Category Archives: Ratepayers

City Increases Subsidy for Outdoor Maintenance for Low-Income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

The City has modified its Outdoor Maintenance Subsidy Program (formerly known as Yard Maintenance Subsidy Program) by increasing the yearly subsidy amount to $350 – up from $200. The program has also been expanded to include all yard maintenance work in the spring and summer (e.g., weed removal, leaf cleanup, hedge trimming, etc.), rather than grass cutting only. Eligible residents in Mississauga can claim expenses on a per-household, per-year basis for the cost of yard maintenance, as well as snow clearing in the winter.

“We are committed to ensuring that our city is affordable and accessible for our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “By increasing the eligible subsidy and streamlining the application and claims process, we are making it easier for low-income seniors and people with disabilities to access the services they need.”

The changes will take effect in 2019 and will also include:

· The subsidy period will change from “April 1 to March 31” to “January 1 to December 31”, aligning with the calendar year.
· Applications will be due annually by March 31 following the subsidy year. For example, applications for the 2019 subsidy year will be due on March 31, 2020.
· Spouses of eligible applicants who live in the household can apply for the program.

In addition, the subsidy for the current period of April 1 to December 31, 2018 will be pro-rated and increased to $260.

“By expanding the program to include outdoor maintenance of all kinds in the spring and summer, we are able to meet other needs that older adults or people with disabilities may have on yard maintenance, rather than restricting it to just grass cutting,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor.

Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, added, “Since the 2014/15 subsidy year, the average amount of claimed expenses has increased. City staff considered this and recommended increasing the subsidy to benefit applicants. Other changes to the program will also provide and establish a more transparent application and efficient process for residents and staff.”

For more information about the program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/outdoor-maintenance-subsidy.

For other financial assistance programs for older adults and people with disabilities, visit mississauga.ca/olderadultsassistance.

Share Your Ideas at the Reimagining the Mall Community Meetings

Residents are invited to participate in a series of community meetings where they can share their ideas, opinions and local knowledge to help shape the future vision of five areas anchored by indoor shopping malls.

In partnership with the Region of PeelReimagining the Mall will guide the long-term evolution of these into healthier, mixed-use communities. This will set a proactive policy framework to fulfil the City’s long-term vision should a property owner choose to redevelop the mall and surrounding area in the future. Continue reading Share Your Ideas at the Reimagining the Mall Community Meetings

City Set to Prohibit Overnight On-Street Parking Year-Round

“There is a projected increase in administrative penalty revenue of approximately $375,000”
– Corporate Report

On December 6th at General Committee, staff from the City’s Transportation and Works Department shared recommendations through a corporate report, that daily overnight parking restrictions be introduced from 2 to 6 a.m. and that on-street parking increase from three hours to five hours under the City’s Traffic By-law (555-00).

City abandons plan to ban overnight parking
Mississauga News, November 18, 2009

“Parking needs are changing in Mississauga. As the city continues to grow and evolve, we want to give residents more flexible parking options such as accommodating increased parking on holy days, holidays and family celebrations,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works.

Currently on-street parking is not permitted for longer than three hours and between 2 and 6 a.m. from November 1 to March 31. This excludes holiday exemptions and other signed areas for parking beyond the three-hour limit between 8 a.m. to midnight. Extended parking for other days can be requested 24/7 using the City’s Temporary Parking Permit Online Service  or by calling 311.

The corporate report also included a recommendation to implement a Digital Chalking Pilot Project to monitor on-street parking limit times and payment. Wright added, “Digital chalking records a parked vehicle’s licence plate and wheel position to determine if it has exceeded the on-street parking time limit.”

During the 2019 business planning process, the City’s Enforcement section will ask for capital funding for the Digital Chalking Pilot Project.

Pending Council approval of the report on December 13, the five hour on-street parking maximum will take effect in January 2018 and the overnight restrictions will start in April 2018.

Learn more about the City’s Traffic By-law or parking in Mississauga.

Council Approves 2018 Business Plan and Budget

The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.74 per cent; No Council support for Port Credit Marina redevelopment

Today, Mississauga City Council approved the 2018 Business Plan and Budget. The impact of the budget is a $141 increase on the City’s portion of the property tax on an average residential property valued at $604,000, or $23.27 per $100,000 of assessment.

We heard directly from residents and business owners about their city-building priorities including investing to expand public transit; combating gridlock by improving traffic management; offering a variety of recreational programs at our many community centres; and improving housing affordability.” – Mayor Crombie

“Mississauga’s 2018 Budget is a strong financial plan that invests in our city today and for the future, while continuing to provide families with the quality local services they rely on each day,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We heard directly from residents and business owners about their city-building priorities including investing to expand public transit; combating gridlock by improving traffic management; offering a variety of recreational programs at our many community centres; and improving housing affordability. Budget 2018 also ensures local government programs and services continue to be managed well and are delivered in a cost-effective way. Budget 2018 projects savings of over $3 million of taxpayers’ hard-earned money. This means a savings of nearly $52 million over the past decade. Its further proof Mississauga is working. I want to thank our team of professional staff, my Council colleagues and our community for coming together to shape our promising future with Budget 2018.”

In 2018, Mississauga residents will see 46,000 more transit service hours and additional transit security, along with road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements. This is in addition to the services residents expect, including fire and emergency services, winter road maintenance, libraries, recreation programs and parks and forestry.

“Our business planning and budgeting activity focuses on our ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility and continuous improvement,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “This, together with the expertise and dedication of our people, helps us build on our progress and advance our strategic priorities. We are investing our resources wisely on improvements to transit and infrastructure and ensuring excellent customer service for residents.”

Highlights of the 2018 Business Plan and Budget:

  • The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.74 per cent. The increase includes 1.58 per cent for City services and 1.16 per cent for the Region of Peel.
  • The City advances on its Strategic Plan in 2018 by adding approximately $2.8 million worth of new services, including:
    • continuing the MiWay service growth and adding 46,000 service hours;
    • increasing support to culture groups and local artists;
    • redeveloping the recently-acquired Small Arms Inspection Building;
    • hosting the Ontario 55+ Summer Games;
    • providing public education about the City’s Active Transportation options to encourage the use of cycling and walking infrastructure; and
    • improving the Library’s collection to support the City’s population growth.

Stormwater

The 2018 Stormwater Program operating budget, excluding transfers to reserves, is $11.9 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 2018 is $104 per stormwater billing unit.

For more details on the City’s budget and the budgeting process, visit mississauga.ca/budget.