Holiday shoppers can park for free in south Mississauga
Published December 16, 2022 at 10:43 am
Mississauga shoppers are reminded they can once again park for free in Port Credit and Clarkson this holiday season.
As in recent years, the City of Mississauga has waived on-street parking charges in specific areas of south Mississauga from Nov. 30 through Jan. 15, 2023.
The aim, as in past years when pay-and-display parking charges were similarly waived, is to help shops, restaurants and other businesses continue to recover from the devastating financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials say.
Port Credit and Clarkson BIAs again asked the City to waive the parking charges in an effort to give area businesses a better chance of competing with shopping malls across the city where customer parking is free.
The parking fee holiday is only in effect in those areas. City officials say paid parking remains in effect in Streetsville and the downtown core.
Just in time for shopping locally and visiting restaurants! 🍝🛍️
There is free parking in Port Credit and Clarkson until January 15 📅
All of the pay and display machines will be bagged accordingly.
⚠️Paid parking will remain in effect in Downtown and Streetsville⚠️ pic.twitter.com/GjVb3RWwgc
— City of Mississauga (@citymississauga) December 13, 2022
“The Christmas shopping season is important to the success of the Port Credit and Clarkson Business Improvement Areas, especially this year,” reads a report to general committee from Mississauga’s commissioner of transportation and works Geoff Wright. “The retail members of these BIAs must compete with shopping malls and plazas that do not charge for parking.”
The on-street parking fees will be waived during the holiday season in areas both within and outside Port Credit BIA borders, and within the Clarkson BIA borders.
City staff estimates a loss of revenue totalling as much as $30,500, but councillors have stated in past years that the financial hit is worth it so long as the program helps businesses.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising