Welcome to Mississauga
As Canada’s sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to over 700,000 people from all over the world and is less than a 25km distance to downtown Toronto, with Lake Ontario to the south and sprawling all the way to 401 to the north. The city boasts great connectivity regionally through an improved transportation network, as well as to Toronto via GO train service and QEW.
The long term vision of the city planners and officials to make Mississauga a world class city has propelled continued improvements and large investments. This plan envisions a city with it’s own downtown core with investments in neighbourhoods that are designed to have a great walk score and all amenities at the door step. With all that it offers, Mississauga has appeal for all kinds of families looking to move to this city.
Originally called Toronto Township, its present name is derived from the original inhabitants, the Mississauga, an Ojibwa band, who had migrated from the upper great lakes region by the early 18th century. “Mississauga” translates as “River of the North of Many Mouths”.
After World War II, residents from Toronto started to move to affordable land in the surrounding “suburbs.” From a sprawling “bedroom” community of little more than 15,000 people in 1945, Toronto Township was dramatically transformed, with its population reaching 100,000 in 1968, Toronto Township transitioned to the town of Mississauga. It was incorporated as a city in 1974 through the amalgamation of the Town of Mississauga and the villages of Port Credit and Streetsville, as well as portions of the townships of Toronto Gore and Trafalgar.
People and Lifestyle
As the city of Mississauga continues to grow and change its landscape, the tall sleek buildings around the Hurontario and 403 around Square One mall are hard to miss. Here you can find the best in condo living with bustling activities around Celebration Square and offers considerable appeal to the young professionals that are keen on a strong work / play balance.
Close to the Lake in the south is Port Credit, with a vibrant downtown and adjacent to the iconic and ritzy Lorne Park neighbourhood with luxury custom mansions and large estate homes. The province and the city have placed a focus on investing in Mississauga to attract new residents and improve quality of life, including through the redevelopment of the Lakeview and Port Credit neighbourhoods (in fact, the Lakeview Village neighbourhood will be brand new), fielding proposals for 46 new condo towers in City Centre and welcoming a massive light-rail transit project (the Hurontario LRT).
As the second largest employment cluster in the GTA after Toronto, it boasts over 91,000 businesses, including 1400 multinational firms and 75 Fortune 500 companies. A surprising fact for many is that 53% of residents work and live in the city, according to a publication released by the Community Foundation of Mississauga. The city offers job and business opportunities in several key sectors including Biomedical/ Pharmaceutical, Finance, Information Technology, Automotive, Aerospace, and Telecommunication. It is also home to Toronto Pearson International Airport – Canada’s largest airport, which is very convenient for those who travel frequently.With 53.4% of Mississauga’s population being made up of Immigrants, its residents speak over 145 languages. Mississauga is a lively place to live, with over 1,200 restaurants, a vibrant downtown core and numerous festivals and activities year-round. It has an abundance of shopping for all tastes and budgets at the two larger shopping centres of Square One Shopping Centre and Heartland Town Centre.
For the nature lovers and outdoorsy types, Mississauga has more than 480 parks and woodlands, including 22 waterfront parks and a variety of recreational activities in serene surroundings such as the Credit River and along Lake Ontario.
Schools & School Boards
Mississauga is home to numerous high-ranking schools, offering choices between public, public Catholic, and private options. There are 33 public elementary and secondary schools and over 75 Catholic public elementary and secondary schools.
Peel District School Board
Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board
Universities and Colleges
University of Toronto Mississauga