Nov 14, 2012
Mayor Hazel McCallion is attending the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City
Mayors' Caucus in Ottawa this week to discuss long-term infrastructure investment.
"Cities can no longer afford to miss out on key opportunities because they are struggling
with infrastructure funding," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Our city is growing and
aging and with that the need for infrastructure funding increases. For people and cities across
Canada to succeed, they need reliable transportation that is sustainable. They need safe roads
and bridges they can count on and safe drinking water. We are going to work with other Canadian
cities to secure sustainable funding."
Mississauga's infrastructure includes transit, roads and bridges, stormwater management facilities,
buildings, and more. Transportation infrastructure needs focus on transit ridership demands,
relieving congestion, keeping goods moving and supporting population and employment growth; as
well as developing a multimodal transportation network to improve accessibility and mobility
for all residents. Find out more about Mississauga's infrastructure priorities.
The City of Mississauga is supporting the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) advocacy
initiatives for infrastructure funding including the recently launched, Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge.
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. The FCM launched a campaign, Target 2014: Building our Future, to ensure the new plan reflects municipal
priorities across the country, and asked member municipalities to pass Council resolutions
supporting the campaign. For more information on the campaign visit www.canadainfrastructure.ca
In June, Mississauga City Council passed a resolution to support
the FCM's campaign to ensure that 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
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 & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046