Jun 25, 2008
Yesterday, the City of Mississauga hosted an open house to launch the draft framework of the
Strategic Plan. Residents, business leaders and community groups had the opportunity to
review and comment on the draft plan at the Civic Centre.
"Together as a community, we have been able to draft a plan that will help move
Mississauga towards a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable City for the 21st
Century," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "As we move forward, we need to continue
to work with the community to help us finalize our plans for a great city."
Over the past eight months, thousands of ideas provided by the community have been inspired
by conversations that have evolved from the various workshops such as the Speakers Series and
the Visioning Symposium. Those ideas were collected and built into the framework of the
draft Strategic Plan established by Members of Council, the City's leadership team and
community representatives. The Strategic Plan was then broken down into two phases: phase
one focused on creating the high level directions of the plan and phase two will focus on
developing a plan for implementation.
At the open house, the community was introduced to the Strategic Pillars for Change, a part
of phase one, which have been identified to give structure to the draft Strategic Plan:
- Pillar 1 - Developing a Transit Oriented City
- Pillar 2 - Ensuring Youth, Older Adults & New Immigrant
- Pillar 3 - Completing our Neighbourhoods
- Pillar 4 - Cultivating Creative & Innovative Businesses
"Over six thousand ideas were provided by the community through a puzzle piece
campaign, which was compiled into the draft Strategic Plan," said Bruce Carr, director of
Strategic Planning and Business Services. "It's thrilling to see the overwhelming
response from the community wanting to shape Mississauga's future."
In addition to revealing the draft framework for the Strategic Plan, a number of sculptural
pieces were selected from four participating Mississauga secondary schools and were on display
for the community to see how our youth envision the City of Mississauga in the 21st
Council will consider the final direction for the Strategic Plan in the fall following the
input received from the open house. Once again, there will be an opportunity for the
community to participate in the creation of the Implementation Plan for the Strategic Plan,
which subsequently will be considered by Council for approval.
For more information, please visit www.conversation21.ca or call the Building a City for
the 21st Century Office 905-615-3200, ext. 2100.
Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With
well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be
an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens.
Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength
and for being Canada's safest city.
Public Affairs Consultant