• Small Business Programs and Resources

    The City of Mississauga is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes survive the impacts of the pandemic through a variety of free support services, programs and resources through the Economic Development Office (EDO).

    Since the pandemic started, EDO created a COVID-19 business support web page that has become a central resource for local businesses to stay informed on latest news and updates.  The site also includes a Business Relief Portal, a self-selection tool that is updated daily that helps identify relief programs and incentives that best apply to specific business needs and links to the government source of support.

    As the City enters lockdown, businesses can take advantage of Small Business Programs and Resources, including digital adoption programs and training webinars that help businesses build websites, create an e-commerce store, and use social media and other digital platforms to promote their services and products.

    EDO also offers Business Advisory Services, a dedicated team that provides one-on-one expert support and guidance to entrepreneurs and business owners, including free access to professional legal, accounting, business operations, sales and marketing specialists.

    For more information on how the City supports business, visit https://www.thefutureisunlimited.ca/covid-19/

  • Giving Tuesday – December 1st, 2020

    Giving Tuesday is a global movement unlocking the power of generosity to transform communities. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to giving. It started as a simple idea in 2012 and is now celebrated in more than 60 countries around the world.

    On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, join Mississauga Gives to celebrate the Giving Tuesday movement in Mississauga and encourage each other to do good. Donate to charity, volunteer, support a small business, fundraise, help spread the word, or perform an act of kindness – especially during these challenging times.

    Learn more about the global Giving Tuesday movement at GivingTuesday.org and locally at mississaugagives.ca.

  • Breakfast With Santa Foundation Contest

    This year Breakfast With Santa Foundation and their on-going partner, The MPI (Meeting Professionals International) Toronto Chapter are launching a fun and inclusive event, right from your front door!

    Let us bring some cheer and happy times to the families in Mississauga.

    Mississauga Merry & Bright Christmas Contest is to get the whole family involved to decorate their home and bring some collective cheer to 2020 and brighten the way for our future!  Everyone in Mississauga is welcome to participate!

    More information can be found at https://breakfastwithsantafoundation.ca/

  • City of Mississauga 2021-2024 Business Plan and 2021 Budget – City Portion Proposed at 1 % for Residential Property Tax

    November 23, 2020

    Today, City staff’s overview presentation of the proposed 2021-2024 Business Plan and 2021 Budget at Budget Committee began with an economic outlook by Andrew Grantham, Executive Director and Senior Economist, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).

    Grantham stated, “Like the rest of the country, the Mississauga economy has been severely impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, owing to the strong and swift support from governments and the central bank, the economy is well positioned to rebound from this crisis particularly after a vaccine becomes available.” 

    2021 Tax Impact
    The 2021 impact from the City’s portion on the residential tax bill is proposed at 1 per cent. On the commercial/industrial tax bill, the proposed amount is 0.6 per cent. This does not include impacts from the Region of Peel services.

    “COVID-19 has shown the role of local government has never been more important,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and CAO. “Early on, the City took actions to mitigate the financial impact such as temporary staff layoffs, a hiring freeze, discretionary spending review and deferral of some 2020 capital projects. We greatly appreciate the $46 million allocated in August by the federal and provincial governments through the Safe Restart Agreement. Even with this funding, the City will face additional financial challenges and difficult decisions will need to be made. We will continue to seek partnerships and advocate for sustainable long-term funding from the federal and provincial governments.”

    “Public health remains our first priority. In 2021, we will continue to manage the financial impacts of the pandemic and eventual recovery from it by providing necessary services that the public rely on while minimizing the property tax required,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “We expect 2021 to be another tough year economically for the community and we will continue to look for new sources of funding and savings while staying true to our long-term financial plans. Through diligent monitoring and assessing future business plans and budgets, we will continue to manage the significant financial impacts we are facing from COVID-19.”

    The 2021 Budget considers financial recovery strategies, outlined to Budget Committee throughout 2020, to offset budget pressures due to the pandemic. These include:

    • Return to normal fee schedule and collection as soon as possible
    • No new material service level changes in 2021
    • Reduce discretionary spending
    • Critical assessment of capital expenditures
    • Use of reserves
    • Continued collaboration with other municipalities to seek assistance from higher levels of government
    • Increase user fees

    A presentation on Mississauga’s economic growth story by Bonnie Brown, Director, Economic Development, highlighted that:

    “Mississauga’s strong economic fundamentals have helped us weather and respond to the pandemic. However, it is still essential that we continue to support and advocate for our hardest hit businesses. Strategic investments in our small businesses and innovation resources will be critical to the city’s long-term recovery.”

    Stormwater Charge

    The City’s Stormwater Program is funded by the Stormwater Charge, a dedicated source of funding separate from property taxes. The Stormwater Charge appears on the Region of Peel water bill and in 2021 the rate increase is set at 2 per cent. This means the average residence will see an increase of $2.20 or less.

    Fees and Charges
    The City’s Budget Committee previously considered new and increased fees and charges for 2021. This included transit fares and fees for Recreation and Parks, Forestry and Environment programs. Additional revenue of approximately $1.9 million is expected from the increases and new fees.

    Learn more about the City’s 2021 Business Plan and Budget:

    • Visit mississauga.ca/budget
    • Read an overview of the  2021 preliminary Business Plan & Budget that was presented to Budget Committee on June 24, 2020
    • Watch or attend Budget Committee deliberations scheduled for November 24, 30, December 1, 2 (Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change)

    Choose from several ways to get involved and share your thoughts:

    The Region of Peel is to present a regional budget in the New Year and the City of Mississauga’s total tax overview will follow the regional budget presentation. Council approval of the budget is to follow Region of Peel’s final budget.

  • Region of Peel announces the retirement of Stephen VanOfwegen, Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer 

    November 23, 2020

    The Region of Peel announces Stephen VanOfwegen, Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, has shared his intention to retire as of April 30, 2021. His last day in the office will be March 5, 2021.

    Stephen’s long and successful career in public service began in 1985 when he joined the Region as a Finance Officer in Peel Living. He moved into progressively senior roles, leaving the Region briefly to join York Region, and then returning to Peel as the Manager of Finance for Health Services. He has remained dedicated to the Peel community ever since. He became the Director of Business & Information Services for Health Services in 2004 and the Director of Business and Financial Planning in 2009. Stephen has been the Region’s Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer since 2014.

    “I would like to sincerely thank Stephen for his excellent leadership skills and dedication to sound financial management during his many years with the Region of Peel,” said Janice Baker, Chief Administrative Officer for the Region of Peel. “Stephen’s tenure with the Region has coincided with Peel’s rapid growth in population and economic expansion, and throughout this time, he has ensured the Region remained fiscally responsible and financially sustainable. The Region has also consistently maintained a Triple-A credit rating under Stephen’s leadership – a standing held by only twelve municipalities in Canada.”

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  • Virtual Press Conference: Mississauga’s COVID-19 Update for November 25, 2020

    November 23, 2020

    On Wednesday, November 25 at 4 p.m., media are invited to virtually attend Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s weekly press conference focused on the City of Mississauga’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Details

    What:
    Latest updates and announcements on the City’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga.

    When:
    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4 p.m.

    Who:
    Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
    Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health at Region of Peel
    Nancy Macdonald-Duncan, Acting Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management

    Where:
    Online – the virtual press conference will be streamed on the City’s website at https://web.mississauga.ca/council/council-activities/council-and-committee-videos/press-conferences-and-events/

    Media: All media must RSVP to Megan Schabla, megan.schabla@mississauga.ca, by noon on November 25 if they would like to participate and ask questions. Confirmed media will be provided with a WebEx meeting request and log-in details in order to join the conference.

    For more information about the City’s COVID-19 response and service impacts, visit: mississauga.ca/covid.

