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City of Mississauga Receives Top Employer Award for Smart Commute

Nov 21, 2008

The City of Mississauga has been recognized as Smart Commute Employer of the Year, for the area served by Smart Commute Mississauga. The award was presented yesterday at St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto at a ceremony hosted by Metrolinx Chair Rob MacIsaac. Director Geoff Wright, responsible for transportation demand management at the City of Mississauga, accepted the award.

“It is indeed an honour for the City of Mississauga to be recognized as a leading example for other employers in our community,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion. “I am extremely proud of our employees and their commitment and dedication by participating in our Smart Commute program.”

The Mayor will be presented with this award at the Council Meeting on November 26.

Smart Commute Employer of the Year Award

The City of Mississauga was chosen from other nominated employers by an independent Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) wide award review panel. 

“It’s very rewarding to work on a project which staff are excited about and eager to participate. We have strong support for all our events including Carpool and Win promotions and Bike to Work Day,” said Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, Environmental Transportation Co-ordinator for the City. “We were all thrilled to see Mayor McCallion lead by example when she rode her bike to work on International Car Free Day.”   

Top employers from ten Smart Commute organizations from across the GTHA were nominated for awards.

Excellence in Planning Award

Earlier this fall, the City of Mississauga along with the regional municipalities of York, Halton, Durham and Peel and the cities of Toronto and Hamilton, received special recognition awards from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) for the Smart Commute initiative.

The award ceremony took place on September 18 in North Bay as part of OPPI’s 2008 symposium.  The Region of York accepted the Excellence in Planning Award (Category: Communication / Public Education) and the inaugural Healthy Communities Award at that event on behalf of all the partners involved. 

The Excellence in Planning Award recognizes innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving and communications. Established jointly by OPPI and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Healthy Communities Award was created to recognize excellence in creating healthy communities. Smart Commute exemplifies the importance of active transportation in healthy communities.

Smart Commute is a partnership between Metrolinx and the cities and regions of the GTHA to combat traffic congestion, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Smart Commute works with over 100 employers in the GTHA to reduce traffic congestion and to take action on climate change by encouraging the use of sustainable modes of transportation.  A registered non-profit organization, Smart Commute Mississauga, works with employers in the City of Mississauga to improve commuter options including carpooling, transit, cycling, walking and telecommuting.

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.

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