The city of Mississauga is temporarily laying off 1,100 part-time workers, Mayor Bonnie Crombie confirmed Tuesday.
The various employees work in community centers, arenas, museums, the Living Arts Center and the Meadowvale Theater – all of which are closed due to Peel Region’s “Gray-Lockdown” status.
“This decision is particularly difficult given the difficult year we have all lived. The City is facing significant financial pressures following this second foreclosure. In order to be financially responsible, we must take action to respond to facility closures and their impact on our operations, ”said Mayor Crombie.
“This is not where we wanted to be. But I truly believe that Mississauga can come together, here and now, to get this situation under control. I once again urge everyone to stay home for basic needs and limit their in-person contact to their immediate home and essential supports, ”added Crombie.
It is expected that many employees will receive benefits through the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB).
“As the City had to enter a second lockdown in order to protect the health and safety of employees and residents, we made the difficult decision to lay off part-time staff in non-essential services. I know employees are under a lot of anxiety and stress, especially so close to the holiday season, ”said Paul Mitcham, Executive Director.
Mitcham said the layoffs were the result of city program cancellations and facility closures and not having work available for part-time employees during the shutdown of non-essential services.
The layoffs take effect Monday, December 7.