• Face Covering By-law for Condominiums and Apartments

    COVID-19 Response Continues: Amendments to the Face Covering By-law for Condominiums and Apartments, Limits to Restaurant Capacities, Film &Television Reopening Plan, Resumption of Council and Committee Meetings and Parks By-law Review

    COVID-19 | August 5, 2020

    Today, Mississauga City Council reviewed and approved initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including: Amendments to the Face Covering By-law for condominiums and apartments, Limits to Restaurant Capacities, Film and Television Reopening Plan, Resumption of Council and Committee Meetings and  Parks By-law Review.

    “Today we took the step to amend a by-law to make face coverings mandatory in common areas of condominiums and apartments, similar to others. We want to protect the health and safety of residents wherever possible and this action will help us to remain diligent and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “As part of our recovery efforts and to return to normal, we will be resuming our usual Council and Committee schedule beginning in September and allowing for virtual participation into August 2021. This will allow us to evaluate the hybrid model and determine how best to proceed on a permanent basis. And, we will be resuming our film and television activities and reviewing our Parks By-law to better reflect to ensure our parks are used properly and for their intended purpose.”

    Face Coverings Required in Common Spaces in Condominiums and Apartments
    Council approved amending the Face Covering By-law by requiring face coverings in enclosed common areas of residential apartment buildings and condominiums to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel has recommended face coverings for these areas where physical distancing may not be possible. Residential owners and operators of these buildings will be required to adopt a face covering policy in accordance with the face covering by-law. For more information: Motion

    Limits to Restaurant Capacities
    Also passed by Council was a by-law to cap restaurant capacities at 100 patrons and to limit the number of people that can be seated at a table in a restaurant/bar to 10 people.

    Film and Television Reopening Plan
    Council reviewed a reopening plan for film and television with Mississauga home to six major film studios and more than 850,000 square feet of studio space. 2019 was a record year for filming in Mississauga, with a total of 1,463 filming days and more than $720,000 in City revenues.

    As part of Mississauga’s Film Office re-opening plan an number of measures will be taken such as:

    • COVID-19 Protocols will be added to neighbourhood film notification letters
    • Production companies will provide residents with written notices that will direct them to indicate any objections to filming by either phone or email.
    • Updates will be made to the City’s website, noting any City of Mississauga specific guidelines for filming as they pertain to COVID-19
    • Flexibility will be requested for requests to close City rights-of-way to allow for sufficient physical distancing among casts and crew

    Council and Committee Meetings Resume
    Council and Committee meetings will resume with their regular schedule effective September 8, 2020 and the Council Procedure By-law will be amended to allow electronic participation at all Council and Committee meetings until August 1, 2021 as allowed under the Province’s Bill 197 legislation.

    By extending the electronic participation provisions in the City’s Procedure By-laws until August 1, 2021, it provides Council and staff with the opportunity evaluate and review if these provisions should be made permanent. Staff will report to Governance Committee prior to July 2021.

    For more information: Bill 197 and the Resumption of Council and Committee Meetings

    Parks By-law Review
    A new draft by-law was reviewed to govern activities in City parks and open spaces. The new by-law is expected to come into effect in September 2020 and will better reflect and regulate the range of activities which occur in City parks and open spaces. Changes include hours of operation, commercial activities and other considerations such as age restrictions for children in leash-free zones and alignment with the Region of Peel’s Outdoor No Smoking or Vaping By-law. Community organizations affected by changes to the by-law have been consulted throughout the process.

     

  • City of Mississauga Preparing to Enter Stage 3 of Province’s Reopening Plan -July 29, 2020

    COVID-19 | July 29, 2020

    Following the Government of Ontario’s announcement today, Mississauga as part of the Region of Peel, has been given the green light to enter Stage 3 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening Our Province on Friday, July 31.

