The City of Mississauga is to consider whether the time has come for it to stand on its own two feet.
An independent study was given the go ahead at City Council on Thursday which will look at whether it would be best for the city to leave Peel Region.
Mississauga, which is the 6th largest city in Canada and has a population approaching 800,000, has been part of the regional municipality, which includes Brampton and Caledon, since 1974.
In a statement issued following the vote Mayor Bonnie Crombie said “we think it is critically important that we control our own destiny and that we are able to make decisions that are in the best interests of Mississauga residents.”
They idea is not a new one however, with previous mayor Hazel McCallion first floating the idea a decade ago.
If the study finds in favour of splitting from Peel Region, a referendum on the matter could be held during the 2018 election.
The Mayor of neighboring city, Brampton is not a fan of the potential move however, with Linda Jeffrey releasing a statement of her own on Thursday.
Jeffrey calls the proposal ‘disingenuous’ and says that the City of Brampton would expects to be compensated for its decades of investment to the regional system if Mississauga were to split.