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City of Mississauga Advocates for Funding: National Infrastructure Report Card Released

Sep 14, 2012

The City of Mississauga's infrastructure is included in Canada's first report card on the state and performance of municipal infrastructure released this week by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and three industry partner organizations: the Canadian Construction Association, the Canadian Public Works Association and the Canadian Civil Engineering Society.

"It is no secret, municipalities across Canada are struggling with funding for the critical infrastructure that residents rely on every day," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Municipalities manage more than 50 per cent of the country's infrastructure, but with this heavy responsibility cities collect only eight cents of every tax dollar paid in Canada. It is not enough and cities continue to grow. The report card raises awareness of the needs of Canadian cities and the work that is ahead of us."

The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card 2012, Volume 1, Municipal Roads and Water Systems, consolidated data from a survey of more than 120 Canadian municipalities and assessed the condition of municipal infrastructure in 2009–2010. This marks the first time a group of national stakeholders worked together to measure the state and performance of municipal infrastructure from one end of Canada to the other. "The report card shows that core municipal infrastructure like roads and water systems, assets critical to Canada's health, safety and economic prosperity, are at risk," said FCM president Karen Leibovici. "Investments in infrastructure over the last few years have helped, but without long-term action we are still headed for a crisis."

"Balancing priorities like public safety, lifecycle maintenance and growth is a challenge," said Janice Baker, city manager and CAO. "In 2013, we will explore funding alternatives, including using a portion of the federal gas tax to pay for critical infrastructure road network needs rather than dedicating these funds exclusively to transit."

The City of Mississauga's Budget Committee annually considers an infrastructure levy on the City portion of the property tax as part of the City's business and budget planning process. This practice began in 2008 to help cover the growing cost of infrastructure funding needs.

Background

The current federal infrastructure funding program for municipalities will end when the federal government's Building Canada Plan expires in March 2014. The federal government has plans to develop a new plan before the deadline and the FCM launched a campaign, Target 2014: Building our Future, to ensure the new plan reflects municipal priorities across the country, and asked its member municipalities to pass a Council resolution supporting the campaign.

In June, Mississauga City Council passed a resolution moved by Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 Councillor and FCM delegate, to support the FCM's campaign to ensure the new federal long-term infrastructure plan meets the infrastructure needs of cities.

In 2012, the City of Mississauga raised $27.6 million through property taxes for infrastructure renewal. "This amount is below the estimated $100.3 million annually required to manage these assets," said Baker. "The options available to address the growing funding shortfall are limited and many projects are unfunded. The report card shows all levels of government need to be involved."

For more information on the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, 2012, Volume 1 Municipal Roads and Water Systems, visit www.canadainfrastructure.ca

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 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.

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Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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