News release: October 8, 2020
Region of Peel welcomes Provincial announcement in support of Main Street businesses
BRAMPTON, ON (October 8, 2020) - On behalf of Regional Council, Chair Nando Iannicca commends Minister Sarkaria and the Ontario Government for announcing yesterday’s Bill 215 in support of Main Street businesses. Peel joins other municipalities like Toronto, in celebrating the Province’s move to allow all businesses to deliver goods any time of the day.
“The Region of Peel has long recognized that the regional economy is dependent on a strong goods movement system,” said Chair Iannicca. “Peel also knows that our goods movement system is facing strong growth pressures and businesses are becoming increasingly challenged with delivering goods and services to the community. This Bill, if passed, will allow for a timely and consistent movement of essential goods and supplies, assuring the people of Ontario that essential supplies will be available at their drug stores, supermarkets, and other retailers across the province when needed.”
“The passing of this Bill will be welcomed news and a big win for our local businesses, the environment and residents commuting throughout the GTHA, said Caledon Mayor and Vice Chair of Peel’s Good Movement Task Force, Allan Thompson. “Our supply chain is more important than ever and this flexibility will have many positive spin offs.”
As a precursor to this announcement, the Region of Peel launched an Off-Peak Delivery Pilot with the University of Toronto, the LCBO, Loblaws, and Walmart Canada. That pilot successfully demonstrated that good movement improved by 18.1%, and that congestions related emissions were reduced by 10.6% to 15%. These results are similar to the findings of the Off-Peak Delivery study conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the City of Toronto during the Pan Am Games.
“The Region of Peel has been a leader in recognizing the importance of supply chain innovation by piloting off-peak delivery with Retail Council of Canada members for the past 20 months. Off-peak delivery will translate into an estimated 18% increase in the movement of goods in Ontario which is crucial for retailers and restaurants as they strive to achieve efficiencies during these challenging times,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada.
The Region of Peel knows that Off Peak Delivery has proven to be an innovative solution to address the challenges faced by the goods movement industry while minimizing the transportation impacts to the environment. We celebrate Ontario’s move to support business by making this program permanent.