To help prevent diabetes, the City of Mississauga joined the Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD) program in 2021 to connect to an international network of municipalities building and sharing strategies to prevent and manage diabetes. CCD was launched in 2014 by the Steno Diabetes Centre Copenhagen, University College London and Novo Nordisk. Today, the program has established local partnerships in approximately 40 cities around the world with the City of Mississauga serving as the only active Canadian municipality. Through this membership, the City will access CCD resources, such as case studies from other cities, to inform our work.
The City will also work with the Region of Peel, University of Toronto Mississauga, Trillium Health Partners and other stakeholders, as well as the community to build a diabetes strategy made for and in Mississauga.
Using a comprehensive approach, the Mississauga Diabetes Strategy aims to reduce the risk factors and improve the protective factors associated with the development, and/or the progression, of type 2 diabetes, ultimately to decrease the prevalence of diabetes in Mississauga.
The strategy will aim to lower the number of diabetes cases in the City through a focus on building healthy complete communities that are compact, pedestrian-friendly and transit-supportive, and contains a mix of uses that support daily living and enable physical activity through active transportation. The strategy will also inform community services and programming to continue to support active living and education for diabetes prevention.
The City will work with the community, industry, agency and government partners to better understand Mississauga’s unique diabetes challenges, identify community needs and priorities, build the strategy and determine the action plan.
The strategy will also inform community services and programming to continue to support active living and education for diabetes prevention. Through engagement with the community the City will be seeking to understand what interventions will be of most value and effective for consideration in the strategy.
The City will conduct a series of community engagement sessions to identify areas of change and generate insights to build the Mississauga Diabetes Strategy.
To learn more about the strategy and engagement opportunities, visit yoursay.mississauga.ca.
Developing a diabetes strategy requires an evidence-informed approach, and we need experts and data to understand diabetes in Mississauga. This important work is reliant on our policy, data and research experts.
Together the City, partners, experts and community will build the Mississauga Diabetes Strategy.
Peel Public Health (PPH) is made up of health experts, practitioners, researchers and changemakers, with a goal to prevent people from getting sick in the first place. More information on PPH’s role in chronic disease prevention can be found here: Healthy Complete Communities, School Healthy Pledge Program, Workplace Health, Health Status Reports the Diabetes Atlas, The Healthy Development Monitoring Map, and literature reviews.
University of Toronto Mississauga Novo Nordisk Network for Healthy Populations is leading research to identify and implement strategies to reduce the inequities in risk and burden of diabetes and other chronic diseases through better care, lower risk factors and healthier environments.
Institute for Better Health – Trillium Health Partners – The Family and Child Health Initiative is leading research with the Black and South Asian communities to understand those with lived experience of diabetes and those that are caregivers.
Cities Changing Diabetes Programme is an international network of municipalities building and sharing strategies to prevent and manage diabetes.
For more information about the development of this strategy, please contact:
Ruth Marland, MCIP, RPP
Strategic Initiatives, City Manager’s Office
905-615-3200 ext. 5827