Opening Outdoor City Amenities
The Ontario government amended O.Reg.104/20: Emergency Order Under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) to permit the opening of some outdoor recreational amenities starting May 19, 2020.The following FAQS address the status of City amenities, as approved by Council on May 20 th .
 
The City of Mississauga is following the recommendations of health officials including the Region of Peel’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Lawrence Loh. Based on current case counts in Mississauga and the Region of Peel, he is strongly recommending that the City delay the opening of outdoor facilities at this time. 
 
Boats/Marinas
The province just announced marinas are open. Can I launch my boat at one of the City’s marinas?
Yes, all boaters with a permitted 2020 boat slip will be contacted by marina staff to schedule a time for launch. A phased approach to opening and launching boats will begin on May 22. The public boat launch at the Lakefront Promenade Marina will be open as of May 22. The public boat launch at Marina Park is closed due to high water levels. It will remain closed until it is safe to open. 
 
Residents wishing to launch personal watercrafts (like a kayak or canoe) may do so at one of our beaches.
 
BMX/Skateboard Parks
Will I be able to skateboard?
All current closures remain place. The City is currently reviewing the Province’s announcement made on May 19 that allows the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities. Safety is the priority as we plan and prepare to reopen. Any reopening plans or changes to current closures will be communicated through the City’s website and social media channels.

Dog Parks/Leash-Free Zones
When will dog parks and leash-free zones reopen?
All current closures remain place. The City is currently reviewing the Province’s announcement made on May 19 that allows the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities. Safety is the priority as we plan and prepare to reopen. Any reopening plans or changes to current closures will be communicated through the City’s website and social media channels.

Multi-Sport/Basketball Courts/Bocce Courts
Can I use the basketball courts or bocce courts?
All current closures remain place. The City is currently reviewing the Province’s announcement made on May 19 that allows the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities. Safety is the priority as we plan and prepare to reopen. Any reopening plans or changes to current closures will be communicated through the City’s website and social media channels.

Outdoor Sports Fields
Are the City’s sport fields open? Can my family use them to play on?
All current closures remain place. The City is currently reviewing the Province’s announcement made on May 19 that allows the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities. Safety is the priority as we plan and prepare to reopen. Any reopening plans or changes to current closures will be communicated through the City’s website and social media channels.
 
Public Tennis/ Community Tennis Clubs/PickleBall Courts
Can I use the public tennis courts to play?
All current closures remain place. The City is currently reviewing the Province’s announcement made on May 19 that allows the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities. Safety is the priority as we plan and prepare to reopen. Any reopening plans or changes to current closures will be communicated through the City’s website and social media channels.

Parking Lots
Will parking lots in parks open up?
Where amenities have reopened such as golf courses and shortly public marinas, parking lots will be open for those users. All other parking lot closures remain place. The City is currently reviewing the Province’s announcement made on May 19 that allows the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities. Safety is the priority as we plan and prepare to reopen. Any reopening plans or changes to current closures will be communicated through the City’s website and social media channels.

Public Washrooms
Will seasonal washrooms in the park be open?
Public washrooms are currently open at the following locations:
All other washroom facilities remain closed. The City is currently reviewing the Province’s announcement made on May 19 that allows the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities. Safety is the priority as we plan and prepare to reopen. Any reopening plans or changes to current closures will be communicated through the City’s website and social media channels.
Community Gardens
We have been working with our partners at Ecosource to develop a plan to ensure the safe operation of Community Gardens for the season. Health and Safety Guidelines have been developed and approved by Region of Peel Health.
Some information on the program this year:
  • The City of Mississauga operates 9 community gardens in City parks in partnership with Ecosource
  • All 9 garden locations at City parks are scheduled to open on Friday, May 22.
  • Guidelines for community garden use and operation have been developed and will be shared with garden users prior to the start-up.
  • Some of these guidelines include increased supervision, scheduled access, limit to one person per plot at a time, eliminating shared tools, suspension of teaching and group programs and provision of hand washing stations.  
  • Only those with agreements with Ecosource will be permitted to enter the gardens.

Parks, Forestry and Environment staff will continue to support Ecosource through the establishment and operation of the gardening season. Strategic Communications will be sending out some public information shortly. Ecosource has been updating all registered gardeners on the progress to date.
COVID-19 Closure Status Chart
The City is reviewing the announcement made by the Province on May 19, 2020 that allows the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities. We are planning and preparing accordingly in consultation with Peel Public Health to reopen safely. Any reopening plans or changes to current closures will be communicated through the City’s website and social media channels.
For a copy of the complete chart click the button below!
City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Recovery Framework
Guiding Document to Support Reopening & Recovery
Today, a  COVID-19 Recovery Framework  prepared by the City of Mississauga’s Leadership Team was received by Council. The framework will serve as a guiding document for detailed plans being developed to support reopening and recovery.
This framework will help navigate how Mississauga moves forward and recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.
The City worked closely with Peel Public Health to develop the framework. The recovery framework was developed based on best practises in other jurisdictions and identifies four pillars of recovery:

  • Community
  • Economic
  • Finance
  • Corporate

The COVID-19 Recovery Framework aligns with the City’s Strategic Pillars: 
  • Move: The City will maintain and regulate a robust transportation network with a key focus on the recovery of public transit and role of active transportation.
  • Belong: The City will reopen public facilities and re-engage residents in events, programs and services in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Connect: Development will continue in a safe and regulated fashion when controls on construction and other projects are eased.
  • Prosper: The City will facilitate economic prosperity by identifying and creating existing or revitalized opportunities for economic contribution from city residents and businesses.
  • Green: Recovery will include a continued focus on achieving the City’s climate change goals and promoting environmentally-friendly operating practices. 

