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The developers behind Mississauga’s upcoming Brightwater community have partnered with the Port Credit BIA to support local businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support the Port” asks the public to purchase gift cards online and use them at participating small businesses in the community. Partners, including the developers of Brightwater, Edenshaw Developments Ltd. and The Port Credit Community Foundation, will match the funds with a donation to the Compass Food Bank, which is located in Port Credit and serves those in need in the South Mississauga area. The initiative provides an opportunity for residents to ensure that neighbourhood shops and services remain in business, while also helping vulnerable members of the community.

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“This pandemic has impacted so many — from our community members to local businesses to non-profits,” said Christina Giannone, VP of Planning and Development, Port Credit West Village Partners. “That’s why the Brightwater Partnership (Kilmer, Dream, DiamondCorp and Fram+Slokker) is proud to be part of Support the Port — a truly local initiative that aims to assist The Compass Food Bank and our local Port Credit businesses.”

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The gift cards can be redeemed at any of the participating businesses including Posta Italbar Cucina, ​Allura Skin & Laser Centre, Stavebank Florist and Unique Gems & Beauty Boutique. A full list of businesses is available at supporttheport.ca.

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Located along Port Credit’s waterfront, Brightwater is a mixed-use, master-planned community that will transform the 72-acre former Imperial Oil Lands at 70 Mississauga Road South. Plans call for 3,000 new residential units, 300,000 square feet of retail and commercial spaces, and 18 acres of new parks and greenspaces.

“As city-builders who will be adding to the fabric of Port Credit with our upcoming master-planned community Brightwater, and as members of this neighbourhood ourselves (both living and working here), it’s our duty to recognize the needs and meaningfully respond during these challenging times,” said Giannone. “The sense and strength of community, including its residents and its businesses, makes Port Credit so special, and even during this unprecedented time, that sense of community holds strong.”

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