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Regional Municipality of Peel, Ontario

Regional Municipality of Peel
Regional Municipality
Motto: Working for you

Map showing Peel Region's location in Ontario

Coordinates: 43°37′N 79°37′W / 43.617°N 79.617°W / 43.617; -79.617Coordinates: 43°37′N 79°37′W / 43.617°N 79.617°W / 43.617; -79.617

Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Established January 1, 1974
Government
 • Chair
Governing Body
Emil Kolb
Peel Regional Council
Area[1]
 • Total 1,246.89 km2 (481.43 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,296,814
 • Density 1,040.0/km2 (2,694/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
Website peelregion.ca

The Regional Municipality of Peel (also known as Peel Region) is a regional municipality in Southern Ontario, Canada. It consists of three municipalities to the west and northwest of Toronto: the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the town of Caledon.[2] The entire region is part of the Greater Toronto Area and the inner ring of Golden Horseshoe. The regional seat is in Brampton.

With a population of 1,296,814 (2011 census), Peel Region is the second-largest municipality in Ontario after Toronto.[1] Owing to immigration and its transportation infrastructure (with seven 400-series highways serving the region, and Toronto Pearson International Airport located completely within its boundaries), Peel Region is a rapidly growing area with a young population.

Mississauga occupies the southernmost portion of the region, and is, with 713,443 residents, the largest in population (the sixth largest in Canada). It reaches from Lake Ontario north to near Highway 407. In the centre is Brampton, a smaller city of 523,911 (ranked 9th by population in Canada). Finally, by far the largest in area and the most sparsely populated part of the region is Caledon, which is home to only 59,460 residents.

History

The Region of Peel was created by the government of Bill Davis in 1974 from the former County of Peel, and was legislated to provide community services to the (then) rapidly urbanizing area of south Peel County (now Mississauga and Brampton).

Peel County (and therefore, Peel Region) may be named after Sir Robert Peel, the nineteenth-century Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Government and politics

Senior administrators

  • Emil Kolb, Regional Chair
  • David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Norma Trim, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services
  • Janet Menard, Commissioner of Human Services
  • Janette Smith, Commissioner of Health Services
  • Kent Gillespie, Commissioner of Employee and Business Services
  • Dan Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works

[3]

Notable government decisions

  • In 2005, Peel Region approved without tender a $557 million waste management contract commitment lasting 20 years that can potentially allow it to dump garbage in Ontario landfill sites if Michigan bans Canadian trash.[4]

Seat assignment controversy

Seats on Peel Regional council are not assigned to member municipalities according to population or tax contributions, and this has produced considerable controversy within the region.[6]

Mississauga currently comprises about 62 per cent of the region's population and says it contributes 66 per cent of the taxes, but had been assigned 10 of the 21 council seats (or 48 per cent) distributed among the municipalities, with Brampton receiving six and Caledon five. In June 2005, the provincial government passed legislation[7] that will revise the composition of the council. Beginning in the 2006 municipal elections, one additional seat will be assigned to Brampton and two additional seats will be assigned to Mississauga, giving Mississauga 12 of the 24 seats assigned to municipalities.[8] These numbers do not include the regional chair, who is appointed by council members.

These changes are the result of a provincially appointed impartial arbitrator who noted:[9]

Regional councilors, whether or not they also wear an area (local) hat, represent all taxpayers in that region...no one area municipality has a majority of regional councillors. This is also why Mississauga's claim for two more regional representatives was seen as vexing - Mississauga would then have a majority at the regional level. Mississauga magnified the control issue by complaining of a historic underrepresentation given that a majority of taxpayers in Peel reside and have resided within Mississauga .. [I] recommend a continuation of a structure that denies any one area municipality a majority at the region.
 
— George W. Adams

Mississauga council, led by mayor Hazel McCallion, has argued that Peel Region is an unnecessary layer of government which costs Mississauga residents millions of dollars a year to support services in Brampton and Caledon. Mississauga council unanimously passed a motion asking the Province of Ontario to separate Mississauga from Peel Region and become a single-tier municipality, arguing, among other things, the need to keep property tax dollars within the city of Mississauga for the good of the future of the City.[10]

Opponents of Mississauga's position, including Brampton mayor Susan Fennell, have argued that from the 1970s through the 1990s, Mississauga was the chief beneficiary of Peel's infrastructure construction projects — funded by taxpayers in all three municipalities — and it is now Brampton's turn to benefit, as it is growing faster than Mississauga, which is mostly built-out.[11][12] As well, they have argued that common infrastructure, such as waste and water services, would be more efficiently managed at a regional level.

Services

The region is responsible for the services and infrastructure related to water delivery and wastewater treatment, waste collection and disposal, some arterial roads, public health, long-term care centres, Peel Regional Police, Peel Regional Paramedic Services, planning, public housing, paratransit, judicial and social services. Other municipal functions are provided by the three local-tier municipalities. These responsibilities have changed over time, as functions have been uploaded and downloaded to and from the provincial and regional levels, as directed by the Province of Ontario.

Law enforcement

Education

Other services

Emergency medical services provided by Peel to the region's municipalities:

Peel Regional Paramedic Services

Formerly administered by the province, now in the hands of the region.

Child Care

Day care centres are operated for residents in Peel:

  • Brampton West Child Care Centre
  • Howden Child Care Centre
  • Greenbriar Child Care Centre
  • Chinguacousy Child Care Centre
  • Collegeside Child Care Centre
  • Streetsville Child Care Centre
  • Malton Child Care Centre
  • Ernest Majury Child Care Centre
  • The Valleys Child Care Centre
  • Cooksville Child Care Centre
  • Ridgeway Child Care Centre
  • PLASP Daycare Centre

Long Term Care

Facilities are for seniors and others with long term health needs:

  • The Davis Centre
  • Malton Village
  • Peel Manor
  • Sheridan Villa
  • Tall Pines

Social Housing

Peel is the largest landlord in the Region. Its non-profit housing company, Peel Living, is one of the largest in Canada.[14]

Public Works

Peel manages the regions public works needs including:

  • garbage and recycling programs
  • water works
  • road maintenance — non provincial roads

TransHelp

The Region of Peel's unique transportation service for people with disabilities, Transhelp was formerly run for Mississauga Transit and Brampton Transit but is now operated solely by the Region.

Shopping

Major shopping centres located in Peel Region include:

Highways

Seven 400-Series Highways border or pass through Peel Region, giving it one of the most extensive suburban freeway networks in Ontario and Canada. These freeways are among the busiest and most modern of Ontario, mostly constructed since the 1970s, and have contributed significantly to the rapid growth of the Region. One of the welcome signs of Brampton has the slogan "All roads lead to Brampton" and shows six 400-series numbers (401, 403, 407, 409, 410, 427).

400-series freeways

Other highways

Demographics

References

See also

External links

  • Peel Region
  • Peel Regional Police
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