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.
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.
2021 Summer Company Program
The Summer Company program can help youth entrepreneurs launch and operate a business this summer. The program is eligible to Ontario students aged 15 to 29 who have a business idea. The program provides: business training and mentorship to help get the business up and running; and an opportunity for a grant of up to $3,000 to help launch summer businesses. Space in the program is limited. The deadline to apply to the 2021 Summer Company Program offered through the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) is Monday, April 19, 2021 5:00 pm. The program will be delivered virtually in Mississauga from May 2021 to August 2021.
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.
- Ritual One: As a part of the Mississauga Made program, the City of Mississauga is excited to announce Tourism Mississauga’s partnership with start-up Ritual One App. Ritual One provides local businesses with an easy way to accept digital orders online and onsite. As an extended offer for Mississauga businesses, Ritual ONE will provide its commission-free digital ordering platform for FREE, through the end of 2020. Learn more about this offer
- Pays-to-Stay: For a limited time “It Pays to Stay” in Mississauga, literally! When you book a 2-nights stay (or more), with participating Mississauga hotels – you will receive $100 VISA prepaid gift card to spend while you are in town! Learn more about this offer
- All Vision: As part of the Mississauga Made Movement, Allvision, through its partnership with the City of Mississauga and Canadian Pacific Railway, is making space available to support local businesses on their outdoor sign network of digital overpass signs throughout the City. Learn more about this offer
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.
Mandatory Face Covering By-Law Toolkit for Businesses
The City’s Mandatory Face Covering By-law was extended to June 30, 2021. It was originally approved by Council on July 8, 2020 and was set to expire on January 21, 2021. The by-law requires all persons (subject to some exceptions) to wear a face covering inside buildings where the public is ordinarily invited or permitted access. This includes retail stores, indoor sports and recreational facilities, apartments and condominiums to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Government of Ontario regulations for face coverings also apply in the City of Mississauga.
MiWay Fares & Mandatory Face Masks
Following the strong recommendation of Peel Public Health and the Governments of Ontario and Canada, effective July 2, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering will be mandatory when travelling on MiWay, at stops and transit terminals to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
2021 Property Tax Deferral Program
The application-based program will allow eligible residential and business property owners to apply to defer their property tax payments in 2021. To be eligible for the 2021 Property Tax Deferral program, property owners will need to provide a COVID-related reason for their financial hardship such as extreme revenue loss, loss of employment, business closure, prolonged suspension of pay, insolvency and/or bankruptcy. Additionally, eligible property owners cannot have any tax arrears (property tax debt) prior to March 2020. Applications can be submitted online beginning in February until March 31, 2021.
Sign By-law Exemption
The Sign By-law 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)
- Business Improvement Area (BIA) Boards are exempt from requiring permits to place signs in existing planters in BIA boundaries
The amended Sign By-law was extended to July 1, 2021.
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.
Climate Change Youth Challenge "Mission to Earth"
The City of Mississauga has launched the Climate Change Youth Challenge “Mission to Earth,” a virtual educational program for high school and post-secondary students, as part of the implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan. The six-month program will engage and challenge youth to develop sustainable solutions for Mississauga, such as transitioning to efficient energy systems, building innovative green spaces or reducing single-use plastics.