City of Mississauga Update: Government of Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order

Today, the Government of Ontario extended the Stay-at-Home Order for an additional two weeks to May 20, 2021  and announced further provincewide restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021.

“I know that the extension of the Stay-at-Home Order, as well as newly announced restrictions, will be tough on so many people in our community. But what’s clear is that more is needed to be done to stop the rampant spread of this virus across Mississauga and all of Ontario,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “I ask that you please continue to follow the advice of our health experts. My hope is that the extended Stay-at-Home Order will help us keep these variants at bay while we continue to vaccinate more and more residents in our community.”

The Stay-at-Home Order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential reasons, such as grocery shopping, going to the pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), outdoor exercise or for work that cannot be done remotely.

Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., further restrictions include, but are not limited to:

  • Closing all outdoor recreational amenities: golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions.
  • Prohibiting all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household.
  • Closing all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector.
  • Reducing capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies.
  • Limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors (effective Monday, April 19, 2021, at 12:01 a.m)

For a full list of the restrictions and enforcements, please visit Ontario.ca/covid19.

For information on City Services, please visit the City Services Status page.

Resources to help Mississauga businesses can be found at mississauga.ca/business-covid-19. Additional resources can also be found on the City’s Business Relief Portal.

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to businesses or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

For information about the City’s response to COVID-19:

Submit Your Entry for the 2021 Mississauga Urban Design Awards

Calling all Urban Design professionals! Submit your entry for the 2021 Mississauga Urban Design Awards for a chance to be recognized for your innovation and excellence by the longest-running awards program of its kind in Ontario. The awards illustrate the City’s ongoing desire to inspire, develop and celebrate design leaders who help raise the quality of life for its residents and shape the image of Mississauga.

Eligibility 
  • The award competition is open to architects, urban designers, planners, landscape architects, heritage architects, professional artists, engineers, developers, contractors, consultants, owners and the public.
  • All projects must be located within Mississauga.
  • All projects must be fully completed at the time of submission.
  • Interior design projects and previously submitted entries are not eligible for this program.
Categories
  • Urban Elements: new this year, is for a standalone object, public art, small-scale building component or landscape element which contributes significantly to the quality of the public realm.
  • Private Project(s) in Context: is for a building or group of buildings in all types and scales that achieve urban design excellence and is precedent-setting for a project of its type.
  • Public Project(s) in Context: is for a building or group of buildings that serve the public and are accessible to the public.
How to submit
  1. Review the Submission Package.
  2. Complete and submit the Official Submission Form, Submission Letter, Authorization Letter, Photo Credits Form and Consent to Audio Record, Videotape, and Photograph Form attached to the Submission Package.
  3. Use the Submission Checklist attached to the Submission Package to ensure your package is complete.
  4. Upload your completed submission package.
Deadline to submit

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 30, 2021.

Winners are selected by a jury of members from the professional design community and a representative from City Council. Awards and judging criteria are available online. Winners will be announced during the Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Council meeting.

For more information on submissions, please email urban.design@mississauga.ca.

Celebrate Earth Days 2021 by Taking Part in Green Initiatives

From April 12 to 24, the City of Mississauga is hosting a series of online Earth Days 2021 events. These environmentally-focused events will educate residents on sustainable actions they can take to protect the environment while helping to make Mississauga more climate change resilient. Events range from online field trips and walking tours to nature sketching sessions. Earth Days 2021 programming encourages residents to develop a greater understanding of low-carbon and environmentally-friendly practices.

Earth Days 2021 furthers the actions set out in the City’s Climate Change Action Plan by educating residents about climate change action. The plan includes 21 key actions to be implemented by 2030 including meaningful engagement opportunities for residents.

Earth Days 2021 events include:

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Council Outcomes April 7, 2021: Library Lending Agreement, Vision Zero Task Force & Mobile Vaccination Units

 This week, Mississauga City Council approved a lending agreement with the London Public Library, a request for a province-wide Vision Zero Strategy Task Force and a motion for mobile vaccination units.

