MISSISSAUGA, ON. (June 11, 2015) – The Region of Peel and Credit Valley Conservation’s long-term vision for the waterfront is one step closer to reality. The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change approved the environmental assessment for the Lakeview Waterfront Connection, a plan to transform an environmentally degraded and inaccessible section of the Mississauga waterfront into a new conservation area.

“We are very encouraged by this announcement,” said Andrew Farr, Director of Water for the Region of Peel. “We are grateful to all the agencies, stakeholders, First Nations, councillors, members of the Community Liaison Committee and local residents who participated in the environmental assessment process. Their passion for the environment and the Lakeview neighbourhood will help make this waterfront transformation a reality.”

The project will be presented to Peel Regional Council. If approved, construction may begin in early 2016, with an anticipated seven to 10 year timeline for completion.

The new conservation area will connect the Mississauga and Toronto sections of the Waterfront Trail and offer recreational opportunities and wildlife habitats currently lacking in the area. The project is a collaboration between the Region of Peel and Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), with support from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the cities of Mississauga and Toronto.

“This project is inspiring,” said Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administrative Officer for CVC. “Given its scale, it will have a tremendous impact on the health of the local environment and community.”

The new conservation area will also connect with a part of a larger transformation in the area known as Inspiration Lakeview. The City of Mississauga, Ontario Power Generation, and the Province of Ontario have worked with the community and stakeholders to develop a vision for the former power generation property.  The vision will guide the revitalization of the lands to become a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use community.

More information about the Lakeview Waterfront Connection is available atwww.creditvalleyca.ca/lwc.

Artist renderings:

Looking east over the mouth of Serson creek.
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Looking east, atop the main lookout, facing Toronto.
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Looking south at the new Serson Creek Wetland.
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Looking west from the mouth of Etobicoke creek.
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Conservation area plan:
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Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partner municipalities and stakeholders to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

Media Contact
Jon MacMull
Supervisor, Marketing & Communications
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 385
jmacmull@creditvalleyca.ca