Sep 16, 2017
Today, the City of Mississauga joined with the Government of Canada to celebrate Canada 150 improvements to 19 trails, 26 playgrounds and a number of specific renovation projects including work at Lake Aquitaine Park, Riverwood, South Common Community Centre and the Small Arms Inspection Building.
The day’s events included an Indigenous land acknowledgment by the Peel Aboriginal Network and spoken word tribute by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, an opportunity for the public to view project boards as well as an interpretive walk along Riverwood trails.
“Together with our federal partners, we have made key infrastructure investments in parks all across Mississauga, creating a long-lasting Canada 150 legacy,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “These improvements foster vibrant public spaces which offer an unparalleled quality of life to our residents. Our playgrounds are more accessible, our trail systems are safer and a number of our facilities have been modernized to ensure that more of our residents can enjoy our naturally enriching spaces.”
The City of Mississauga received almost $5.6 million in Government of Canada funding to upgrade 54 infrastructure projects through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150), a $300-million national fund that was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through investments in the community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is delivering funding of up to $88.8 million across southern Ontario.
“This CIP150 investment is a community-building project to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. There’s no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario. “That’s how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces.”
“With the CIP 150 Intake 1 and 2 funding, we have been able to address the infrastructure upgrades which we had identified as priorities,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Intake 1 projects have been completed. Intake 2 projects have either begun or will begin shortly and will be completed by March 31, 2018. Today’s event has given us the exceptional opportunity to celebrate all of them during Canada’s 150th anniversary year.”
In addition, the public artwork Pine Sanctuary, created as part of the CIP 150 project at Riverwood was also officially dedicated today. Positioned at the entrance to the park, Pine Sanctuary, was designed by artist Marc Fornes and THEVERYMANY.
“Making these key improvements to our parks and facilities helps to create safe and engaging spaces to play, socialize and participate in the community,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services. “These are important elements to help Mississauga residents of all ages and abilities lead active and healthy lives.”
For more information about the CIP 150 projects and other Canada 150 events in Mississauga visit, mississauga.ca/canada150.
Audrey Holt, APR
Communications Advisor – Canada 150
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 3389