Healthy City Plan for Mississauga Has Community Support

Oct 27, 2004

The Healthy City Stewardship Centre (HCSC), aimed at creating a health development plan for the City of Mississauga was presented at today's meeting of City Council.

The Healthy City Stewardship Centre is the result of the work completed over the past five years by Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and faculty members from the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM). Working together, UTM and the City developed the "Mississauga Model" in collaboration with the World Health Organization's Kobe Centre Program for Cities and Health. The Model is fundamentally a framework that bridges the gap between research and policy-making at the municipal level.

Michael Bator, director of Education, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and chair of the 15-person committee, outlined the HCSC mandate to create the "Healthy Mississauga 2010 Plan" for a healthy city with specific measurable health targets, and put the Mississauga Model into action.

"We are in a position to share our knowledge and our experience in improving the quality of life of Mississauga residents," said Bator. "The formation of HCSC allows us to collaborate on a new level, to pull together to make a bigger impact locally."

Membership on the committee includes the City of Mississauga, the University of Toronto at Mississauga, Credit Valley Hospital, Trillium Health Centre, Peel District School Board, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, AstraZeneca Canada Inc., Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee, the United Way of Peel Region, the Region of Peel, Peel Regional Police and Peter Fonseca, MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-term Care.

"I believe we have brought together the leaders of our community that can best champion improved personal health and environmental health for our residents," said Mayor McCallion. As honorary chair and visionary for HCSC based on her affiliation with the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Cities Initiative, Mayor McCallion is eager to share this local initiative with her WHO counterparts.

"I'm very proud of the foundation that has been laid by the City together with UTM and the Kobe Centre to develop the Mississauga Model," said Mayor McCallion. "The Model has since been enhanced to link with a broader group of key community representatives and I'm delighted to have Michael Bator as chair of this group."

The committee plans to meet three times a year with an annual report presented at the end of each year measuring the project's progress.


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