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A message from the Mayor

Dear Residents,

Mississauga Matters!

That is the message we must deliver to all candidates and political parties in the lead up to the 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, with communities connected by transit – a place where people can afford to live, work and raise a family. Mississauga is home to world-class community centres, hundred 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 nine cents goes to Mississauga. We are asked to do a lot with a little. The math simply does not add up. To continue to grow and prosper, Mississauga needs a committed federal partner to help us build healthy, sustainable communities.

We continue to face increased challenges to build and keep our infrastructure – roads, bridges, sidewalks, parks, trails, buses, and everything that keeps our city running – in a state of good repair. Everyday wear and tear as well as the impacts of climate change such as severe storms and flooding are taking a toll. Each year, we need more and more funding to keep our infrastructure in good working order. We need a committed federal partner who will invest in maintaining and building safe, accessible and sustainable infrastructure to keep Mississauga moving forward. City-building is nation building.

Housing affordability continues to be a major issue in Mississauga. Approximately one-third of people living in Mississauga are spending more than 30 per cent of their income on housing. Too many people are living beyond their means. Middle-income households are being priced out of the city. 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 housing that is affordable for middle-income earners such as nurses, social workers, teachers and those in manufacturing and construction to name but a few.

We also need the federal government to continue to make investments to support the businesses hardest hit throughout repeated shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the peak of the pandemic, 66,000 jobs were lost in Mississauga and while the federal and provincial governments provided support to keep businesses and workers afloat, ongoing investments and programs will be needed to ensure we recovery quickly and build back better.

Lastly, Mississauga needs a federal partner to make significant investments in our local and regional transit systems – such as all-day two-way service on Mississauga’s GO transit lines, restoring the downtown LRT loop, and rapid transit along the Dundas corridor – to allow us to break gridlock and congestion and get people and businesses moving.

Before Election Day, please take the time to get to know each candidate in your riding and make sure they understand that Mississauga Matters!

After all, this is our city and we need to ensure that Mississauga remains one of the best cities in the world to live, work, and raise a family for generations to come. Get engaged and informed, and most importantly, please vote!

Sincerely,

Bonnie Crombie signature

Bonnie Crombie
Mayor


Our priorities

Mississauga’s priorities must be those of the next federal government. Learn more about each of our key priorities.

Residents tell us that transit and transportation, and by extension congestion, is a top priority for our city.

As Mississauga continues to grow and urbanize, we need to not only encourage but make it as easy as possible for our residents to move around without a car.

Connected, seamless, rapid public transit

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.

Map of current and future transit lines in Mississauga
Several proposed rapid transit lines (the Missing Link, 407 Transitway, Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail, Dundas Connects and Lakeshore Connecting Communities) are important for creating a connected transit network in Mississauga. These proposed lines will connect with our current rapid transit lines (the Mississauga Transitway, Union Pearson Express, Milton, Kitchener and Lakeshore West GO Transit lines and the Hurontario LRT – currently under construction without the downtown loop through the City Centre) allowing people to move quickly and efficiently around our city.

Projects that need federal funding

In order to get more residents using transit, we need a committed federal partner to help fund the following projects:

1. All-day, two-way GO Service through Mississauga

All-day, two-way service on Mississauga’s 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 70,000 jobs, the Province has yet to commit 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 provincial and federal governments must work together to properly fund the GO Expansion Program on the Milton Corridor and put all-day, two-way service in place as soon as possible. Investing in all-day, two-way service on the Milton line will provide Mississauga residents with another key transit connection and it will give the thousands of people who commute to Mississauga everyday the opportunity to take public transit. Expanded service will create more housing starts, greater economic opportunities and help the City reach its climate change goals.

2. Restoring the downtown LRT loop

While construction of the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) is now underway, major scope changes announced by the Ontario government in 2019 removed the downtown loop – a key component of the line.  Currently thousands of jobs, businesses and housing units are located along the Hurontario corridor and Canada’s largest development by Oxford Properties will be built in Mississauga’s downtown Square One District.

Restoring the downtown loop should be considered a funding priority in order to help the City realize the full potential of downtown Mississauga, ease congestion and give residents an alternative to using their cars. The federal government must work with the province and the City to dedicate funding to add the loop back into the project before construction is completed.

3. The downtown Mississauga Terminal and Transitway connection

In December 2017, the final station on the Mississauga Transitway opened. In order 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.

4. Dundas bus rapid transit

The Dundas BRT is part of a bold, forward-looking transportation plan aimed at creating stronger connections and providing fast, frequent and reliable transit to those in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region. It is planned to extend for 48 km along Dundas Street from Highway 6 in Hamilton to the Kipling Transit Hub in Toronto, including approximately 17 km in the City of Mississauga.

The City’s Dundas Connects project produced a Master Plan for the Dundas Corridor, which makes recommendations on land-use intensification and rapid transit for Dundas Street. A Transit Project Assessment Process for the BRT is underway. Federal and provincial funding for this work, such as through ICIP (for which the City has applied) would ensure that rapid transit would be available to support the growth and redevelopment along Dundas.

Map of Dundas BRT
This map shows the Dundas Street corridor study area where the new Dundas BRT will travel including major north south streets that connect with Dundas Street.

Take action!

These issues matter! Get engaged, informed and talk to your local candidates. Read the Mississauga transit brochure to learn more.

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The quality of life for Mississauga residents relies on essential 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

Building a strong city for today and tomorrow

The City of Mississauga currently owns approximately $13.6 billion worth of infrastructure. However, everyday wear and tear is taking its toll as are the impacts of climate change such as severe storms and flooding. We need more and more funding each year to keep our infrastructure in working order. This year alone, there is a $291 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 approximately 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. It’s also not enough to meet the significant threat to our City posed by climate change.

Cities own the majority of infrastructure but receive the smallest share of tax dollars

Infographic showing where tax dollars go
Cities own the majority of infrastructure, but receive the smallest share of tax dollars. 60% of total infrastructure is owned by local governments. 8-10% of total tax dollars is the amount received by local governments. Out of every tax dollar, 47 cents goes to federal governments, 44 cents goes to provincial governments, and 9 cents goes to municipal governments.

In order to continue to build Mississauga into a world-class city and achieve the climate change objectives outlined in our 10-year Climate Change Action Plan, we need the federal government to commit to doing more to help Mississauga close the gap. Direct, long-term and predictable infrastructure funding from the federal government to municipalities allows us to focus on local priorities, build infrastructure quickly and achieve our climate change objectives.

Take action!

These issues matter! Get engaged, informed and talk to your local candidates. Read the Mississauga sustainable infrastructure brochure to learn more about what the  City is responsible for.

Housing affordability is a major issue 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 annual income on housing. In Mississauga, approximately one-third of households are spending more than this on housing. With the average price of a home in Mississauga now over $1 million – housing affordability is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Making room for the middle

The City of Mississauga has an approved plan to address housing affordability. The goal of “Making Room for the Middle” is to address housing affordability for middle income households ($58,000 – $108,000 annual household income) by protecting the existing affordable housing supply and encouraging new affordable and ownership housing.

Affordable price threshold

Affordable price threshold graphic
The affordable price threshold is $1,580 for rental and $420,000 for ownership.

Six of the 40 recommendations in our housing strategy require federal support or legislative/policy changes to give the City the ability to get developers to build housing that is more affordable, more often. The recommendations include:

  1. Create enduring and sustainable funding programs that realize developer timeframes and financial needs e.g., low-cost loans, grants
  2. Expand affordable home ownership assistance to individuals e.g. shared-equity mortgage programs
  3. Consider taxation policies that incent affordable housing e.g. GST rebates, tax incentives for new or rehabilitated purpose-built rental housing
  4. Explore tax credits and exemptions for affordable housing, for example:
  • income tax credits for new second units
  • land transfer tax exemptions
  • low-income housing tax credits
  1. Provide standardized local housing data and consistent methodologies to measure housing affordability
  2. Expand programs for housing developers to access financial backing/insurance to build more affordable housing e.g. rental construction financing

Take action!

These issues matter! Get engaged, informed and talk to your local candidates. Read the Mississauga affordable housing brochure to learn why housing affordability matters in Mississauga.

Related documents

Making Room for the Middle – A Housing Strategy for Mississauga

COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of our society – the ways we connect, do business, travel and enjoy time with family and friends. The pandemic also hit cities hard and Mississauga was no exception.

A strong recovery requires a strong community

The City of Mississauga has limited financial powers to provide support to our businesses and communities who were hardest hit by repeated shutdowns.

  • Small business is the foundation of Mississauga’s economy. We’re home to more than 94,000 businesses, with 97% of them being small businesses. During the pandemic, Mississauga’s main street businesses experienced some of the most severe lockdowns in the country.
  • Local arts & culture events and venues are the soul of our City and they help drive tourism from Ontario and beyond. As we move into recovery, there are still many unknowns for those working in these sectors which have such an important economic impact for Mississauga’s economy.
  • Mississauga is home to Canada’s largest airport which is traditionally an economic catalyst delivering jobs and investment to our City. The recovery of this sector – which has seen passenger levels plummet – is critical to prevent further job losses and to encourage economic growth and tourism.

Ongoing investments and programs are needed to ensure we recover quickly from the pandemic. This includes properly funding a robust paid sick leave program which is a critical public health measure for our country.

The federal government must commit to an inclusive economic recovery for our local business, arts & culture, tourism and aerospace sectors, including full participation in economic prosperity for women, racialized and underrepresented communities. When we work together, we will ensure no one is left behind.

Take action!

These issues matter! Get engaged, informed and talk to your local candidates. Read the Mississauga businesses and community brochure to learn why a strong recovery requires a strong community.

Federal Election Information Session

On Monday, September 13, Mayor Bonnie Crombie and City Manager and CAO Paul Mitcham held a virtual information session in the lead-up to the federal election. The session focused on the City’s top election priorities which include transit, sustainable infrastructure, housing affordability and business and community support.

Watch the recording

Read questions and answers from the session

Local candidates

On election date, the following federal candidates will be running in Mississauga ridings:

For more information about the political parties, your Mississauga candidates and their policy platforms, please visit Elections Canada.

Open letter to party leaders

Mayor Crombie’s open letter to party leaders

Response: Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada

Response: Rt Hon. Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Stakeholders

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Association of Municipalities of Ontario

Related documents

Mississauga Matters: Summary of Priority Issues and Engagement Strategy