Mississauga’s Strategic Pillars for Change

On June 25, 2008, City of Mississauga hosted an open house to launch the draft framework of the Strategic Plan.  Residents, business leaders and community groups had the opportunity to review and comment on the draft plan at the Civic Centre.

“Together as a community, we have been able to draft a plan that will help move Mississauga towards a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable City for the 21st Century,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion.  “As we move forward, we need to continue to work with the community to help us finalize our plans for a great city.”

Over the past eight months, thousands of ideas provided by the community have been inspired by conversations that have evolved from the various workshops such as the Speakers Series and the Visioning Symposium.  Those ideas were collected and built into the framework of the draft Strategic Plan established by Members of Council, the City’s leadership team and community representatives.  The Strategic Plan was then broken down into two phases: phase one focused on creating the high level directions of the plan and phase two will focus on developing a plan for implementation.

At the open house, the community was introduced to the Strategic Pillars for Change, a part of phase one, which have been identified to give structure to the draft Strategic Plan:

Pillar 1 – Developing a Transit Oriented City
Pillar 2 – Ensuring Youth, Older Adults & New Immigrant Thrive
Pillar 3 – Completing our Neighbourhoods
Pillar 4 – Cultivating Creative & Innovative Businesses
Pillar 5 – Living Green

“Over six thousand ideas were provided by the community through a puzzle piece campaign, which was compiled into the draft Strategic Plan,” said Bruce Carr, director of Strategic Planning and Business Services.  “It’s thrilling to see the overwhelming response from the community wanting to shape Mississauga’s future.”

In addition to revealing the draft framework for the Strategic Plan, a number of sculptural pieces were selected from four participating Mississauga secondary schools and were on display for the community to see how our youth envision the City of Mississauga in the 21st Century.

Council will consider the final direction for the Strategic Plan in the fall following the input received from the open house.  Once again, there will be an opportunity for the community to participate in the creation of the Implementation Plan for the Strategic Plan, which subsequently will be considered by Council for approval.

For more information, please visit http://www.conversation21.ca/or call the Building a City for the 21st Century Office 905-615-3200, ext. 2100.