A message from Mayor Bonnie Crombie to the candidates and political parties running in the 2019 federal election about the City’s priorities.
A message from the Mayor
This is the message we must deliver to all candidates and political parties in the lead up to the October 21, 2019 federal election. The priorities of our residents are the priorities of our City and must be the priorities of the next federal government.
Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and growing city, home to almost 800,000 people and over 94,000 businesses. We are working to build a complete city, made up of communities connected by local and rapid transit – a place where people can afford to live, work and raise a family. Mississauga is home to world-class community centres, hundreds of kilometres of trails connecting over 250 parks across our city. We have a quality of life that is second to none.
As a City, we strive to run an efficient and effective government. The reality is that this is getting increasingly more difficult to do. Of each tax dollar collected, only 9 cents goes to Mississauga, whereas 44 cents goes to the Ontario Government and 47 cents goes to the Federal Government. We are asked to do a lot with a little. On top of this, the only source of revenue we have is the property tax. To continue to grow and prosper, Mississauga needs a committed federal partner to help us build healthy, sustainable communities. We simply cannot do this alone.
We continue to face increased challenges to build and keep our infrastructure in a state of good repair – the roads, bridges, community centres, parks, trails, public transit, and so much more – everything that keeps our city running and makes Mississauga a great place to live. Good quality infrastructure is what makes Mississauga a place that people choose to be and where the world comes to work. We need a committed federal partner who will invest in helping us maintain and build the infrastructure we need to move Mississauga forward.
Mississauga, much like many other cities across the GTA, is facing a housing affordability crisis. Approximately one-third of people in Mississauga are spending more than 30 per cent of their income on housing. This is dangerous and means too many people are living beyond their means. As a City, we have taken action to help increase the availability of housing for the middle-class through our Making Room for the Middle plan, but we need a federal partner to invest in building more affordable housing for middle-income earners so that people can live and work in Mississauga.
We also need the federal government to continue to make investments in our local infrastructure to help us build community centres, roads, bridges, parks, trails, bike lanes and everything else that makes Mississauga a great place to live. This includes investing in building healthy cities with green infrastructure such as solar panels and electric/hydrogen buses.
Lastly, we need a federal partner to make significant investments in our local and regional transit systems – like all-day two-way GO Transit and rapid transit along Dundas Street and Lakeshore – to allow us to break gridlock and congestion and get people and businesses moving.
Your priorities are our priorities too. They must also be the priorities of the next federal government.
After all, this is our city and we need to make ensure that Mississauga remains one of the best cities in the world to live, work and raise a family for generations to come.
On October 21, take the time to vote for a candidate that understands that Mississauga Matters.
Get engaged and informed, and most importantly, please vote.
Connected, seamless, rapid public transit
We’ve heard from residents that transit and transportation, and by extension congestion, remains a top priority for our city.
As our city continues to grow and urbanize, we need to not only encourage but make it as easy as possible for our residents to navigate across our city and beyond without the use of a car.
The City of Mississauga has a strategic vision that is only achievable if we build public transit systems that are reliable, efficient and sustainable and can quickly move people across our city, region and beyond.
In order to get more residents using transit, we need a committed federal partner to help fund the following projects:
All-day, two-way GO service through Mississauga
All-day, two-way service on all three Mississauga GO Transit Lines, particularly the Milton line, is essential for our city’s future growth and economic competitiveness. Despite being the second busiest corridor in the GO Transit network, serving over 20,000 passengers per day and supporting over 77,000 jobs, the Province has yet to commit to funding all-day two-way GO service on the Milton line.
All-day service on both the Milton and Kitchener GO Transit lines is currently prevented by the presence of heavy freight rail traffic that travels through both lines.
The Missing Link can help achieve expanded all-day, two-way service on the Milton and Kitchener GO lines by relocating heavy freight rail elsewhere.
Congestion on the Lakeshore Corridor
With two major developments set to break ground along Lakeshore Road in the next five years that will welcome 30,000 new residents to the area, it is imperative that the corridor served by high quality, rapid transit from east to west.
