May 25, 2012
City of Mississauga's Mayor Hazel McCallion told attendees at the Mississauga Transportation
Forum that congestion is a serious health issue and its impacts are not fully understood. The
forum, held this week, included keynote speakers who discussed potential funding options and
"The time has come to move on this serious issue that impacts our economy, health and
quality of life," said Mayor McCallion. "We have the projects, the plans and concerns
from businesses and residents. We must as a society expect to pay for transportation at all
levels of government and through the private sector. We must do it now to resolve this crisis
that does not recognize municipal or regional boundaries."
Key stakeholders representing community groups, the business community and officials from
various levels of government participated in the "Mississauga Transportation Forum
The Case for Investment."
Bruce McCuaig, president and chief executive
officer, Metrolinx presented information
on investment principles including the need to
deliver short, medium and long term benefits.
Martin Powell, commissioner, Mississauga
Transportation and Works provided information on
transportation projects and improvements needed
John Howe, vice president investment strategy and
project evaluation, Metrolinx provided
information on possible investment
strategies and impacts.
Ron J. Aitken, vice president transit and rail
systems, SNC-Lavalin provided information on
public private partnerships and the key element
of customer experience.
Participants took part in breakout sessions and discussed what is needed to improve
transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and what tools or funding
solutions need to be considered. Attendees discussed the importance of creating a national
transportation strategy and of receiving buy-in from all sectors of government to improve the
infrastructure system across the GTHA. Mayor McCallion added that the challenge will be in
making the public aware of the serious transportation issues and the impact it is having on the
health of people.
"The transportation forum provided information to stakeholders on potential alternative
funding opportunities that will allow the City to continue delivering transportation
improvements," said Martin Powell, commissioner Transportation and Works Department.
"Staff will consider the information collected from the forum in determining how to
continue the dialogue."
The event introduction by Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr explained that the forum was the outcome
of a recommendation at Council last year to organize a workshop based on the staff report,
Moving Mississauga: From Vision to Action Mississaugas Draft Interim
Presentation material is available on the City's Transportation Forum website at
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 residents and 55,000 businesses,
including 63 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, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by
focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money
and maintaining infrastructure.
Senior Communications Advisor
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5232