“In an effort to promote a more targeted approach to vaccine rollout, Council approved a motion to support the Region of Peel’s mobile vaccination units to go into high infection workplace sites to vaccinate essential workers and include those employed in schools, transit workers, and other essential workers regardless of age. We also approved a lending agreement with the London Public Library to expand our digital library resources for our residents. Throughout the pandemic, the City of Mississauga Library has continued to provide a key service by keeping residents engaged online and meeting their educational, cultural and recreational needs,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Finally, we are requesting our provincial partners convene a provincewide advisory task force on Vision Zero. Mississauga is committed to Vision Zero in our City and we continue to make Mississauga roads safer for everyone by lowering speed limits and installing traffic calming measures to address speeding among other measures. We need all levels of government working together to align efforts.”

Library Lending Agreement

Council approved the City to enter into an agreement between Mississauga Library and the London Public Library to share access to eBooks and eAudiobooks through Libby by Overdrive. The library has existing agreements with both the Burlington and Hamilton Public Libraries and saw an increase of 48 per cent in eBook and eAudiobooks use in 2020. Council also authorized Mississauga Library to enter into similar agreements with other libraries as opportunities arise.

In addition, the library, together with the Information Technology division, will expand the existing Laptop and Hotspot Lending Program to introduce a pilot of 100 Chromebook laptops that will be available for loan at the library’s 18 locations by the end of June 2021. Visit the website for details of Mississauga Library’s technology lending services.

Vision Zero Stakeholder Task Force

Council approved that the Mayor, on behalf of Mississauga City Council, send a follow up letter to the province and local members of parliament to request that the Minister of Transportation and the Associate Minister of Transportation reconsider the request to convene a stakeholder task force group to advise the provincial government on how a Vision Zero Strategy can be developed and implemented throughout Ontario.

The motion was raised by Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito.

Mobile Vaccination Units

Council approved a motion to support the Region of Peel’s mobile vaccination units to go into high infection workplace sites (including schools, transit and other essential sites exposed to multiple human contacts) in Caledon, Brampton and Mississauga to vaccinate workers wanting to be vaccinated, regardless of age.

The motion was raised by Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish.

Vaccination Program Update

The City of Mississauga continues to work with the Region of Peel on the vaccination program in Mississauga.

For more details on the vaccine rollout, including who can receive it and where, visit peelregion.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/.

COVID-19: Provincewide Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order In Effect April 8

Today, the Government of Ontario announced a provincewide Stay-at-Home Order effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. The Stay-at-Home Order requires all Ontario residents to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated) or for work that cannot be done remotely.

“This was an extremely difficult decision and I firmly believe this is the right course of action at this critical moment to reduce the spread of variant cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations. We are now more than a year into this pandemic and into the third wave of COVID-19. New variants are far more dangerous, spread faster and do more harm than the virus we were fighting last year. We are now in a race between stopping the spread of the variants and getting vaccines into arms,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “I am pleased to see that the Premier has found a way to restrict the sales of non-essential items for in-person shopping in big box retail stores. While it is difficult to see our local businesses have to move to online and curbside once again, I am glad to see that these restrictions level the playing field between small and large retailers. Mississauga residents and businesses have sacrificed so much throughout this pandemic. I ask that you please continue to support each other – set up virtual touch points with your family, call a neighbour, support a local business with curbside pickup, order takeout from a local restaurant and take care of your own physical and mental health. I am confident that if we follow the advice of our health experts, we will be able to keep variant cases at bay and provide the additional time to continue vaccinating residents in our community.”

Non-essential Retail

Changes to the current regulations for non-essential retail include:

  • Limiting the majority of non-essential retailers to only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, with restricted hours for pick-up and delivery
  • Restricting access to shopping malls unless it’s for curbside pick-up and delivery
  • Restricting discount and big box stores in-person retail sales to: grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items
  • Permitting the following stores to operate for in-person retail, by appointment only and subject to a 25 per cent capacity limit with restricted hours:
    • Safety supply stores;
    • Businesses that primarily sell, rent or repair assistive devices, aids or supplies, mobility devices, aids or supplies or medical devices, aids or supplies;
    • Rental and leasing services including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental;
    • Optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public;
    • Businesses that sell motor vehicles, boats and other watercraft;
    • Vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services; and
    • Retail stores operated by a telecommunications provider or service, which may only permit members of the public to enter the premises to purchase a cellphone or for repairs or technical support.
  • Permitting outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries, and indoor greenhouses to operate with a 25 per cent capacity limit and a restriction on hours of operation to between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

For more information about non-essential and essential retail restrictions please visit the Ontario Government’s Public Health Measures advice page.

For information on City Services please visit the City Services Status page.

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