City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: MiWay Fares & Mandatory Masks, Summer Camps, Farmer’s Market & Food Trucks, Temporary Zoning-Bylaw & Virtual Mississauga Pride 2020
Wednesday, Mississauga City Council reviewed and approved initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including: MiWay Fares & Mandatory Masks, Summer Camps, Farmer’s Market & Food Trucks, Temporary Zoning By-law & Virtual Mississauga Pride 2020.

We are taking steps to safely and responsibly reopen our City in consultation with our Chief Medical Officer of Health. We know people are eager to get life back to normal, but we will continue to take a measured and gradual approach to reopening, which will help us reduce our risk of a resurgence and keep our City healthy. Mississauga will rise and shine again; it’s just a matter of time.

Celebration Square Farmers’ Market and Food Trucks Reopening Plan
Council approved a reopening plan for daily food trucks and the Lions Farmers Market at Celebration Square as outlined in the Corporate Report  Celebration Square Farmers’ Market and Food Trucks Reopening Plan .

The reopening plan was developed in consultation with key stakeholders to ensure the safety of residents visiting Celebration Square. Details will be shared on City channels at a later date.
MiWay Fares & Mandatory Face Masks
MiWay staff reported to Council regarding returning to fare collection and mandatory face masks for all passengers and employees. A staff report  MiWay – Resumption of Fare Collection and Mandatory Face Masks , indicated that effective:
  • June 24, 2020, MiWay will reopen the City Centre Transit Terminal fare booth in advance of the resumption of fare collection.
  • July 2, 2020, MiWay will resume fare collection by re-introducing front door boarding, mandating the use of non-medical masks or face coverings by passengers and employees and increasing the loading limit on buses to 50 per cent seated capacity. 

On March 21, 2020, in response to COVID-19, MiWay began rear-door only boarding and temporarily provided free transit. Physical distancing on MiWay buses has been encouraged with caution tape on bus seats and restrictions on the numbers of customers allowed to board a bus. MiWay has encouraged customers to wear non-medical masks or face coverings which will become mandatory on MiWay along with a 50 per cent seated load standard on July 2. The MiWay Maintenance team is currently completing installation of  bio barriers  on buses for mid-June 2020.
Summer Camp Changes
In collaboration with Peel Public Health, the City of Mississauga has cancelled all 2020 summer recreation programs. We will however be offering a modified camp program on a limited basis. On June 22nd at 8:30 am, we will be opening online registration a t http://activemississauga.ca   for modified Summer Fun Camps. Details: https://bit.ly/3hou8Cc  
Temporary Zoning By-law
Council passed a resolution to schedule a public meeting to address the potential use of a temporary zoning by-law to allow for restaurant patios on public and private property to accommodate additional seating for customers as a result of requirements for social distancing. The meeting date is to be confirmed.

Mississauga Pride 2020
The City is supporting Mississauga Pride 2020 through various activities.
  • Virtual flag raising ceremony
  • Library activities and social media

To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: mississauga.ca/coronavirus  or call 311. 

For more information on the City's recovery plan, please click on the  FAQ  button below!
Mississauga Library to Offer Curbside Pickup at Select Locations
Mississauga Library will offer returns at all locations except Mi ssissauga Valley Library starting on June 17 and curbside pickup for holds as of June 23 at select locations across the city. This is part of the library’s phased approach to resuming services following the Government of Ontario’s announcement on May 14 allowing public libraries to offer curbside pickup.
Starting June 23, curbside pickup will be available at the Burnhamthorpe , Central , Lorne Park , Malton and Meadowvale libraries. Additional locations will be phased in when it is considered safe to do so.
Curbside pickup will be scheduled by appointment in keeping with physical distancing protocols.
Visit mississaugalibrary.ca for more details, the hours of curbside pickup service and for information on how to book your appointment.

Drop-off boxes at all locations except Mississauga Valley Library will open to accept returns starting June 17.
 
Customers will be able to pick up their holds at the curb at selected libraries and drop off returns at all locations, with the exception of Mississauga Valley Library. We are taking all the necessary steps to protect public health and safety. These include implementing stricter cleaning and sanitization procedures and observing physical distancing protocols. We also continue to encourage customers to explore our extensive range of virtual resources as we prepare to resume additional services in the future.
 
