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About Mississauga
The population of Canada is more than 32 million; 11 million people live in Ontario. Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city and Ontario's third largest city, with a population of 700,000 and is one of the fastest growing major cities in North America. Mississauga was formed in 1974 representing cultures from around the world.

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. Mississauga also has the distinction of being the safest city in Canada, as documented in a national study on crime.
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. Mississauga's well known mayor is Hazel McCallion (yu-hu-hu) who has been the mayor since the birth of the city.
Mississauga Is Canada's Gateway
Mississauga is home to Lester B. Pearson International Airport and the greatest concentration of major highways in the country, all of which position Mississauga to serve local, national and international markets and travelers. Local public transit is linked to Toronto and other neighboring cities, offering a comprehensive network of bus, subway and commuter train routes.

Mississauga's Location
Mississauga is located just west of the city of Toronto, Ontario in the Province of Ontario on the shore of Lake Ontario. In Mississauga live about 700,000 inhabitants.
Pearson Int'l Airport
Mississauga Is Safe
Recognized for being the safest city in Canada, Mississauga is a known major focal point for commercial activity, rich in arts, cultural facilities, parks, entertainment, nightlife and world class sport and recreational facilities for all interests that attract residents and visitors alike. Full of tremendous shopping opportunities and home to Square One, Ontario's largest mall, Mississauga is the place to shop till you drop.

Mississauga Is A Corporate Capital
Mississauga is home to more than 18,000 businesses and a major employment centre within the GTA, Mississauga houses 50 of Canada's Fortune 500 offices providing residents with an opportunity to work close to home.
Mississauga Is Green
Mississauga has over 481 parks and woodlands with serene tranquil settings or passive and active recreational facilities with our lakefront parks becoming a boater's haven.

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.
Schools of Mississauga
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. 
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.
Humber River
Mississauga's Demographics
By 2002, Mississauga had increased its population by almost one hundred thousand people since 1995, for a total of 700,000. 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

In case of a medical or police emergency, dial 911. From a payphone, the call is free. Foreign visitors can find and receive information from their respective consulates. To locate your consulate, look in the business section of the white pages of the Toronto phone book under Consulate General of ...

Driving is the primary means of getting around in Mississauga. If there is no sign posted, the speed limit on streets is 50 km/h (about 30 mph) and 100 km/h (about 60 mph) on highways (freeways). Wearing seatbelts is mandatory for all adults and children.

You can rent a vehicle at car rental counters at the airport or at locations across the city. Some suggested retailers include Avis (1-800-331-1212;,Budget (1-800-268- 8900;,Discount Car and Truck Rentals (1-888- 820-7378;, and Hertz (1-800-263-0600; Types and sizes of vehicles and rates will vary, so shop around for the best deal.

Hwy. 407 is Toronto's first and only toll highway. It runs east-west between Burlington and Pickering, north of Hwy. 401. There are no toll booths, but your licence plate will be electronically recorded and you'll be billed according to the distance travelled and time of day. For light vehicles, there is a charge of 14.95¢/km during peak hours (weekdays from 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.), and 14.1¢ during offpeak hours (including weekends and holidays). The Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) is a highway that hugs the lake between Toronto's west end and Niagara Falls. The Gardiner Expressway picks up from the QEW, continuing east through the southern tip of downtown Toronto, and connecting with the Don Valley Parkway and Lake Shore Boulevard.

The Canadian dollar comprises 100 cents. Canadian bills come in denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5. Coins come in denominations of $2 (known as a toonie), $1 (a loonie), 25, 10, 5 cents and 1 cent. Daily currency exchange rates appear in The Globe and Mail newspaper and are posted at banks throughout the city. Call around for the best rates. Two taxes are levied on most purchases: the 8% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and the 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST). Non- Canadian residents can receive a refund on GST levied on accommodations and most goods. GST for meals is not refundable. Visit the Canada Customs counters at the arrivals area within each of the Airport's three terminals for a refund form.

Mississauga is covered by the area code 905. Some areas east and north of Toronto, such as Pickering, are also covered by this area code. Toronto is covered by the 416 and 647 area codes. Long-distance charges do not apply to calls made within Mississauga or to Toronto, but charges may apply to calls made to the rest of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Tobacco and Alcohol
You must be at least 19 years of age to purchase cigarettes. Mississauga (along with the rest of the Region of Peel) follows a smoke-free bylaw, which prohibits smoking in most public spaces such as restaurants, dinner theatres, shopping malls and government offices. In some public spaces, there are Designated Smoking Rooms (DSR), which are fully ventilated spaces; no one under the age of 19 is permitted in these areas. The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19; in some cases, proof of age may be required. A driver's licence is considered a valid form of identification. The sale of alcohol, including spirits and wine, is controlled by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) stores; visit for locations. Domestic and imported beers can be purchased at The Beer Store; see for the nearest locations.

The climate in Mississauga is considered moderate. The average temperature ranges from -6°C (21°F) in January to 20°C (69°F) in July and 3°C (37°F) in November. Snowfall in Mississauga is considered low in comparison to the rest of Ontario and Canada. Visit Environment Canada's Web site at for an up-to-date forecast.

Square One Shopping Centre,Ontario's largest mall boasts more than one million square feet of prime retail space that translates into 360 of North America's most recognizable brand names, offering everything from apparel to jewellery, to housewares and leather goods. Guest services provide special discounts to travellers, including a coupon book, free-gift voucher, as well as Goods and Services Tax (GST) rebate forms for American visitors.

Erin Mills Town Centreis another popular stop. The 799,000 square foot shopping centre features 220 shops, including H&M, Old Navy, La Senza and American Eagle.

Heartland Town Centre is the bargain hunter's heaven. Spread across 1.3 million square feet, this is big box shopping at its best.

Dixie Outlet Mall is one of the largest enclosed outlet malls in Canada. Here, find more than 150 brand names, manufacturer and retail outlet stores featuring discounts from 20 to 80 per cent off. There are additional savings for large groups; visit the customer service kiosk for information.

Some retailers take advantage of Mississauga's natural advantages, locating themselves in picturesque surroundings. Streetsville's quaint Queen Street is flanked by small shops, all within walking distance of one another, and offering a varied selection of goods, including accessories for home and garden and vintage clothing.

The shimmering blue waters of Lake Ontario provide the perfect backdrop to a day of
shopping in Port Credit. The area provides a serene retail experience with more than 200 stores and services. Clarkson Village, along scenic Lakeshore Road, is another pretty shopping preserve.

The Mississauga Chinese Centre features an authentic selection of Chinese apparel, accessories and giftware to choose from. A glimpse at the dramatic entrance is worth the drive alone: the 43-foot-tall gateway and surrounding structures are modern replicas of ancient Chinese architecture, while the Nine Dragon Wall (the only one of its kind outside of Asia) provides a unique setting for exploring Chinese-Canadian culture.
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