MISSISSAUGA READY FOR INVESTING IN CANADA INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM

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 ProjectsTotal 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
Express Corridors$49.5M
Bus Maintenance/Rehab$44.1M
Presto$10M
CAD/AVL/HASTUS$9M
Cycle Tracks$4M
Bus Shelters$3.8M
Farebox Refurbishment$2M
Bus Terminals$1.6M
Bus stops/pads$1M
Enhanced Partitions$0.7M
Mini Terminals/Bays$0.7M
MiWay Signs$0.7M
Transit Vehicles (non-buses)$0.4M
Revenue Equipment Replacement$0.1M
Total Cost$847.5M
  
ICIP – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream Projects
South Common Community Centre and Library$61.6M
Public Marina and Waterfront Park$71.3M
Total Cost$132.9M

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.

WASTE REDUCTION WEEK IS BACK! DROP OFF UNWANTED CLOTHING AND ELECTRONICS AT 14 CITY FACILITIES

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 CentreMississauga Central LibraryGarry W. Morden Training Centre and the City’s 11 community centresBurnhamthorpeCarmen CorbassonClarksonErin MeadowsFrank McKechnieHuron ParkMalton,MeadowvaleMississauga ValleyRiver Grove and South Common.

Learn more about the City’s environmental priorities and vision by following Mississauga Green on Twitter (@MiLivingGreen) or visit mississauga.ca/environment.

All clothing items will be donated to Diabetes Canada and all electronics will be collected for recycling byOntario Electronic Stewardship’s Recovery Program.

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.

LAST FEW DAYS LEFT TO ENTER THE NORTH MISSISSAUGA SOCCER CLUB COMPETITIVE TRIALS

Registrations are open for the last two sessions scheduled on Sept 28 and Oct 5 for U13-U18

Mississauga, 24th Sept 2019: The city’s not-for-profit community, North Mississauga Soccer Club (NMSC) that began its trials/try-outs at the competitive level on 14 September will soon draw close to its conclusion. It is accepting registrations from soccer enthusiasts U13-U18 (Boys & Girls) for its remaining slots on Sept 28 and Oct 5. The trials will be inclusive of competitive players for all-levels, including Ontario Player Development League (OPDL), Golden Horseshoe Soccer League (GHSL), and Peel Halton Development League (PHDL) teams.

The club, staying true to its value of providing an opportunity to all players to pursue soccer, is inviting participation from everyone that fulfills the criteria irrespective of their skills or experience. The trials conducted for the U8-U12 in the past week received an overwhelming response that brought in over 400 registrations at NMSC for both Rep and OPDL competitive programs combined. The North Mississauga Soccer Club is looking forward to fill more slots with the conclusion of the on-going identification sessions. With the onset of the fresh season and renewed teams, the club is also gearing up to announce some well-known names within the soccer community who are joining the coaching squad this 2019/2020 Indoor Season. These experts will form an integral part of NMSC’s mission of dedicating to the development of well-balanced, successful players at the competitive level.

Speaking about the positive response received so far for the trials, Joe Alves (NMSC President), said, “The North Mississauga Soccer Club has been elated to receive a huge response from the soccer community and locals alike. We have witnessed an increase in the number of players adding to the different teams at NMSC compared to the previous year. We realize that there is a lot of potential in the aspiring young candidates, and we are here to give them that platform to hone their skills and be ready to go out there and play at the level that is best suited for their development. We look forward to seeing more passionate players attending the remainder of the upcoming trials and become a part of our community.”

The competitive trials and identification sessions will be held on:

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 – Huron Park Turf (9am-5pm)

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 – Huron Park Turf (9am-5pm)

For detailed schedule, please visit: https://nmsc.net/fall-competitive-trials-grassroots-identification-sessions/

Interested candidates can register on the website at: https://nmsc.powerupsports.com/index.php?page=LOGIN

Get Ahead of Winter with the Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

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.