Infrastructure: Building Strong, Sustainable Communities
The quality of life of Mississauga residents relies on our infrastructure - roads, bridges, transit, parks, trails and community centres - being in good condition. It’s what makes our economy run, connects our communities, creates jobs, and makes Mississauga a destination for business and talent.
The City of Mississauga currently owns approximately $9.9 billion worth of infrastructure. However, everyday wear and tear is taking its toll, and we need more and more funding to keep it in working order. This year alone, there is a $258 million gap between what the City can afford to build and maintain, and what we need to build and maintain while keeping property taxes competitive and at the rate of inflation.
This gap exists because while municipalities own 60% of the country's infrastructure, we only receive nine cents from every tax dollar collected in Canada. This simply isn't enough to fund city services and maintain infrastructure like roads, bridges and waterways in Canada's sixth-largest city.
In order to build Mississauga into a world-class city, we need the federal government to commit to doing more to help Mississauga close the gap by providing long-term, predictable and sustainable infrastructure funding. Direct funding from the federal government to municipalities allows us to focus on local priorities and build infrastructure quickly.