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  • Mississauga is Ready for a Safe Start to the Holiday Season

    November 21, 2020

    Mississauga’s holiday spirit will be celebrated through the virtual lighting of its 35 ft. Christmas Tree at Mississauga Celebration Square. Viewers of the virtual ceremony are invited to join from the comfort of their favorite couches, cozy recliners or reindeer-drawn sleighs as Mayor Crombie and Members of Council light up the Square for the first time this winter.

    The MCS Christmas Tree, powered by Alectra, will feature 18,000 dazzling lights.

    Beginning November 21, Celebration Square will transform into the Great Bright North with vibrant and festive lighting. Guests planning to walk-through the Square must keep within their household groups and maintain a safe physical distance of two metres at all times.

    • Chimes
      Every movement of the central wind chime triggers an unique light and sound reaction in this 7,000 sq. ft. artwork. Chimes is a creation of Collectif Blackbox and a coproduction of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Spectra (Illuminart). It was created for the Fête des Lumières of Lyon in 2017 and is being displayed for the first time in the GTA at Celebration Square.
    • Northern Lightbox presented by TD
      This three-sided infinity room-style lightbox will immerse you in the wonder of the Northern Lights.
    • Freeze Frame presented by Bell
      Provides the perfect frame for winter portraits.

    Light up the Square Virtual Ceremony details

    What:
    Virtual holiday event to kick off the winter season in Mississauga The virtual broadcast includes Mississauga Mayor, Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council lighting Mississauga Celebration Square for the first time this season. Please note the lighting of the tree was pre-recorded at an earlier date, following all health and safety guidelines.

    When:
    The ceremony will be pushed live on our social channels on Saturday, November 21 stating at 6 p.m. Not available? No problem. The event will be available on our social media channels after 6 p.m.

    Who:
    Mississauga Mayor, Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council

    Mississauga Celebration Square ambassadors, Mariah Amber and Selena Jasminee

    Where:
    Find the event on the following social media channels:

    Twitter: @citymississauga, @MCSEvents and @Saugaculture

    Instagram: mcsevents and saugaculture

    Facebook: facebook.com/citymississauga, facebook.com/Mississauga-Celebration-Square and facebook.com/saugaculture

  • Province Declares Mississauga in Grey-Lockdown Level as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 Framework

    November 20, 2020

    Today, as announced by the Government of Ontario, Mississauga, as part of the Region of Peel, was placed in the Grey-Lockdown Level of the Government of Ontario’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework as of Monday November 23, 2020.

    Measures under Lockdown include, but are not limited to:

    • Schools, before and after school programs, and child care will remain open;
    • Post-secondary schools open for virtual learning with some limited exceptions for training that can only be provided in-person, such as clinical training or training related to a trade;
    • No indoor organized public events or social gatherings except with members of the same household. Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with one other person;
    • Outdoor organized public events or social gatherings limited to a maximum of 10 people;
    • Wedding services, funeral services and religious services, rites or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained can have up to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors;
    • Retail permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery only, with certain exceptions such as for supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, discount and big box retailers selling groceries, beer, wine and liquor stores, safety supply stores, and convenience stores, which will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity;
    • Restaurants, bars, and food and drink establishments will only be able to provide takeout, drive-through and delivery. Indoor and outdoor dining services are prohibited;
    • Personal care services closed;
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments closed; and
    • Indoor sports and recreational facilities, including pools, closed with limited exceptions.

    “We are seeing the result of rising numbers and outbreaks and have been brought into the highest category of Grey-Lockdown,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We continue to see a significant amount of community spread as our numbers have continued to climb over the month despite continued efforts and warnings. The second wave of COVID-19 has hit Peel Region harder than anywhere else in the country and we are taking necessary action. It is regrettable we are seeing the closures of non-essential businesses and our facilities but we hope this will help to stop the spread and keep residents safe and healthy.”

    The Government of Ontario’s decision to place Peel Region in the Lockdown Level comes as the situation has become critical. Case counts remain high and continue to trend upwards, with the test positivity rate now being the highest in the province.

    At the Lockdown Level, broader-scale measures and restrictions, across multiple sectors, have been put in effect to control the transmission of COVID-19. If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to businesses or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

    The Government of Ontario’s full framework, including all sector-specific regulations, can be found online.

