Local government | February 17, 2021
This week, Council approved a staff review of additional skating amenities, a public art contribution, review of entering into an affordable housing agreement and a new project, Cultural Investment in Neighbourhood Main Streets, for the City of Mississauga’s Cultural Districts.
“While we continue our recovery work on many fronts to support our residents and businesses, we are also evaluating the need and feasibility of additional skating amenities throughout our city as we’ve seen increased demand during the pandemic,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our innovative new project, Cultural Investment in Neighbourhood Main Streets, will launch our Cultural Districts Strategy and build a sense of place while providing meaningful opportunities for residents to participate in shaping public and cultural spaces. I am also pleased that we will be reviewing waiving development charges for an affordable housing project in Mississauga, as we know the need for affordable housing in our city continues to grow.”
Outdoor Skating Amenities and Gulleden Park Redevelopment
City staff will review the possibility of including outdoor skating amenities at Gulleden Park and other locations in Mississauga. Following the consultation for Gulleden Park, Community Services staff will bring a report forward to Council in late 2021 to identify possible locations, costing and evaluation of options to further expand outdoor skating facilities. Community input into the planned redevelopment of Gulleden Park will be summarized and any next steps will be communicated through the project website. Project design will be completed in 2021 and any changes to the program will be reflected in the 2022 Capital Budget.
Public Art Program Contribution
Council approved the City to enter into a Public Art Contribution Agreement with Pinnacle International (Ontario) Ltd. for a $375,000 public art cash contribution.
Funds will be used by the City’s Public Art Program for new public art to be located at Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue for a park currently known as Park 524/525.
Port Credit West Village Affordable Housing Project
Council directed staff to report back on the Region of Peel request and take a similar approach as was done with the Daniels City Centre affordable housing project. Staff will bring a future report to Council.
Cultural Investment in Neighbourhood Main Streets
Council approved the procurement of third-party services for the Cultural Investment in Neighbourhood Main Streets project. The two-year project involves community-engaged public art and artist-designed public realm improvements within the City’s six Cultural Districts.
The project will support the City in responding to the pandemic’s impacts on arts and cultural organizations and workers, small businesses and Mississauga residents. The project is intended to bring vitality and vibrancy to neighbourhood main streets within Cultural Districts.
City of Mississauga Supports Local Cultural and Community Groups with up to $4 Million in Grant Funding
Cultural and Community groups throughout Mississauga will benefit from up to $4 million in grant funding as approved by Mississauga City Council today, with amounts adjusted based on whether events proceed or are offered virtually. Seventy-five groups, including 12 groups previously approved for multi-year funding, were recommended in a staff report to receive financial support from the City for 2021.
For more information about how the City supports arts, culture, heritage and community programs, please visit mississauga.ca/grants.
Sign By-law Amendment For Business Improvement Area (BIA) Boards
Council approved an amendment to the City’s Sign By-law to exempt Business Improvement Area (BIA) Boards from requiring permits to place signs in existing planters in BIA boundaries until July 1, 2021. The request for the amendment was made by Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson.
For the latest updates on the City of Mississauga’s COVID-19 recovery and response, visit: mississauga.ca/covid.