This is the message we must deliver to all candidates and political parties in the lead up to the October 21, 2019 federal election. The priorities of our residents are the priorities of our City and must be the priorities of the next federal government.
Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and growing city, home to almost 800,000 people and over 94,000 businesses. We are working to build a complete city, made up of communities connected by local and rapid transit - a place where people can afford to live, work and raise a family. Mississauga is home to world-class community centres, hundreds of kilometres of trails connecting over 250 parks across our city. We have a quality of life that is second to none.
As a City, we strive to run an efficient and effective government. The reality is that this is getting increasingly more difficult to do. Of each tax dollar collected, only 9 cents goes to Mississauga, whereas 44 cents goes to the Ontario Government and 47 cents goes to the Federal Government. We are asked to do a lot with a little. On top of this, the only source of revenue we have is the property tax. To continue to grow and prosper, Mississauga needs a committed federal partner to help us build healthy, sustainable communities. We simply cannot do this alone.
We continue to face increased challenges to build and keep our infrastructure in a state of good repair - the roads, bridges, community centres, parks, trails, public transit, and so much more - everything that keeps our city running and makes Mississauga a great place to live. Good quality infrastructure is what makes Mississauga a place that people choose to be and where the world comes to work. We need a committed federal partner who will invest in helping us maintain and build the infrastructure we need to move Mississauga forward.
Mississauga, much like many other cities across the GTA, is facing a housing affordability crisis. Approximately one-third of people in Mississauga are spending more than 30 per cent of their income on housing. This is dangerous and means too many people are living beyond their means. As a City, we have taken action to help increase the availability of housing for the middle-class through our Making Room for the Middle plan, but we need a federal partner to invest in building more affordable housing for middle-income earners so that people can live and work in Mississauga.
We also need the federal government to continue to make investments in our local infrastructure to help us build community centres, roads, bridges, parks, trails, bike lanes and everything else that makes Mississauga a great place to live. This includes investing in building healthy cities with green infrastructure such as solar panels and electric/hydrogen buses.
Lastly, we need a federal partner to make significant investments in our local and regional transit systems - like all-day two-way GO Transit and rapid transit along Dundas Street and Lakeshore - to allow us to break gridlock and congestion and get people and businesses moving.
Your priorities are our priorities too. They must also be the priorities of the next federal government.
After all, this is our city and we need to make ensure that Mississauga remains one of the best cities in the world to live, work and raise a family for generations to come.
On October 21, take the time to vote for a candidate that understands that Mississauga Matters.
Get engaged and informed, and most importantly, please vote.
On October 21, 2019, the following federal candidates will be running in Mississauga ridings: