May 10, 2013
At this week's City Council meeting, the City of Mississauga's Shark Fin By-law 0268-2011
was repealed and is no longer in effect.
The repeal of the by-law follows a staff and Council review of an Ontario Superior Court
decision involving a similar by-law enacted in the City of Toronto, that determined this type
of by-law does not have a legitimate municipal purpose.
Council re-affirmed its concern about illegal and inhumane shark finning practices, and with
the potential extinction of several species of sharks as a result.
The City of Mississauga's by-law to prohibit the possession, sale, trade, distribution of shark
fins or derivative products was approved by Council in October 2011 and came into effect on
June 30, 2012.
In 2011, Council asked staff to prepare a motion to request the federal government to enact
legislation to prohibit the import of shark fins and shark fin products into Canada, and that
the City of Mississauga request other municipalities to join the lobbying of the federal
government to take necessary actions for a ban on shark finning.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000
businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major
divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the
shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading
Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan,
delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046