• Free Webinars for Mississauga Businesses Responding to COVID-19: Registration Now Open


    COVID-19 | April 6, 2020

    The City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Office is providing free webinars for small and medium sized businesses in Mississauga responding to COVID-19 to help support them during this difficult time.

    “We continue to meet virtually with members of Mississauga’s Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) and work closely with businesses to gauge the impacts COVID-19 is having on our business community and identify support that is needed,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our Economic Development Office is fully virtual and continues to serve business clients on a daily basis. Many of our local business are concerned with how they will manage during this unprecedented time of uncertainty and these webinars aim to help them navigate through these new challenges.”

    “The Economic Development Office, including the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) is here for our businesses as we continue to be operational and accessible by phone, email and online,” said Bonnie Brown, Director of Economic Development. “It’s no longer business as usual, so we continue to look at new ways that we can support local businesses and provide helpful resources during these challenging times.”

    The Economic Development Office is offering the following free webinars:

    • Hackers Beware – Protecting what Matters in your Business – April 8
    • Social Media Tactics your Small Business can use during COVID-19 – April 15
    • Becoming Digitally Disruptive – April 21
    • Marketing During a Time of Crisis – April 23
    • Customer Loyalty During and After a Time of Crisis – April 28
    • Selling Online: Everything you need to know in One Awesome Presentation – May 7
    • Selling Online: eCommerce during the Age of the ePocalypse – May 13
    • Rethinking Growth During and After a Time of Crisis – May 20
    • T2 Tax Seminar – June 9

    In addition, the following paid webinars are also available.

    • How to use LinkedIn to Grow your Business – May 5
    • 10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business – May 7

    Click here to register.

    COVID-19 Business Relief Portal
    In addition, the City has launched a new dedicated online resource for Mississauga’s business community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The web portal is a one-stop site for businesses to get the latest information on government updates, relief packages and services offered by all levels of government.

  • Ward 1 Cares – YouTube message from Councillor Dasko

  • Councillor Stephen Dasko’s u-tube message to the Residents of Ward 1’s community

  • Ontario Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging


    News Release

    March 28, 2020

    Offenders face fines of up to $500,000 for charging unfair prices on necessary goods

    TORONTO — Today, Premier Doug Ford announced new penalties to combat price gouging and hold offenders accountable for raising prices significantly on the necessary goods Ontarians need to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19.

    Effective immediately, the government has issued an emergency order that retail businesses and individuals in Ontario cannot charge unfair prices for necessary goods.

    Individual offenders can face a ticket of $750, or, if summoned to court and convicted, could face a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and one year in jail. If convicted, a company director or officer could face a fine of up to $500,000 and up to a year in jail, and a corporation could face a fine of up to $10 million.

    “Starting today, we are taking serious steps to ensure our frontline workers, our families and our most vulnerable citizens have what they need to stay safe,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We are putting an end to those trying to profit off of one of the darkest periods in our province’s history. If you’re engaging in price gouging on necessary goods, we are going to slap you with a ticket or you could face fines or jail time.”

    Necessary goods include:

    • Masks and gloves used as personal protective equipment in relation to infections.
    • Non-prescription medications for the treatment of the symptoms of the coronavirus.
    • Disinfecting agents intended for cleaning and disinfecting objects or humans.
    • Personal hygiene products, including soap products and paper products.

    “As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve provincially and globally, we are seeing a shortage of necessary goods available to the public, such as hand sanitizers and household cleaners,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services. “We will not tolerate those taking advantage of these difficult times to charge unfair and unreasonable prices. It is not right and our government is taking swift and decisive action to put an end to it with extremely stiff penalties.”

    Consumers can report an individual who is price gouging by filing a complaint at 1-800-889-9768 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, or by filing a report online.



    • The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act establishes the province’s legal framework for managing emergencies.
    • The order will be in effect for the duration of the declared provincial emergency.
    • Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), the order prohibits persons, including retailers, from selling necessary goods for unconscionable prices. “Unconscionable prices” would be defined as a price that grossly exceeds the price at which similar goods are readily available to like consumers, which is consistent with well-established principles from the Consumer Protection Act.
    • Violating the order can result in a ticket in the amount of $750, or a charge under the EMCPA, with the possibility of a court imposed fine of up to $100,000 and up to a year imprisonment for an individual. A director or officer of a corporation could face a fine of not more than $500,000 and a term of imprisonment of not more than one year. In the case of a corporation, to a fine of not more than $10,000,000 may be imposed.
    • Businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the government’s response to COVID-19 can visit Ontario.ca/OntarioTogether.
    • The government is currently consulting on other ways to improve consumer protections in Ontario. Those interested can take part in a survey at the following link: Share your feedback to help us improve the rules under Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act.


  • City Launches Online COVID-19 Resources for Mississauga Businesses


    COVID-19 | March 27, 2020

    The City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Office has launched a new dedicated online resource for the business community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The web portal will be a one-stop site for businesses to get the latest information on government updates, relief packages and services offered by the City.

    COVID-19 Business Relief Portal

    The page also includes a COVID-19 Business Relief Portal. The Business Relief Portal is a self-selection tool that helps identify relief programs and incentives that best apply to specific business needs and links to the government source of support. It also includes information on employee support, financial assistance and upcoming webinars and training sessions, offered by the City, that include topics such as building online/ecommerce to help Mississauga businesses mitigate the economic impacts as a result of COVID-19.

