A decision by the Government of Ontario on the topic of regional government was posted on October 25, 2019: Ontario Helping Make Municipalities Stronger.
Mayor’s Statement: Mayor Crombie responds to provincial government review decision
The independent financial analysis conducted by EY (Ernst & Young) was submitted to the province’s special advisors as part of their review on regional government.
The EY report was prepared in consultation with and verified by the four Chief Administrative Officers (CAO’s) of the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton, Town of Caledon and Region of Peel.
It is an independent financial analysis of service delivery models for amalgamation and dissolution (Mississauga becoming independent).
The EY report focused on what is feasible and reasonable and confirms there are no financial barriers to Mississauga becoming independent from the Region of Peel. In fact, the report highlights many financial benefits including an annual savings of as much as $84 million after transition costs.
A decision by the Government of Ontario on the topic of regional government is expected in late summer.
In January 2019, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that it had appointed two special advisors, Ken Seiling and Michael Fenn, to review regional government in Ontario.
Mississauga is currently a member of the Region of Peel, along with the City of Brampton and Town of Caledon.
On March 27, Mississauga City Council adopted a motion, approving in principle, that Mississauga become independent from the Region of Peel as its preferred option, subsequent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s regional government review.
As the third-largest municipality in Ontario and sixth-largest in Canada, Mississauga wants to control its own future, similar to other cities such as London, Windsor, Guelph, Thunder Bay and Dryden.
On April 8, Mississauga Mayor and City Council held a Resident Town Hall on the matter of independence from the Region of Peel.
The Town Hall provided residents with the opportunity to provide feedback to Mayor and Members of Council on this matter. A presentation overview was provided by Mississauga’s City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, Janice Baker, followed by a question and answer session, facilitated by Mayor Crombie.
Residents were asked to show their support towards independence by:
The meeting featured a presentation by City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, Janice Baker on Mississauga’s position for independence, followed by moderated questions and comments from both audience members and those watching the live stream.