Ontario: A decision on the possible future independence of cities within the Peel Region in the future is likely to be taken soon, said Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Thursday.
The Peel Region covers Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, and the region is responsible for providing services such as paramedics, health programs, and recycling.
In November, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark announced that he would appoint facilitators to evaluate six regional governments, including the Peel Region. Along with this, the distribution of roles between upper tier and lower tier municipalities will also be taken care of.
In addition to Toronto and Ottawa, attention will also be paid to the expansion of strong mayor powers.
In Brampton on Thursday, Ford announced that a final decision had not yet been made on the peel, but said the decision would be made soon.
He also indicated that Mississauga and Brampton are big cities and that they can and can take up all the responsibilities on their own. “You don’t have to go to the region continuously,” he said.
Ford gave an example that at this time Mississauga explains what could be built in Kelden, although these two cities are located several miles apart from each other and are not even close to Mississauga.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, while addressing a press conference with Ford, said that he welcomes these attempts to remove duplications, but believes that if these cities separate tomorrow, in many cases Mississauga is responsible to Brampton because there are many types of funds from our residents for the infrastructure of Mississauga.
“If two cities are to be built, Brampton should have all kinds of separate facilities, such as a water treatment facility, police headquarters, etc. Brown said brampton residents would be “very upset” if the mayor of Mississauga thought she would be moving on to a different city and would not pay the money.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie is pushing hard to make her city independent. She says that this will allow Mississauga to save one billion dollars over a period of 10 years and run more properly.