Mississauga is a Canadian city in Southern Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario, located in the Regional Municipality of Peel, in the western part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The city has a population of over 820,000 (2017) and is Canada’s sixth-most populous municipality, with 24 neighbourhoods in Mississauga. Located next to Toronto, it was initially a collection of smaller villages before population growth transformed it into a bustling hub of community and industry. It’s a city filled with opportunities for your career and your family.
There are many schools and learning centres in Mississauga, including several options for post-secondary education, including The University of Toronto (Mississauga campus), Sheridan College and Humber College. The Peel District School Board serves Mississauga, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde, and the Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud, which operates more than 150 schools in the city.
The employment options available in Mississauga are extensive, but growth in the knowledge, technology, and communications industries in this area make it a major hub for skilled workers in tech. Many people also live in Mississauga and commute to jobs in Toronto and throughout the Toronto-Waterloo tech corridor. Some of the top companies located in the area include IBM, Amazon, SAP, Google, Intuit, Microsoft and Salesforce.
The city’s two leading hospitals—Credit Valley Hospital and Mississauga Hospital—were amalgamated into the Trillium Health Partners hospital group in December 2011.
One of Mississauga’s greatest assets is the diversity of its residents. Mississauga is a vibrant city, home to people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including skilled immigrants with unique worldwide experiences. This richness of this diversity can be primarily attributed to a long-standing and growing trend in immigration. Currently, over half of Mississauga’s residents were born outside of Canada, and this number continues to grow. This makes an ideal situation for people from abroad who want to immigrate to Mississauga, primarily through Skilled Worker Applications.
Fun Fact: Colonel Sanders of KFC used to live in Mississauga. Mr. Finger-licking-good himself once used to reside in ‘Sauga City’. He moved to Mississauga in 1965 to oversee his Canadian franchise. He lived in a bungalow on Melton Drive in the Lakeview area until 1980. He could often be found at the KFC location at the bottom of Tomken Rd and also made several donations to Trillium Hospital.
Regardless of whether you end up in Streetsville, Port Credit, or anywhere in between, the city of Mississauga is easy to navigate. Many people have cars, and Highway 403, Hurontario Street, the Queen Elizabeth Parkway, and Highway 401 are great thoroughfares that cross through the city, linking it to areas like Toronto, Oakville and the Niagara region, and the tech hub of Kitchener-Waterloo.
If you don’t have a car, don’t worry! Getting around using Mississauga’s public transit system is simple, easy, and inexpensive.
Mississauga’s transit system is known as MiWay. With its interconnected network of buses, it’s easy to get where you need to go within Mississauga and the surrounding area. If you work outside of the city, you can easily take a MiWay bus to a GO Transit bus or train that can put you at Toronto’s Union Station in less than 30 minutes. MiWay also makes connections to Brampton Transit, Oakville Transit and The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway system.
Highway 401 (or the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway, connecting Windsor to the Quebec border) passes through the city’s north end. The eastern part uses the collector/express lane system and feeds into Highway 403, the main freeway in the city, which runs through the City Centre and Erin Mills areas. The Queen Elizabeth Way, the city’s first freeway, runs through the city’s southern half.
Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ), operated by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in the northeastern part of the city, is Canada’s largest and busiest airport. It is a major North American global gateway, handling more international passengers than any airport in North America other than John F. Kennedy International Airport. Toronto Pearson is the main hub for Air Canada, and a hub for passenger airline WestJet and cargo airline FedEx Express. It is served by over 75 airlines, having over 180 destinations.
Mississauga is on three major railway lines (each owned by the Canadian National Railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and Metrolinx). Toronto–Sarnia Via Rail trains on the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor pass through Mississauga and make request stops at Malton GO Station in the northeast of the city. Other Via Rail services stop in the neighbouring cities of Brampton, Oakville, and Toronto.
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