The City of Mississauga’s newly elected council held its inaugural meeting Dec. 3 at the Living Arts Centre. Mayor Bonnie Crombie and the city’s 11 council members were officially sworn in by the city clerk for the 2018-2022 term.

As Mississauga’s fourth mayor in her second term, Crombie was joined by members of her new council which included nine incumbents and two new councillors – Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko and Ward 7 Councillor Dipika Damerla.

In Crombie’s inaugural council address, she spoke about her future vision for the city and how she will move Mississauga forward while working together with council and staff.

“Over the next four years and well into the future, our job will be to manage our growth and further strengthen our position as a leader in the GTA and beyond,” she said. “You have my word that as we grow, we will not change the things that make Mississauga great. We will embrace the new without losing the old; Mississauga will not lose its character.

“I will continue to address the big issues facing our city including tackling gridlock and congestion, building regionally connected transit, keeping Mississauga safe, building more middle-income housing and attracting new investment to help create highly-skilled jobs in our city. We have a plan that’s working, and we are seeing it through.”

Highlights of that plan include:

On transit

  • Getting shovels in the ground for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit that will form the north-south spine of our regionally-integrated transit system.
  • Continuing to advocate for all-day two-way service on three GO Train lines, in particular, the Milton line.
  • Studying congestion on Lakeshore Road and work to implementing rapid transit on Dundas Street.
  • Keeping our roads in good shape while better synchronizing our traffic signals.

On affordability

  • Continue to ensure that your hard-earned tax dollars stay in your pocket by keeping taxes as low as possible – below the GTA average while continually identifying saving at City Hall.
  • Continue to move forward on the Making Room for the Middle Plan to increase the supply of affordable housing for the middle-class so that everyone who wants to live in our city, can afford to do so.

Attracting new investment

  • Mississauga will remain open for business, and continue to implement an economic strategy that is producing results.
  • Working with staff over the last four years, Mississauga has attracted or helped expand more than 430 companies, creating more than 11,500 jobs and $20 million in new annual revenue for the city – money that is used for services and infrastructure to make life better for you. Council will continue to make progress on this strategy.

“The people of Mississauga expect their government to deliver results,” said Crombie. “In the coming term, you have my commitment that personal politics will not impede good public policy and our collective desire to move Mississauga forward. That includes working with – not against – all levels of government, regardless of political stripe, to advance the interests of our city. Mississauga is working. Our strength is found in our people and I am proud to say that Mississauga is stronger than ever. We will continue to be a visionary, smart city that embraces new technology, fosters innovation and grows sustainability. We will continue to ensure Mississauga remains one of the best places to live, work and raise a family for generations to come.”

Photo: “We will embrace the new without losing the old,” says Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.