May 17, 2023

By Christine Ross

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The province is expected to announce Thursday that it’s dissolving the Region of Peel, just two days after Premier Doug Ford alluded to it during a news conference in Mississauga.

“I’ve always been for an independent Mississauga, you can’t have a city the size of Mississauga close to 800,000 and its continuing to grow, being tied into other jurisdictions,” said Ford on Monday.

The Ford cabinet reportedly approved the move Wednesday afternoon with legislation coming Thursday.

Mississauga and Brampton are set to become independent cities, but the future of Caledon remains unclear. Some have pushed for its urbanized parts to be amalgamated with Brampton with the rural areas joining Orangeville.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie has a news conference scheduled for 3:30 Thursday afternoon.

“I’m delighted the Premier has publicly stated that he’s on the way to separating Peel, it gives me great pleasure and I know he’s fulfilling a promise to former Mayor Hazel McCallion and myself and of course this makes great sense that we go our separate ways,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

Sources says Peel Region will cease to exist before the provincial and municipal elections in three years.

That’s how long negotiations are expected to take to untangle the shared costs among the municipalities.

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