apply.
Visit mississauga.ca/windrow to download the application form. Completed applications can be submitted to any community centre, the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre or the Recreation Customer Service Centre located at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
For more information, visit mississauga.ca/windrow.
The City of Mississauga’s proposed Parking Master Plan, “Parking Matters” is now available for public comment.
The master plan details how community parking will evolve as the City continues to grow and transform. The plan’s content reflects the input received during extensive public and stakeholder consultation staff conducted over the past two years.
“The Parking Master Plan and Implementation Strategy looks at all aspects of parking in Mississauga,” said Andy Harvey, Director, Traffic Management and Municipal Parking. “Parkingpolicy, planning, funding and emerging technologies were studied to develop an approach to parking that is made for Mississauga.The Parking Master Plan will help improve efficiency, manage parking in the future and better align public and private parking with transportation and economic development goals across the City.”
The master plan provides short and long-term recommendations focused on 10 themes. These include Municipal Parking Provisions and Management, Funding and Finance, Safety and Accessibility and Technology and Innovation.
Visit the Parking Matters website to provide comments. All input received by May 31 will be considered.
The master plan will go to General Committee for approval on June 12.
Learn more about Parking Matters in Mississauga.
The City’s first Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was presented at General Committee on Wednesday. The plan outlines a vision, six goals and over 90 action items to guide the future of the City’s transportation system from today to 2041. Inherent in the plan is a commitment to advancing Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries.
“This new plan is an important part of our efforts to keep Mississauga moving, regardless of where, when or how you choose to travel. We are working to build a world-class, transit-oriented city where people can easily move across our city and beyond, whether that’s to get to school, work, shopping or activities while helping businesses boost their productivity through the efficient movement of goods and services.
As the business capital of Canada and home to Pearson International Airport, five 400-series highways and several major distribution centres, this plan will help ensure Mississauga remains open for business as a vital economic hub for the movement of goods at the national scale,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Above all, it recognizes the important role that livable, walkable, healthy communities play in encouraging active transportation. It also provides us with a road map to help us realize our goal of becoming a Vision Zero city, where it is safe for all types of travellers to share the road.”
The TMP is future-focused and comes at an important time in the City’s development.
“We have reached a new phase of higher-density urban growth,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). “There is a growing demand from our residents for multi-modal travel options – walking, cycling, transit, ridehailing and other alternatives to driving. In looking ahead to 2041, we know our demographics will shift, with new young families and our aging population. In addition, we aim to keep up with rapid change and innovation in the transportation sector, such as integration with smartphones and other smart devices, especially automated, connected, electric and shared vehicles (ACES).”
Highlights of the Plan
The freedom to move is vital to support the quality of life in Mississauga. The TMP lays out a vision for providing mobility in our city from today to 2041: In Mississauga, everyone and everything will have the freedom to move safely, easily and efficiently to anywhere at any time.
The vision will be realized through six goals to ensure the transportation system fulfills its essential role in city building.
· Safety: Freedom from Harm
Safe conditions for all travellers, advancing Vision Zero by supporting hazard-free travel and striving for zero fatalities.
· Inclusion: Freedom from Barriers
An accessible network, where moving is easy regardless of a person’s age, ability, income or familiarity with the city.
· Integration: Freedom of Choice
An integrated network, where people and goods have viable options for moving within and beyond the city.
· Connectivity: Freedom of Access
Simple and pleasant connections between people and the places and things they need to prosper.
· Health: Freedom to Flourish
Support for the health of people and the planet, with more people-powered trips, lower vehicle emissions and better stewardship of the natural environment.
· Resilience: Freedom to Evolve
Leadership in adapting to changes that reshape the transportation system and how it is used.
The TMP is future-focused and includes over 90 proposed actions to implement the plan over the short term (1-5 years), medium (6 – 15 years) and long term (16+years). Actions in the TMP will be built into staff work plans over the coming years. Those with financial implications will be presented to Council for consideration through the City’s annual budget process.
“Our transportation system is more than a network of roads and traffic lanes,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works. “It is an interconnected system of sidewalks, trails, crosswalks, cycling facilities and roads as well as public services like transit, parking and traffic management and regulation of private service providers like taxis, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs – such as Uber and Lyft), towing and delivery vehicles. To continue to build a great city with a resilient transportation system, we have joined together with leaders from across the organization – from Planning & Building to Parks, Forestry & Environment — to consider all the long-term planning aspects of this complex city-wide system.”
Progress on the actions of the TMP will be tracked and reported annually. Routine updates to the TMP will take place in coordination with updates to the Mississauga Official Plan.