    “Mississauga wouldn’t be entering Stage 3 if it wasn’t for the collective efforts and hard work of our healthcare professionals, our business community and most important, our residents who have sacrificed so much to stop the spread of COVID-19. We always said that we would take a team Mississauga approach to tackling this virus, and I’m proud those efforts are reflected in our progress,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This is also exciting news for our business community, with more businesses opening their doors to the public, as well as for residents who have been looking forward to using our City facilities, including our libraries, community centres, playgrounds and more. While we are all eager to see life get back to normal and our city further reopen, we cannot get complacent. Each and every one of us must continue to take personal responsibility and practice COVID-19 prevention. Until a vaccine is developed, this will be a part of our daily lives. When you leave the house, don’t forget your keys, your wallet and your mask. Continue to keep a safe distance and practice proper hand hygiene. We need to continue to work as a team and keep up the good work to help reduce the severity of a second wave this fall.”

    Stage 3 brings new restrictions on social gatherings. The limit on indoor gatherings increases from 10 people to 50 people and the limit on outdoor gatherings increases to a maximum of 100 people. In addition, businesses and public spaces will also be allowed to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place, including movie theatres, gyms, fitness studios, casinos, indoor dining and bars. For the full list of reopenings, visit ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario.

    “The news that Peel Region is moving into Stage 3 this coming Friday highlights how our collective community efforts have turned the tide on COVID-19 in our community. We must remember, however, that our victory lies in continued vigilance. The Core Four behaviours remain critical: washing your hands, social distancing, wearing a mask where mandatory or where distancing is difficult, and staying home and getting tested if we are sick,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health. “As businesses reopen it will also be critical for them to have a reopening plan and put precautions in place to protect staff and customers. These steps will keep us moving forward, and ensure that the sacrifices of the past few months will bear out in our continued recovery.”

    Just as all businesses that reopened in Stage 2 were required to adhere to the guidelines put in place by the Government of Ontario and the Region of Peel, businesses that reopen as part of Stage 3 will be required to adhere to the same guidelines. In Mississauga, businesses must also create and implement a face covering policy, as per the City’s mandatory Face Covering By-law. Guidance and resources to help Mississauga businesses navigate reopening and recovery can be found online at mississauga.ca/business-covid-19.

    Several City facilities may also reopen in Stage 3, including arenas, the Civic Centre, libraries, community centres, culture facilities, playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment.

    “We’re working to safely reopen all of our City facilities and amenities, including our community centres, culture facilities, libraries, the Civic Centre and playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “As we enter Stage 3, the health and safety of our residents and staff continue to be a top priority. We will work closely with Peel Public Health and will adhere to all guidelines and regulations put out by the Province and the Region. Just as when we entered Stage 2, our reopening process for Stage 3 will be thoughtful and deliberate. We are asking the community for their continued patience.”

    City Facility Reopenings

     Arenas

    Limited access is currently available for ice rentals and additional facilities will reopen as demand increases. Booking requests can be directed to the Customer Service Centre at 905-615-4100.

    Banquet Halls

    Harding Waterfront Estate is currently available for event bookings that align with gathering limits. C Banquets will be available for bookings in the fall.

    City Hall, Community Centres, C Café

    The City is working toward a phased reopening of these facilities this fall, including fitness centres, indoor pools and rentals. Details will be communicated through our website and social media channels as they are confirmed.

    Culture Facilities

    Benares Historic House, Bradley Museum and Small Arms Inspection Building will be open starting August 4 with modified access and services. More information will be available on our website and social media channels.

    Meadowvale theatre will be open to receive inquiries and issue rental agreements.

    Living Arts Centre

    Meeting rooms will be available as of August 17. Church group bookings, RBC Theatre, studio rentals, info desk, reception and box office will all reopen on September 8.

    Hammerson Hall will reopen for rental bookings that meet provincial guidelines as of October 1 and community courses are set to resume on October 13.

    Film Office 

    The film office is open and accepting film permit requests.

     Libraries 

    Most library locations currently offer curbside pickup by appointment and book returns. Library due dates and fines continue to be suspended until July 31. Customers can continue to use their library card or virtual card to explore our vast collection of ebooks, audiobooks, our online programming and other virtual resources. The library is actively planning for the gradual introduction of additional services permitted in Stage 3. Details on these changes and timelines will be communicated through our website and social media channels as they are confirmed.

