The City of Mississauga’s newly elected Council held its inaugural meeting tonight at the Living Arts Centre. Mayor Bonnie Crombie and the City’s 11 Council members were officially sworn in by the City Clerk for the 2018-2022 Council term.
As Mississauga’s fourth Mayor in her second term, Mayor Crombie was joined by members of her new council which included nine incumbents and two new Councillors – Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko, and Ward 7 Councillor Dipika Damerla.
In Mayor Crombie’s Inaugural Council address, she spoke about her future vision for the City and how working together with Council and staff she will move Mississauga forward.
“Over the next four years and well into the future, our job will be to manage our growth and further strengthen our position as a leader in the GTA and beyond.”
You have my word that as we grow, we will not change the things that make Mississauga great. We will embrace the new without losing the old; Mississauga will not lose its character,” said Mayor Crombie.
“I will continue to address the big issues facing our City including tackling gridlock and congestion, building regionally connected transit, keeping Mississauga safe, building more middle-income housing and attracting new investment to help create highly-skilled jobs in our City. We have a plan that’s working, and we are seeing it through,” added Crombie.
Highlights of that plan include:
- We will get shovels in the ground for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit that will form the north-south spine of our regionally-integrated transit system.
- We will continue to advocate for all-day two-way service on three GO Train lines, in particular, the Milton line.
- We will expedite studying congestion on Lakeshore Road and work to implementing rapid transit on Dundas Street.
- We will continue to keep our roads in good shape while better synchronizing our traffic signals.
- As a Council, we will continue to ensure that your hard-earned tax dollars stay in your pocket by keeping taxes as low as possible – below the GTA average while continually identifying saving at City Hall.
- We will continue to move forward on our Making Room for the Middle Plan to increase the supply of affordable housing for the middle-class so that everyone who wants to live in our city, can afford to do so.
Attracting New Investment
- Mississauga will remain “open for business,” and we will continue to implement our economic strategy that is producing results.
- Working with staff over the last four years, we have attracted or helped expand more than 430 companies, creating more than11,500 jobs and $20 million in new annual revenue for the city – money that is used for services and infrastructure to make life better for you. In the next term, we will continue to make progress on our strategy.
On Community Safety
- There are no easy solutions to fight crime; it requires the community, the police and all three levels of government working together.
- As part of our efforts to curb violence in our community, I will be creating a Mayor’s Roundtable on Community Safety, rejoining the Peel Police Services Board and calling for more investments from all levels of government for at-risk youth.
“The people of Mississauga expect their government to deliver results. In the coming term, you have my commitment that personal politics will not impede good public policy and our collective desire to move Mississauga forward. That includes working with – not against – all levels of government, regardless of political stripe, to advance the interests of our City,” added Mayor Crombie. “Mississauga is working. Our strength is found in our people, and I am proud to say that Mississauga is stronger than ever. We will continue to be a visionary, smart city that embraces new technology, fosters innovation and grows sustainability. We will continue to ensure Mississauga remains one of the best places to live, work and raise a family for generations to come.”
Members of Council will be in office from December 3, 2018 to November 30, 2022. The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for December 12, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.
Learn more about Mississauga Council at mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/mayorandcouncil.
You can read Mayor Crombie’s full address by visiting: mayorcrombie.ca/news.
Missed the Meeting?
An archived video of the December 3 Inaugural Council meeting can be found at mississauga.ca/councilvideos.
Formed in 1974, Mississauga is now recognized as Canada’s sixth largest and fastest growing major city. Mississauga has a population is 777,000 representing cultures from around the world.
Role of Mississauga Council Members
In accordance with The Municipal Act, 2001, the role of Council is:
- To represent the public
- To consider the well-being and interests of the municipality
- To develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality
- To determine which services the municipality provides
- To ensure that administrative practices and procedures are in place
- To maintain the financial integrity of the municipality
- To carry out the duties of council under this or any other Act