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Cities Changing Diabetes Programme

Type 2 diabetes is affecting a growing number of residents in Mississauga. This programme provides important resources that will help the City develop the Mississauga Diabetes Prevention Strategy.


The goal of joining the Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD) Programme is to help bring down rates of Type 2 diabetes in Mississauga by focusing on reducing obesity and increasing disease prevention to limit the rise of the disease in our community.

By joining the CCD Programme, the City will be able to:

  1. 1
    June 2021

    City of Mississauga joined the CCD Programme.

  2. 2
    September to December 2021

    Mayor Crombie hosted community roundtables.

  3. 3
    November 2021

    Mayor Crombie and Members of Council signed the CCD Urban Diabetes Declaration.

  4. 4

    Expand on the work with CCD to develop a Mississauga Diabetes Prevention Strategy with key partners and community members.


Type 2 diabetes is affecting a growing number of residents in Mississauga. By 2024, it is projected that there will be more than 100,000 new diabetes cases in Peel Region.

The City of Mississauga is the only active Canadian municipality to become a member of the CCD Programme.

The CCD Programme launched in 2014 by the Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, University College London and Novo Nordisk to address the growth of Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Today, the programme has established local partnerships in an estimated 40 cities around the world, reaching more than 175 million individuals to help prevent and control urban diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious medical condition that affects the way the body regulates and uses sugar as fuel. This long-term (chronic) condition results in too much sugar circulating in the bloodstream.

However, the development of Type 2 diabetes and its side effects, including severe complications, can be prevented if detected and effectively managed at an early stage. When left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, including heart disease, kidney and nerve damage and stroke.

Cases of type 2 diabetes in Peel Region have increased by 182 per cent between 1996 and 2015.

One in six adults living in Peel Region, ages of 45 and 64, has this preventable disease — one in three after age 65.

Type 2 diabetes is putting an added strain on our public health agencies and healthcare systems. The projected healthcare cost of diabetes in Peel Region is estimated to be $689 million in 2024.

Approximately, 53.6 per cent of Peel Region residents are overweight or obese, which is the single, biggest risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.

Additionally, 51.3 per cent of adults in Peel Region identify as Asian, South Asian, Arab, Black and Hispanic ethnic groups and Indigenous peoples are at an increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

In February 2021, the City welcomed a new research hub in Mississauga, funded by Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company and University of Toronto (U of T).

Located at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus, it brings leading public health experts together to help reduce global diseases and illness like diabetes.

Novo Nordisk and UTM have invested $40 million to establish the Novo Nordisk Network for Healthy Populations to address the rise in chronic diseases and diabetes.

  • Introducing a Healthy Food and Beverage Policy for Recreation Facilities to promote healthier eating by increasing the range of healthier food and beverage choices available through Concession Services and vending machines
  • Implementing the Cycling Master Plan, planning and programming improvements to the City’s cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, developing and implementing education and awareness programs and events related to active transportation and building new multi-use trails and protected cycling infrastructure to encourage a more active lifestyle
  • Offering and promoting healthy living activities such as fitness and wellness programs and the management and operation of more than 500 parks and supporting trail networks
  • Implementing the Economic Development Strategy that promotes a more human centred approach to development, decreasing residents’ reliance on cars and creating an environment that is more welcoming for walking to boost activity levels
  • Initiating a 2-year pilot program: Healthy by Design Questionnaire that evaluates development applications from a health perspective
  • Adoption of Resolution 0207-2020 to address systemic discrimination and inequities within Mississauga, including accessibility to resources, services and supports for Black and Indigenous residents
  • Managing a community gardens program which provides residents access to shared spaces to grow food and encourage active and healthy living
  • Developing an Urban Agriculture Strategy to identify the City’s role in supporting corporate and community efforts to increase urban-scale food production across Mississauga
  • Hosting webinars with community partners and stakeholders to raise awareness on diabetes prevention

Public engagement

In 2021, the Mayor hosted three community roundtables to start the conversation about diabetes and discuss ideas to educate and work towards prevention strategies.

We know that over 50 per cent of Peel residents identify as Asian, Arab, Black, Hispanic or Indigenous peoples, and these groups are at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.1,2 In the fall of 2021, the City of Mississauga held three sessions to discuss its diabetes challenge. These sessions were with the South Asian community, the Black community, as well as the business and not-for-profit communities.

In summer 2023, the City will initiate community engagement towards building a Mississauga Diabetes Strategy.


Ruth Marland, MCIP, RPP
Strategic Leader
Strategic Initiatives, City Manager’s Office
905-615-3200 Ext. 5827

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