    Mississauga Provincial Offences Courthouse

    The Courthouse will be open to the public as of August 4 to offer select administrative functions.

    Playgrounds and Outdoor Fitness

    All of the City’s playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment will open by end of day Friday, July 31.

    Sport Field and Park Picnic Area Permits

    As of Friday, July 31, sport fields and picnic areas will be able to be booked to accommodate larger outdoor gathering numbers as permitted by Provincial Orders. In addition, non-contact sports will be allowed to resume games.

     Closures that Remain in Effect

    Major Festivals and Large Events 

    All large events taking place at City facilities and parks continue to be cancelled until September 7, 2020.

    Find the full list of City reopenings and closures and to stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: Mississauga.ca/recovery.

     

  • MiWay Changes Express Route on Hurontario due to LRT Construction 

    July 28, 2020

    Effective August 3, MiWay will revise Route 103-Hurontario Express as part of its second phase of routing changes along the Hurontario corridor. These adjustments are required to help minimize service impacts due to the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) construction, which began in late March.

    Due to the anticipated reduction of traffic lanes south of the QEW in the upcoming months, Route 103 will no longer travel south of The Queensway to the Port Credit GO Station and instead, will travel between the Brampton Gateway Terminal and Trillium Health Partners – Mississauga Hospital, seven days a week.

    Frequent service on Route 103 and other local routes on Hurontario (Routes 2 and 17) allow for convenient transfers along the Hurontario corridor. Route 2 will continue to provide local service to all stops between the City Centre Transit Terminal (CCTT) and Port Credit GO Station, and Route 17 travels between the Highway 407 Park and Ride and the CCTT, continuing to provide 24-hour service during weekdays.

    MiWay reminds passengers that wearing a face covering or non-medical mask is now mandatory when riding on MiWay and inside transit terminal buildings. Children under the age of two and people with disabilities or other medical conditions that prevent them from wearing any mask are not be required to wear one. Fare collection and front door boarding have also resumed.

    MiWay implemented its first phase of the Hurontario corridor routing changes in April. For details about other service changes that take effect on August 3, please visit miway.ca/aug3.

    To learn more about these service changes, visit miway.ca/hurontario. For more information on MiWay’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit miway.ca/coronavirus.

  • Provincial Offences Court Update – 950 Burnhamthorpe Road West

    COVID-19 | July 23, 2020

    The Provincial Offences Court located at 950 Burnhamthorpe Road West will be reopening on August 4, 2020 for administrative functions only, including:

    • Filing for a trial date
    • Filing for an early resolution date
    • Filing for a screening appointment
    • Paying a penalty notice
    • Paying a provincial offence certificate
    • Applying for a reopening of a case
    • Applying for an extension of time to pay
    • General inquiries

    All Provincial Offences Act (POA) matters (e.g., traffic tickets and offences under provincial legislation) scheduled from March 16, 2020 through to and including September 11, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, do not attend court. This applies to all POA courts in Ontario. A notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court.

    The Government of Ontario extended all time limits under the Provincial Offences Act until September 11, 2020. A copy of the order is available at EMPCA.

    Updated information about court proceedings at the Ontario Court of Justice can be found on the Court’s website at Ontario Court of Justice.

     

  • City’s Cashiers Desk at Civic Centre Goes Cashless

    July 22, 2020

    Today, City Council approved cashless payments at the Cashiers Desk, located on the ground floor of the Civic Centre. The Cashiers Desk is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, cashless payments will take effect upon its reopening as a health and safety measure to protect residents and staff.

    “The Cashiers Desk has seen a shift towards digital payment methods over cash. Cash transactions account for approximately 30 per cent of the transactions processed at Cashiers while it only accounts for two percent of the revenue,” said Gary Kent, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner, Corporate Services. “Removing cash payments does help to eliminate the risk of theft, counterfeit money transactions, tax evasion and money laundering.”

