Below are a list of Mississauga economic recovery initiatives regarding COVID-19:
City of Mississauga COVID-19 Recovery Framework
The City worked closely with Peel Public Health to develop the framework. The recovery framework was developed based on best practices in other jurisdictions and identifies four pillars of recovery: Community, Economic, Finance, and Corporate.
Mississauga Economic Resiliency Task Force
Mississauga’s Economic Resiliency Task Force will oversee and offer Council advice on sector specific economic recovery plans including industry, small business, creative industry, and land development. The Task Force will coordinate with Tourism Mississauga’s Board of Directors on review of a tourism recovery plan.
Starter Company PLUS Program
The Starter Company PLUS program will assist people 18 years and over interested in starting, expanding or purchasing a business in Mississauga. The program provides: free training and business skills development; free mentorship and guidance; and an opportunity to apply for a program grant of up to $5,000 after the completion of mandatory training and mentorship.
It Pays to Stay
This innovative incentive program provided by Tourism Mississauga offers visitors to Mississauga the opportunity to receive a $100 VISA prepaid gift card, which can be spent at local businesses, shops and restaurants across the city.
Digital Main Street
Digital Main Street is a program that helps main street businesses achieve digital transformation. This program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and our Digital Service Squad, a team of street-level members who help main street businesses grow and manage their operations through technology. For the second year in a row, the Digital Main Street (DMS) program is back again to support main street small businesses in Mississauga.
Business Advisory Services
Are you struggling with your business? Are you looking for a post COVID plan to increase your chances of success? Or are you ready to take stock and just need someone to bounce your ideas off of? Business owners are facing numerous challenges during the current pandemic. To support you and your business we are offering free advisory services with professionals in the legal, accounting, sales and marketing and business operations fields.
Mississauga Made is a support local campaign and online initiative inspired to support and promote local Mississauga products, businesses, stories, activities and experiences. Join the initiative, buy from your local businesses, and share your experiences.
ShopHERE - Mississauga
Mississauga has joined the ShopHERE, powered by Google program. This program provides independent businesses and artists with resources to develop and launch an online store, with the support of local post-secondary students. Local businesses and artists can apply for the program to get their online store built at no cost.
Online Webinar Recordings
The City of Mississauga Economic Development Office has hosted numerous webinars. During these webinars, our businesses have expressed interest in accessing recordings of these events. In response to this feedback, we have developed a dedicated resource where you can access past webinar recordings.
Temporary Patio Program
Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments are permitted to operate their temporary outdoor patios until December 31, 2021. All local businesses must adhere to guidelines from the Province of Ontario and the Region of Peel.
Temporary Outdoor Businesses
A temporary use by-law permit outdoor retail sales and display and outdoor recreational and entertainment establishments was passed by Council on December 9, 2020. This initiative allows certain businesses and charitable ventures to operate outdoors in a safe and responsible manner until December 31, 2021. All local businesses must adhere to guidelines from the Province of Ontario and the Region of Peel.
2021 Property Tax Deferral Program
Residents and businesses facing financial problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply to defer final 2021 property tax payments until December 15, 2021. Penalties and interest will not apply to your final 2021 tax instalment as long as the City receives full payment by the December 15 deadline. The window to apply for a property tax deferral of your final instalment is June 1 to August 31. You can complete the property tax deferral application form online.
Sign By-law Exemption
Council has extended the Sign By-law exemption until January 1, 2022, 12:01 am. The exemption provides additional advertising opportunities for businesses and community groups allowing:
- Three additional portable signs per street front to be added without a permit
- The maximum display period to be 30 days (extended from 21 days)
- The number of permits per group to be 15 per year (increased from 10)