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
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
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.
Its 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
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
The award ceremony took place on September 18 in North Bay as part of OPPIs 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
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