Outdoor Dining Here to Stay – City of Mississauga Extends Temporary Outdoor Patios and Business Programs through December 2023
Council has approved an extension to both the temporary patio and temporary outdoor business programs until December 31, 2023. These program extensions will allow Mississauga restaurants and bars to continue using their patios and other outdoor businesses to use outdoor spaces as they continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many of our local businesses were very creative in how they used their outdoor spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, from outdoor dining to outdoor markets and more,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are committed to supporting our local businesses as they continue to recover from COVID-19 and by extending these by-laws, I know it will help maintain the momentum Mississauga businesses have built and provide them with some certainty for the coming years.”
The City of Mississauga introduced both temporary by-laws in 2020, with approvals set to expire on December 31, 2021.
The temporary patio program allows bars and restaurants to have patios within municipal right-of-ways, and municipal parking lots or in parking areas on private properties. The temporary outdoor business program permits outdoor recreational and entertainment establishments and outdoor retail sales and display.
The extensions approved today also include waiving most of the associated fees and other requirements for customers applying under these temporary permit programs.
“Many businesses in Mississauga were able to create more useable outdoor spaces,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “We are starting consultation with our local business community and the public to see how we can work towards a permanent solution beyond 2023.”