    As a result of removing cash payments, the City will see the following benefits:

    • Receiving and depositing payments faster
    • Reducing theft and counterfeit transactions
    • Eliminating the need for armoured car services
    • Eliminating the need to balance cash, prepare cash deposits or exchange cash
    • Promoting a healthier and safer work environment

    “At the City, cash is mainly used to pay property taxes, despite there being other ways to pay taxes,” said Connie Mesih, Director of Revenue & Materiel Management. “We’re encouraging residents to make electronic payments as they provide additional levels of convenience, the ability to monitor payment activities and control risks.”

    The majority of the revenue processed at the Cashiers Desk is for Development Charges and for Revenue such as property taxes, accounts receivable invoices or the Mississauga Accommodation Tax.

    Mesih added, “We’re making our Cashiers Desk cashless to help reduce costs associated with offering cash as a payment method. By doing so, we’re eliminating the need for counting and processing cash, preparing bank deposits, ensuring we have correct change, security, and transporting cash to the bank.”

    Residents, business owners and City employees may still make payments at the Cashiers Desk using the following methods:

    • Cheque
    • Debit
    • Credit (excluding property taxes)

    For property taxes, payments may also be made using:

    • Online or mobile banking
    • Telephone banking
    • In-person cash payments at a financial institution
    • Pre-authorized payments
    • Post-dated cheques, mailed, dropped off in-person or in the after-hours drop box

    For more information, visit web.mississauga.ca/services-and-programs/property-taxes/contact/.

     

  • COVID-19 Response Continues

    COVID-19 Response Continues: Community & Economic Recovery Frameworks, Restarting Community Recognition, Cashless Payments at Cashiers and Creation of National Urban Cycling Infrastructure Fund

    COVID-19 | July 22, 2020

    Today, Mississauga City Council reviewed and approved initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including: Community and Economy Pillar Recovery Plans, restarting the Community Recognition program, cashless payments at cashiers and supporting the creation of a national urban cycling infrastructure fund as part of a COVID-19 economic response.

    “Mississauga has taken a strategic and thoughtful approach to our recovery efforts, which are well underway. Our goal is to ensure residents and businesses continue to have the supports they need and the ability to access networks and resources to thrive,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Working with our BIAs, community service organizations, youth and older adult groups, ratepayer and resident associations, our business community and many, many more, we are actively engaging our community to ensure our recovery efforts meet their needs and that how the City conducts business meets the demands of a changing environment. By working together, we will recover from this pandemic and be in a better position than we were before. We are Building Back to Better.”

    Economic Recovery Framework

    The framework of the Economic Pillar from the Council endorsed “COVID19 Recovery Framework” on May 13, 2020 will serve as a guiding document for five industry specific plans (Major Business, Small Business, Creative Industry, Tourism Industry, and Land Development.) The framework reflects the challenges heard through stakeholder engagement and consultation with more than 600 organizations and businesses from all sectors. Underpinning the framework is a campaign – Building Back to Better – which is a sustained and coordinated effort by the City over the next two years. It will be organized around three phases of recovery, and guided by an overarching set of eight principles and 10 strategic goals, supported by a series of tactics deployed in each phase. According to the report, as the City moves into a more mature state of recovery and gains a full understanding of the longer-lasting impacts to the business community, five industry plans outlining specific tactics for recovery will be brought forward for Council endorsement.

    Economic Recovery Plans Phases

    Three key phases will guide activities and provide milestones.

    Mitigate: Mitigation efforts in the initial impact and transition through the re-opening phases of the economy and any future restrictions.

    Reboot: Economic recovery in this phase of virus containment measures, including physical distancing, testing, and contact tracing. is focused on assisting businesses, workers, and residents to adapt and innovate within the ‘new normal’ of COVID-19.

    Grow: Post-COVID-19 vaccine or effective treatment period. The growth priorities outlined in the Economic Development Strategy 2020-2025 will be used to inform priorities within this phase.

