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Mississauga’s Economic Development Strategy

The City of Mississauga is preparing for a new era of economic growth and prosperity in a highly innovative, competitive and connected global economy. To do this, The City’s Economic Development Office (EDO) created a new five year Economic Development Strategy with the help of a consultant team from Hatch.

This new strategy launched in 2020, building on the success of the previous 10-year strategy that focused on global businesses attraction, employment and investment.

Overview

Hatch completed a number of thematic workshops built around the future Economic Development Strategy’s focus.

Participants included community and business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and academics to provide insights into Mississauga’s current economic state, and what aspirations the City can strive for to build a strong and sustainable economy.

The level of engagement and valued insights were well received, and helped to validate the themes already shaping the strategy. Four key themes were discussed:

  • Business
  • Places
  • Infrastructure
  • People

The structured, interactive sessions asked participants their views on a number of factors and barriers to Mississauga as a place to do business, work, live and learn and what is holding back attracting and retaining more people.

Phase 4 of our project timeline kicked off with an online survey that sought public input from the community to shape EDO’s priorities for the next five years. It was important to collect feedback on our economic priorities and business sectors to identify points of weakness and strength in our strategy so far.

During the last phase of the project, the strategy was presented to General Committee on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

The Strategy was then approved by Council on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.