• Erin Mills Backyard Farmers’ Market

    The Backyard Farm and Market at Erin Mills is a small, urban food hub and farmers’ market. It offers the Mississauga community the opportunity to access, grow, learn and eat local and sustainably sourced food in a fun and community engaged environment. The Backyard provides opportunities for people to experience growing their own food and accessing food from local farmers and food artisans.

     

    The market runs on Saturdays, from 9 am to 1 pm, June to October. Located on the north east corner of Eglinton Ave. W. and Erin Mills Parkway.

     

    What can you find at The Backyard?

     

    • Farmers Market – inspiring vendors – local farms & artisanal producers, pesticide/chemical fertilizer free produce, pasture raised meat, chicken and pork
    • Straw Bale Gardens – individual and community garden plots
    • Healthy Food / Eco Kitchen – cooking demonstrations focused on decreasing both food waste and garbage
    • Music – local musicians perform live and meet their community
    • Storytelling – join us for a good story or bring a book to share
    • Kids Play Spaces & Recreational Areas – sandbox, stone labyrinth, purchase a healthy lunch and enjoy it sitting in the urban farm/gardens
    • Thriving Eco-Systems! Wildlife bird sanctuary, native plant species, an apiary

    For more information, visit http://www.embackyardfarm.com/

     

     

  • June is Seniors’ Month

    June 2016 marks the 32nd anniversary of Seniors’ Month in Ontario. To recognize the important role seniors play in our communities, this year’s theme is “Seniors Making a Difference”.

     

    Seniors’ Month is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding contributions of Mississauga’s older adults and put the spotlight on the local services and programs available in our community to assist older adults to live as independently as possible.

     

    Community Centres and Libraries across the City are celebrating their older adults through a wide variety of events and activities. In addition an Older Adult Appreciation Week will be held from June 12-18. During this week, the city’s older adults will be enjoying special offers, such as discounts at City-run golf courses and refreshments at Community Centres.

     

    For more information and a listing of all the Seniors’ Month events, please follow this link.

  • Play in the Park – Clarkson Park

    Have you started thinking about summer and how to entertain the kids? If so, this City of Mississauga program is very popular…and free!

     

    The Play in the Park program is a summer drop-in program that is offered throughout the City, in Clarkson Park for Ward 2 residents. The program operates five days a week for the duration of the summer and offers children the chance to meet new friends, build relationships, have fun, be active and enjoy the outdoors in a safe and friendly environment. The program is a no cost, supervised, come as you please program for children aged 6-12 years. Play in the Park begins July 4th through to September 2nd.

     

    For more information, please follow this link.

  • Parking Amendments for Statutory Holidays

    The City of Mississauga amended its Traffic By-law to allow parking beyond the three-hour limit for 10 statutory holidays. Cars can be parked between 8 a.m. to midnight on these holidays. Cars must be parked in compliance with the City of Mississauga’s Traffic By-law and all applicable laws.  

     

    Extended parking can be requested 24/7 using the City’s Temporary Parking Permit Online Service. This online service allows requests to be made for short-term parking on a residential street. Up to 14 short-term parking permits in a year for each address can be requested where there are no prohibited signs. This permit is not valid on private property.

     

     

    Temporary parking permits for residential streets in Mississauga can also be requested directly from a smartphone using Pingstreet – a free mobile app for the City. The Pingstreet mobile app is free and available for download at the following stores: App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World, and Windows Store

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  • Municipal Property Assessment Notices to be Mailed Out Starting May 16


    At General Committee on May 4th, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) advised that Property Assessment Notices will be mailed out earlier than in previous years. Assessments will be mailed to Mississauga residential property owners starting on May 16. Mississauga property owners should carefully review and understand their Property Assessment Notices.

     

    “An increase in assessment does not necessarily mean an increase in property taxes and, the City of Mississauga does not benefit financially from reassessment,” said Connie Mesih, Director, Revenue and Material Management. “Tax rates are adjusted to offset assessment value changes and to ensure the City does not receive a windfall gain as a result of an increase in assessment.”

     
    Every four years MPAC conducts a province-wide Assessment Update and mails Property Assessment Notices to every property owner in Ontario.  This year, MPAC will be updating the assessed values of every property in Ontario.  All properties will have a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016. MPAC looks at sales and compares like properties that have sold in a particular area.

     

    The Property Assessment Notices will be used to calculate property taxes for the 2017-2020 property tax years. According to MPAC, assessed values of residential properties in Mississauga have increased an average of 6.8 per cent between 2016 and 2017. “If a property owners assessment increase is in line with the average assessment increase, property owners will see minimal change on their tax bill due to reassessment,” added Mesih.

     

    The final Mississauga tax bills for 2016 use the 2012 assessment values and will be mailed out on June 9 and June 10. For more information visit the City of Mississauga Taxes and Assessment website.

     
    Background

     
    Equal reassessments = same taxes
    Varying reassessments = potential tax change
    Service cost increase = everyone pays more

     

    Property owners can visit aboutmyproperty.ca to learn more about residential market trends in their area and how their property was assessed. By using the Roll Number and unique Access Key on their Property Assessment Notice, they can also see the information MPAC has on file for their property and compare it to others in their area.

     
    Property assessment information is provided to your municipality for property tax purposes.  Property owners can also learn more about the relationship between property assessment and taxation through aboutmyproperty.ca.

     

    MPAC’s province-wide Assessment Updates of property values have exceeded international standards of accuracy. MPAC’s property values and data are also used by banks, insurance companies and the real estate industry.

     
    For more information, property owners can visit aboumyproperty.ca or contact MPAC at 1 866-296-MPAC (6722).

     

    Ecity link: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/pressreleases?paf_gear_id=9700020&itemId=6100516q&returnUrl=%2Fportal%2Fcityhall%2Fpressreleases

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