    Strategic Goals

    The City’s focus on recovery will be guided by the City’s Strategic Plan and the five pillars – green, prosper, move, belong, and connect – as well as master plans and strategies which have been adopted by Council. For each of the five industry-specific plans that will be developed, the following goals serve as a basis for the development of future goals, objectives and tactics:

    Goal 1: Meet Employment Needs

    Goal 2: Develop Talent

    Goal 3: Attract Innovative Business

    Goal 4: Create Partnerships for Innovation

    Goal 5: Strengthen Art & Culture

    Goal 6: Build Healthy Communities

    Goal 7: Ensure Affordability & Accessibility

    Goal 8: Provide Quality Programs & Services

    Goal 9: Make Informed Decisions

    Goal 10: Practice Fiscal Prudence

    Mississauga Economic Recovery Taskforce

    One of the key deliverables is to create the Mississauga Economic Recovery Taskforce (MERT) under the fourth goal. This taskforce will be comprised of key stakeholders in the community, City staff and Council. It will act as an enhanced and focused Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) that is specifically focused on economic recovery. This group will advise Council and staff in the short term and over the entire recovery period. The MERT will have representation from the business sector, creative industries, academia, public health, Toronto Pearson, and the small and independent business sector, among others. It will be designed as a working committee with the goal of addressing the needs of each sector in our City.

    Community Pillar Recovery Plan

    An overarching plan for the Community Pillar will focus on public-facing services, tactics and programs. The first major phase of recovery entails the reopening and restoration of services to the community and involves detailed operational plans to ensure they are restored in a safe manner. Recovery planning will also involve a review of the Culture and Community Grants program for 2021.

    Next steps in the Community Pillar Recovery Plan:

    • Continue to reopen services and facilities as regulations permit, developing plans to ensure compliance with new public health guidelines
    • Consult and communicate with groups and stakeholders impacted with each reopening plan
    • Begin the review of key strategic plans and community support programs to identify changes or additions based on recovery impacts
    • Fall 2020 follow-up engagement with community groups once recovery is further underway, to understand longer term issues and opportunities
    • Identify opportunities to continue supporting the community through partnerships – leverage existing organizations, funding sources and people resources – to advance recovery and return to ‘normal’
    • Incorporate longer term initiatives with financial impact into future budget and planning

    Community Recognition – Restarting the Program

    Council approved lifting the suspension of the Community Recognition Program to begin receiving community requests on August 1, 2020.The clock tower lighting will remain yellow on days that do not have Community Recognition lighting booked once the program resumes. For community requests that were cancelled or not processed due to the suspension, groups will be offered a new date for their flag raising or lighting after August 1 (pending program availability).

    As part of the reopening of the Civic Centre, Council approved discontinuing cash payments at Cashiers. Cash transactions processed by cashiers represent less than two per cent of total revenue processed and there is a trend to fewer cash transactions. Cash payments for property taxes can be made at any financial institution. Other forms of payment are accepted for all transactions processed at cashiers.

    National Urban Cycling Infrastructure Fund

    Council approved a motion supporting the creation of a national urban cycling infrastructure fund as part of a COVID-19 economic response.The motion included that the Mayor on behalf of the City of Mississauga write a letter to the Federal Government supporting the creation of a national urban cycling infrastructure fund of at least $265 million as part of a COVID-19 economic stimulus package to be distributed over the next two years to Canadian cities.

    For details view: Motion calling on the Federal government to create a national urban cycling infrastructure fund as part of a COVID-19 economic stimulus package

    To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: mississauga.ca/recovery or call 311.

     

  • City Adopts New Framework to Keep Pedestrians and Cyclists Moving Safely

    July 10, 2020

     

    The City of Mississauga is moving forward with an Active Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Framework following approval of a report that was brought to Council this week. Starting this summer, the City will introduce more short-term and long-term active transportation options for cyclists and pedestrians that allow for safe physical distancing. Residents can look forward to Quiet Streets that limit vehicle traffic, temporary road closures that provide more space for cyclists and pedestrians and 17.9 km of new separated and on-road bike lanes that will be installed by the end of the year.

