The following post was sent as an eBlast to subscribers of Sue’s eNews on March 24.
Mississauga Declares State of Emergency
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.”
Deferral of Property Tax Payments
In my last update, I announced that our City has taken the unusual step to permit a deferral of property tax payment for all Mississauga residents and businesses by 90 days to provide some immediate financial relief for those who are impacted by COVID-19. The city has now provided a “Frequently Asked Questions” document with more information on this measure.
Playgrounds, Sports Pads Closed
Effective immediately, all facilities within the City’s 500+ parks are closed to the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 including:
- Playgrounds Outdoor
- Fitness Equipment
- Sport Courts
- Leash-free Zones
- Picnic Shelters
- Skateboard Parks
Signage at all City parks indicating these closures will be installed by the end of the week.
Trails and open spaces remain open for residents to enjoy for walks, bike rides and individual exercise, so long as you maintain a 2-metre (6-foot) distance between yourself and any other person. No picnics, no throwing ball or frisbee, even avoid sitting on park benches if you can.
Some Parking Offences Suspended
With the changing needs of our city, particularly for those who are working from home, caring for others, or trying to ensure the flow of goods and services; effective immediately we are suspending parking enforcement for:
- On-street time limit offences; such as five (5) and fifteen (15) hour parking
- Overnight 2 a.m. – 6 a.m. parking restrictions
The above parking offences may be enforced in exceptional circumstances where a significant traffic safety and/or community concern exists to ensure the safe and orderly movement of vehicles in the city. All other parking offences will continue to be enforced to maintain public safety. This includes fire routes and accessible parking, no stopping, prohibited parking areas, as well as pay and display/metered areas where payment is required. This will ensure an adequate level of street parking, traffic flow and to maintain traffic and pedestrian safety.
Garbage Collection Limits
This week, Regional Council will “meet” electronically in special session to discuss its response to COVID-19. I have put forward a motion to Council to consider a temporary waiver of the one-cart limit for garbage waste at the curb. With more people working and studying from home, households are accruing additional waste and, unfortunately, there has been a proliferation of dumping in and around park and roadside garbage cans. There are some concerns to consider in order to keep collection contractors safe while on the job and these need to be discussed at Council on Thursday but I’m hopeful we can come to a workable solution.
Links to Government Updates
The provincial and federal resources above also provide some information in other languages.
Public School Boards: