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
"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 20092010. 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
"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
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
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
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,
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.
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046