Category Archives: Region of Peel

Peel takes first step toward mandatory non-medical masks

Brampton, ON (June 30, 2020) – Today, Peel’s Medical Officer of Health and Mayors of Brampton, Mississauga and the Town of Caledon announced plans to explore measures, such as a temporary by-law, that would require residents to wear a non-medical mask inside public spaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

“Peel Public Health already strongly supports the use of non-medical masks where distancing is not possible and on transit. A time-limited, broader bylaw mandating when and where non-medical masks must be used further strengthens these recommendations and protects Peel residents. Together with the other Core Four behaviours of physical distancing, handwashing, getting tested and staying home if sick, more consistent use of non-medical masks by all residents in public spaces will help drive down cases and bring this first wave to a close in our community.”

Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel

Peel and its area municipalities in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga join several other municipalities across Ontario weighing the issue of mandatory non-medical masks. They will continue to work together to develop the best approach to regulate masks in enclosed public areas across the region. Measures will be considered at upcoming Council meetings in July

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May is Museum Month – join our virtual celebration!

May is Museum Month and though the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is closed temporarily due to COVID-19, we invite you to celebrate with us virtually.

There are numerous ways to celebrate and have some fun from home:


Behind-the scenes tours on PAMA’s YouTube channel as well as on all our social’s via FacebookTwitter and Instagram and connect with arts and culture from the comfort of home.

Take a Virtual Field Trip

Take a digital journey on PAMA’s first virtual exhibition Morphology. Local photographers document the creation of the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation area in Mississauga.

This is a unique opportunity to see the transformation of the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area through the eyes of local photographers. This project along Mississauga’s waterfront will provide a green oasis in the heart of the city with beaches, meadows, forests, wetlands, and rocky islands. 

Students can take it one step further with a Conservation Exploration: Explore PAMA’s online exhibit, Morphology with teaching resources including critical thinking questions and a hands-on/application of knowledge activity: 

Stay tuned for more virtual exhibitions coming up soon.

Create from Home – Because #ArtCanHelp

  • Check out over 50 family fun activities, colouring sheets and hands-on education lessons on the PAMA @ Home page. This May, we feature new themes each week. This week is all about museum week, followed by regally royal week, then hidden treasures.
  • Participate in a new #SketchItFriday challenge which is perfect for a #COVIDDateNight. Follow along on PAMA’s social media or on the PAMA @ Home page
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Peel Public Health advises nightclubs, movie theatres and concert venues to close to help protect the public from COVID-19

BRAMPTON, ON. (March 16, 2020) – Peel Public Health strongly supports today’s announcement from the Province of Ontario directing bars, restaurants and food establishments to stop in-person service to help control the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Peel Public Health strongly recommends the closure of nightclubs, movie theatres and concert venues effective 12:01 a.m., March 17, 2020.

“We are grateful that many restaurants, bars and food establishments have already taken the civic-minded step to voluntarily change how they do business to protect Peel residents,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “However, any business in Peel that chooses to defy either the Province’s or Peel Public Health’s recommendations will be subject to orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.”

Peel Public Health urges everyone to make efforts at social distancing. Social distancing is about avoiding physical contact and staying a safe distance away from others (approximately 2 metres). 

Peel Public Health continues to strongly recommend that residents who have travelled outside of Canada, including to the United States, should self-isolate for 14 days.

“Protecting the health of our community and ensuring care is available for those who require it is a shared responsibility,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “Every opportunity to avoid interactions with others helps to prevent the spread of this disease,” continued Loh. “Every interaction avoided helps to flatten the curve. We must act in solidarity and do our part to ensure that we are able to contain the outbreak.”

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel received Excellence Canada’s Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel and Instagram

Region of Peel Confirms First Case of West Nile Virus This Year

MISSISSAUGA, ON (September 8, 2017) – Peel Public Health has identified its first human case of West Nile virus for 2017.

“This case reinforces the need for all residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” says Paul Callanan, Director of Health Protection at the Region of Peel. “Most people who contract the disease will show no symptoms, but 20 per cent will experience mild flu–like symptoms, and about one in 150 people will develop a more severe form of the disease.”

Residents are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquito bites by doing the following:

Avoid areas with high mosquito populations and take extra precautions at dusk and dawn when mosquito activity is highest.

Wear light–coloured clothing that covers exposed skin, such as long sleeves, pants and a hat.

Use an insect repellent containing DEET and apply it according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Remove or drain items on your property that hold stagnant water. Water that is stagnant for more than seven days is an ideal breeding site for mosquitoes. You can report stagnant water sites to Peel Public Health at 905–799–7700 or online at

Register online at to receive email notifications and information about where mosquitos that have tested positive for West Nile virus found in Peel.

For more information about West Nile virus, visit or call Region of Peel – Public Health at 905–799–7700 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Caledon residents can call toll free at 905–584–2216.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost–effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon.

Mississauga Council Votes Against More Politicians at Peel Region

We are not going to spend taxpayers hard-earned money on more politicians, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today, following Peel Council’s decision not to add more politicians to Regional Council.

There are currently 24 Peel Councillors. The defeated proposal would have increased the number of Councillors to 32, not including the Regional Chair. By some estimates, the additional 4 Mississauga councillors would result in nearly $3 million in upfront costs, followed by an additional $1.4 million annually in new expenditures.

“Mississauga brought forward a responsible and democratic solution,” Mayor Crombie said, adding that “our proposal would have ensured representation by population of all councillors, from each of the three lower-tier municipalities.”

Under the alternative plan, long championed by Mississauga Council, the existing number of Councillors would remain the same at 24 by keeping Mississauga at 12; reducing Caledon to 3 and increasing Brampton to 9.

Mayor Crombie concluded “we need to ensure that Peel works fairly and democratically for its largest municipality and tax base, Mississauga.”