• Tourism Mississauga Launch

    June 3, 2020 – Today, Tourism Mississauga, in partnership with EDO, will be launching the Mississauga Made Campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to promote businesses and services that are locally made, established and produced in Mississauga. The first phase of the campaign is to encourage businesses to join the local movement and provide us with information that makes them Mississauga Made.  All information collected in this phase will be added into  a centralized “one stop shop” online tool where residents, potential visitors and other local business owners can source from and buy local.

    The second phase will be starting in July with targeted consumer campaigns using traditional and digital platforms.

  • City of Mississauga Invites Residents to Tele Town Hall

    June 1, 2020

    On Tuesday, June 9, residents are invited to participate in the City of Mississauga’s fourth Tele Town Hall session at 7 p.m. In consultation with Peel Public Health, Mississauga is actively planning a measured and phased approach to reopening facilities and resuming services and programs. The Tele Town Hall will provide residents with the latest updates on COVID-19 in Mississauga as well as important information on what recovery will look like in the city.

    Residents will be able to listen and ask questions to an expert group of panelists from the City, Peel Region Public Health, Trillium Health Partners, Peel Regional Police and Peel Regional Paramedic Services. City Councillors and senior staff will also be available.

    Panelists will include:

    • Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga
    • Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, City of Mississauga
    • Tim Beckett, Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management, City of Mississauga
    • Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel Public Health
    • Michelle DiEmanuele, President and CEO, Trillium Health Partners
    • Nancy Polsinelli, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Region of Peel
    • Chief Nish Duraiappah, Peel Regional Police
    • Peter Dundas, Chief and Director, Peel Regional Paramedic Services

    Residents who wish to participate in the session can do so in the following three ways:

    1. Pre-register: residents who wish to participate in the session are encouraged to register their telephone number in advance at the following link: mississauga.ca/townhall
    2. Participate online: to participate live online, simply click the following link: mississauga.ca/livestreamevent
    3. Join by telephone: a random selection of residents will receive a telephone call to participate. If you don’t wish to participate, simply hang up. If you don’t receive a call and would like to participate, dial 1-877-229-8493 and enter ID number: 115911 followed by the # key.

    What:

    City of Mississauga Tele Town Hall to update the community on COVID-19 recovery.

    When:

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    7 to 8:30 p.m.

     

    To learn about the City of Mississauga’s measured and phased approach to reopening, join the fourth Tele Town Hall meeting on June 9 at 7 p.m. Visit mississauga.ca/coronavirus or follow @CityMississauga on Twitter for all updates.

    For health information, please visit peelregion.ca/coronavirus

     

  • Virtual activities for older adults

    You’re invited to join us for a variety of activities through your computer, tablet, or phone! During this time of physical distancing, we can all use more ways to make connections.  Anyone 60+ years of age is welcome to join in on the fun.  Each activity is offered on a weekly basis.

    Mississauga Seniors Centre weekly activities for older adults

    Day & Time Activity Description Computer/tablet link Phone-in details
    Mondays1:30 – 2:30 pm Yarn Crafters Join us for some time to connect and show off your current projects or start a new one. We would love to see and chat with you. Even if you don’t have a project on the go. Click here to join 1-647-484-1596When prompted, use meeting number

    475 670 876

    Tuesdays11 am – 12 pm Coffee Talk Bring your favourite cup of coffee or tea and let’s chat.June 2 – Councillor Stephen Dasko will be joining us. Plus, participate in fun trivia, and learn how to use Zoom for our Friday Fit Break class. Click here to join 1-647-484-1596When prompted, use meeting number

    478 227 408

    Thursdays11 am – 12 pm Hot Topics Each week we will present a new topic of interest.  Each guest speaker will discuss topics that matter.May 28 – Fire Safety: Mississauga Fire Captain of Public Health Education will be joining us to provide fun fire safety tips

    June 4 – Meditation: Learn how to use meditation to cope and assist in both physical and mental health. A certified instructor to join us at 11:30 am

    Click here to join 1-647-484-1596When prompted, use meeting number

    479 444 995

    Fridays1 pm – 2 pm Fit Break Join our certified fitness instructors for a variety of fun, fitness classes for all levels. No fitness equipment required, but we will be making use of things you have at home.May 29 – Sit Fit: Cardio and Muscle conditioning seated in a chair Click here to join on May 29 1-647-484-1596When prompted, use meeting number

