Today, a COVID-19 Recovery Framework prepared by the City of Mississauga’s Leadership Team was received by Council. The framework will serve as a guiding document for detailed plans being developed to support reopening and recovery.
“This framework will help us navigate how Mississauga moves forward and recovers from the impacts of COVID-19,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “ This plan incorporates what we have heard from stakeholders across our City and formalizes our path forward in a way that is safe, efficient and inclusive. The health and safety of employees and the public remain our top priority, and we will continue to take our lead from Peel Public Health as we implement our plans. While his pandemic has shaken us, it has not broken our spirit. Mississauga is determined, strong, and resilient. We will emerge from this stronger than ever before. Our goal is to get this right the first time.”
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:
“Work is underway and staff teams are already engaged in recovery planning to ensure the City is prepared to restore services and respond to community needs as we move beyond the initial crisis stages,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner Community Services and incoming City Manager and CAO. “Moving from the framework, the City will put the focus on: developing plans based on service priorities, following Federal and Provincial guidelines, consulting with community groups and other key community stakeholders and exploring options for financial restoration in consultation with Council. There will be lasting financial impacts to the City and the overall economy from this crisis. Developing a strong financial plan to mitigate these impacts is a pillar of the COVID-19 Recovery Framework. Council will be kept apprised of financial impacts throughout the pandemic and recovery phases.”
The COVID-19 Recovery Framework aligns with the City’s Strategic Pillars:
- Move: The City will maintain and regulate a robust transportation network with a key focus on the recovery of public transit and role of active transportation.
- Belong: The City will reopen public facilities and re-engage residents in events, programs and services in a safe and responsible manner.
- Connect: Development will continue in a safe and regulated fashion when controls on construction and other projects are eased.
- Prosper: The City will facilitate economic prosperity by identifying and creating existing or revitalized opportunities for economic contribution from city residents and businesses.
- Green: Recovery will include a continued focus on achieving the City’s climate change goals and promoting environmentally-friendly operating practices.
Moving forward, the City will focus on:
- Developing detailed plans based on the approved framework and service priorities supported by Federal and Provincial guidelines.
- Consulting with community groups and other key community stakeholders.
- Exploring options for financial restoration in consultation with Council.
- Developing a strong communication plan to reach all stakeholders.
To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: Mississauga.ca/coronavirus.
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