City Budget
Budget Infrastructure

What is Mississauga’s Infrastructure?

Infrastructure describes the equipment and structures the city owns, that we all use and benefit from. It helps us at work, at home and at play. 

Infrastructure icons

Roads, bridges, stormwater drains and sewers, sidewalks, streetlights, traffic signals, community centres, libraries, fire stations, pools, arenas, parks, trails, playground equipment, theatre, buses and bus shelters.

Read the Mississauga infrastructure brochure to know what the City is responsible for.

We own $8.9 billion worth of infrastructure

Infrastructure examples


Why is Infrastructure important?

  • It makes our city safe, convenient and livable.
  • It adds to the quality of our lives and contributes to our overall health and well-being.
  • It makes our city an attractive place to live.
  • It makes businesses want to locate here.

What’s the value of our infrastructure?

$8.9 billion in total
Here’s how it breaks down:

Breakdown of infrastructure spending chart

Local governments own the majority of infrastructure within its boundaries (60%); but among all levels of government, local governments receive the smallest share (8-10%) of all tax dollars collected.

Infrastructure and tax dollars collected

Why is it important to
maintain our infrastructure?

Because it helps us avoid excessive future repair costs.

Paying for the initial infrastructure is one thing but all the things we own require maintenance and upkeep. The timing of this is really important.

Fixing infrastructure today versus fixing it later

Here’s an example.

If a building has a leaky roof it needs a new roof or at least some repairs. If you don’t fix the roof when it needs it, you might be paying for water damage and a new roof later on.

Taking care of our infrastructure in a timely way is called Asset Management. It helps us protect our investments and avoid future costs.


What is the City's infrastructure Gap?

The City of Mississauga owns infrastructure assets worth $8.9 billion. The depreciation expense represents the minimum amount that should be put aside each year to replace infrastructure in the future. Depreciation based on historical costs would be $124 million, making the gap between what is funded and what is needed $46 million. Depreciation adjusted for estimated replacement costs would be $338 million, making the real infrastructure gap $260 million.

What we have versus what we need

* Funded through portions of Federal Gas Tax and Capital Reserve

What are we doing
to address this problem?

1

We are applying some specific measures to address certain infrastructure costs, such as a 2% Capital Infrastructure and Debt Repayment Levy which has been added to the property tax bill.

2

We are looking to the Federal and Provincial Governments to help us solve this problem.

How well are we currently maintaining our infrastructure?

The good news is Mississauga’s infrastructure is in pretty good shape. The bad news is it is taking more money to keep it that way.

Here’s how the condition of our roads, bridges and buildings looks.

Here's how the condition of our roads, bridges and buildings looks

Asset Management Plan

MiWay Asset Management Plan


Summary

Mississauga is a young and thriving city with fairly new infrastructure. It’s important for us to look after our infrastructure and keep it in a good state of repair. By doing so, we are putting safety first and making sure that Mississauga continues to be a great place to live, play and do business in the future. 

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