Mississauga City Council, through a resolution adopted today, is urging the governments of Canada and Ontario to provide ongoing support for the City’s top priorities and initiatives in their respective 2019 budgets. Specifically, Mississauga is looking for:
- strategic transit investments
- sustainable infrastructure funding
- legislative change and support to help increase affordable housing
- investment in development of the City’s waterfront and other city-building initiatives
- continued partnerships
“Mississauga is a city in demand – a place where people choose to be. Our City requires long-term, sustainable and predictable funding from the federal and provincial levels of government to ensure that we can continue to build Mississauga into a world-class city that is ready for whatever the future may hold,”
said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our key priorities remain building and maintaining aging infrastructure, getting shovels in the ground to build more affordable middle-class housing and connecting people to jobs and prosperity by building regionally connected transit. We also need to invest in keeping our city safe and advancing on our plan to address the impacts of climate change. Cities power the nation. That’s why it’s so important that as the two governments prepare for this year’s budgets, they listen to our priorities and that of other municipalities. Only by working together, will we remain prosperous both now and in the future.”
Ongoing investments in transit continue to be important in supporting future growth. Dedicated funding is needed for transit initiatives such as the Downtown Transitway Connection, the Regional Express Rail and Dundas Connects.
“Like all municipalities, Mississauga receives the smallest share (eight to 10 per cent) of all tax dollars collected in Canada, yet we own 60 per cent of the infrastructure,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer.” Strong, long-term partnerships with the governments of Canada and Ontario are essential to ensuring that Mississauga continues to provide the high quality of life residents have come to expect.”
The City also must continue managing its infrastructure and move forward on City-building initiatives. Development projects such as the Port Credit West Village (former Imperial Oil Lands), Port Credit Harbour Marina and Lakeview Village (former OPG Lands) will help transform the City’s waterfront in the coming years. With federal and provincial funding support, Mississauga can continue to successfully plan for the long term.
The pre-budget submissions will go to Council for approval on February 6. Read the full submissions.