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Parks and Forestry By-law Changes set new standards for Leash-Free Zones in Mississauga

Local government | February 25, 2015

Today, Council approved changes to Mississauga’s Leash-Free Zones to keep them safe for users.

Anyone walking more than four dogs at one time, up to a limit of eight dogs, in one of Mississauga’s Leash-Free Zones will need to apply for a permit from the City of Mississauga. This permit must be visible while using any Mississauga Leash-Free Zones.

The Dog Walker Permit Fee will be $250, with a $50 charge, for each additional dog walker. The new Dog Walker Permit Fee in the City’s Parks & Forestry Fees and Charges By-law will take effect this Spring.

Leash-Free Mississauga (LFM) will also work with the City to provide better education to Leash-Free Zone users to help ensure that children, parents and dog owners use the areas in a safe manner.

For more information read the corporate report, Mississauga Leash-Free Zones.

In 1997 Council formalized Leash-Free Zones in City parks with the understanding that the zones would be maintained and managed by volunteers, and all costs covered by volunteer fundraising efforts and annual membership fees.

LFM is a non-profit organization established in 1997. LFM has funded and operated the seven existing Leash-Free Zones in Mississauga under the governance of a Board of Directors.

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