City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Tax Deferral, Online Penalty Notice Screening and Prohibiting Fireworks
Last week , Council approved further actions in response to COVID-19 including, tax deferral, allowing online administrative penalty screening and prohibiting the sale and use of fireworks.

Tax Deferral
To provide further financial assistance to taxpayers and help ease financial pressures as a result of the impacts of COVID-19, Council agreed to postpone regular final tax instalments and eliminate late payment charges and fees related to tax payment requests for changes. The City is requesting that landlords pass the tax deferral on to their tenants.  Details
No Fireworks Allowed
Council voted to  prohibit the sale and use of fireworks  until further notice to reduce the potential for large crowds and continue to promote resident safety for the duration of the emergency related to COVID-19 as
declared by the Province of Ontario and
ensure existing resources are available
and used for resident safety. While fireworks are currently banned in Mississauga, please enjoy a virtual display this year with highlights from previous Mississauga firework events presented by Tim Hortons:  https://youtu.be/cy7B2SL1zcc

Three by-laws were amended to prohibit the use and sale of fireworks in Mississauga:
  1. Fireworks Residents By-law – Regulating the use of fireworks by the public including restrictions on dates, times and permit requirements.
  2. Fireworks Vendors By-law – Regulating the licensing for the ownership and operation of portable firework display units within the City.
  3. Business Licensing By-law – Regulating the licensing and sale of fireworks from inside a building (not portable).
Online Screening Reviews of Administrative Penalties
Council voted to amend the   Administrative Penalty By-law  and  Licencing Administrative Penalty By-law  to allow for written submissions for   online screening reviews   of administrative penalties. During the current Provincial Court closure period, the by-law amendments allows the screening review process to continue as an option for anyone seeking a review of their penalty notice, which was previously only allowed in-person.
This online option will be available later this spring for the following administrative penalties related:

For those who have already submitted requests for screening reviews, a notice will be mailed to the address that the court has on file providing the opportunity to have their dispute heard by way of online written submissions.
For those who chose to continue with an in-person review, their matters will be dealt with once the Court offices re-open. For all new penalty notices, the defendant will be given the option of paying the penalty, or choosing an online submission or in-person review of their penalty notice.

To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: Mississauga.ca/coronavirus .
Waste Management Update 
Until further notice:

  • Bulky item collection at the curb and at CRCs remains suspended.
  • The annual bulky item collection day will not be taking place until further notice
  • Up to 2 extra garbage bags will be collected.
  • No garbage tags necessary. Tag sales are suspended.
  • Residents can continue to stay updated on waste services in Peel by regularly visiting: peelregion.ca/coronavirus.
Nine Creeks Trail Construction
Nine Creeks Trail construction will commence during the week of May 11, 2020.

This work will involve completion of the last trail section within the Hydro One corridor between Winston Churchill Blvd. and Bromsgrove Rd. and will include asphalt and concrete paving, seating areas, signage, fences, gates, fine grading and hydro-seeding.
                                   
Work will take approximately 8 weeks to complete (weather permitting).

Signs are being posted to notify the public of this message.
The contractor has a letter from the City indicating recognition, of the May 4, 2020 announcement, by the Province of Ontario, amending the categories of essential businesses listed in Schedule 2 Ontario Regulation 82/20 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and, Municipal Construction Services and Operations have been permitted to continue.
Update: Clarkson Rd N Closure Postponed
The road closure scheduled to take place at Clarkson Road North at the tracks by Alectra has been postponed indefinitely. Apparently there was other utility infrastructure underground that was not previously identified and the project now has to undergo a redesign. Will keep you posted!
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.
Stay Positive, Active and Entertained with Mississauga’s Virtual Programs
We have put together a range of free virtual programs and resources to help boost the physical and mental wellbeing of our residents. Keeping fit, staying healthy, and enjoying fun activities will help us maintain a positive mindset as we work to overcome this virus together
Keep Fit
  • Visit Mississauga Recreation for virtual fitness classes and meditation sessions, and for nutrition and lifestyle information. The first live virtual fitness class is Cardio Kick Box on May 7 at 12:15 p.m. 

Follow the #StayHomeStayActive campaign on  Facebook Twitter and  Instagram .

Grow a Garden
  • Starting the week of May 11, order up to three varieties of seeds from the new online Mississauga Seed Library. Simply complete the online form and the seeds will arrive by mail. Visit mississaugalibrary.ca/seeds for more information.

Enjoy Family Fun
 

Older Adult Activities
  • Older adults can take part in a variety of virtual programs available four days each week. Residents can enjoy a yarn crafters meet-up, coffee talks, fitness breaks and weekly hot topics provided by the Mississauga Senior Centre. Participants can join via computer, tablet or phone. Follow Recreation on social media @MississaugaRec for up-to-date information.
Be Entertained
  • Mississauga Culture and the Living Arts Centre present an #ArtsAtHome program to bring the arts into the home while supporting the City’s creative communities and industries. You can live stream virtual concerts and follow @saugaculture and @livingartsctr on social media for the latest in creative news and activities.
  • Stream or download an album through Freegal with your library card, or enjoy free movies and TV shows on your digital devices through Hoopla.
  • Paramount Fine Foods Centre (PFFC) is sharing content from event partners and more. The #PFFCentreAtHome web page offers live music with scheduled live streams, Canadian sing-a-longs and playlists. Live streams include Tyler Shaw, Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, and Juanes, all of whom have performed here over the past 20 years. Their fun activity page includes virtual backgrounds to bring (PFFC) into your next online Zoom or Webex mobile meeting. Enjoy educational programs from the Harlem Globetrotters, and colouring pages and origami from Baby Shark Live! New content is added regularly and shared across @PFFCentre social media channels.
  • Watch “Rise Up Mississauga - Concert of Hope” at 7 p.m. on May 8 via Facebook Live on Mississauga Arts Council’s Facebook page. Enjoy free virtual entertainment featuring 25 Mississauga-based artists singing inspirational songs.
  • Join Mississauga Library on May 15 at 7 p.m. for a talk by award-winning Canadian author Kenneth Oppel. Starting on May 18, check out the library’s website and social media for interactive book clubs, film discussion clubs, English conversation circles and more.

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