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*SAVE THE DATE* TOPCA is holding a Waterfront Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Clarke Hall @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm re: The Port Credit Marina Lands and the West Village Partners draft Master Plan for the former Imperial Oil lands.  Details pending.


PARKING MATTERS - STUDY:  March 2017.  The City of Mississauga wants your help to study citywide parking.  This study, called Parking Matters (website) will help make future decisions about parking across the City.  As the City continues to grow and evolve, community parking needs are changing.  All kinds of parking are being reviewed in the study including: on-street and off-street parking, as well as public and private parking.  They are all an important part of our transportation system. To learn more about the study, click here.

Take the *ONLINE SURVEY* and help make a difference!


TOPCA STATEMENT:  March 10, 2017. 


The Town of Port Credit Association (TOPCA) has posted the announcement concerning Imperial Oil's divestment of the 73-acre brownfield site at 70 Mississauga Road South.  We congratulate Port Credit West Village Partners Inc. (WVP) on their selection to purchase and develop the property via Imperial Oil's Request for Proposal (RFP) process which began in February 2016.  The deal is now firm and will close shortly.

Dating back to March 2011 when TOPCA first brought Imperial Oil into the community at the Town Hall meeting "Ramping Up the Port Credit Vision", resident involvement in the process of developing what is unquestionably the most valuable 73 acre parcel of land on the shores of Lake Ontario, has been ongoing.  With this most recent announcement, the community vision and local area plan "Evolving the Urban Village" can now tangibly move forward after many years (decades).

Prior to Imperial Oil's RFP submission deadline of June 30, 2016, the TOPCA Executive was approached by one of three short-listed development groups with a request to review their proposal vis-a-vis potential community concerns.  As a result, the TOPCA Executive provided West Village Partners with a Letter of Support (June 24, 2016) specific only to WVP's plans to interact with the community and solicit public input related to the Imperial Oil brownfield.

As part of the "due diligence" process WVP is pursuing (as referenced in the announcement), the TOPCA Executive is attending a series of WVP-led education sessions with representatives of other Port Credit stakeholder groups, along with City planning staff and Councillor Jim Tovey and Ward 1 office staff.  Topics include project financing, development charges, phased environmental remediation, residential formats, community amenities, heritage preservation, shoreline restoration, stormwater and utility servicing, retail and commercial uses, transportation and site plan configuration.  We appreciate this opportunity to become more literate about this complex site and flag any early questions or concerns.

NOTE: The TOPCA Executive continues to promote good planning that encompasses not only land use, massing, density and transportation impact, but also the developers' willingness to work with residents and respect the outcomes of the multi-year Inspiration Port Credit process.  We have yet to provide any formal opinion on the development plans for the Brownfield site, pending public participation.

Following the closure of the purchase transaction near the end of March 2017, the development of a finalized Master Plan for the property will begin, entailing further engagement with stakeholder organizations and the City.  As part of the formal application process, public meetings will be held.  We encourage TOPCA members to participate / collaborate in this process which will involve the developers, the City and the citizens.  Our objective throughout the entire engagement process will be to promote maximum public (community) value and implementation of the Port Credit Vision.

Click to view the TOPCA Executive's Letter of Support re WVP (June 24, 2016) (2p PDF)

Click for TOPCA's Imperial Oil Brownfield webpage for background and ongoing updates.


PURCHASE AND SALE OF IMPERIAL OIL LANDS ANNOUNCED: December 20, 2016.  Today TOPCA received an Announcement from Imperial Oil regarding the signing of an agreement of purchase and sale for the divestment of their 73-acre brownfield property at 70 Mississauga Road South (aerial map) in Port Credit.

This brownfield site has been a major focus of the Inspiration Port Credit public consultation, and the resultant framework document 'Charting the Future Course' (Nov. 2015) was included in the Imperial Oil RFP process.

Click to view the ANNOUNCEMENT

Click for TOPCA's Imperial Oil Brownfield webpage for background and ongoing updates.


OMB REVIEW - November 17, 2016: Town Hall Meeting at Port Credit Legion (only session to take place in Mississauga).

TOPCA reps attended this latest public consultation to provide input and learn about possible changes, which we believe require more than "tweaking".

Click for the provincial OMB Review webpage which includes all materials.

TOPCA sent a formal written SUBMISSION (2p PDF) on December 19, 2016 to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Click for TOPCA's OMB webpage for background and ongoing updates.


TOPCA AGM and TOWN HALL MEETING: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 @ 6:00 pm (Business); 7:00-9:00 pm (Town Hall) 


TOWN HALL MEETING:  Tuesday, Sept 20, 2016 @ 7:00-9:00 pm at Clarke Hall(Doors Open @ 6:30pm) *ALL WELCOME*

We're holding a local citizen-led forum for our members and other stakeholders in the Port Credit community, to discuss implications of the Official Plan Amendment for 1 Port Street (see below), and the forthcoming development process at the Marina Lands.  We are delighted that Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey and MPP Hon. Charles Sousa are attending in addition to Inspiration PC staff from the City of Mississauga, and representatives from Canada Lands Company.

