Have Your Say on Spending the City Budget

The online budget allocator lets residents choose their preferred spending option on selected City services.

From roads and recreation programs to fire and emergency services, City services impact people’s lives every day. Decisions about City services drive the budget. Residents can use the allocator to test different spending options and then choose one for each service area.

“The budget allocator is a great way for residents to learn more about City services and their cost, and tell us about their priorities,” says Jeff Jackson, Director of Finance and Treasurer. “It is an opportunity to share their priorities in a way that gets people involved in their City’s business planning and budgeting process.”

Mississauga’s online budget allocator for the 2017 Budget is now available at mississauga.ca/budget.

Results received from the allocator by November 4 will be shared with Budget Committee on November 28. The results will help inform the committee’s review of the 2017 proposed Business Plan and Budget. Continue reading Have Your Say on Spending the City Budget

Mayor Crombie Issues City-Wide Food Drive Challenge

Today, Mayor Crombie launched the Mayor’s second annual Food Drive Challenge in partnership with The Mississauga Food Bank and Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services. The initiative challenges Mississauga residents to raise enough food and funds to support hungry families who need help this Thanksgiving and beyond.

“Many of our most vulnerable residents are often the same individuals who rely on foodbanks,” Mayor Crombie said. “I am pleased to launch the 2016 Food Drive Challenge as a part of The Mississauga Food Bank’s Annual Thanksgiving Campaign in partnership with the City’s Fire and Emergency Services team.

“Last year we well surpassed our goals and this year, I know we can do it again. I encourage all people to take part in the #OneBagChallenge and I want to thank everyone in advance for their willingness to participate and their compassionate generosity to help neighbours in need,” Mayor Crombie said.

Residents are asked to drop off non-perishable food donations at their local fire stations, grocery store or The Mississauga Food Bank. This year’s Food Drive Challenge aims to raise $100,000 and 200,000 pounds of food by October 14. Continue reading Mayor Crombie Issues City-Wide Food Drive Challenge

Mississauga Responds to Proposed Provincial Plan to Increase Supply of Affordable Housing

Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee yesterday approved staff’s comments on provincial legislation that would give municipalities additional tools to create more affordable housing.

The Province introduced Bill 204 – the Promoting Affordable Housing Act in May 2016. This would give municipalities the authority to require developers to include affordable housing in new developments through Inclusionary Zoning.

“Mississauga welcomes the opportunity to work with the Government of Ontario to ensure affordable housing choices are available in our communities,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are encouraged by the Province’s commitment to provide tools to help the City protect and improve its supply of affordable housing now and for the future.”

The Province has asked for input on numerous items, including:

  • the number of units that must be affordable
  • length of time the units must remain affordable, and
  • standards required of the units (size, parking)

The staff report supports a flexible approach. This approach would allow affordable units to be built offsite where a contribution for Inclusionary Zoning would not be practical, as well as cash-in-lieu that could be put toward building more affordable units.

The report will go forward to Council for comments and approval. Continue reading Mississauga Responds to Proposed Provincial Plan to Increase Supply of Affordable Housing