Yesterday, the Government of Ontario declared an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families acting on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials across the province.
The City of Mississauga is aligned with provincial and regional public health measures and actions being taken during this pandemic emergency.
Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public
As stated in the Province of Ontario State of Emergency Declaration media release, establishments such as libraries, restaurants, bars, child care centres, theatres are legally required to close immediately until March 31, 2020, at which point they will be reassessed. In addition, all organized public events of over 50 people are also prohibited, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship.
Service Cancellations, Closures, Updates
All facilities, including City Hall and public counters are closed to the public at the end of Wednesday, March 18 through to April 5. Most services that can be, will be conducted via phone or online
The Provincial Offences Courthouse located at 950 Burnhamthorpe Road West is closed as of March 17, 2020.
Committee Meeting Cancellations (to date): Planning and Development Committee meetings scheduled for March 30 and April 1 are cancelled.
In addition, the Region of Peel, in partnership with the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon, will allow retail deliveries to be exempt from Noise By-laws, to allow deliveries to take place 24 hours a day. The exemption will take effect immediately, for 30 days.
The City will continue to deliver essential services including: Fire, Transit, Works Operations & Maintenance, 311 Contact Centre, Animal Services, Regulatory Services, Building Permits/Inspections, Site Plan Applications, OPAs & Rezoning Planning Applications, Security Services as well as Administrative/Technical functions related to preserving safety and public trust.
City of Mississauga Response
The City continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic keeping services operating in different formats.
For its part, the City of Mississauga had already cancelled March Break programs and closed recreation, libraries and cultural facilities to the public as of March 14, 2020.
Our Emergency Operations Centre is activated and our Incident Management Team is meeting regularly with key City staff, Peel Public Health, and the Region of Peel Emergency Operations Centre to advise Mayor and Council and take all necessary steps to ensure both the safety of employees and the public in accordance with Peel Region Public Health protocols.
A special online only meeting of Council is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 1 p.m.
A virtual town hall for the public, hosted by Mayor Bonnie Crombie is being planned for Friday, March 20
A virtual meeting of the City’s Economic Development Advisory Board has been convened by the Mayor for Council to hear from our business community about the impact of COVID-19
“We are focused on keeping Mississauga healthy and safe while ensuring we can continue to deliver the essential services our residents rely on,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We continue to work closely with both Peel Public Health, the province and federal government to coordinate responses and supports. This is now a public health emergency and while we understand these closures will have an impact on residents, protecting the spread of this virus remains our number one priority. We are committed to keeping our residents up to date and informed. Together, we will flatten the curve.”
To learn about the latest updates on actions taken by the City of Mississauga visit mississauga.ca/coronavirus.
For further COVID-19 information, please visit Region of Peel Public Health.
Please continue to follow our updates on Twitter through @CityMississauga and through our website mississauga.ca.