    474 862 476

    Fit Break June 5 – Low and Tone: Low impact cardio followed by toning exercisesStarting June 5 – our fitness classes be on Zoom! Click here to join on June 5

    Please be advised that by clicking this link you will be leaving the City of Mississauga Recreation website and launching the Zoom registration page
    1-647-484-1596When prompted, use meeting number

    474 862 476

    Fit Break home equipment to have on hand: soup cans, books or other items to add weight (or light dumbbells if you have them), medium sized towel (3 ft long), face cloth, a chair and water.

    Virtual sessions open 5 minutes before the designated start time. If you require support to either join by computer or by phone, we will be available up to an hour before the program start time to help walk you through the process. Contact:

    Madison Piette at 905-615-4800 ext. 2667 madison.piette@mississauga.ca

    Jackie Ellicott at 905-615-4810 ext. 2652 jackie.ellicott@mississauga.ca

  • Mississauga Joins Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE Powered by Google Program to Help Small Businesses Get Online for Free

    May 29, 2020

    To help support our local small businesses, Mississauga is proud to announce it will be joining the ShopHERE, powered by Google program. The program will provide independent businesses and artists with resources to develop and launch an online store at no-cost, with the support of local post-secondary students.

    “The vast majority of businesses in our city are small businesses and their survival will be key in our efforts to reignite the economy. COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of e-commerce and having a digital presence, especially for our local independent businesses,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This program comes at a critical time in our efforts to help our small business community recover from this crisis. We encourage people to buy local and this program will provide consumers with even more options to do so. I want to thank Digital Main Street, Google Shopify, Mastercard, Microsoft, and Magnet for providing this program and encourage all eligible businesses to apply.”

    Launched originally on May 12, 2020 for the Toronto business community, Digital Main Street is now working with Google to expand ShopHERE powered by Google across Canada with a goal of building 50,000 online stores by the end of 2020.

    The City of Mississauga will leverage the infrastructure created by the City of Toronto with Digital Main Street and will cover a portion of the student costs to get the program running. As part of the program, local students will be trained to build and launch online stores.

    Local businesses and artists can apply for the program at digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere to get their online store built at no-cost.

    The program will provide independent businesses and artists with:

    • Their choice of an online store customized with their information, branding, logo etc.
    • Hands-on assistance setting up and launching their online store
    • Training to support their online store, including topics such as digital marketing, shipping and inventory management
    • Access to free tools to help support the launch of their online stores

    The ShopHERE powered by Google program is open to businesses and artists providing they are a registered business, have a commercial or home-based location, have fewer than 10 employees or fewer than 25 employees if a restaurant or bar and they are not a corporate chain or franchise.

    “We have heard first hand through round table discussions with local businesses about the impacts COVID-19 has had on our small business community. We remain committed to offering support and solutions to address the hardships of our local businesses,” said Bonnie Brown, Director, Economic Development. “In addition to joining ShopHERE powered by Google program, our Economic Development Office has assembled a dedicated team of business advisors that provide one-on-one support and guidance to entrepreneurs and business owners and help identify digital solutions that best meet their needs.”

    Information about provincial and federal supports for businesses can be found at thefutureisunlimited.ca/covid-19.

    To find out more about Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE powered by Google program, visit: digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere.

     

  • City of Mississauga Reopens Select Park Amenities and Parking Lots

    June 1, 2020

    Beginning today, the City of Mississauga is reopening select park amenities and parking lots as part of its Phase 2 COVID-19 recovery plan. The reopened amenities include leash-free zones (Union Park and Community Common remain closed), BMX/skate parks, tennis courts, community tennis clubs, picnic shelters, park benches and seasonal washrooms.

    “As we work to slowly reopen our park amenities, we understand that some of our parks, such as those along our waterfronts, will see an increase in visits and use,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We encourage residents to continue to stay local, stay apart and to use their common sense. If you arrive at a park and it is busy, please turn around and go home. We will continue education and enforcement at our outdoor facilities to keep you safe with added bike patrols and a Parks Ambassador Program. As per the Provincial Order, people must continue to maintain a safe physical distance of 2 metres and avoid park amenities such as playgrounds that remain closed. We appreciate your patience and commitment to helping us keep Mississauga safe and healthy.”

