Mississauga’s Four Pillar Recovery Plans – Corporate, Financial, Economic and Community

City Council approved the  Corporate  and the  Financial  Pillar Recovery Plans, two of the four pillars outlined in the City’s overall COVID-19 Recovery Framework. The  COVID-19 Recovery Framework provides a plan for what recovery operations will look like at the City of Mississauga. The framework outlines work in four key areas: Community, Economic, Financial and Corporate. The Recovery Framework supports our community and provides financial stability as the City moves from crisis to recovery. Each Pillar Recovery Plan will come to Council for review and approval before the end of July. 

The City worked closely with Peel Public Health to develop the framework to support reopening and recovery. The City will adhere to all public health directions provided by higher levels of government in an effort to protect the health and safety of the public and employees. City staff are already engaged in recovery planning to ensure the City is prepared to restore services and respond to community needs. 

The City’s recovery plan has four key pillars as follows:

1)    Corporate Recovery Pillar (approved on July 8)This pillar, led by Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, considers the impacts of COVID-19 on the reopening of City facilities. Highlights include:

  • Restoring full operations while keeping employees and customers safe and following public health directives as City workplaces reopen
  • Business units and facilities will be opened based on priorities of service
  • Incorporate positive changes and efficiencies such as moving the service counters to the ground floors to improve customer service
  • Managing in-person services by appointment through a new app
  • Expand online services
  • Screening of staff and members of the public when entering facilities
  • More frequent cleaning of areas such as doorknobs and service counters

2)    Financial Recovery Pillar (approved on July 8)This pillar, led by Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, considers the financial impact of COVID-19 on the City. Highlights include:

  • Seven financial principals have been established to eliminate the 2020 deficit and reduce the echo effect of 2022 and beyond
  • Cost cutting options will be analyzed over the summer and discussed with Budget Committee in October 2020
  • Staff will continue to work with Council to refine the budget and look for ways to trim the proposed increases
  • The City will continue to look for cost-saving measures
  • The City will continue to advocate to higher levels of government for financial assistance

3)    Economic Recovery Pillar (coming to Council on July 22)This pillar, led by Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building, considers the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the business community. Highlights include:

  • The City will play a key role in helping the economy and supporting businesses and community to grow and prosper through a Build Back Better campaign
    • The campaign will include the themes: buy local, a focus on the airport and preparing for a second wave
  • The City will  encourage participation and collaboration with industry and business stakeholders to take into account the needs of the entire business community through the newly formed Economic Resiliency Task Force
  • To assist with Mississauga’s economic recovery, the City will continue to advocate for financial relief and incentives from other levels of government
  • The reduction in transit ridership has resulted in significant revenue losses. The City will continue to request financial assistance from the provincial and federal governments to help fund operations and maintain appropriate service levels. This initiative, under the Economic Pillar, will be led by Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation & Works

4)    Community Recovery Pillar (coming to Council on July 22)This pillar, led by Shari Lichterman, Commissioner, Community Services, focuses on the services, tactics and programs that are public-facing, and impact Mississauga’s residents directly. Highlights include:

  • Plans for restoring and reopening City services, including Recreation, Parks, Libraries, Arts & Culture, Events, Sports and other facilities and programs
  • Continued engagement and consultation with the community to understand the impacts of this crisis, both short and longer term, to respond with programs and services to support resident and community group recovery
  • Leveraging partnerships with other levels of government and community organizations to advance recovery and re-engage our residents in our vibrant municipal life

For more information about the recovery plans, please visit www.mississauga.ca/recovery

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