    Impact on City services

    The City is assessing the impact on its services and will be providing updates once confirmed through its various channels, including mississauga.ca website, social media and newsletters.

    Stay Safe and Help Stop the Spread:

    • Limit in-person contact to people you live with and essential supports
    • All indoor and outdoor private gatherings should be limited to only those you live with and essential supports
    • Go virtual whenever possible
    • Continue to practise physical distancing, hand-washing, masking and staying home as much as possible
    • Get tested for COVID-19 if you are showing symptoms or have been exposed

    Resources

    You can also download the COVID-19 Alert app that can let you know of potential exposures.

    The City of Mississauga continues to work closely with its health care partners and the Province and will continue to monitor Mississauga’s and Peel Region’s situation closely.

    For the latest updates on the City of Mississauga’s COVID-19 recovery and response visit: mississauga.ca/recovery.

  • Have Your Say on the Future Parks at the Lakeview Village Waterfront Development

    November 19, 2020

    The City of Mississauga is looking for public feedback on the future parks at the Lakeview Village Waterfront Development through an online survey launching today. The City wants to better understand what type of experiences and amenities should be prioritized for the future parks.

    The Lakeview Village Waterfront Developmentis a significant mixed-use waterfront development on the eastern edge of Mississauga. The area is envisioned to become an important destination in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and beyond. The parks are a significant feature of the development and will provide new opportunities to connect with Lake Ontario. Lakeview Village Waterfront Development parks will serve as destination parks for visitors as well as community parks for the local neighbourhood.

    Online Survey Details

    What:

    A City-run online survey to gather information regarding residents’ and visitors’ priorities for future amenities and experiences at the Lakeview Village Waterfront Development parks.

    Who:

    • Lakeview residents/businesses
    • Mississauga park users/residents of Mississauga
    • Tourists
    • Community groups
    • Stakeholder groups
    • Ratepayers groups (Lakeview)
    • Anyone who works, plays or lives in Mississauga
    • Individuals who are interested in the Lakeview Village Waterfront Development

    Where:

    The survey is online at yoursay.mississauga.ca/LakeviewParks

    When:

    Deadline to complete the survey is Friday, December 4, 2020.

    Feedback from the survey will help inform how the future parks are developed. For more information about the Lakeview Village Waterfront Development parks, visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/LakeviewParks or email park.planning@mississauga.ca.

  • SCHEDULED WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, FROM

    November 19, 2020

    Dear Customer,

    The Region of Peel Public Works department regularly maintains and repairs the water system to make sure you have a reliable supply of quality drinking water. Sometimes we must turn off your water supply while we do the work. In the next few days, we will be working in your area and will have to turn off your water for a few hours.

    Your water will be turned off on Friday, November 27, 2020 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  However, if the weather is bad or if a problem arises, we will reschedule the work and will let you know the new date and time.

    When we turn the water back on, air in the pipes may make the water cloudy and your plumbing may vibrate or make noise. If this happens, you can remove the air by briefly turning on your taps from the lowest to the highest faucet in the building (that is, starting in the basement/first floor and finishing on the top floor). Flush the toilets as well.

    You should only have to run the water for 10 to 30 seconds, but keep running it until the water is clear and any vibration or noise has stopped.

    If your water meter starts to leak, call Water Meter Installations Dispatch at:

    • (905) 791 – 7800 Ext. 3226 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Monday to Friday)
    • (905) 791 – 7800 Ext. 4409 (After hours or Statutory Holidays)

    SCHEDULED WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION NOTIFICATION

    INTERRUPTION DETAILS

    Date: and Time:        Friday, November 27, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Location:                    1386 Glenwood Drive                   

    Addresses Affected

    1412, 1406, 1396, 1386, 1384, 1366, 1362, 1354, 1343, 1353, 1363, 1373, 1383, 1389, 1397 and 1405 Glenwood Drive.

    201 and 219 Mineola Road