The public comments generated will be added to the Information Report which staff will present to PDC prior to any Council approval of the OPA (no sooner than November).  Note there will be no release of the land for development without an approved OPA.  Any other concerns re Port Credit developments can of course be discussed as well, as they are all part of the same issue of how Port Credit evolves as a whole (oh, and how we live through the construction!)  It will be great to get together!


1. Protecting for a full-service Marina
2. Maximizing public realm
3. Defining the density well
4. Ensuring mixed-use
5. Iconic building
6. Maintaining the public process through time
7. Any other issues

Click for TOPCA's Town Hall PRESENTATION (30p PDF slide show)

Click for Blog article in the Mississauga News by John Stewart, who attended the Town Hall: Residents seek more public parkland in marina reboat (published Sept 23, 2016)


The City's public Planning and Development Committee (PDC) meeting concerning the DRAFT Official Plan Amendment in reflection of the Master Plan for the Port Credit Marina Lands took place on September 6, 2016 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. 

Click here for 2-page MEETING NOTICE sent to Port Credit residents.

 TOPCA reps made a Deputation at this meeting, and encourage any members who wish to voice their comments to send their written comments as instructed in the Notice. TOPCA is also holding a Town Hall Meeting (see above).


The City's public Planning and Development Committee meeting concerning the City's Draft Master Plan for the MARINA LANDS took place on May 30, 2016.


View the City's Master Plan on the Inspiration Port Credit website (Image of the City's 3-D model below).

Click for the PDC Agenda and Corporate Report (p65-154)

The TOPCA Executive, in conjunction with other Residents Associations in Lakeview, Mineola (Credit Reserve) and Cranberry Cove, along with the Port Credit Village Project, conducted a Round Table meeting on May 26, 2016, with the parties concerned i.e. the City project leaders and Canada Lands Company (CLC), to be sure we fully understand what the parties’ next steps are to ensure a full-service Marina.  Still unknown is who will pay for its development.  In addition, we sought clarification as to public realm provision (we don’t think it is enough), proposed heights and density, and mixed-use site configuration.  There are in fact two (2) master plans, and we want to ensure the City’s is robust in its Vision and detail based on the extensive citizen input, before CLC (i.e. its development partner) begins submitting applications.


PORT CREDIT GO STATION - PUBLIC MEETING AT PDC: Mon. June 27, 2016 @ 6:30 pm at the Planning and Development Committee (PDC) in City Hall (Council Chamber).
Click for City webpage with MEETING INFO
Click for Agenda + Planning Corporate Report (Item 3.5, p164 - direct link)
Click to view the meeting streamed online

This is a Public Meeting about the Official Plan Amendment (OPA) required for the GO Station Mobility Hub redevelopment.

NOTE: The TOPCA Executive organized a Roundtable Meeting of local residents' associations on June 21, 2016 in order to receive updates from City Planning staff and Metrolinx reps in preparation for the PDC meeting on June 27, 2016.  TOPCA made a Deputation at PDC.


Click for TOPCA GO Station webpage (including past Deputations).


INSPIRATION PORT CREDIT - PUBLIC MEETING: Thurs. February 4, 2016 @ 6:30-9:00 pm at Clarke Hall. Share your thoughts on the Draft City Master Plan for 1 Port Street East. This master plan will guide the future revitalization of the site.
Click for City webpage and to pre-register.

At Mississauga Council’s General Committee meeting on Feb. 3, 2016, the Corporate Report about the business case for the Port Credit Marina was presented. Ongoing City involvement was recommended, since it has been determined that the private sector alone will not be able to sustain it.

Click to view the report recommendations.

QUOTE: “The fundamental conclusion of the business case is that a future marina at 1 Port Street East is an economic, recreational and cultural heritage imperative and of strategic importance to Port Credit and Mississauga”

Let’s make sure it stays!! Come out to the Inspiration Port Credit community meeting!


PORT CREDIT GO STATION - PUBLIC MEETING: February 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm at the Planning and Development Committee (PDC) in City Hall (Council Chamber).
Click for Agenda + Planning Corporate Report (Item 4.1, p3).

TOPCA's Response (sent by letter to PDC and Planning Staff): February 1, 2016

"The TOPCA Executive is formally submitting our DEPUTATION at the PDC Public Meeting on October 26, 2015.  This document sets out the principles we will pursue throughout the future public process for the GO mobility hub redevelopment..... "

Click for TOPCA Webpage and Background.


