Business and innovation | October 6, 2021
The City’s Economic Development Office (EDO) shared an update at today’s General Committee detailing its progress to date in supporting Mississauga businesses. The Economic Recovery Plan Implementation Update provides insights into the 42 actions identified in the City’s Economic Recovery Plans for Small Business and Broader Industry.
Approved by Council on September 23, 2020, the Small Business Economic Recovery Plan and the Broader Industry Economic Recovery Plan outline the City’s efforts to support Mississauga’s small businesses and broader industry sectors including Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Services, Information and Communications Technology, Life Sciences, Smart Logistics and others.
“There is no denying that our business community, in particular our small businesses, have faced a disproportionate burden during the pandemic. We recognize their sacrifices, and as a City we are doing everything we can to help them recover,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “From helping businesses embrace digital technology to strongly advocating to our federal and provincial counterparts for meaningful relief and investment, we are fighting for Mississauga businesses at every turn.”
From the onset of the pandemic, Mississauga’s EDO moved quickly to respond to the urgent needs of the business community by delivering support, programs and services. As the focus shifted to recovery, the EDO team worked with the City’s Economic Resilience Task Force, which was appointed by Council to provide input and help shape necessary priorities and actions.
“The one constant in this pandemic is change. As such, we’ve tailored our recovery response every step of the way to reflect the evolving needs of our business community,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “While our recovery efforts must adapt, our goal of achieving sustained, economic prosperity for all remains steadfastly unchanged.”
As of August 31, 2021, Mississauga’s small business community has benefited from recovery plan programs and initiatives such as:
In addition, the EDO team collaborated with the City’s Planning and Building Department on the temporary patio program and temporary Outdoor Business Permit By-law to help small businesses continue their operations when possible during lockdowns.
“Mississauga has an incredibly diverse business community with more than 98,000 businesses across a variety of sectors,” said Bonnie Brown, Director, Economic Development Office. “By creating two economic recovery plans – one for small businesses and one for broader industry – we’ve been able to prioritize the actions that will help Mississauga businesses of all sizes reset and recover. Despite the constantly evolving nature of this pandemic, we’ve made significant progress in moving these plans forward over the last year.”
Progress from the Broader Industry Economic Recovery Plan includes:
Both the Small Business and Broader Industry Recovery Plans prioritized extensive outreach and communication efforts, including business engagement roundtables, a COVID-19 Business Support web page accessed by 24,800 users and a COVID-19 Business Relief Portal with over 400 business resources, relief programs and incentives.
As Mississauga’s economic recovery progresses, the City’s EDO team, with the support of Council and key partners, will continue to advance actions supporting sustained and inclusive economic prosperity across the city.
Visit the COVID-19 Resource Centre for more information about Mississauga’s economic recovery efforts.
Senior Communications Advisor
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 3278