Mayor Bonnie Crombie urges Province to include dog walkers, pet groomers as essential businesses


Published January 27, 2021 at 11:26 pm


As has been the case throughout much of the pandemic, when it comes to restrictions in place, there has been confusion as to what is permitted at what isn’t.

Recently, one issue that has come up is dog walking and pet grooming—many municipalities from across Ontario have interpreted the Province’s latest stay-at-home order differently when it comes to fury companions.

During her weekly press conference, Mayor Crombie addressed the issue, announcing she is also seeking clarity when it comes to dog walking and pet grooming.

Crombie announced, at the behest of City Council, she has sent a letter to Sylvia Jones—Ontario’s solicitor general—to provide some clarity for pet owners.

“Because we know how important dog walkers and dog groomers are to so many of our residents, the letter also asks the Province to amend provincial regulations to explicitly permit dog walking and pet grooming as an essential service,” Crombie said during the conference.

Additionally, Crombie announced until the Province provides clarity on the issue, all enforcement of dog walkers and dog grooming businesses will be suspended in Mississauga.

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