     

    “Our efforts continue to build cities for people and ensure our residents can continue to travel safely and comfortably around our city while respecting physical distancing,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It’s especially important now that we are in Stage 2 and are further reopening our economy that we provide residents with more ways to move. During this pandemic, communities like ours have seen cycling increase by as much as 60 per cent.  This framework responds to those needs and will work to provide our residents with more options to travel around our City comfortably while providing relief for our busy sidewalks, multi-use trails and enhancing access to local amenities.”

     

    Throughout the spring, the City installed temporary active transportation lanes in Wards 4, 7 and 9 to give local pedestrians and cyclists more space to practise physical distancing. The framework allows for the introduction of more short-term options in the form of temporary road closures and Quiet Streets. Temporary road closures will help reduce crowding in Mississauga hotspots, particularly on weekends. Quiet Streets, which temporarily limit vehicle traffic to local traffic only, will provide more space for cyclists, walkers and runners to safely and comfortably use the road.

     

    “Active transportation will shape how residents move around Mississauga during recovery and beyond,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “We’ll be expanding Mississauga’s cycling network long-term. By adding 17.9 km of new on-road bicycle lanes and separated bicycle lanes by the end of the year, we permanently increase the City’s on-road bicycle lane network by 30 per cent.”

     

    Based on data from Peel Public Health and the City’s transportation planning teams, locations for the projects outlined in the framework have been selected using criteria that includes: population density, vehicle ownership per household, commute distances and potential risk of COVID-19 exposure. Locations were also chosen to help fill gaps in Mississauga’s existing cycling network.

     

    In addition to consulting Peel Public Health, several key City strategic initiatives support the rapid expansion of the cycling network in Mississauga, including the Cycling Master Plan, the Climate Change Action Plan, the Transportation Master Plan and Vision Zero. The Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee was also consulted in the development of the framework.

     

    “Staff from across the organization have listened to residents and we recognize the immediate need for more options to travel safely by bike or foot, in both the long-term and the short-term,” said Helen Noehammer, Director, Infrastructure Planning and Engineering Services. “We’re reprioritizing our work plans and using relatively simple materials, available budget and existing contracts in order to accelerate this work.”

     

    No new funding is required for the projects identified in the framework. Estimated to cost $1.3 million, budget for the projects will come from existing funding sources, with $830,000 coming from the Federal Gas Tax Reserve Fund and $470,000 coming from the Development Charges Reserve Fund.

     

    Noehammer added, “The installation of additional cycling infrastructure will lead to operational impacts. We’re continuing to finalize what dedicated year-round maintenance of this infrastructure will look like, especially in the spring and winter.”

     

     

    To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 impacts on City services, visit mississauga.ca/recovery and follow the City on Twitter @citymississauga.

     

     

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  • COVID-19: Mississauga Strong and Ready with Four Pillar Recovery Plans – Corporate, Financial, Economic and Community

    July 9, 2020

    Yesterday, City Council approved the Corporate and the Financial Pillar Recovery Plans, two of the four pillars outlined in the City’s overall COVID-19 Recovery Framework. On May 13, Council received the COVID-19 Recovery Framework, which provides a plan for what recovery operations will look like at the City of Mississauga. The framework outlines work in four key areas: Community, Economic, Financial and Corporate. The Recovery Framework supports our community and provides financial stability as the City moves from crisis to recovery. Each Pillar Recovery Plan will come to Council for review and approval before the end of July.

    “Mississauga’s COVID-19 recovery plan is thoughtful, thorough, inclusive, and identifies the short and long-term actions we need to take to help our City rebound from this crisis while preventing a second wave. Residents and businesses have all felt the impacts of the pandemic over the last five months, and it’s time for us to move forward,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Recovery won’t happen overnight, and I ask that residents and businesses be patient as we work to adjust to our new normal. Our strengths as a world-class city when it comes to recovery and financial planning, innovation in technology and our willingness to adapt will be vital in our efforts to successfully recover from this crisis.  Mississauga is strong, ready and prepared to overcome any challenges before us.”

