Mississauga to temporarily relax rules governing food trucks


Published March 16, 2021 at 5:50 pm


You might not be able to dine-in at a restaurant (for the foreseeable future, at least) in Mississauga, but you could see more food trucks out and about in the coming weeks. 

Earlier this month, council approved a motion put forward by Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito calling for a temporary exemption to a rule that requires full-service food trucks to be located 500 metres away from any business selling similar products.

The exemption, which Saito said will make it easier for food truck vendors to stop in higher-traffic areas on private property, will last until Sept. 30, 2021.  

Saito’s motion said that granting the exemption was fair considering that other temporary exemptions have been granted to local businesses struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns. 

The motion also said that many restaurants in malls have been closed due to the ongoing restrictions and mall operators have asked for permission to allow food trucks to operate on their property.

According to the city, written permission will be required from the property owner for the food truck to be on the site. Local BIAs and other nearby businesses must also signal that they’re okay with the food truck operating near their establishment. 

A maximum of two food trucks will be allowed on a property with a minimum distance of 30 metres (100 feet) between each.

As of now, food establishments in Mississauga are restricted to takeout and delivery service only. Should the city move into the red zone come March 22, restaurants will be permitted to serve up to 10 diners indoors. 

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