New Business Licensing Category Recommended to Strengthen Food Safety

Today, City of Mississauga staff presented General Committee with recommendations to amend the City’s Business Licensing By-law to address food safety. The proposed amendments include the creation of a new Retail Food Premise business licensing category.

“The new Retail Food Premise business licensing category would allow the City to apply a consistent approach when it comes to licensing and inspection of food businesses,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “Under the new category, all retail food businesses in Mississauga would be required to obtain a licence and receive regular inspection by Peel Public Health.”

The recommendations will go to Council for approval on November 8. If approved by Council, the amendments are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2018.

The new category would apply to all retail food premises including takeout restaurants, lunch counters and all food businesses whose primary function is to offer food for consumption off site. This includes, but is not limited to the following business types:

  • Butcher Shops
  • Catering Facilities
  • Convenience/Variety Stores
  • Multi-Unit Food Stores (Supermarkets)
  • Bakeries
  • Gas Station Kiosks
  • Bulk Food Stores
  • Seafood Retailers

Businesses whose primary function is to offer food for consumption onsite, would continue to be licensed as a restaurant or banquet hall. In addition, those that sell pre-packaged items such as chocolate bars, potato chips and canned beverages would be exempt.

The proposed annual license fees are $188 initially and $183 for renewal. These fees will help offset costs related to administering and enforcing the by-law.

Paid Parking Coming to Streetsville in Spring 2018

At its meeting of General Committee today, the City of Mississauga passed a recommendation to implement paid parking in areas of Streetsville beginning early in 2018.

“Paid parking in Streetsville allows the City to manage parking demands and encourages parking space turnover in the shopping area of Streetsville,” said Mickey Frost, Director of Works, Operations and Maintenance.

Paid parking will roll out in two phases. The first phase will include Queen Street South between Barry Avenue and Kerr Street and Municipal Parking Lot #9 located at Queen Street and Pearl Street [link to map]:

• Queen Street South on-street paid parking will be in effect from:
Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

• Off-street paid parking in Municipal Parking Lot #9 will be in effect from:
Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

The cost for parking on-street and in Municipal Parking Lot #9 will be $1.50 per hour for the first two hours and $2 for the third hour. Parking will be allowed in these locations for a maximum of three hours.

“The City’s Municipal Parking team worked closely with the Streetsville Business Improvement Area (BIA) on the implementation of a paid parking plan and agreed that it was necessary for businesses to thrive,” added Frost. “Money received through paid parking will be used to offset costs of implementation and operation of paid parking infrastructure.”

The recommendation will go before City Council for final approval on November 8. Staff will bring forward a corporate report to General Committee in the fall-winter of 2018 for phase two of paid parking in Streetsville.

For more information about parking, visit mississauga.ca/parking or dial 311. For outside city limits call 905-615-4311.

2018 Municipal Election One Year Away; Election Campaign Contribution Rebate Program New for 2018

Yesterday marked one year until the 2018 Municipal Election! The City of Mississauga will hold the 2018 Municipal Election on October 22, 2018.

People eligible to vote will be voting for the Offices of Mayor, Ward Councillor, School Board Trustee as well as Peel Regional Chair. The individuals who are elected will make many important decisions including how tax dollars are spent in our community.

Key Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – The first day for candidates to file a nomination
  • Friday, July 27, 2018 – The last day for a candidate to file a nomination, nominations must be filed by 2pm
  • Monday, October 22, 2018 – Voting Day
  • Monday, December 3, 2018 – Inaugural Council, New Term of Council Begins

New in 2018:

  • Vote Anywhere: If you are an eligible elector, on Advanced Poll Days, you can vote at any polling location regardless of where you live in the City. On Election Day, you can vote at any polling location within your ward.
  • Election Campaign Contribution Rebate Program: Contributions made by eligible individuals to the campaign of a candidate running for mayor or councillor may qualify for a rebate. Application rules and procedures must be followed by the candidate and contributor in order for the City to pay a rebate. Further information, including rules and procedures, will be made available on Mississauga’s election website, mississaugavotes.ca in 2018.
  • Peel Regional Chair: In the next election, the Peel Regional Chair will be elected by general vote. This means the candidates for Regional Chair will be on the City of Mississauga’s ballot in 2018 and eligible electors in Peel will vote for their preferred candidate.

Stay tuned to mississaugavotes.ca for more information about the 2018 Municipal Election.

Mississauga Moves Forward on its Housing Strategy

City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee  yesterday adopted the City’s first housing strategy Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga.

The Strategy is the City’s plan for fostering a supportive environment for the development of a range of housing that is affordable for all. It targets middle-income households and also benefits lower-income households.
While the Region of Peel is responsible for subsidized housing, middle-income households have not been widely supported in terms of housing supply. Middle-income households do not qualify for financial assistance and cannot afford housing at current market prices.  The strategy will help provide opportunities for lower-income households by freeing up supply.
The strategy offers 40 actions supported by the Mississauga Housing Advisory Panel, a group of over 20 housing professionals from the public, private and non-profit sectors that shared their knowledge, advice and solutions. It also includes a five-year action plan centred on municipal powers and funding partnerships to achieve its goals.
Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga defines how the City of Mississauga will address the affordable housing crisis in our City,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We’re ready to do our part to ensure that those who want to live in Mississauga can afford to do so. The strategy provides bold, innovative solutions to increasing affordability. Safe, affordable housing is a pillar of a complete city and we will achieve our goals if we work together with our partners to create a supportive development environment for a range of affordable housing for all.”

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