    The City worked closely with Peel Public Health to develop the framework to support reopening and recovery. The City will adhere to all public health directions provided by higher levels of government in an effort to protect the health and safety of the public and employees. City staff are already engaged in recovery planning to ensure the City is prepared to restore services and respond to community needs.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work, interact and engage with residents and businesses. Through the Pillar Recovery Plans, our goal is to return the city and community to normal or near normal operations,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Recovery actions are likely to last months or even years but we continue to adapt, improve and innovate, so we can support our local residents and businesses on our path to recovery.”

    The City’s recovery plan address four pillars:

    1)    Corporate Recovery Pillar (approved on July 8)

    This pillar, led by Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, considers the impacts of COVID-19 on the reopening of City facilities. Highlights include:

    • Restoring full operations while keeping employees and customers safe and following public health directives as City workplaces reopen
    • Business units and facilities will be opened based on priorities of service
    • Incorporate positive changes and efficiencies such as moving the service counters to the ground floors to improve customer service
    • Managing in-person services by appointment through a new app
    • Expand online services
    • Screening of staff and members of the public when entering facilities
    • More frequent cleaning of areas such as doorknobs and service counters

     

    2)    Financial Recovery Pillar (approved on July 8)

    This pillar, led by Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, considers the financial impact of COVID-19 on the City. Highlights include:

    • Seven financial principals have been established to eliminate the 2020 deficit and reduce the echo effect of 2022 and beyond
    • Cost cutting options will be analyzed over the summer and discussed with Budget Committee in October 2020
    • Staff will continue to work with Council to refine the budget and look for ways to trim the proposed increases
    • The City will continue to look for cost-saving measures
    • The City will continue to advocate to higher levels of government for financial assistance

    3)    Economic Recovery Pillar (coming to Council on July 22)

    This pillar, led by Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building, considers the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the business community. Highlights include:

    • The City will play a key role in helping the economy and supporting businesses and community to grow and prosper through a Build Back Better campaign

    o   The campaign will include the themes: buy local, a focus on the airport and preparing for a second wave

    • The City will  encourage participation and collaboration with industry and business stakeholders to take into account the needs of the entire business community through the newly formed Economic Resiliency Task Force
    • To assist with Mississauga’s economic recovery, the City will continue to advocate for financial relief and incentives from other levels of government
    • The reduction in transit ridership has resulted in significant revenue losses. The City will continue to request financial assistance from the provincial and federal governments to help fund operations and maintain appropriate service levels. This initiative, under the Economic Pillar, will be led by Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation & Works

    4)    Community Recovery Pillar (coming to Council on July 22)

    This pillar, led by Shari Lichterman, Commissioner, Community Services, focuses on the services, tactics and programs that are public-facing, and impact Mississauga’s residents directly. Highlights include:

    • Plans for restoring and reopening City services, including Recreation, Parks, Libraries, Arts & Culture, Events, Sports and other facilities and programs
    • Continued engagement and consultation with the community to understand the impacts of this crisis, both short and longer term, to respond with programs and services to support resident and community group recovery
    • Leveraging partnerships with other levels of government and community organizations to advance recovery and re-engage our residents in our vibrant municipal life

    To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: Mississauga.ca/recovery.

     

     

  • COVID-19 Response Continues

    COVID-19 Response Continues: Call for Funding, Temporary Patios, Active Transportation Recovery Framework, Deferral of Municipal Accommodation Tax and New Mandatory Face Covering By-law

    COVID-19 | July 8, 2020

    Today, Mississauga City Council reviewed and approved initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including: a call for funding from provincial and federal governments, time limited amendments to City by-laws to facilitate temporary patios, an Active Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Framework, a three-month deferral of the Municipal Accommodation Tax and a new by-law requiring face coverings in indoor public spaces accessible to the public.

