The City of Mississauga announced that lockdown closures affectings non-essential services has prompted the decision to temporarily lay-off approximately 1,100 part-time employees who work at these facilities effective December 7, 2020.
“The lay-offs are a direct result of City program cancellations and facility closures, not having work available for part-time employees during the shut-down of non-essential services. We will continue to assess the impact of the lockdown to City operations, communicate with those impacted and have made our employee and family assistance program available to all staff during this difficult time,” said Paul Mitcham, Chief Administrative Officer and City Manager.
The majority of lay-offs impact part-time employees in community centres and cultural facilities such as the Small Arms Building and Museums of Mississauga, Living Arts Centre and Meadowvale Theatre.
“This decision is especially difficult given the hard year we have all had. The City is facing significant financial pressures as a result of this second lockdown,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “In order to be fiscally responsible, we must take action to respond to the facility closures and their impact on our operations. This is not where we wanted to be. But I truly believe that Mississauga can come together, right here and right now, to get this situation under control. I am again urging everyone to stay home except when going out for the essentials, and to please limit their in-person contact to just their immediate households and essential supports.”
The City will continue to deliver services including Fire, Transit, Works Operations and Maintenance, 311 and Dispatch, Parks and Forestry, Animal Services, Regulatory Services, Building Permits/Inspections, Site Plan Applications, Official Plan Amendments and Rezoning Planning Applications, Security Services as well as Administrative/Technical functions.