Moving forward, the City will focus on:
  • Developing detailed plans based on the approved framework and service priorities supported by Federal and Provincial guidelines.
  • Consulting with community groups and other key community stakeholders.
  • Exploring options for financial restoration in consultation with Council.
  • Developing a strong communication plan to reach all stakeholders.

To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit:  Mississauga.ca/coronavirus .

GTHA Mayors and Chairs urge Provincial and Federal action to support municipalities
The Mayors and Chairs of the GTHA municipalities have gathered again to   call for action  for the Provincial and Federal governments to address the financial problems being faced by GTHA municipalities.
Cycling During COVID-19
When You Can Ride

Riding your bike is compatible with physical distancing. You can continue to ride your bike for exercise and to pick up essentials so long as you are not symptomatic or have been asked to self-isolate at home. 

Residents should stay close to home when exercising and continue to limit trips to essential reasons, such as picking up groceries and medicines and going to medical appointments.

When going outside, residents are requested to continue practising physical distancing and avoid crowds.
 
Physical Distancing
During COVID-19, you can continue to ride your bike alone or with people in your household. Do not ride with people you aren’t currently living with.

Two metres is the recommended length for physical distancing and about the length of a bicycle. Keep at least a bike length between yourself and other households.

Where You Can Ride
All amenities in City parks are closed, however you can continue to use the multi-use trails in parks for walking, running and cycling. Regular trail etiquette continues to apply.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, use the trails, cycling infrastructure and bike lanes in your own neighbourhood and avoid busier routes and peak times when possible.

Etiquette
Warmer weather has led to more traffic on the City’s multi-use trails, particularly during COVID-19. When cycling on a trail, continue to obey trail etiquette:
-       Slower cyclists keep to the right
-       Use a bell or signal before passing
-       Stay at least one bike length away from others not in your household
-       Respect the signage, barricades and amenity closures in parks

When using the temporary active transportation lanes:
-       Always be aware of your surroundings, including bus stops, drivers entering and exiting driveways and others using the lane
-       Always obey traffic signs and signals
-       Respect the space of others using the lane

Cycling Hygiene
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when cycling:
-       Wash your hands before & after your trip
-       Use your elbow to press signalized intersection buttons
-       Disinfect frequently touched bike surfaces like handle bars
Hydro One is working in the community to ensure a safe and reliable supply of power to the City of Mississauga. Forestry crews will remove or trim certain trees and other vegetation that will pose a risk to the electricity system in the hydro corridor.
 
To complete this work, Forestry crews will use manual equipment such as chainsaws and pruners. Support vehicles, including lift trucks and chippers, will also be onsite.
 
This important work will ensure a safe and reliable supply of electricity, and keep the corridor safe for public use.
 
Have questions about this work?
 
Please contact Hydro One Community Relations: 1.877.345.6799 or Community.Relations@HydroOne.com
City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Virtual Canada Day
Wednesday, Mississauga City Council approved further actions in response to COVID-19 including, a Virtual Canada Day Celebration.
Council approved a   Virtual Canada Day Celebration  for Mississauga using approved funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Celebrate Canada grant along with previously secured event sponsorships. The proposed Virtual Canada Day celebration would be developed around the theme of “with glowing hearts, we see thee rise” using a pre-recorded video. Details for the event will be finalized and communicated in the coming weeks.

Virtual Fireworks Only Reminder
On May 6, 2020, Council voted to  prohibit the sale and use of fireworks  until further notice to reduce the potential for large crowds and to continue to promote resident safety.

Three by-laws were amended to prohibit the use and sale of fireworks in Mississauga:
  • Fireworks Residents By-law– Regulating the use of fireworks by the public including restrictions on dates, times and permit requirements.
  • Fireworks Vendors By-law– Regulating the licensing for the ownership and operation of portable firework display units within the City.
  • Business Licensing By-law– Regulating the licensing and sale of fireworks from inside a building (not portable).

To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit:  Mississauga.ca/coronavirus .
Call 211
211 Central wants people in the GTA to know that help is available 24/7 for those who need it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

211 Central connects people living in Peel, York, Toronto and Durham to over 4,000 services such as financial help, mental health support, food, housing, shelters and childcare.
It offers a free, 24/7 confidential service in 150 languages, including online, text and chat services. 

For more information visit: 211toronto.ca/
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