The TMP is the result of Mississauga Moves, a two-year study that combined research and analysis with a public conversation about the future of mobility. The City analysed transportation and transit data, policies, future trends and international best practices. Public engagement took place in-person and online with a dedicated project website. Key community and industry stakeholders as well as other levels of government were also consulted in the process. Over the course of two years, the project team had more than 2,000 face-to-face conversations with community members and made more than 10,000 online connections through the website and social media.
The full plan is available online. Council is expected to approve the plan next week.
EVENING SESSIONS WILL ONLY BE SCHEDULED IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES; MEETINGS FULFILL REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION UNDER THE PLANNING ACT
Effective March 2019, the City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC) meetings will move to a 1:30 p.m. start time.
If there are a high number of agenda items or a need for an evening meeting due to a specific application, an additional 6:30 p.m. session will be added. However, this will only be in special circumstances.
Participation by residents, Resident and Ratepayers Associations and their members is an important part of the planning and development process. As such, there are many ways for residents to provide feedback and stay informed:
· Submit your comments in writing
Written comments are considered with the same weight as verbal submissions at PDC. Comments can be provided either via email to email@example.com or letter sent to:
Mississauga City Council
Attention: Development Assistant
c/o Planning and Building Department – 6th Floor
300 City Centre Dr.
· Attend the Planning and Development Committee meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend and speak to matters on the agenda. PDC meetings are held in:
Mississauga Civic Centre
300 City Centre Dr.
· Watch the live stream or videos on demand
PDC meetings are live streamed and available on demand via our website.
· Request notification of future meetings
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mississauga City Council
Attention: Development Assistant
c/o Planning and Building Department – 6th Floor
300 City Centre Dr.
· Sign up for email updates
Register online for alerts and notifications about upcoming meetings, agendas and media advisories.
· Follow the City on social media
Facebook and Twitter updates can help to keep you informed.
· Follow your local Councillor online
Many Councillors create a monthly eNewsletter which can also keep you informed.
About Planning and Development Committee (PDC)
The City’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC) includes all members of Council. The committee’s main responsibility is to provide an opportunity for the public to express their views on planning-related policies and development applications. This forum for public participation serves to fulfill the requirements of The Planning Act.
The committee also considers planning-related policies and conditions under which site specific development can occur. Recommendations made by the PDC are forwarded to Council for adoption. The committee generally meets every three weeks.
Today, Mississauga City Council approved the 2019 – 2022 Business Plan and 2019 Budget. The impact of the budget is an $83.08 increase on the City’s portion of the property tax on an average residential property valued at $645,000 or $12.88 per $100,000 of assessment.“This year’s budget proves that Mississauga is working. We have a solid financial plan that will allow us to invest in our City while providing the quality local services our residents have come to rely on,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We heard from our residents what was most important to them and designed our budget accordingly. From investing in public transit and safety, to better managing traffic signals to improving housing affordability, this year’s budget makes strategic investments while ensuring programs and services continue to be delivered in a cost-effective manner. Over the past decade, we have saved taxpayers nearly $55 million and this year, we are projected to save an additional $3 million. I want to thank our dedicated staff, my Council colleagues and our community for working together to help lay the groundwork for Mississauga’s bright and promising future.” In 2019, Mississauga residents will see more transit service hours, additional transit security and public safety and more proactive fire prevention education. This is in addition to road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements, winter road maintenance, recreation programs, libraries and parks. “Service excellence, fiscal responsibility and continuous improvement are key elements of our business planning and budgeting activity,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “This, combined with the expertise and professionalism demonstrated by our staff, helps us build on our progress and advance our city building priorities. We have realized $3.1 million in cost savings in this budget. This is equivalent to reducing the City tax levy by 0.6 per cent.” Highlights of the 2019 Business Plan and Budget:
- The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.90 per cent. The increase includes 1.56 per cent for City services and 1.34 per cent for Region of Peel services.
- The City advances on its Strategic Plan in 2019 by adding approximately $9.9 million worth of new services, including:
- 31,000 additional MiWay service hours
- increased investment in transit enforcement and public safety
- continued redevelopment of the Small Arms Inspection Building, the City’s newest arts and cultural facility
- Council did not approve the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Capital Funding Levy of $1 million in the 2019 Budget.
StormwaterThe 2019 Stormwater Program operating budget, excluding transfers to reserves, is $11.96 million. Highlights of the business plan include development of a comprehensive asset management plan, infrastructure improvements, flood relief improvement projects and community outreach activities. The Stormwater Charge rate for 2019 is $106.1 per stormwater billing unit. For more details on the City’s budget and the budgeting process, visit mississauga.ca/budget.