    The list of reopened park amenities and parking lots is available online.

    The City will put in place additional safety measures to ensure that the public follows physical distancing guidelines and avoid areas that remained closed. Signs will be posted with health and safety guidelines, and park ambassadors – who will be clearly identified – will be available to educate and inform the public. Enforcement staff will also continue to patrol areas.

    “We are glad to be able to reopen some of our amenities for the public to use and enjoy,” said Jodi Robillos, Director of Parks, Forestry and Environment. “While we encourage residents to go outside, we are also reminding residents to follow the health and safety guidelines and closures that are still in place.”

    The following park amenities remain closed:

    • Sport fields
    • Multi-sport, basketball and bocce courts
    • Union Park and Community Common leash-free zones (size cannot meet physical distancing requirements)
    • Boat launch at Marina Park (due to high water levels)
    • Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment (under Provincial Order)
    • Spray pads and wading pools (under Provincial order)

    To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit mississauga.ca/coronavirus.

     

     

     

  • Re-opening Plans, Public Engagement,  Events Cancelled

    City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Re-opening Plans, Public Engagement,  Events Cancelled

    Re-opening plans and procedures outlined, Public Engagement – projects identified, Permits & Events Cancelled to September 7, MiWay Safety During Pandemic

    COVID-19 | May 27, 2020

    Today, Mississauga City Council approved a plan for a measured and phased re-opening of outdoor recreation amenities, cancelling events at City facilities to September 7, 2020 and plans and principles for community engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “We continue to work to protect our City while taking a slow and measured approach to re-opening our parks facilities,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Today, Council made the decision to first reopen individual activities in parks that carry a lower risk such as skateboard and leash-free dog parks. We will explore a broader re-opening based on case numbers and how well people follow the guidelines. We also made the tough decision today to cancel major festivals and large events at City facilities and parks for the rest of the summer in an effort to prevent further spread. We remain committed to engaging the community on City building projects and will proceed with virtual engagement sessions on essential, priority projects. We once again thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding as we navigate re-opening and recovery.”

    Phased Re-Opening of Outdoor Recreation Facilities

    Council approved a phased approach and safety procedures for the re-opening of City outdoor recreation amenities. Communications, physical distancing and signage are included in the plans and will be developed. Phases will be implemented in consultation with the Region of Peel Medical Officer of Health. Physical distancing is now a requirement in the park amenity re-openings as per the updated Provincial Orders.

    The following outdoor recreation amenities have re-opened with safety and operational plans in place to minimize risks associated with COVID-19 (City of Mississauga Phase 1):

    • Municipal Golf Courses
    • Public Marinas and boat launch at Lakefront Promenade
    • Community Gardens, in partnership with Ecosource 

    Park and Community Parking lots

    Select park and community parking lots will open on Friday May 29, 2020.  Parking lots associated with Phase 2 amenities will open as those facilities are made available to the public.

    Phase 2 – Starting June 1, 2020

    • Park benches and picnic shelters
    • Leash-free zones
    • BMX/Skate parks
    • Public tennis courts
    • Community tennis clubs
    • Seasonal washrooms and portable washrooms

    Physical distancing measures must be maintained as per the Provincial Order.

    Phase 3 – To be completed within 10 days of approval and with guidance from the Peel Region Medical Officer of Health

    • Multi-sport, basketball and bocce courts
    • Community sport fields

    Physical distancing measures must be maintained

    Phase 4/TBD – These facilities continue to remain closed until further notice. 

    • Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment (currently closed under Provincial Order)
    • Public boat launch at Marina Park will open when highwater levels subside

    Enforcement will continue to focus on education and ensuring residents are informed about ongoing closures and any re-openings.

    Park Ambassador Program

    As outdoor recreation facilities begin a phased re-opening, the City will be redeploying full-time staff to work in pairs at our major parks across the City.  They will be clearly identified as City staff and will engage with residents to educate them on physical distancing requirements and closures within our parks.

    Festivals, Events and Gatherings within City Facilities Cancelled to September 7

    Council approved the cancellation of permits for major festivals, large events and other gatherings in City facilities until September 7, 2020. Impacted permit holders will be notified by City staff.

