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Mississauga Wins Two Distinguised Planning Awards

Oct 29, 2009

At its meeting Wednesday, Mississauga City Council acknowledged two awards of excellence the City received at the joint Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) conference held earlier this month.

“Council is delighted that our City and staff are recognized by the planning industry for producing outstanding work that moves forward our City’s strategic goals,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion.  “This also helps raise the bar for excellence in community planning and communication for our municipal colleagues across Canada.”

The City and Office for Urbanism, the project consultant, received the OPPI’s Excellence in Planning Award for “Our Future Mississauga Community Engagement” – the largest, most comprehensive initiative of its kind ever undertaken by the City.  More than 100,000 Mississauga residents were engaged in conversation about the future of Mississauga.

“The campaign invited our community to ‘think big’ about the future of their city, and transformed their ideas into strategies to shape the City’s future,” said Bruce Carr, director of Community Strategic Initiatives, City Manager’s Office.  “As a result, today we have a new Strategic Plan that positions Mississauga as a world class city of the 21st century.”

At the conference, CIP recognized the City of Mississauga’s Older Adult Plan with an Award for Planning Excellence, prepared in collaboration with Monteith Brown Planning Consultants.  In its review, the CIP 2009 jury commented, “There was a significant public participation program that was integral to the project.  This helped generate a level of comprehensiveness in gathering the required information to define problems, opportunities, and ways of implementing as well as fostered a sense of anticipation of future action on the part of the older populace.  It will set a standard for future reference as to how communities can plan for the needs of an aging population in a way that contributed to a sustainable quality of life.”

 “We now have a plan that ensures we are developing and implementing programs, facilities and services that support and enable people to age actively in Mississauga,” said Laura Piette, acting director of Planning Development and Business Services.  “The Plan supports our vision of an age friendly city where older adults will belong and lead purposeful and active lives, will live in their community with dignity, integrity and independence, and will experience a diverse range of lifestyle opportunities to pursue their personal interests.”

For more information about “Our Future Mississauga” and the City of Mississauga’s new Strategic Plan, go to  For more information and to see the CIP award submission for the City of Mississauga Older Adult Plan, go to

As Canada’s sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Mississauga prides itself on enhancing its citizens’ quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment. Mississauga’s commitment to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility reflects the City’s motto: “Leading Today for Tomorrow.”

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