Congestion, especially through Port Credit, is growing. Council has endorsed the Lakeshore Connecting Communities Transportation Master Plan, which will study options for higher-order transit along Lakeshore Road. This endorsement means that Council can now advocate to higher levels of government to help fund the project.
The downtown Mississauga terminal and transitway connection
In December 2017, the final station on the Mississauga Transitway opened. To complete the project, a new transit terminal is needed in downtown Mississauga that will create a central mobility hub by connecting MiWay and GO Transit buses, as well as the Hurontario LRT. The downtown section of the transitway is the busiest and at present, buses are operating in mixed traffic. Building this terminal and connection will provide relief for both buses and cars in the downtown core.
Read the Mississauga transit brochure to learn why transit matters in Mississauga.
Building strong, sustainable communities
The quality of life of Mississauga residents relies on our infrastructure – roads, bridges, transit, parks, trails and community centres – being in good condition. It’s what makes our economy run, connects our communities, creates jobs, and makes Mississauga a destination for business and talent.
The City of Mississauga currently owns approximately $9.9 billion worth of infrastructure. However, everyday wear and tear is taking its toll, and we need more and more funding to keep it in working order. This year alone, there is a $258 million gap between what the City can afford to build and maintain, and what we need to build and maintain while keeping property taxes competitive and at the rate of inflation.
This gap exists because while municipalities own 60% of the country’s infrastructure, we only receive nine cents from every tax dollar collected in Canada. This simply isn’t enough to fund city services and maintain infrastructure like roads, bridges and waterways in Canada’s sixth-largest city.
In order to build Mississauga into a world-class city, we need the federal government to commit to doing more to help Mississauga close the gap by providing long-term, predictable and sustainable infrastructure funding. Direct funding from the federal government to municipalities allows us to focus on local priorities and build infrastructure quickly.
Read the Mississauga infrastructure brochure to learn what the City is responsible for.
There is a housing affordability crisis in Mississauga, and the wider GTA. Too often, people are forced to move far away from their jobs in our city, or live beyond their means to afford their home. To ensure we have enough appropriate housing stock, Mississauga requires a committed federal funding partner to make housing affordability a reality in our city.
Housing is considered “affordable” when a household pays less than 30 per cent of their total income on housing. In Mississauga, approximately one-third of households are spending more than this on housing – this is an issue that needs to be addressed.
That’s why in 2017, the City of Mississauga took the lead by developing a made-in-Mississauga plan to address housing affordability. The goal of “Making Room for the Middle” is to make 35 per cent of all new housing, either rental or affordable ownership ($270,000 – $420,000 ownership/$1,300 per month rental) for middle-income earners ($55,000 – $104,000 household income).
Six of the 40 recommendations made in our strategy require federal support or legislative/policy changes to give the City the ability to incentivize the building of affordable, middle-class housing.
These recommendations include:
- Create enduring and sustainable funding programs that realize developer timeframes and financial needs e.g. low-cost loans, grants
- Expand affordable homeownership assistance to individuals e.g. shared-equity mortgage programs
- Consider taxation policies that incent affordable housing e.g. GST rebates, tax incentives for new or rehabilitated purpose-built rental housing
- Explore tax credits and exemptions for affordable housing for example:
- income tax credit (e.g. new second units)
- land transfer tax exemptions
- low-income housing tax credits
- Provide standardized local housing data and consistent methodologies to measure housing affordability
Read the Mississauga affordable housing brochure to learn why affordable middle-income housing matters in Mississauga.
On October 21, 2019, the following federal candidates ran in Mississauga ridings:
- Mississauga – Centre
- Mississauga – East-Cooksville
- Mississauga – Erin Mills
- Mississauga – Lakeshore
- Mississauga – Malton
- Mississauga – Streetsville
For more information about the political parties, your Mississauga candidates and their policy platforms, please visit Elections Canada.
Open letter to party leaders
- Response from the Conservative Party of Canada
- Response from the Green Party of Canada
- Response from the Liberal Party of Canada
- Response from the New Democratic Party (NDP)