My fellow Mississauga residents;
This is the message we must send to all candidates and political parties in the lead up to the June 2, 2022 provincial election.
What matters most to our city? Housing affordability, public transit, funding for cities and support for our local economy are Mississauga’s priorities. These must also be the priorities of our next provincial government.
Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and growing city, home to almost 800,000 people and over 94,000 businesses. We are building a complete city, made up of healthy, vibrant communities, connected by local and regional transit. Mississauga is home to world-class community centres, hundreds of kilometres of trails connecting over 500 parks across our city and along our waterfront. We have a quality of life that is second to none and we want to keep it that way.
As a city, we strive to build communities where people can live and work and raise a family. However, Ontario is facing a housing crisis and it is playing out in Mississauga:
- The average cost of a detached home is now $1.92M;
- The average cost for a condo is $736,000; and
- The average rental cost for a 2 bedroom condo is $2,561 per month (secondary market.)
Young people and families, seniors and newcomers, among many others, are being priced out of the market. They are forced to leave our wonderful city and travel great distances to qualify for a home in their price range, or significantly over-extend themselves financially. Our next provincial government must work with municipalities to bring housing supply to the market and ensure it is affordable for all income levels, so that everyone has the opportunity to live and work in Mississauga.
At the same time, we need a provincial partner committed to making significant investments in Mississauga’s highest priority transit projects – like building the Downtown Loop and implementing all day, 2-way GO train service on the Milton corridor – to stimulate our economy and move people through our city and beyond.
As a city, we strive to run an efficient and effective government. As we recover from the pandemic, the cost of doing business continues to increase, while our sources of revenue decline. Of every tax dollar collected in Canada, only nine cents goes to Mississauga, yet we own two-thirds of all the infrastructure. We are asked to do a lot with a little. The math simply does not add up. To continue to deliver the vital services that residents rely on, Mississauga needs a committed provincial partner to help us recover from the pandemic and ensure that we have the resources necessary to continue to deliver high-quality services.
At the same time, we continue to face increased challenges to build and maintain the infrastructure – the roads, bridges, community centres, parks, trails, public transit and so much more – that makes our city run. Good quality infrastructure is what makes Mississauga a place that people choose to be and where the world comes to work. To continue to grow and prosper, Mississauga needs a committed provincial partner.
Finally, Mississauga also needs the provincial government to continue to make targeted investments to support the businesses hardest hit throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. At the peak of the pandemic, 66,000 jobs were lost in Mississauga. While the federal and provincial governments provided support to keep businesses and workers afloat, ongoing investments and programs will be needed to ensure local businesses recover and build back better.
Your priorities are our priorities. They must also be the priorities of the next provincial government.
Before Election Day on June 2, 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!