The City of Mississauga is asking the Government of Canada for support in the upcoming 2016 federal budget for the City’s top priorities – strategic transit investments, sustainable infrastructure funding and support for job creation and partnerships. The proposed request was approved by City Council earlier today.
“The City of Mississauga and Members of Council welcome the opportunity to work with Prime Minister Trudeau and Canada’s new federal government to develop the priorities of the 2016 federal budget,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said.
“We have consistently advocated for dedicated and predictable funding for public transit and infrastructure, new opportunities to ignite local economic development to attract job-creating investments, and increased support to build more affordable housing.”
“Of note, our pre-budget submission will highlight Mississauga’s efforts to bring all-day, two-way GO Train service to the Milton and Kitchener GO Train lines, with the Missing Link Plan.”
Mayor Crombie added, “I believe when we work to achieve real results for the people of Mississauga, and our nation’s sixth largest city, all of Canada is better positioned to grow, prosper and succeed.”
Rapid transit projects such as the Mississauga Transitway and Regional Express Rail, along with new construction and other infrastructure projects require sustainable funding. Federal support for transit and waterfront development projects such as Inspiration Port Credit is critical to promoting economic growth, job creation and productivity.
“The City of Mississauga owns 65 per cent of its infrastructure but like all municipalities, the City receives only 10 per cent of all tax dollars collected in Canada,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “We acknowledge the support the federal government has provided in the past, and we look forward to a continued partnership that will help us meet the needs of our growing communities.”
Other priorities include support for a new Greater Toronto Area (GTA) regional Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attraction agency and partnership opportunities to help grow and strengthen the local economy.
Read the full submission for further information.