Mississauga waiving a burial charge amid the pandemic

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The City of Mississauga will be temporarily waiving one burial charge in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On Feb. 3, 2021, council approved a temporary amendment to the city's user fees and charges bylaw to eliminate the burial permit weekend/statutory holiday charge until the pandemic has passed. 

The motion to suspend the charge was originally raised by Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko, who said suspending the fee would benefit families who require weekend and holiday services at local funeral homes, as well as the homes themselves.

According to Dasko's motion, the $25 charge came into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. 

"During the COVID pandemic there has been an increased demand on funeral home operations which offer service on a 24/7 basis," the motion reads. 

"…the surcharge creates a financial hardship for the funeral homes and the affected families." 

The city says the charge will not be re-implemented until the pandemic ends.

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