MISSISSAUGA. ON., May 7, 2020 — Mississauga residents will have to take the good with the bad as its Mayor Bonnie Crombie helps to navigate the city through the darker times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, the City of Mississauga council approved prohibiting the sale and use of fireworks, as well as deferring tax payments and waiving late fees on its city taxes.
The fireworks concern is to avoid the crowding that takes place during the city’s numerous fireworks events over Victoria Day and Canada Day weekends. Instead, Mississauga will provide virtual viewings of past events, which will be sponsored by Tim Hortons.
“Mississauga continues to run efficiently and deliver key services in the face of this pandemic,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “That includes continuing to take measures to keep Mississauga safe and provide cash flow relief to our residents. Prohibiting fireworks is the right thing to do at this time to help discourage large groups from gathering, keep our City safe and ensure our firefighters and enforcement teams are focused on the task at hand, that’s fighting COVID-19.”
Virtual Fireworks Only in Mississauga
Mississauga’s City 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
Mississauga postpones tax installments and eliminates late payment charges
The City of Mississauga also announced that to provide further financial assistance to its taxpayers and help ease financial pressures as a result of the impacts of COVID-19, Council agreed to postpone regular final tax installments 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. Visit mississauga.ca for details.
story by Terry Lankstead