REGION OF PEEL - WASTE CARTS: Waste collection in the Region of Peel changed to cart-based, bi-weekly collection in January 2016.  Separate Garbage and Recycling carts are available in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large.  Organics carts only come in one size.  Change your cart sizes in April 2016, FREE OF CHARGE

The Region of Peel webpage has details including an overview VIDEO (approx. 3min), Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a personalized Schedule for your neighbourhood.


EMERALD ASH BORER:  In Spring 2013 City Forestry staff and contractors began implementing the City’s 10-year Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan to preserve 20,000 select City-owned ash trees from the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

There was a public information session in Port Credit (April 22, 2013) where residents were invited to learn more and to speak directly with Forestry staff about EAB, including the City’s action plan to manage EAB, the long term effect of EAB, available treatment (TreeAzin/BioForest), woodlot management and what residents can do to preserve ash trees located on private property.

NOTE: The City of Mississauga will not be treating Ash trees located on private property and the Forestry Section encourages residents to continually inspect their Ash trees and contact a certified arborist if they suspect EAB on their property.

Click for the City's EAB WEBSITE for the latest information.

Mississauga News article (June 28, 2012): City declares war on destructive green pest.

Mississauga News article (March 21, 2013): City hosts meetings on plans to stop emerald ash borers.


Odds & Ends

FLYING OVER PORT CREDIT: Strap yourself in to view this YouTube video testing the Spy Hawk camera. Starts/lands from Port Credit Memorial Park.  Does Porter Airlines know about this?  Go full screen and pump up the sound to get the PC rush.



Published by Heritage Mississauga in late 2012.  Now available at all Mississauga Libraries and Community Centres and at the offices of Heritage Mississauga (1921 Dundas Street West at 'The Grange'). 

Goes back 10,000 years and provides information about Mississauga's early settlement, founding villages, lost villages, natural heritage and the emerging city.

NOTE: The Founding Village of Port Credit is on Page 32.

Click cover image for online version (68p PDF).



WINTER AT PORT CREDIT HARBOUR:  The first snowfall on Dec. 27, 2012.  See PHOTO ALBUM (7 images) on TOPCA's FB page.  Click this image for enlargement.


MPAC PROPERTY ASSESSMENT NOTICES: Residents of Mississauga received their mailed Property Assessment Change Notices in October 2012.  In Ontario's four-year assessment cycle, this province-wide Assessment Update will be effective for the 2013-2016 property tax years on a phased-in basis, and will be based on a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2012. The last Assessment Update took place in 2008.

Click image for full-size INSERT included with mailing.

Mississauga News article (Oct. 25, 2012): Homes increase in value by 23.7 per cent.

Click for the City's PRESS RELEASE (Oct. 22, 2012) concerning the impact of reassessment on property taxes.

Click for the MPAC WEBSITE to learn about the process, what affects your assessment and how to appeal your assessment.


MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS ROCK THE P.C. LIGHTHOUSE: July 28, 2012.  The newly-renamed (after the rainbow trout in the Credit River) Mississauga Steelheads OHL team have released the designs for their home and away jerseys, featuring a shoulder patch which incorporates an image of the Port Credit Lighthouse, one of the most photographed
landmarks in Mississauga.  Will we see local fishermen sporting the jersey?

Click for Steelheads WEBSITE

Click for Steelheads FACEBOOK Page.

Click jersey images for enlargements.




GO BIKE TRAIN TO NIAGARA:  Bike Train service between Toronto/Mississauga and Niagara is now provided by GO Transit during the summer months.  The full 2016 Summer schedule has yet to be announced, and is expected to be mid May.  The Mississauga stop is PORT CREDIT.

  Click for Bike Train (Niagara Greenbelt) WEBPAGE for full details and trip planning resources.

Click for Bike Train WEBSITE to learn about other destinations in Ontario, leaving from Toronto Union Station.


PORT CREDIT LIKE NANTUCKET:  July 14, 2012.  The National Post writes: "Since when does Mississauga look like Nantucket?  Walk five minutes from the Port Credit GO station to the part of Lakeshore that constitutes the town’s main drag and you’ll immediately feel like you’re in a resort town by the water thanks to the preponderance of ice cream shops, bakeries, pubs, boutiques and gift shops — not to mention the adorable lighthouse — along the strip.  Head west to the scenic harbour that’s the heart of Port Credit...."

Read the article


SNUG HARBOUR IMPROVEMENTS:  Many don't know that the Snug Harbour restaurant at the Port Credit harbour is a tenant of the City.  The facility is being renovated and a new lease is in place, further to last year's Council directive (April 13, 2011 - Minutes, p5-6).  Minutes for the most recent Council meeting on this subject are not yet posted.

The Port Credit Salmon and Trout Association is contemplating a live webcam on the chimney (photo) of the restaurant so that real-time harbour conditions can be seen by PC fans around the world as well as local boaters; the City may be placing a webcam on the Lighthouse so that events at Memorial Park can be seen!

Click image (April 8, 2012) for enlargement.



Port Credit Crest (1974)