Formed in 1974, Mississauga is now recognized as Canada's 6th largest and fastest growing major city with a population of over 700,000 residents representing cultures from around the world. It has also been recognized as the safest city in Canada 8 years in a row. Mississauga offers family-oriented sports, leisure & arts facilities with 11 community centres and a vibrant downtown city centre with major retail, office, entertainment and condo living. There are more than 480 parks & 23 major trail systems including part of a 485 mile (780 km) waterfront trail running from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border. With close to 55,000 registered businesses employing more than 425,000, Mississauga is home to 61 Fortune 500 Canadian or major divisional head offices and 50 Fortune Global 500 Canadian headquarters.
Mississauga is one of Canada’s fastest growing and multicultural city. Statistics Canada estimates that Mississauga now has 734,000 people, an increase of 150,000 from the previous decade and the population has roughly doubled in past twenty-five years. Mississauga is now the third most populous city on the Great Lakes, far smaller than Toronto. About 52% of the population speaks a language other than English, and 52.4% of the population are members of a visible minority (non-white or non-aboriginal). 18% of the population is under 14 years of age, compared to those of retirement age, 8.51%. The median (middle) age in Mississauga is 35 years old.
The city's two main hospitals are Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre, combining in November 2011 to become Trillium Health Partners. The health system and the administration for students in Mississauga was the property of the Peel District School Board Health Centre and the health support for citizens in Mississauga was the property of Peel Health Centre. The eastern part of Mississauga was the property of Pearson Health (Greater Toronto Area Health Department).
Trillium Health Partners is a leading hospital with an outstanding record of performance, financial responsibility and quality patient care. The hospital includes three main sites, Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital, and Queensway Health Centre, offering the full range of acute care hospital services, as well as a variety of community-based, specialized programs. These hospitals provide the highest quality of care that is easily accessible to the Mississauga community, at the lowest cost.
Mississauga has some great neighbourhoods and communities. The city has many community centres where you will find a day camp, compensatory work and park outreach workers. With its excellent safety record and very low crime rate, Mississauga provides a diverse community environment you can appreciate.
Getting Around Mississauga
Mississauga Transit, now known as "MiWay", offers a comprehensive network of bus routes throughout the city. Route maps can be obtained online or in print form from the Square One Transit Terminal. The transit systems of the cities of Toronto, Brampton, and Oakville link to Mississauga Transit at various locations.
In 2010, the City of Mississauga approved a Cycling Master Plan outlining a strategy to develop over 900 kilometres (560 miles) of on and off-road cycling routes in the city over the next 20 years. Over 1,000 Mississauga citizens and stakeholders contributed their thoughts and ideas to help develop this plan. The plan focuses on fostering cycling as a way of life in the city, building an integrated network of cycling routes with the aim of adopting a safety first approach to cycling.