MAY 22, 2019

Comprehensive Study Confirms Independence in Best Interests of Mississauga

Statement by Mayor Bonnie Crombie on the independent financial analysis conducted by Ernst & Young (EY) on behalf of the Region of Peel as part of the provincial regional governance review

“The newly released independent financial analysis conducted by Ernst & Young (EY) confirms what Mississauga has known for 45 years: our taxpayers have not been getting a fair deal and have been carrying the financial burden at the Region of Peel for far too long.

“EY confirms that if Mississauga were to separate from the Region, Mississauga taxpayers would see $84 million in savings. This report proves Mississauga’s long-held position that our City would be better off, both financially and from a governance perspective, should we become independent.

“It does not surprise me that the other municipalities in the Region want to maintain the status quo because they are benefitting at Mississauga’s expense.

“As I’ve said before, taxpayer dollars should stay in Mississauga, and we should have full control over all decisions related to the future of our city.

“Numbers aside, Mississauga has a unique identity and our own priorities that simply cannot be advanced if we continue to be a part of the Region.

“From our perspective, there is only one logical outcome for the 3rd largest City in Ontario and the 6th in Canada: allow Mississauga to become an independent city and govern our own affairs.

“This is the first comprehensive and indisputable analysis conducted on governance in the Region of Peel and helps answer many of the questions asked by residents and Council over the last few months. I am thankful to our team of staff who worked around the clock on this project for the last 4 weeks. The consultation period has formally closed, and the province now has all the data they need to make an informed decision.

“Whatever the future may hold for our city, I will work closely with Council and staff to ensure that the interests of our residents are protected as we work together to move Mississauga forward. I’m confident that the savings we have found will put Mississauga in a strong position to keep taxes low for residents while continuing to deliver high-quality services.”

– Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga

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