Jul 03, 2013
Today, Mississauga City Council approved an Administrative Penalty System to better enforce
licensing and parking offences and provide the City with greater potential to collect fines.
The first phase of the new system is expected to come into effect by 2014.
"An Administrative Penalty System provides more efficient enforcement of payment penalties
owed to the City through incentives such as late fees, timely hearings and licence plate denial
at an earlier stage," said Mickey Frost, director of Enforcement. "Under this
approach the City will have greater potential to collect fines. The annual net benefit is
expected to be about two times greater than the current system being used under the Provincial
Offences Act (POA)."
Frost also noted current legislation does not permit the enforcement of accessible parking
through an Administrative Penalty System. Council will pass a resolution requesting the
Province of Ontario to amend Ontario Regulation
333/07 to allow for the enforcement of accessible parking through an Administrative Penalty
Frost confirmed approximately 180,000 parking tickets were issued in 2012 by the City. The cost
to implement the new system is estimated at $575,000. Costs associated with the new system are
expected to be recovered within three years.
Provincial Offences Act Current System
City of Mississauga's licensing and parking offences are presently governed by the
Provincial Offences Act. Examples of matters heard in a Provincial Offences Court
include municipal licensing violations, traffic violations, parking offences and violations of
Code Act, Fire
Protection and Prevention Act and Planning
Administrative Penalty System New System
The corporate report on the new system reads: the Municipal
Act, 2001 provides the statutory authority for municipalities to implement a system of
administrative penalties for the enforcement of licensing and parking bylaws. The process for
establishing an Administrative Penalty System (APS) for parking is set out in Ontario Regulation
333/07. Under an APS the municipality may charge administrative fees including fees for
late payments and the failure to appear at the time and place scheduled for the hearing. Under
the current POA system, only nominal amounts for late parking payments are set by
Under an Administrative Penalty System hearings can occur in a timely manner. An Enforcement
officer will issue a penalty notice to an alleged offender, which becomes a debt owed to the
city. The recipient of the penalty may pay the penalty or request a review of the penalty
notice by a screening officer, and if unsatisfied with the outcome, may request a review of the
decision by a hearing officer.
The screening and hearing officers are appointed by Council for the term of Council.
Provincial Offences Court is not an available option and the decision of the hearing officer is
For more information review the corporate report:
Administrative Penalty System
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 focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan,
delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
Senior Communications Advisor
Transportation and Works
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5046