Here is Mayor Crombie's 2018 re-election platform:
Working together over the past four years, we have accomplished a great deal, but there is more work to do. We need to see through what we have started. This requires strong, steady leadership and a Mayor who understands the needs of residents, businesses and how to work effectively with other levels of government.
I am proud of my track record as Mayor and I am excited about the work that lies ahead. The future of Mississauga is as bright as it is limitless, and I know that our best days are still ahead of us. Mississauga is stepping out on the global stage as a world-class city. We will continue to be leaders.
As your Mayor, I focus on governing according to a plan, addressing the big issues facing our City. Below is my plan of action for the next four years.
Thank you for your work to make Mississauga great. Mississauga’s strength is found in our people and I am proud to say that Mississauga is stronger than ever.
Keeping Mississauga Affordable for All
Mississauga is an desirable community with a quality of life that is second to none. While our economy continues to surge, not everyone is feeling the benefits. Too many people are being left behind. We must fix this.
Since becoming Mayor, I’ve made it a top priority to address affordability in our City. I’ve held the line on property taxes, found millions in savings, advocated for subsidized housing at the Region, created an affordable housing plan for the middle class, identified savings and attracted new investment to our city, all with the goal of ensuring that Mississauga stays affordable for all.
I’ve also worked diligently to make sure our City has the right climate and supports so that growth is inclusive and everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.
But there is still more to be done.
If re-elected, I will:
- Continue to vote to keep property taxes as low as possible while ensuring our residents can continue to access the top-notch services they rely on.
Continue to make progress on our affordable housing strategy, to build more affordable ownership and rental units for the middle-class, including:
- Instituting an inclusionary zoning policy to incentivize the building of new, affordable units,
- Reducing the burden on homeowners to create a legal second unit, and
- Advocating to the federal and provincial government for more tools (ie tax credits) to encourage the building of affordable, middle-income housing.
- Address precarious employment and youth unemployment by continuing to host the Mayor’s Youth Employment Expo and working with our City, businesses, and trade unions to create new employment opportunities for youth.
- Continue the Mayor’s City-Wide Food Drive with a goal of reaching $1 million and 1.5 million pounds of food raised by 2022.
- Work with the Region of Peel to get the $40 billion in federal National Housing Strategy money to where it needs to go quickly to reduce our Peel Housing waiting list and get more people in safe, affordable housing.
- Form partnerships with leaders in affordable housing (ie Indwell on Lakeshore) to get new buildings in the ground more quickly.
Keeping Mississauga Moving
I recognize that gridlock and congestion are key concerns for our residents. Whether you are driving a car or taking public transit, you want to get from one end of our City to another, and across the GTA, fast and efficiently.
If our City is to meet the province’s mandated growth targets, we will have over 878,000 people living in Mississauga by 2041. All of these people will need to be able to get around.
That’s why we need plan and invest today to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Over the last four years under my leadership, our City’s transit and transportation map has grown.
From securing full funding ($1.4 billion), for the Hurontario LRT, to completing the Bus Rapid Transit Way to the Airport Corporate Centre, to increasing MiWay service by 160,000 hours, to beginning work on the Lakeshore and Dundas Corridors, to developing the first-ever strategy to secure all-day, two-way GO on the Milton Line called “The Missing Link,” we are building a local and regional transit system that will prepare us for the future and getting people moving today.
But there is still more work to be done.
If re-elected, I will:
- Ensure shovels are in the ground for the Hurontario LRT in in 2019.
- Continue to advocate to the province for all-day, two-way GO service on all three Mississauga GO train corridors, but in particular the Milton Corridor, the second busiest in the entire system.
- Advocate to the provincial government for rapid transit on Dundas Street from the University of Toronto Mississauga, to Kipling Subway Station.
- Expedite the study and planning for rapid transit on the Lakeshore Corridor to accommodate the new growth and development and break gridlock and congestion.
- Continue to increase MiWay service every year as we have for the past four years.
- Expand the affordable transit program to reach more people who need it.
- Maintain $1 dollar MiWay bus fare for seniors.
- Continue to invest in our roads to ensure they continue to be among the best in Canada.
- Continue to work to better synchronize our traffic signals to get Mississauga drivers moving more quickly.
- Support the widening of Highway 401 between Mavis Road and Highway 25 as committed to by the Ontario government.
