Mississauga seeks feedback on outdoor patios

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Do you run a restaurant or have you visited a local patio this summer? If so, the City would like your input on making outdoor seasonal patios an ongoing part of the restaurant scene in Mississauga.

In 2020, City Council gave the green light for a temporary seasonal patio program to help support businesses and bring life to our streets during the challenging times of the pandemic. Since then, these spaces have helped bring vibrancy and energy to our city.

With the temporary program set to expire, City staff are working on by-law updates to ensure outdoor seasonal patios continue to be an option for the restaurants that want to offer them.

Staff are seeking input on:

  • Suggestions for improving the patio experience in your community
  • Improvements to the outdoor patio regulations
  • Streamlining the patio application process
  • Insights on the new Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario protocol for extending patio liquor licences

Staff will bring a report to Council with the final zoning by-law recommendations later this year. Once approved, the new by-law will take effect on January 1, 2024

We want to hear from you

City staff are looking for comments from the restaurant industry, business groups and local residents to help inform the by-law. There are several different ways to learn more and share your feedback.

  1. Survey: Complete our Beyond Indoor Dining online survey from now until October 6.
  2. On-demand information session: Watch our recorded information session starting September 26 and share comments with our team.
  3. Industry information session: Members of the restaurant and business community are welcome to register for our industry information session on October 3, 2023 from 10am – noon.

Visit the City’s Beyond Indoor Dining online engagement site for more details and to sign up for project updates.

Background

Council approved a temporary patio program to help the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. It allows restaurants, convenience restaurants and take-out restaurants to have patios within municipal right-of-ways, municipal parking lots or in parking areas on private properties.

Council approved a temporary by-law for the program in June 2020. In November 2021, Council approved an extension to the by-law through December 31, 2023.

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