Beginning in September, Mississauga City Council and Committee meetings will resume their regularly planned meeting schedules with electronic meeting participation being allowed until the start of the 2021 summer recess.
Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, amends the Municipal Act, 2001 to allow municipalities to amend their procedure by-laws to allow electronic participation for Council and Committee meetings and allows those members of Council or Committee participating electronically be counted towards quorum outside of an emergency declaration period.
Since the declaration of the Provincial State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings have been held virtually, including Council, which has met on a weekly basis. Audit and Budget Committees, Planning and Development Committee and the Committee of Adjustment also resumed with virtual participation of Committee members, deputants, applicants and the public. All other Committees and Quasi-judicial tribunals were cancelled during this period.
For meetings held in Council Chambers, the Chambers are being modified to address physical distancing requirements, including the installation of plexi-glass dividers, seating decals and directional signage in preparation for in-person meetings in September. This will allow the flexibility for members to attend in-person or electronically. The capacity of the Chambers is significantly reduced to meet physical distancing measurements, however overflow for the public could be accommodated.
Legislative Services staff will work on a plan to resume meetings with committee members of all the advisory and quasi-judicial committees.
For more information on Council and Committees including meeting dates, visit mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/calendar.