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Stormwater User Rate Supported by Council

Dec 05, 2012

Today, at General Committee, the Mayor and members of Council supported in principle shifting the City's stormwater management program from the property tax base to a stormwater user rate; Council will approve this on December 12.

"The stormwater financing study clearly indicates the challenge of dealing with stormwater is a major concern," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Moving toward funding the program through user fees is an appropriate way to address the current pressures that the City is facing."

The City's stormwater management program includes: roadway drainage systems, stormwater management ponds and waterways such as rivers, creeks and ditches. The recommended level of funding for the program will address all currently identified operations, maintenance and capital pressures and sets the framework to provide a sustainable level of funding for infrastructure renewal in the future.

Implementation details of the program will be addressed in the new year when staff will bring a report forward for Council’s consideration. The earliest that a stormwater user rate would be implemented is 2014.

Stormwater Financing Approach as Outlined in the Corporate Report:

• Implement a stormwater rate based on a property’s impermeable surface area such as rooftops, parking lots and driveways.
• The staff report recommended that the stormwater rate be charged to all properties except those exempted from payment of municipal fees and charges through legislation. However, Council voted today to exclude places of worship from payment of stormwater user fees.
• Develop a credit program for non-residential properties and an incentive program for residential properties.


Mississauga's City Council authorized a financing study of its stormwater program in September 2011. In February 2012, AECOM, an engineering consulting firm, was contracted to look at funding options beyond property taxes and development charges and involved the community to help find a solution through forming a stakeholder group and through public consultation. For more information visit the Stormwater Financing Study website.

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.

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