As local elections loom, voters are looking to candidates to see what platforms and priorities they have for the next term. And as part of a program to help Mississauga residents make more informed decisions, the city of Mississauga has launched a campaign called “Mississauga Matters.”
The program hopes to inform the general population of the city about priorities that the next batch of leaders should focus on. This year’s Mississauga Matters campaign includes a set of priorities, with housing affordability going on the top of the list.
“Ontario cities play a critical role in our province’s well-being. But the pressures we face continue to grow. As we head into a provincial election, it’s vital that the next provincial government will support cities in creating more housing that is affordable for everyone, help us in building key transit projects and sustainable infrastructure, and deliver financial support for our hardest-hit businesses and industries,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The reality is that cities can’t do all of this alone. And as we continue to recover and build our growing city, we need a provincial partner who is fully committed to working with us. Our message to candidates is clear: our priorities should be your priorities because Mississauga Matters!”
Mississauga currently ranks as the third-largest city in Ontario. Housing costs have gone up rapidly over the past few years. Comprehensive year-to-date reports show that house prices skyrocketed to an average of $1,170,211 in April 2022, a gain of 14.2% from the same month last year. Accordingly, the Mississauga Matters campaign looks to push candidates to prioritize affordable housing for those who have been affected by the fast-rising property prices.
The 2022 Missisauga Matters campaign has lined up four priorities this year, namely:
- Housing Affordability
- Public Transit
- Funding for Cities
- Local Economy
The campaign will continue to run during the provincial election campaign period to help engage residents about the glaring issues that Mississaugans face daily.