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Thank you for your participation in the 2019 Budget process.
In February 2019, Mississauga City Council approved the 2019 Business Plan and Budget.
The City is not decreasing budget for children’s programs at community centres; programming continues to grow and the 2019 budget includes the City’s investment in a new community centre in the Churchill Meadows area. Mental health programs and support are offered within the City of Mississauga through many community agencies and organizations, including neighbourhood services organizations, youth centres and Trillium Hospital System. Most of these programs are funded by the province of Ontario and the Region of Peel, and would be part of the budget at those levels of government. Information on available programs can be found at this link: https://www.peelregion.ca/housing/pdf/cmha-peel.pdf.
As of January 1, 2016 the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) requires newly constructed or reconstructed sidewalk ramps to have tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) installed. The City is complying with this requirement where new sidewalks are being constructed or replaced.
The indicators that are installed in the City of Mississauga are made of cast iron. Initially, cast iron will develop a rusty red colour which may stain the sidewalk in the first year following installation. The stain will eventually disappear and the cast iron will develop a natural patina, which provides an even greater tonal contrast with the sidewalk.
The City of Mississauga undertook its own studies prior to installing tactile walking surface indicators to meet the AODA standards. The City found bare, uncoated cast iron plates superior as a result of their durability, safety and slip resistance. Additionally, cast iron tactile walking surface indicators most closely meet the CSA and Ontario Ministry of Transportation standards.
The City of Mississauga’s decision to employ the use of bare, uncoated cast iron tactile walking surface indicators also aligns with the best practices of many municipalities in Ontario. In 2017, Staff performed a municipal scan of 16 municipal jurisdictions, including: Brampton, Burlington, Halton Region, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls, Niagara Region, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peel Region, Sarnia, St. Catharines, Toronto, Windsor and York Region. Of the 16 jurisdictions benchmarked, 11 of them, use uncoated, bare cast iron for tactile walking surface indicators.
Finally, it is our understanding at the City of Mississauga that the use of cast iron tactile walking surface indicators provides no serious health or environmental concerns for the City of Mississauga. In particular, the City of Mississauga is not aware of any other municipality in Canada reporting negative environmental or health effects associated with tactile walking surface indicators — although cast iron initially develops a rusty red colour which may stain the sidewalk in the first year following installation, the cast iron will eventually develop a natural patina which not only provides an even greater tonal contrast with the sidewalk but is also safe for the environment and for all pedestrians who use the sidewalk.
Thank you for submitting your question regarding the MiWay budget and service hours. We are pleased to provide you with the following clarification.
When developing the Transit Business Plan, our transit service planners and management team review ridership levels and demands on routes, and propose increased service to ensure service reliability and to prevent overcrowding during peak periods. The 2019 budget reflects increased service requirements to manage ongoing construction projects across the city, increase service hours on existing routes, strengthen our major corridors on Saturdays and Sundays to meet ridership demands and to prepare the network for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit.
The numbers you refer to reflect the already approved 2018 budget. In 2019 MiWay has requested a total number of service hours of 31,000, plus 9,800 for Hurontario Light Rail Transit Construction Service Management. This increase is service level, plus other transit requests, is 22 per cent of the City’s total expenditures for the 2019 budget. The costs of operating the MiWay transit service is a balance between property taxes and customer fares. In 2019 customers will cover 46 per cent of the Operational cost and the remaining 54 per cent is covered through the property taxes. So customers will pay for 46 per cent of the 23 per cent increase.
While Rogers TV ended its community programming in the fall of 2017, the City of Mississauga’s website does provide live streaming of all Council meetings and selected committee meetings. During the recent Municipal Election, we also created a dedicated web page that featured information on all the candidates along with full up-to-the-minute election coverage.
The City’s website also includes a Mayor and Council page that lists the Councillors for each ward and links to the Councillors’ individual websites.
Thank you for your question about affordable housing. The City’s housing strategy Making Room for the Middle identifies rental housing as a priority. It includes actions designed to help preserve existing rental housing and encourage new builds. For example, in June 2018 a new Rental Housing Protection By-law that controls the conversion and demolition of existing rental units was approved. The strategy also promotes creating more second units, inclusionary zoning which would require that some units in new buildings be set aside as affordable and partnerships with other levels of government to support new housing development. While the City cannot control market rents, it is using the tools at its disposal to address housing affordability issues.
Thank you for your question regarding the new community centre being constructed in Churchill Meadows. The other centre you reference on Thomas Street is the current Churchill Meadows Activity Centre, which is not a full community centre, but consists of two program rooms and shared space with St. Joan of Arc school as well as the library. The new community centre will expand the programming for youth, adult and older adults, with a swimming pool, therapy pool, large gymnasium and additional multi-purpose spaces. It will be adjacent to sports fields, one of which will be have a seasonal air-supported structure for indoor soccer and other turf sports. This new location will expand our services to meet the needs of the growing community, which includes many families as well as seniors. The current Activity Centre will offer meeting space, library programs, and will not duplicate the services being offered at the new community centre. For more information on the community centre project, please visit our project website.
Currently along the Hurontario corridor, MiWay’s Route 103 – Hurontario Express provides a consistent frequency of approximately 9 – 11 minutes throughout the day. Service levels on Route 103 are consistent with that of Brampton’s Zum Route 502 especially during the peak periods. Although both routes service the Hurontario corridor, the destinations/terminals each route connect to differ and therefore the overall passenger activity along each route is quite different.
Capacity along any route is aligned with ridership demand in order to ensure the efficient use of resources while being respectful of taxpayers' dollars. Therefore, service along express routes is designed to be more frequent due to their high ridership demand, whereas frequencies on local routes tend to be slightly wider to account for their lower ridership levels. Frequency improvements (and consequently additional capacity) are typically based on both passenger demand and the availability of buses and operators. During the peak periods, all our resources (whether operators or buses) are utilized and maximized to the fullest in order to provide the existing service levels that customers have available to them. As resources become available frequency improvements go to where the existing ridership demands are growing and/or where incidents of overcrowding are occurring.
Service Development staff continually monitor ridership levels on all routes throughout the system via annual ridership counts. This ridership data is analyzed and improvements are then determined to increase frequency and streamline services for faster travel.
MiWay is committed to increasing service levels throughout our system and providing additional capacity but current resource levels only permit the system wide frequency levels to be achieved over time as additional buses are purchased and operators are hired. As you can appreciate, there are many needs throughout our system and we must balance the available resources with competing demands for increased service. As demand changes, MiWay will continue to respond to changes in customer travel patterns with an emphasis on strengthening our network with higher frequencies that improve service and reduce connection times.
Only sixty per cent of all services and programs we deliver are funded by the property tax. We receive revenues from other sources, such as user fees, developer contributions and gas tax.
The Ontario Municipal Act limits how the City can generate new non-tax revenue. The City of Mississauga and other Ontario municipalities have asked for changes to the Act to give local governments more revenue-generating options. As a result of recent changes to provincial legislation, Mississauga City Council approved the implementation of a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax effective April 1, 2018.
We challenge ourselves to find efficiencies each year. The City has saved more than $52 million since 2009 by innovating and improving processes. Through our commitment to continuous improvement, we have adopted Lean and other tools to improve the way the City works.
For example, by making changes such as making our Active Guide an online tool, eliminating MiWay paper passes and switching to LED street lighting, the City is finding efficiencies and new ways to save money.
All information received will be compiled and considered in the 2019 Budget engagement process. Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become a part of the public record.