    “We understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on local businesses. Many are concerned about how they will weather this economic storm. Our City has taken measures where possible, such as deferring taxes to reduce financial stress during this challenging time. Our Economic Development Office is equipped and ready to support our businesses, small and large, with one-on-one support. We will continue to consult with our Economic Development Advisory Board as this situation unfolds and support local manufacturers interested in retooling their operations to produce essential medical supplies needed to battle this virus,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

    Mayor Bonnie Crombie and City Councillors continue to meet virtually with members of Mississauga’s Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy, as well as possible solutions to this economic challenge.

    “This is a difficult time for many businesses and employees here in Mississauga and our Economic Development Office is committed to ensuring business operators and employees have the information they need to make informed decisions,” said Bonnie Brown, Director of Economic Development. “We continue to work closely with all levels of government and regional partners to provide the most up-to-date information for companies to learn how they can gain access to the programs and relief opportunities available to them.”

    The Economic Development Office remains virtually operational offering:

    ·          Business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at 905-896-5016

    ·          Business Advisors ready to provide guidance and support with the emerging and immediate needs of the business community

    ·          Webinars and online training to entrepreneurs and small businesses replacing previously scheduled in person seminars

    ·          Information about provincial and federal support for businesses at thefutureisunlimited.ca/covid-19.

    To learn about the latest updates on actions taken by the City of Mississauga to support local businesses visit mississauga.ca/coronavirus or follow @CityMississauga on Twitter.

    For health information, please visit peelregion.ca/coronavirus

  • Mississauga City Council Provides Additional Relief In Response to COVID-19


    Stormwater Charge Deferral By 90 Days
    Sign By-law Amendment

    COVID-19 | March 25, 2020

    At the March 25 Council meeting, Mississauga City Council provided for a deferral of the Stormwater Charge by up to 90 days and amended the City’s Sign By-law in response to COVID-19 to help further mitigate impacts on residents and businesses.

    “We’re working to provide relief where we can to residents and businesses,” said Mayor Crombie. “These are unprecedented times, so deferring items like the property tax and now the stormwater charge is the right thing to do. We all have a responsibility to act where and how we can.”

    Stormwater Charge Deferral – 90 Days

    This deferral until later in the year is to help provide cash flow relief over the next few months.

    The charge will need to be paid before the end of the year.

    The Region of Peel bills this service on behalf of the City and will action the deferral through their billing system. Details to be confirmed at Region of Peel Council.

    What is the Stormwater Charge?

    This is a dedicated source of revenue that appears on the Region of Peel water bill to manage the rain and melted snow flowing from our properties on to our streets and down into more than 51,000 storm drains. This water flows through a large and complex network of pipes and waterways directly into Lake Ontario.

    The charge is identified on the bill as a Stormwater Charge and shows the number of billing units for the property, the daily rate being charged, the total number of days included in the bill cycle along with the total Stormwater Charge amount. For more information visit: Stormwater Charge

    Sign By-law Amendment

    Council amended the  Sign By-law and Portable Signs on Road Allowances Corporate Policy during the Declared Emergency in accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to provide additional advertising opportunities for businesses and community groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. This provision will be in place as long as the state of emergency is in place, or until June 30, 2020 except for community groups who will have this provision until December 31, 2020.

    ·          Three additional portable signs per street front are added without a permit
    ·          The maximum display period was extended from 21 days to 30 days
    ·          The number of permits per group was increased from 10 to 15 per year

    Businesses and Community groups can access portable sign applications online using eSigns.

  • Update from Province

    News Release

    Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659

    March 25, 2020

    The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

    On Monday, the province issued an emergency order to close at-risk workplaces and encourage non-essential businesses to find ways to help their employees work from home. The government also reminded businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public.

    Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

    Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.

    A complete list of essential services is available on the Government of Ontario’s website.



    • Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19 and how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.



    Ivana Yelich
    Premier’s Office

    Office of the Premier


  • Premier’s update Mar 24 2020

    The Province has provided a list of businesses that are allowed to stay open on there website. Included in the list is construction. Considered essential as they provide shelter. Inspectors will be at large sites and have the authority to shut them down if they are not looking after the health safety of their workers

    Electricity Rates

    Electricity will be charged at the off peak rate off 10.1 cents per KWT/hr. for residents and small businesses. No disconnections will occur for electricity or gas during the outbreak

  • Prime Minister’s update March 24 2020

    The Government of Canada will consider putting stronger measures in place if people do not stay home and follow self isolation guidelines during COVID-19



  • City of Mississauga Declares a State of Emergency

    COVID-19 | March 23, 2020

    Mayor Bonnie Crombie has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Mississauga in consultation with Mississauga City Council and the Office of Emergency Management. The declaration supports the Province of Ontario’s and Region of Peel’s efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

    Declaring an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act provides the City of Mississauga with options to protect the health and safety of individuals and families living in Mississauga.

    “Declaring an emergency will help us act quickly to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on our residents and business during this evolving situation,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The health and well-being of our residents and employees is our priority. We are looking at the long-term impacts of this pandemic. Declaring an emergency along with the Region of Peel and the Province of Ontario will give us the flexibility we need as a municipality to manage the situation. We must be ready to act when needed and we must send a signal to all residents that this is an unprecedented situation that they must take seriously.”

    An “Emergency” is a situation or an impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property and that is caused by the forces of nature, a disease or other health risk, an accident or an act whether intentional or otherwise. (Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990,c.E.9)

    To learn about the latest updates on actions taken by the City of Mississauga visit mississauga.ca/coronavirus or follow @CityMississauga on Twitter.

    For health information, please visit peelregion.ca/coronovirus

    Mayor Bonnie Crombie Signs Emergency Declaration