As a growing City and with climate change, more intense and frequent rainfall is putting a strain on Mississauga’s critical and often unseen stormwater infrastructure. The City’s stormwater system provides important benefits to all who live and work in Mississauga. Managing this system lessens the risk of flooding, reduces creek erosion and protects water quality. This protects you, your property, aquatic habitats, wildlife and Lake Ontario.
The Stormwater Charge is a dedicated funding source to keep our stormwater system in good working order and to help plan for costly repairs in the future. If you are a property owner in Mississauga, the charge appears on your Region of Peel water bill.
The Stormwater Charge maintains and renews more than 185 kilometres of storm sewer pipes, 4 creeks/rivers and 10 stormwater management facilities located in Ward 8.
Taking place in your Ward this year is the Sawmill Creek Erosion Control - The Folkway to Erin Mills Parkway environmental assessment and design stormwater project. Learn more about stormwater projects in Ward 8.
To learn more about the City’s Stormwater Charge, visit stormwatercharge.ca
Mississauga’s Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras, activated on July 5, 2021, reduced speeds and increased speed limit compliance on neighbourhood streets, improving safety for everyone. Data from the first month of enforcement shows that average speeds decreased by more than 11km/hr on Morning Star Drive and more than 9km/hr on Sawmill Valley Drive.
The data also shows that more drivers are following the speed limit. The speed limit compliance rate increased by 41 per cent on Morning Star Drive and 28 per cent on Sawmill Valley Drive.
Starting this month, 10 additional cameras will be operating in Mississauga neighbourhoods. By December, the program’s full complement of 22 cameras will be active across the City. An interactive map showing all camera locations is available online.
“These early results are an encouraging sign that drivers are slowing down and following the speed limit. Speeding is dangerous, especially in residential neighbourhoods and near schools. We must continue to use every tool we have to make our roads safer for everyone,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “No one likes to get a speeding ticket, but road safety is a priority. So please, slow down and remember, when you follow the speed limit, you won’t get a ticket and you could save a life!”
A total of 495 tickets were issued at the first two ASE camera locations: 298 tickets at Morning Star Drive and 197 at Sawmill Valley Drive. During the month-long enforcement period, 55 repeat offenders received tickets. The highest speed ticketed on Morning Star Drive was 67km/hr and 71km/hr on Sawmill Valley Drive. The speed limit in both locations is 30 km/hr.
When an ASE ticket is issued, it includes a set fine, determined by Schedule D under the Provincial Offences Act. The set fine is based on the vehicle’s rate of speed over the speed limit when the image was taken. The total ticket amount includes the set fine, applicable court costs and a victim fine surcharge, credited to the provincial Victims’ Justice Fund.
“Our ASE cameras are rotating on a regular basis through school area Community Safety Zones where speeding has proven to be a persistent problem,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “These cameras are making a difference – they are helping make our roads safer and raising awareness about the need to follow posted speed limits.”
City Transportation staff are monitoring the data from the ASE cameras to improve the long-term effectiveness of the program. The data is also being used to plan for future phases of the program which could include installing additional cameras and putting cameras on different types of roadways.
Current and new operators of short-term accommodation (STA) rental properties can now obtain their licence online. As of January 19, 2021, the Short-Term Accommodation By-law requires all STA operators to legally license with the City. The licensing requirement applies to anyone renting out all or part of their home for 30 consecutive days or less.
“By requiring operators to be licensed, we can better ensure public safety and maintain community and property standards,” said Sam Rogers, Director, Enforcement. “All new and current operators will now be able to obtain their licence online, making the licensing process more convenient and efficient.”
To obtain a licence online, operators must: