Dec 13, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
Ontario is doing an about-face on its plan to dissolve the Region of Peel, saying the move could have resulted in significant municipal tax hikes.
Housing Minister Paul Calandra said Wednesday that the transition board tasked with dissolving the region will now instead focus on finding efficiencies.
Minister Calandra has reversed a number big government moves since taking over the housing portfolio back in September after his predecessor resigned amid the Greenbelt scandal.
In the spring, the government passed the Hazel McCallion Act to dissolve Peel Region, which is comprised of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
The act fulfilled a promise that Premier Doug Ford had made to the former longtime mayor of Mississauga, in McCallion’s final days, that it would stand as an independent city
Recently, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown had said the dissolution would cost more than $1 billion and leave his city with no option but to raise taxes.