Mississauga has launched an advocacy campaign to remind all federal candidates and political parties that ‘Mississauga Matters’ in the lead up to the September 20 election. As Canada’s sixth largest city, it is important that the next federal government is aware of Mississauga’s key priorities so that together, we can continue to recover from COVID-19, fuel economic growth, and create the conditions for prosperity, said city officials.
“Cities across Canada play a critical role in our country’s well-being, but the pressures we face continue to increase. Now more than ever, support for new transit projects, sustainable infrastructure, housing that is affordable for everyone, our businesses and hard hit tourism and cultural sectors is crucial,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “As we continue along the road to recovery, we need the next federal government to partner with us. Our message to candidates is clear: we want our priorities to be your priorities because Mississauga Matters!”
The 2021 Mississauga Matters campaign focuses on four key priorities including transit, infrastructure, affordable housing and business and community support.
The city says new transit projects are needed to move people quickly and efficiently across the city, region and beyond. It is also asking for federal funding for sustainable infrastructure and housing affordability projects. Keeping Mississauga’s infrastructure in a state of good repair while preparing for the impacts of climate change requires predictable and sustainable federal funding, the City said in a statement.
While Mississauga has a plan to address housing affordability, the City wants the federal government to invest in building more affordable housing for middle income earners so more people can live and work here.
Mississauga is also asking for more business and community support. The City has limited financial powers to provide support to the businesses and sectors hardest hit by the pandemic and ongoing federal investments and programs are needed so no one is left behind.
“Mississauga has a strong reputation for fiscal responsibility and we take pride in running an efficient and effective government. However, our limited revenue streams – primarily property taxes and user fees – require us to do a lot with a little,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Mississauga needs a committed federal partner to allow us to continue to grow; build healthy, sustainable communities and remain one of the best cities in Canada to live, work and raise a family.”
Mississauga Matters 2021 will run throughout the federal election campaign to help residents get engaged and informed about the issues that matter to their City ahead of voting day. Planning for a public, all-candidate information session is also underway to share more information with registered candidates in each of Mississauga’s six federal ridings during the campaign.