News release: September 14, 2023
Introducing Peel Region to the Transition Board
A deep dive into the magnitude, scale and complexity of Peel.
BRAMPTON, ON (September 14, 2023) – Today, Peel Region updated Regional Council on how it has been onboarding the Transition Board in a report, Bill 112 - Update September 2023. The Transition Board was appointed on July 5, 2023, by the provincial government to provide recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a range of restructuring matters related to the dissolution of Peel.
Peel developed a comprehensive onboarding package with several key documents for the Transition Board to help them gain a deeper understanding of Peel's critical services and make thoughtful and informed recommendations regarding the dissolution of Peel. The Council report provides links to the information shared during onboarding.
One of the documents - Introducing Peel Region, a first conversation - tells the story of Peel over the last 5 decades, its history, services, and people. The board also received an overview of the questions, concerns and anxieties expressed by Peel's 6,000 employees. Documents include:
- Voice of employees: Questions and Concerns
- Communications to community partners, vendors and volunteers
- Communications to employees and Council
- Strategy and performance reporting
- Peel Region overview
- Departmental presentations
- Peel at a glance
- Follow-up questions to the Transition Board
When meeting with the board, Peel's senior leaders highlighted the magnitude, complexity, scale and integration of Peel's services provided by professional and highly qualified employees. Staff reported that they were encouraging thoughtful and informed decision-making and that all recommendations of the Transition Board be shared publicly, including a financial impact assessment and the long-term economic sustainability of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.
Background facts on Peel:
- 1.5M people - Peel's population, which is larger than six of Canada's provinces.
- 1 in 10 Ontarians live in Peel.
- 69 per cent of residents identify with a racialized group, the highest in the GTA.
- Second largest water and wastewater system in Ontario and fourth largest in Canada.
- 30 per cent utility rates than other GTA municipalities.
- Third largest community housing provider in Ontario.
- 21 per cent of all goods movement Gross Domestic Product in Ontario carried on Peel Region roads.
- $1.8B worth in goods travel to, from and through Peel every day.
- Second largest police service in Ontario and third largest in Canada.
- Second largest in paramedic service in Ontario.
- Second largest in waste management program in Ontario and fourth largest in Canada.
- Second largest public health service in Ontario by population size and one of the largest in Canada.
- $10.3M annual funding to over 150 community agencies in the non-profit sector.
- $3.1B Annual Operating Budget and $1.9B Annual Capital Budget.
- 800KM+ fibre network co-owned by Peel, Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon.
We thank the Transition Board for their time and for giving staff an opportunity to share the facts and data about Peel. We remain committed to working with the Transition Board, the provincial government and Peel’s many other stakeholders to inform recommendations, while ensuring the continuity of essential services to Peel’s 1.5 million residents.
Nando Iannicca, CEO, Regional Chair, Peel Region
I'm proud of the team at Peel for sharing thoughtful and thorough updates on our work to the Transition Board. The Board was impressed by the orientation as they seek to learn more about Peel and what makes us successful, supported by data and facts. They have a difficult job ahead and we are there to provide the information they need.
Gary Kent, Chief Administrative Officer, Peel Region
Manager, Corporate Communications
Region of Peel
About Peel Region
Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.