Library due dates and fines continue to be suspended until further notice.
Customers can continue to use their library card or virtual card to explore our vast collection of ebooks, audiobooks and other online virtual resources.
For more information, visit  mississaugalibrary.ca  and follow Mississauga Library on  Instagram Facebook  and  Twitter .
Changes to fees at Peel’s Community Recycling Centres and extended summer hours
Peel’s Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) continue to assess and respond to the waste needs of our community during the challenges of Covid-19. Effective today, CRCs will allow visitors to drop off up to 100 kg of excess waste, once per day, with no fees; however, standard fees will apply to anything over the 100 kg limit. Payment can only be made using debit or credit. Cash will not be accepted. 

No fees will apply to loads of only scrap metal and blue box recyclables.
For the safety of the community and employees, CRCs have implemented measures of physical distancing and have limited the number of vehicles allowed into the CRCs at any one time. As such, residents should be aware that there may be delays.
Residents are reminded to dispose of only what they need to during this emergency. If working on any home renovation projects, please note that ceramic, porcelain and other renovation material are not recyclable and should be brought to a CRC for disposal. In addition, batteries are considered household hazardous waste and should also be taken to a CRC for safe disposal. Do not place batteries in the garbage or recycling bin.

At this time, our reuse drop-off locations are closed. Any reusable goods brought to the CRC will be put into garbage and sent to landfill. 

CRCs are not accepting tires, electronic waste, large appliances or bulky items until further notice.
In order to manage the waste needs of Peel residents and continue providing reasonable waste disposal options, extended summer hours from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm have started at the following CRCs:
  • Fewster and Heart Lake CRCs – Thursdays only
  • Battleford and Brampton CRCs – Mondays only

Residents are also encouraged to visit peelregion.ca/waste/community-recycling-centres for all affected changes, operating hours and applicable standard fee amount. 

For the latest updates on all services and facilities temporarily affected in Peel, please visit p eelregion.ca/coronavirus/affected-services
CRC Drop Off Details
City Grass Cutting- 2020
The standard for grass cutting on City parkland is once every two weeks. This standard is subject to change due to weather and smog days when grass cutting operations are limited, and may sometimes be impacted by equipment down time.

During the spring grass grows extremely quickly with many residents cutting their lawn once or twice a week during this period.
The City's standard means that during the period of May to July, grass on City lands will be longer than some residents consider desirable. During the peak growing period, grass cutting crews are working on a continuous basis. Even with overtime however, grass in Mississauga's 500 parks will sometimes be growing faster than City staff are able to cut it.
 
With Covid-19, we are running at reduced staffing capacity on our grass crews and across all other areas in parks. Our staff safety is paramount and staff have been dispersed across the City to ensure they are working areas where physical distancing can be maintained both in buildings and in vehicles. Please keep your distance from our crews and ensure they have adequate room to complete their activities.
 
To report a concern in our parks, please contact 3-1-1.
For a copy of the notice, please click the button below.
Protecting Yourself and Your Property

Most Vehicle Thefts Happen in:
  • Large remote parking lots.
  • Shopping malls.
  • GO train stations.
  • Movie theatres.
  • Airports.
  • Residential driveways and unlocked garages.
Preventing Theft of Motor Vehicles:
  • Avoid leaving a running vehicle unattended.
  • Ensure you always lock car doors and roll up your windows.
  • Consider using anti-theft devices (steering wheel lock, an automatic engine shut-off, and/or a tracking device).
  • Remember to lock your garage door.
  • Avoid storing valuables or packages in open sight in your vehicles (place them out of sight or in the trunk).

Home Safety

On average, residents of Brampton and Mississauga experience seven residential break and enters each day. Residential break-ins are typically crimes of opportunity, burglars typically target certain property based on characteristics that will increase their chances of breaking-in without getting caught.

These characteristics include:
  • Corner lots.
  • Homes that back onto parks and other open spaces (these typically allow for greater access into the home).
  • Property that does not appear to be maintained or "lived-in".

Try our   Home Security Challenge   to see how safe your home is!

For more information, please click  here .

To make an online report please do so  here.
Helpful Resources
The City is working with Peel Public Health and recommend you visit the  Region of Peel Health   site for the most up-to-date details.
 
Peel Public Health has advised that if you develop symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please self-isolate and contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 and if you require  immediate medical attention , please call 911 and advise the operator of your symptoms  but please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
 
Below are links you may find useful:


Important Phone Numbers

  • Mississauga 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311 (outside City Limits) available 7am - 7pm
  • Peel Public Health  905-799-7700 Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Peel Regional Police Non Emergency Line: 905-453-3311
  • Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000 Toll-free TTY:1-866-797-0007

The    City of Mississauga     and     Region of Peel         websites will be updating their information on a regular basis and will be the best place for the most recent updates for all residents.
 
As always, my office is available to assist residents on municipal or regional matters by e-mail at      karen.ras@mississauga.ca