The big question in Peel Region right now is whether Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon should split.

To answer this, regional councillors voted last week to initiate a $600,000 study that will look at the costs of splitting up the three cities, amalgamating into one super city, or maintaining the status quo.

Earlier this year the Ford government announced it would initiate a full review of regional governments across Ontario. The province is taking a look at how regional governments function, the costs and the quality of service delivery across 8 different regions including Peel, Halton and Niagara.

While Mississauga has actively come out on the side of dissolving the Region, a recent report from Deloitte LLP was made public last month by Regional Council and shows that splitting would be the most costly route.

Deloitte took a look at the three options on the table and determined that maintaining the status quo would be the least expensive option and with efficiencies in place could even save $261 million. The report also determined that the cost of dissolving the region could come at a staggering $1.1 billion.

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According to the report, amalgamation could cost taxpayers too. It’s estimated that creating a mega-city would cost taxpayers an additional $676 million over the next 10 years compared to keeping the region as-is.

But despite the Deloitte’s long history and reputation, Mississauga councillors have continued to push for separation and say they disagree with the cost analysis provided by the firm.

The dispute resulted in a unanimous vote by Peel Regional Council to retain a second firm, Ernest & Young, to provide another report.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown hosted a telephone town hall last week on the topic and nearly 5,000 residents participated. 66% of the people who participated favour keeping the Region of Peel intact.

The City of Brampton is hosting a Regional Government Consultation Town Hall on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the city hall council chambers. The province is currently conducting a public consultation on regional governments, click here to check out their survey.