Category Archives: Community

What Can Community Services Be?


Have an idea about a library program, a City-owned recreation facility or something you’d like to see at a local park? Tell us about it. The City is creating long-range plans for the next five to 10 years for the City’s Culture, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Library and Fire & Emergency Services.

“As Mississauga continues to grow, so does the number of residents using City-run programs, services and facilities,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “It’s important to understand what the community sees as priorities so we can ensure we continue to meet their needs now and in the future.”

To create these plans, input from the community will be combined with feedback from other stakeholders, targeted user groups, data and trends. Plans will address concerns about existing programs and services, align with Council priorities and investigate innovative and unique opportunities to enhance City services and programs. The Culture Division recently completed a series of public meetings focused on the future of arts and culture in the city.

Mitcham added, “Getting feedback from the community is essential when it comes to preparing service area plans. Residents and stakeholders provide a lot of great insights into understanding community priorities and needs, gaps in services or programs where funds need to be spent and ideas to consider in the future.”

Over the next 14 months, City staff will work with consultants to:
• gather insights, ideas and thoughts about the future direction for Culture, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Library and Fire & Emergency Services;
• host a number of community engagement initiatives including resident surveys, face-to-face sessions and online feedback;
• cluster information with other sources of data to drive the creation of the plans;
• reach out to the public and staff for feedback on draft plans; and
• present each plan to City Council for review and approval.

Residents interested in sharing their thoughts can do so via an online survey, email, telephone, participating in a public meeting or attending a community event. For more information about how to provide feedback, visit mississauga.ca/yourfuture.

Food Bank Members share their Stories

Mississauga, ON – May 1, 2017 – Eden Food for Change is holding its annual Hunger Awareness Breakfast in Meadowvale this year to provide local business and community leaders the opportunity to hear directly from Food Bank Members.

Pat Saito, Mississauga Ward 9 Councillor, hosts this year’s event at the new Meadowvale Community Centre.  The event will feature Food Bank Members who will share about their journey with Eden Food for Change and the impact the organization had on their lives.

The event kicks off the organization’s annual Hunger Awareness Campaign that invites local business and organizations to raise money and fresh food to support people living in poverty here in western Mississauga.  Mayor Bonnie Crombie will be sharing how she will be supporting the campaign with a special announcement.

Who:       Pat Saito, Mississauga Councillor Ward 5, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Local Food Bank Members, Michael J. Kalistchuk, Founder & CEO of EMKAL Inc., Students from St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School and Thomas Street Middle School
Where:    Meadowvale Community Centre, Auditorium
6655 Glen Erin Dr. Mississauga, ON L5N 3L4
When:     Tuesday, May 2, 2017 7:00 am

This year’s breakfast is sponsored by the Meadowvale Tim Hortons and the Learning Kitchen of Eden will be preparing food provided by the Real Canadian Superstore at Winston Churchill and Argentia.

Eden Food for Change has been serving Mississauga for more than 25 years. The organization provides people with emergency food support through its two Food Bank locations, as well as the ability to put healthy food on their own tables with its Learning Kitchen.

Council Committed to Improving School Bus Safety: Mayor Crombie

Mississauga Council is pressing ahead with the use of technology that will help keep students, citizens, neighbourhoods and our streets safer, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today.

Mayor Crombie made the comments following last week’s General Committee, where Council passed a motion in support of Bill 94, Highway Traffic Amendment Act (School Bus Camera Systems), 2017  after receiving a deputation from Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR). STOPR plans and implements home-to-school transportation for approximately 65,000 students travelling to 400 school sites. Today, Council passed the resolution. Continue reading Council Committed to Improving School Bus Safety: Mayor Crombie

Real Impact happens on Giving Tuesday

How to Support our Mississauga Libraries on #GivingTuesday

“For over 25 years the Friends have been funding school trips to the library, author visits, and library renovations,” says FOL President Michael Jones.  “For the thousands of children we help, it is important for residents to help the Friends, support our libraries, and donate today.”

MISSISSAUGA – Not new to Black Friday deals or Cyber Monday sales, Mississauga will be celebrating its second #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2016.  The Friends of the Mississauga Library System (FOL) is one of registered charity groups actively campaigning on #GivingTuesday.  The Friends will be reminding residents about the importance of literacy and supporting our libraries. Continue reading Real Impact happens on Giving Tuesday