    “We’ve listened to residents and businesses and we’re taking action to make it easier to enter into Stage 2 safely,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Temporary patios will give our local restaurants the room to do more and give people more options for enjoyment in our City. Deferral of the Municipal Accommodation Tax will give our hoteliers the options they need. Expanding cycling and pedestrian lanes gives people more options to move around our City. And, as reopening is underway, we have approved a by-law for face coverings in indoor public spaces to help protect the health and safety of our City and get through this pandemic more quickly.”

    Call for Federal and Provincial Funding

    Council approved a motion calling on the federal and provincial governments to provide:

    • emergency financial assistance to municipalities equal to the amount requested by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
    • timely approval of Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) projects and immediately flow the money to municipalities
    • stimulus funding programs to spur economic recovery and address the growing fiscal burden faced by municipalities

    In addition, Council is requesting the Government of Ontario and Minister of Finance review the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) formula, specifically the elimination of the current five percent cap.

    For complete details, view the full motion.

    Temporary Patios

    Council approved a temporary use by-law that permits temporary outdoor restaurant patios on both public and private property. As part of the approval, Council also waived the fees and some of the requirements under the Business Licensing By-law and Noise Control By-laws.

    Temporary Patios on Public Lands

    Temporary patios proposed on the City’s municipal road right-of-way or a municipal parking lot require a Temporary Patio Permit.

    Restaurants: apply online

    A dedicated staff team is in place to review applications as they are received.

    Restaurants with questions regarding the application process, can contact the City at temporarypatio@mississauga.ca or can call 905-615-3200 ext. 5593 or ext. 8581. For public safety, temporary patios will not be considered on municipal road right-of-ways with posted speed limits over 50 km/h.

    Temporary Patios on Private Lands

    For temporary patios on private lands, no permit is required. However, patios must adhere to design requirements. Restaurants should seek the permission of the owner or property manager prior to installation.

    Temporary restaurant patios are permitted with Mississauga’s move into Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening Our Province provided proper health and safety measures are in place. All local businesses must adhere to guidelines from the Province of Ontario and the Region of Peel. New resources available to support businesses reopen and recover at mississauga.ca/business-covid-19.

    Active Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Framework

    Council approved a report for an Active Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Framework.  Starting this summer, the City will introduce more short-term and long-term active transportation options for cyclists and pedestrians that allow for safe physical distancing.

    For details view the report: The City of Mississauga’s Active Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Framework

    Deferral of Municipal Accommodation Tax

    To provide further assistance to hoteliers, Council approved deferral of the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) for the additional months of  June to November 2020. Tax due on June 30 and July 31 was deferred to October 31; August 31 and September 30 to November 30; and October 31 and November 30 to December 31, 2020.  Penalty and interest charges are to be set to zero per cent from July 2 to December 31. An initial deferral of the MAT was done on April 8.

    Mandatory Face Coverings By-law For Indoor Public Spaces Accessible to the Public

    Mississauga City Council approved a new by-law requiring face coverings to be worn in all indoor public spaces that are accessible to the public.  The by-law is in effect as of July 10, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Details

    To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: mississauga.ca/recovery or call 311.

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  • Heat Warning Issued

    Based on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s data, the Region of Peel’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a Heat Warning* for Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga on Thursday July 2, 2020. The warning will be in effect until further notice.

     

    COVID-19 in Peel

    With community spread, treat every interaction like you could be exposed.

     

    Symptoms of heat-related illness include rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst, decreased urination and unusually dark yellow urine.

     

    During heat events, remember to check-in with family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own. It’s best to call or video-conference – if that is not possible, practice physical distancing. Many of the locations that provided relief from heat such as shopping malls and community centres are not available due to COVID-19. If you experience any of the symptoms above, cool off as soon as possible by taking a cool bath or shower, move to a shaded area and practice physical distancing and increase your fluid intake and rest. If the symptoms persist, contact your doctor or call 911.

     

    For more information on how to protect your health during the heat, visit the Heat web site or review the various Guidelines which outline steps to help prevent heat-related illnesses.

     

    Learn how to protect yourself and others, and stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in Peel. Some Regional services and facilities are affected or closed until further notice. Check full listing.