The city of Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city, located in Southern Ontario on the beautiful waterfront of Lake Ontario.
Conveniently a 30-minute drive from downtown Toronto, Mississauga is also within close reach of Niagara Falls and other day trips and less than 90 minutes from the US border.
Home to a diverse & strong multicultural population, the growth of Mississauga is attributed to its proximity to Toronto. During the latter half of the 20th century, the city attracted a multicultural population and built up a thriving central business district. It is home to Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest airport, and a major transit hub. The city boasts three major highways that run through the city, offering ease of connectivity and helps people move in, out & through the city.
Over 60 of the Fortune 500 companies base their Global or Canadian Head Offices in Mississauga. Some of the strongest industries are pharmaceuticals, banking and finance, electronics and computers, Aerospace, transportation parts and equipment industries.
It is home to University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, U of T Mississauga has 15 academic departments, 143 programs and 87 areas of study, and includes Institutes for Management and Innovation, and Communication, Culture, Information and Technology. The Mississauga Academy of Medicine is located on campus in the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex. The campus employs over 2,000 full- and part-time employees (including 800 permanent faculty and staff), and has more than 47,000 alumni, including astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar, filmmaker Richie Mehta, actor Zaib Shaikh and writer/poet Dionne Brand. The $35-million Innovation Complex, which opened in September 2014, houses the Institute for Management and Innovation, a new model for business education combining management studies with key industry sectors, and the first phase of the multi-phase North Building reconstruction, known as Deerfield Hall, opened in September 2014.
It is also home to Sheridan College opened a new $46 million facility in Mississauga in 2011. The school has two main concentrations: business education, and programs to accelerate the movement of new Canadians into the workforce. The 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2) campus will be located on an 8.5-acre (34,000 m2) parcel of land in City Centre just north of the Living Arts Centre. The campus accommodated 1,700 students upon completion of phase one of construction in Fall 2011. Phase two of construction after 2011 increased capacity by 3,740 students to a combined total of 5,000; it also included construction of a 10-level municipal parking garage
Mississauga also boasts one of the largest shopping malls in Canada, Square One Shopping Centre located at the City Centre, offers world class shopping. It has 350+ retail stores and services and attracts 24 million annual visits and over $1 billion in annual retail sales. It operates on most holidays (the exceptions being Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day), making it the only shopping mall in the city and one of the few in the Greater Toronto Area that do so. The mall is surrounded by several bars and restaurants, as well as the City Hall, the Central Library, and Playdium. Among other shopping attractions, Mississauga is also home to one of the largest unenclosed shopping outlets, Heartland Shopping center, which boasts over 180 different shops & amenities.
The city also boasts diverse and large neighbourhoods, unique in many attributes including topography & local community establishments. Some of Mississauga’s highly sought-after neighbourhoods are in the south end of the city. These neighbourhoods are going through quiet gentrification, as older homes & bungalows, located on larger lots on tree lined streets are being replaced with custom homes and mansions. Lorne Park, Mineola, Sheridan, Credit Valley & Port Credit are some of the highly sought after neighbourhoods in the city along with Streetsville.