The City of Mississauga was recognized with two awards for its 2019-2022 Business Plan and 2019 Budget. The City’s Finance Division has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This is the 30th consecutive year for Mississauga to receive the award, the most received by a Canadian municipality.
Participants must meet nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation in order to receive this award. The GFOA assesses each budget submission for its merit as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and as a communications device.
In addition, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Canada awarded the City with a Silver Leaf Award in the Government Communications Programs category for the 2019 Budget Engagement Campaign.
The Silver Leaf is a national award that recognizes outstanding work in communications. The Silver Leaf for the 2019 Budget Engagement Campaign confirms that Mississauga has achieved communications excellence in Canada for how the City communicates to our residents about its budget.
The campaign featured communications tactics aimed at helping residents understand what they get for their property tax dollars. This was an important factor in helping decision makers prepare budgets in a transparent manner, ensuring responsiveness to residents’ needs and views.
“It’s an honour for the City’s Budget to be acknowledged for excellence with these two awards,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “These achievements reflect Council’s commitment to excellence and sets high standards among other municipalities. Our success is due to the collaborative efforts of a dedicated team of City staff who contribute their expertise every year.”
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) represents public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. GFOA advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 20,500 members and the communities they serve.
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global membership association with thousands of members from around the world. IABC serves professionals in the field of business communication, bringing together the profession’s collective disciplines. IABC delivers on the Global Standard in communication through its educational offerings, certification, awards program, resource library, online magazine and annual World Conference.