MISSISSAUGA – Up until very recently, if a Mississauga resident was looking to confirm their next garbage collection date or report a pothole, the only way to do so would be by firing up an internet browser or making a phone call.
Now, however, the city’s more smartphone-savvy residents have a quick and easy option for doing both — and more — thanks to PingStreet, a city services-focused mobile “app” now available across the City of Mississauga.
Originally unveiled in December of 2015, the PingStreet app’s Mississauga functionality was made possible by a partnership between the City and eSolutions Group, a tech firm headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario. Currently, PingStreet Mississauga allows residents to:
- Request temporary parking permits for residential streets
- Report neighbourhood problems, such as sidewalk/road damage, graffiti, and illegal signs
- Access up-to-date contact information for Mississauga’s mayor and ward councillors
- Access a calendar of upcoming community events
- Stay on top of city updates, via news releases and notifications
- View updated waste collection schedule for your neighbourhood
According to the City of Mississauga’s official website, the team behind the app are planning to add more features throughout the course of this year. Residents can currently download it, free of charge, at the Apple App Store, Google Play, Blackberry World, and the Windows Store.
According to Ivana Di Millo, Director of Communications at the City of Mississauga, PingStreet’s Mississauga-based users will even have (at least at first) a slight advantage over those accessing the app in other participating cities.
“Mississauga is the first municipality to fully integrate its existing software used by the City’s 3-1-1 team with the app,” Di Millo said in a statement issued last November.
“This means that the service requests submitted through the app go directly from the citizen to the appropriate business unit for resolution.”
To date, PingStreet’s growing roster of participating GTA municipalities also includes Aurora, Brampton, Whitchurch-Stouffville, and Pickering. For more information on the company, you can check out their official website at www.pingstreet.ca, or even follow them on Twitter at @PingStreetCA.