    As provincial orders are revised, City staff will work with guidance from Peel Public Health on establishing parameters for the safe re-opening of facilities and permitting of small group activities.

    Community Engagement for City-Led Projects During COVID–19 Pandemic

    Council approved a report on Community Engagement for identified City-Led Projects and engagement principles during the COVID–19 Pandemic.

    Staff looked at projects:

    • with statutory engagement requirements
    • deemed as “essential” projects under Ontario Regulation 82/20 – Closure of Non-Essential Businesses
    • having a level of risk with further delay associated with project timing, cost, resources, development dependencies and quality of engagement 

    All engagements proceeding during the pandemic are to apply the following principles:

    • No in-person engagement until further notice
    • Project Leads to work with the local ward Councillor on appropriate timing and engagement methods
    • Virtual engagement sessions to be conducted through City-supported technology tools and paired with universally accessible methods (e.g., individual telephone calls, direct mail notification, e-mails, online surveys)
    • Engagement during popular vacation weeks and dates of significance should be avoided in keeping with regular practices

    Development applications are not in scope of these engagements.

    MiWay Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic

    MiWay remains committed to providing city-wide transit service and supporting the physical distancing efforts recommended by Peel Public Health and the provincial and federal governments.

    At this time the Ontario Ministry of Health recommends the use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when physical distancing and keeping two-metres’ distance from others may be challenging or not possible such as on public transit. Learn about face coverings, including how to properly fit, wear, remove and clean your non-medical face mask while using MiWay.

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

     

  • Economic Development Office – Hosting “Working Together Six Feet Apart” session

     

    I would like to share with you an upcoming online webinar that EDO is hosting entitled, “Working Together Six feet Apart:  Planning a Safe Return to the Office” on Monday, June 1st at 10:00am.  This free webinar will help companies plan for re-opening through the Province’s first phase of recovery.

    This webinar is the result of feedback we received through our engagement with our business community, BIAs and business associations.

    Please share this link to your business community and clients who may be interested in registering for this webinar.

    Our webinars have been very popular and we are continuing to evolve these based on the areas of interest expressed by our business community. To see other webinars that EDO is offering to our business community click here.

    As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

     

  • Support The Port, a community gift card initiative!

  • Have Your Say – Plan Dixie Mall

    I encourage all of you to participate in this questionnaire/comment section.  The Slate Group will be providing bi-monthly update which I will post for you to keep you informed and update.  This will run for approximately 6 weeks.

    Stephen

     

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  • Phased Approach to Re-opening For Community Safety

    City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Phased Approach to Re-opening For Community Safety

    COVID-19 | May 20, 2020

    Today, Council reviewed information from City staff, Peel Public Health and public health agencies regarding Mississauga’s readiness for re-opening and a recommended approach in light of recent changes announced by the Government of Ontario regarding the re-opening of outdoor amenities on May 19th.

    “We are taking a measured ‘made in Mississauga approach’ to re-opening City facilities based on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health. We also know that community spread is still happening here in Peel and that our numbers right now in terms of new cases simply don’t support a broader re-opening. We must listen to the experts,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We will be taking a phased approach in consultation with Dr. Loh that is safe, coordinated and ensures flexibility if conditions improve. We will proceed with reopening our second golf course, nine community gardens in City parks and public marinas as these plans were already well underway. Staff will be prepared for additional re-openings when the time is ready.”

    All current closures remain in place except for public marinas and City-owned golf courses. Enforcement will continue to focus on education and ensuring residents are informed about ongoing closures and any re-openings.

    A staff report on the details for re-opening will be presented to Council on May 27.

    Public Marinas Re-Open

    In the interim, the Public Boat Launch at Lakefront Promenade will re-open May 22 and Public Marinas beginning May 22.  Associated parking lots for these amenities will open at the same time. Provincial Orders include a requirement to maintain a two metre distance from others while using any of these facilities.  The boat launch at Marina Park remains closed due to high water conditions.

    The message to residents continues to be:

    • Practice physical distancing while outside, and avoid crowds.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer ranges in concentration from 60-90% alcohol content. A minimum of 70% alcohol content is recommended for health-care settings, and a minimum of 60% alcohol content is recommended for personal use.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible.

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