Behind white picket fences and manicured lawns, the housing situation in Mississauga—Erin Mills is not so rosy for many residents.
Potential tenants, in particular, are struggling to keep a roof over their heads as prices soar in Mississauga.
Located in the western part of the city between the ridings of Mississauga—Lakeshore and Mississauga—Streetsville, the electoral district is one of the largest in the city, with 122,560 residents in 2016.
Residents are young, averaging 38.4 years old (more than a year younger than Mississauga’s overall average age), and 57% of area residents identify as first-generation immigrants. Many work in blue-collar jobs in industries such as manufacturing and transportation/logistics, while other common job categories include business management, information technology and sales.
Mississauga—Erin Mills is also home to the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), giving the riding a unique personality with thousands of young residents traveling to the area, living on or near campus.
South Asian Canadians make up the largest segment of the 64% of residents who identify as a visible minority. Chinese Canadians are the second largest visible minority group in the region.
With the student population, a large number of newcomers and a younger than average population, more townhouses and apartment/condo buildings have been built in the riding as Mississauga attempts to cope with the protracted affordable housing crisis seen in much of Peel.
According to Statistics Canada in 2016, 48.3% of renter households in the riding spent more than 30% of their income on housing. The definition of affordable housing means that people should spend less than 30% of their income on housing for themselves and their families.
Statistics Canada also shows that the majority of households have an average of 6.6 bedrooms per dwelling, which means that many multigenerational families, students or other tenants live under one roof.
Illegal secondary units have been a problem in the area for years, as the housing supply simply cannot meet the needs of the growing population.
Between 2006 and 2016, only 7,420 new dwellings were built despite a population increase of 5,361 between 2011 and 2016 alone. Recent reports from Region of Peel indicate housing is desperately needed with subsidized housing the waiting list increases considerably during the pandemic.
At the corner of Erin Mills Parkway and Eglinton Avenue West, beautiful, eye-catching condos and apartment buildings rise into the sky, providing desirable living spaces next to downtown Erin Mills.
Along Eglinton Avenue West, rows of high-rise apartment buildings are being built to provide a variety of housing in the area.
The suburban center is designated in the region’s official plan through 2051 as a Primary Transit Station Area (MTSA) and will eventually feature more housing and transit connectivity that will allow residents to ditch car while traveling entirely by bus or train instead, while active transportation infrastructure will hopefully encourage more residents to walk and cycle locally. The MTSA label will soon allow the City of Mississauga to pass inclusive zoning bylaws (once the official plan is approved) requiring new buildings in the area to have a certain percentage of units that meet affordable housing criteria.
Many who still live in low-rise homes have to deal with the effects of climate change on a regular basis.
Mississauga has made efforts to create a better stormwater management system. But as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions warm the planet, extreme storms hit communities, costing expensive insurance payments and cleanup jobs, as infrastructure has yet to catch up. the realities of climate change.
With paved waterways and flood lines in many communities in Mississauga—Erin Mills, more and more residents often have to deal with flooding.
Climate change and its impact on invasive species, like the LDD moth, a small caterpillar that has wreaked havoc in Mississauga, but particularly in Erin Mills, Lorn Park and Applewood Heights, is also of concern to many local residents. The tiny insects ate much of the surrounding urban canopy, sometimes killing older fragile trees in some of the more mature neighborhoods.
Mississauga—Erin Mills is home to a section of the Credit River, where tall, mature trees protect those in the sun who walk and hike the expanse of local trails.
Residents of Mississauga—Erin Mills have expressed a desire for an MPP who will champion affordable housing, while improving environmental policy and preserving nature.
Created in 2015 and first challenged in 2018, Mississauga—Erin Mills was made up of much of the former riding of Mississauga West, until 2007 when the map was redrawn and redistributed part of the area as Mississauga-Erindale.
Four years ago Sheref Sabawy of the PC won the seat, with 41.61% of the vote.
He beat Farina Hassan of the NPD who came second with 27.6% of the vote.
Sabawy spent his term advocating for new immigrants and seniors and is now seeking re-election. He endorsed his party’s political projects such as the construction of Highway 413 and the abolition of the carbon tax.
Sheref Sabawy advocated for first generation immigrants in particular during his tenure.
“Four years ago, Doug Ford and Ontario PCs were elected with a strong mandate to build a better province for the people,” he said in a video on Twitter. “We’ve shoveled the ground into the ground to build highways and transit projects, we’ve expanded hospitals and created thousands of long-term care beds…Doug Ford and I can continue this important work. PCs in Ontario are the only ones to achieve this.
Prior to entering politics, he was an instructor at Centennial College, teaching network infrastructure, design, and implementation. At George Brown College, he taught networking, security and technology for over a decade. Sabawy had unsuccessfully attempted to enter federal politics before becoming a provincial deputy.
Hassan is running again for the NDP. She has a background in banking and finance with over 15 years of experience. She served as Director of Finance for the annual Carassauga event and worked as a credit specialist at RBC.
According to her website, she has organized food drives, park cleanups and worked with United Way Peel to reduce poverty and homelessness.
“I love my community. People here need to have access to services that keep us healthy and competitive,” reads its website. “We can do this by repairing the damage done to our health care system after years of Liberal and Conservative cuts. A New Democrat government will invest in education and health care to include pharmacare, dental care and mental health care. This will help make life more affordable for families as we work to create good local jobs. »
Farina Hassan (left) with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath at the campaign kickoff.
Hassan says she plans to advocate for affordable housing, women’s rights, an end to racism/discrimination and gender inequality. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from York University, one in economics/business management, the other in human rights and equity, and a certificate in general management.
Michelle Angkasa hopes they can support the younger generation living in Mississauga—Erin Mills. As a student at the University of Waterloo and completing a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, the green candidate wants to campaign for the preservation of nature.
“Michelle believes Ontario needs stronger, more collaborative voices in government that will advocate for intersectional and equitable change,” reads their website. “They strongly believe that an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for the province is possible, and that this election is the critical time to push for the bold action we need.”
As a student, Michelle Angkasa is part of the younger generation and hopes to make an impact with new ideas whose time has come.
Angkasa is a first-generation Chinese-Indonesian-Canadian raised in Mississauga and hopes his passion for youth rights advocacy and climate justice will serve voters well, if elected.
Currently, they are student engagement interns at Good & Well Inc., an investment firm, and previously served as University of Waterloo Environmental Ambassador, Peer Mentor and Campus Housing Residence Life Don. In 2021, they were policy interns at the Department of Children, Community and Social Services.
“From their years of organizing with youth-led groups like Our Time and Future Majority, Michelle knows that housing affordability, access to mental health care and the climate crisis are the pressing issues for young people. across Ontario – but progress toward real and lasting solutions has been slow and insufficient,” reads their website.
The Liberals’ Imran Mian hopes to regain his party’s seat.
Iman Mian (center/left) with former provincial deputy Charles Sousa at his campaign headquarters.
“I will prioritize issues related to affordable housing, a publicly funded education system, quality health care, seniors and climate change,” reads its website. “With over 20 years of business and leadership experience, I understand the challenges our community faces and I am ready to fight on your behalf for a better, greener and more affordable future for all Ontarians.
He volunteered on the South Asian Advisory Council of the United Way of Peel Region as founding Co-Chair and Vice-Chair of the Family Services of Peel Board of Directors.
Prior to entering politics, he worked as Vice President of Growth at mobileLIVE Inc., a software development company, and was Senior Director of Commercial Sales at Info-Tech Research Group.
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