City of Mississauga Wins National Municipal Award for Innovation

Jun 08, 2011

Today, the City of Mississauga's MiWay Mobile Site was recognized at Council for receiving a Certificate of Merit as part of the 2011 Willis Award for Innovation. The award was originally presented to the City by The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) at its national conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 1, 2011.

"The City of Mississauga is pleased to be recognized for the innovation and administrative excellence of this initiative," said Janice Baker, City Manager and CAO, who accepted the award on behalf of the City at the June 1 conference. "The MiWay Mobile Site enables the City to provide exceptional customer service and supports the City’s goal to develop a transit-oriented City."

The award was presented to the MiWay Mobile Site team members with Patrick Moyle, Chief Administrative Officer with Halton Region and member of the CAMA Board of Directors, in attendance. The City of Mississauga launched the MiWay Mobile Site in October 2010. The Mobile Site enables customers with a smart phone or any other mobile device to view the next three departure times, or the full schedule for any day of the week, for any bus stop in Mississauga.

"The City has earned national recognition for a website that provides MiWay customers on the go with convenient access to transit schedules using their smart phones," said Martin Powell, commissioner, Transportation & Works. "I am proud of the MiWay team members who created the Mobile Site and want to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication to making this initiative a success."

Geoff Marinoff, director of Transit says, “The site received a total of 300,868 page views and 58,231 visits from 10,481 unique users in April 2011, up more than 30 per cent since January.” “Since its launch the site continues to grow in popularity,” added Marinoff.

About The Willis Award for Innovation
The Willis Award for Innovation, awarded in recognition of Jack Willis for his contribution to the CAMA, is presented for programs, projects or services that demonstrate exceptional innovation or meritorious initiative. Because Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population – for municipalities under 20,000, for those between 20,001 and 100,000 and for those over 100,000. Certificates of Merit may also be awarded.

About CAMA
A Canada-wide network and the national voice of senior municipal administrators, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) strives to nurture and build municipal administrative excellence by providing its more than 480 members with knowledge sharing and learning opportunities, access to best practices, and valued input into policies and programs aimed at ensuring healthy and thriving communities across Canada.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 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, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

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Media Contact:
Baljit Seran
Public Affairs Consultant
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5050
TTY: 905-896-5151


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