Mississauga moves on to next phase as it considers crackdown on fireworks

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Published March 20, 2023 at 3:31 pm

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After having heard from residents, Mississauga will now move on to the next phase in the process as it considers a possible crackdown on fireworks in the city.

The City of Mississauga has sought feedback from the public over the past month or so as it grapples with the matter of how to better regulate fireworks, both in back yard settings and at larger public venues.

Among other things, officials are considering when and where fireworks may be set off and whether to increase fines for the setting off of illegal fireworks.

City officials have held two virtual public meetings on the matter and an online survey is available until the end of today (March 20).

Mississauga council directed staff members in January to launch a review of the City’s Fireworks Bylaw, asking that they consider stricter bylaws governing the sale of fireworks, restrictions on the type of fireworks for individual use and clarification of the days and hours fireworks can be used, among other measures.

The proposal to look at Mississauga’s fireworks policies was brought forward by Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish. Her proposal calls for more restrictions on the personal use of fireworks, but stops short of a total ban.

The move comes in response to a number of complaints against those who let off fireworks throughout the year, especially during Diwali, Canada Day and Victoria Day.

Brampton recently adopted a total ban on fireworks for personal use and Caledon has also implemented more restrictions on its citizens.

Mississauga residents have until the end of today (March 20) to provide their input about fireworks use in the city. Responses will inform recommendations for potential changes to a number of fireworks-related topics, including:

  • increasing regulations on fireworks use in Mississauga
  • increasing fines for illegal fireworks use
  • increased enforcement of the fireworks bylaw in Mississauga

–with files from Steve Pecar

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