The Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP), an initiative of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, was first introduced for the 2000 Reporting Year. This program requires municipalities to collect specific data on the following nine core municipal services areas: local government, fire, police, garbage, water, sewage, transportation, land-use planning, and social services.
Over the years, the numbers of measures to be reported have increased to fifty‑seven (in 2008) from seven measures (reported for the year 2000).
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (the Minister) designates the MPMP reporting requirements under the authority of Section 299 of the Ontario Municipal Act, 2001. The Minister has designated that “a municipality shall publish the information required by section 1 (Performance Measurement Information) not later than nine months after the last day of the fiscal year to which the information relates.” The City of Brampton publishes its Performance Measurement information by September 30th of each year.
All Ontario municipalities are required to collect data on fifty-seven measures for the 2008 Reporting Year. Thirty-one of these measures apply to the City of Brampton. The thirty-one applicable measures cover the following core municipal service areas:
The City of Brampton is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, facing some of the challenges that come with rapid growth as it provides municipal services and infrastructure to meet residents’ and taxpayers’ needs. Despite some of these challenges, the 2008 results from the Municipal Performance Measurement Program highlight Brampton’s successes, while also identifying those areas where the City continues to strengthen its efforts.
Some of Brampton’s successes include increased utilization of the City’s public transit system. In 2008, there was an increase of 11.4% in overall ridership from 2007, as well as an increase in the average number of passenger trips, per person. The opening of Cassie Campbell Community Center and the 2nd ice rink at the Century Gardens Recreation center provided a 6.6% increase in the indoor recreation facility space to the general public. The Brampton Public Library system also recorded 9.1 million total uses in 2008 versus 7.4 million uses in 2007, an increase of 22.1%. Electronic library uses experienced a 127.0% increase as a result of implementation of free wireless internet and various other media formats.
Despite new recreational facilities being brought to stream, operating costs for Parks, Recreation Programs and Recreation Facilities per person declined slightly attributable to population growth and effective cost control measures during 2008. Transit operating costs were higher in 2008 as the result of opening of a 2nd transit facility on Sandalwood in preparation for future ridership growth and a 7% increase in service hours. Higher than normal snow accumulation from January to April 2008 was the cause of the increase in the winter control maintenance costs. Cost of rural storm water management experienced significant increase due to extensive ditching work required in the Gore area to alleviate spring flooding. These cost increases reflect Brampton’s commitment to sustain targeted levels of quality services to meet the continuing service demands of a growing community. City staff is also committed to continuously looking for opportunities to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the delivery of its services and infrastructure.
For further information, please contact the City of Brampton, Treasury Services at 905-874-2235.