Mississauga, Ontario — Today the Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing the Hon. Steve Clark announced that the Government of Ontario will not proceed to change municipal governance in the Region of Peel. This decision is as a result of the work of a two-member Panel and its report to the Minister.
The Government announcement is here – https://news.ontario.ca/mma/en/2019/10/ontario-helping-make-municipalities-stronger.html.
In a deputation before the Panel, MBOT President & CEO David Wojcik said, “From a business perspective, we would like to see an efficient and effective, streamlined and less bureaucratic municipal government in whatever form that may take. Businesses talk to us about red-tape and unnecessary delays, property taxes and fees and length of time for permitting and development approvals. Any change in municipal government that will address these issues is welcomed.”
MBOT took a position that should the Province decide to dissolve the Region of Peel, that a single-tier, stand-alone City of Mississauga would be the best option. Following today’s announcement, it is hoped the Region of Peel along with its three municipalities of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon will find ways to streamline service, eliminate duplication and work to keep property taxes on businesses low.
“We would encourage the municipalities to access the Provincial funds that are available to look at efficiencies and cost savings. We know savings can be found and duplication can be eliminated,” concluded Mr. Wojcik.