- Continue to support the building of the GTA West Corridor to take traffic off the 401 and 403.
Enhancing Community Safety
Over the past four years, Mississauga has retained its status as one of the safest cities in Canada, a title we have held for twenty years. Every resident deserves to feel safe in their community. To do this requires investing in enforcement activities, as well as programs that tackle the root causes of crime to prevent it from happening in the first place. One crime is one crime too many. There are no easy solutions to fight crime; it requires the community, the police and all three levels of government working together.
If re-elected, I will:
- Ensure Peel Region Police are properly resourced to do their jobs effectively, while ensuring the safety of front-line officers.
- Advocate on behalf of Peel Region Police to the province to ensure we receive our fair share of funding to combat crime.
- Rejoin the Peel Police Services Board to work closely with the Police Chief and the community to ensure we maintain a safe community, with a modern police force that people continue to have trust in.
- Work with the provincial government to increase funding for crisis outreach and support programs to assist police with a rising number of mental health calls.
- Call on the federal government to get tough on handguns in our community, especially the traffic and trade of illegal firearms domestically and internationally.
- Create the Mayor’s Roundtable on Community Safety to bring together the federal and provincial governments, along with community agencies involved in crime prevention regularly to coordinate advocacy efforts, share best practices and work together to tackle crime and improve safety in our community.
- In the 2019 Budget, I will ask staff to conduct a review of our youth recreation programming to see where the gaps exist and invest in more programming for at-risk youth.
- Support and shape the Region of Peel’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
Attracting Investment to our City
Mississauga is a City in demand. With over 91,000 business, 75 Fortune 500 Companies, 1,400 multinational firms and over 450,000 jobs, Mississauga is a great place to invest and a great place to work. In fact, in September 2018 Mississauga was named in the Top 10 cities in North America for businesses to invest.
Over the past four years, I have made attracting business and creating jobs my business. Working with staff, we have attracted or help expand over 430 companies, creating over 11,500 jobs, generating $20 million in new annual revenue for the city and 4.5 million square feet in new office and commercial space—that’s equivalent to 75 football fields of new space that is creating jobs and economic prosperity.
We accomplished all this because we have a plan. Just as Hazel did before me, I make jobs and investment a top priority as Mayor. It’s important to me that every person have the option to live and work in their city.
If re-elected, I will:
- Continue to work closely with our business community to help them expand and attract new global business to our city.
- Keep business taxes low and cutting red tape to improve efficiency.
- Target new business investment in strategic global markets.
- Continue to focus on strengthening our business community through our leading sectors including Finance, Aerospace, Life Sciences, Food and Beverage, and Clean Tech, to grow our business community and our national and international destination for investment.
- Make small business a priority by continuing to host an annual Mayor’s Small Business Expo to provide small businesses with information and tools they need to grow and succeed.
- Expand the services offered by the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) to provide more small businesses with the tools they need to grow and succeed.
- Continue to work with other levels of government, the private sector, and our academic institutions to build innovation spaces to jumpstart the next generation of start-up companies in Mississauga.
Building a Sustainable, Liveable City
Mississauga has always been a leader. On the protection of our environment and sustainable development, it is important that we again take the lead. Over the last four years we have laid the foundations for a robust environmental strategy in Mississauga. From joining the Global Covenant of Mayors, to beginning work on the first-ever climate change strategy for the City that involves local businesses and the community, to implementing a sustainable procurement plan and banning single-use plastics at the City, Mississauga is well on our way to ensure we do our protect our planet for future generations.
If re-elected, I will:
- See through the completion of the City of Mississauga Climate Change Strategy in 2019, with a reduction target of 80% emissions reduction in Mississauga by 2050.
- Work with planning and building staff to bolster our green building standards to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve our urban forest canopy.
- Work with local businesses and the federal and provincial government to pilot new green technologies right here in Mississauga, in particular hydrogen fuel cell technology.
- Continue to invest in our cycling infrastructure through our Master Cycling Plan to provide residents with more opportunities to cycle.
- Continue to invest in MiWay Transit to increase and enhance service to provide residents with a travel option other than the car and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Support the development of livable, walkable communities in the downtown core, and in Lakeview and the West Village in particular.
- Support the development of district energy solutions in new master-planned communities of Lakeview and the West Village, as well as in the downtown core.