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Overview of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Mississauga, with all its cultural diversity, is a city with a strong sense of community. Along with a wide selection of excellent housing, shopping districts and top quality schools, there is also an active cultural life in the city as evidenced by the numerous art galleries, theatres, concert halls and museums. Historic villages along with stunning modern architecture and the natural beauty of the Credit River Valley give Mississauga a unique and memorable air. Transportation to and around the city is easy and convenient, with the GO system and local transit. Mississauga also has the distinction of being the safest city in Canada, as documented in a national study on crime.

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  • Population: 680,000
  • Population Density: 2361.1 km2
  • Area: 288 km2
  • Latitude: 43°36`N
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 173m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Mississauga, Ontario

Mississauga derives its name from the Mississauga First Nations Tribe, from whom the land was originally purchased in 1805. Various communities settled in the area, later known as the Toronto Township. With the exception of Port Credit and Streetsville, all of these communities amalgamated to form the Town of Mississauga in 1968. When Mississauga became a city in 1974, Port Credit and Streetsville were also included.

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Mississauga's Demographics

By 2002, Mississauga had increased its population by almost one hundred thousand people since 1995, for a total of 624,000. Just over forty per cent of the population has a language other than English as their mother tongue, no doubt owing to its close proximity to Toronto, and giving the city a rich diversity. In addition, more than thirty per cent of the population speaks at least two languages.

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Mississauga's Climate

The climate of Mississauga is typical of the Greater Toronto Area. Lake effects moderate the winter temperatures somewhat, but are also the source of seasonal squalls and whiteout conditions at times. In the summer, proximity to the water generally keeps temperatures a little cooler than they might otherwise be.

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Education in Mississauga, Ontario

There are 178 elementary schools in Mississauga and 36 secondary schools. Post secondary facilities include Erindale College, the local campus of the University of Toronto, with an enrollment of about 8000. The city places a high priority on educational quality and opportunities, and there are at least ten universities and eleven technical schools within commuting distance of Mississauga.

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Transportation around Mississauga, Ontario

GO Transit provides an extensive intercity bus service between Mississauga and Toronto and surrounding areas. Access points include various academic institutions such as McMaster and York Universities as well as the Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. Mississauga Transit provides regular bus service throughout the city and a connection to the Toronto subway. The Lester B. Pearson International Airport is located in Mississauga, providing both national and international flight service.

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Tourism and Attractions of Mississauga

Square One is Ontario's largest shopping mall with 360 stores and a unique blend of leading retailers, specialty shops and dining venues. Rhododendron Gardens features beautiful hybrid Rhododendrons, which bloom from mid May to mid June, as well as azaleas and other acid-loving woodland and mountain plants. There are picnic facilities, washrooms and walking trails within the park. In the fall, thousands of Pacific Salmon can be seen at the Credit River fish ladders, making their spawning run.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Mississauga
  • Meadowvale
  • Streetsville
  • Cooksville
  • Erin Mills
  • Lorne Park
  • Port Credit
  • Clarkson

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Geography of Mississauga, Ontario

Mississauga is bounded on the west side by both Oakville and Milton and to the north is Brampton, Ontario. East of Mississauga is Toronto with Lake Ontario forming the southern boundary of the city. Just touching the northwest corner of the city is the community of Halton Hills.

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Mississauga's Government

Mississauga City Council is the governing body of the city, consisting of nine councillors and the mayor. The city itself is comprised of nine wards, with one councillor representing each of the wards. Council is elected for a three year term, the most recent election held in 2003. The current mayor of the city is Hazel McCallion.

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Mississauga's Economy and Industry

The City of Mississauga is part of the largest labour force market in Canada, the Greater Toronto Area, with a combined labour force of almost three million people. Mississauga itself has more than 18,000 companies ranging from corporate head offices to corner store retail businesses. The top sectors are manufacturing and warehousing, followed by retail and wholesale. Some of the strongest industries are pharmaceuticals, electronics and computers, transportation parts and equipment industries.

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Mississauga's Culture and Significant Events

The Civic Centre in Mississauga is an architectural work of art, winning Canada's highest annual award for architecture. It houses Mississauga`s city hall and central library, an art gallery, a conservatory, and a wedding chapel. Bradley Museum and Benares Historic House, offer a taste of life in the early 19th and 20th centuries. The Living Arts Centre, a 225,000 sq.ft. facility, houses magnificent performance theatres, an exhibition gallery, and eight professional art studios.

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Sports in Mississauga, Ontario

Mississauga has several amateur sports teams in a variety of leagues. The Mississauga Ice Dogs are the city's OHL hockey team and The Warriors play in the Ontario Varsity Football League. There is even a cricket team, known as the Mississauga Titans. The city is also home to a girl's hockey league, with several teams in membership.

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Media of Mississauga

There are two television stations that broadcast directly out of Mississauga which are The Shopping Channel, The Weather Network. The city has one local newspaper, The Mississauga News.

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