Mississauga is a city in Southern Ontario located in the Regional Municipality of Peel, and in the western part of the Greater Toronto Area. With an estimated population of 734,000, it is Canada’s sixth-most populous municipality, and has almost doubled in population in each of the last two decades. Mississauga’s growth reached a peak between the census years of 1986-1991, with the largest population growth in Canada (89,500). Sustained population growth has continued since, but at a somewhat slower pace. Mississauga is now the third most populous city on the Great Lakes after only Chicago and Toronto, surpassing the cities proper of Detroit, Milwaukee and Cleveland over the last two decades.
Developed as a suburb of Toronto, Mississauga’s growth is attributed to its proximity to that city. However, Mississauga’s extensive corporate and industrial employment opportunities differentiate it from suburban bedroom communities. The city has also been trying to create a distinctive image for itself over the past few years. It held an international architectural design competition in 2006 for a 56-storey condominium tower, to be called Absolute World, that is intended to be a landmark for the city. The city is debt-free and has not borrowed money since 1978. Mississauga has been the beneficiary of federal infrastructure funding but may have to borrow money to build new capital projects in 2012.
With five major freeways passing through the city, Mississauga offers quick access to major markets in Canada, in addition to large markets in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest airport is located in the city. Mississauga has one of the largest corporate/financial districts in Canada with major international companies having their Canadian headquarters located in the region including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, PepsiCo, General Electric, Siemens, Fujitsu, Walmart Canada , World Vision Canada and Intuit Canada among many other Fortune 500 companies. Square One Shopping Centre, the second-largest shopping mall of Greater Toronto Area, is also situated in Mississauga. Residents of the city are called Mississaugans.
Port Credit (pop. 10,260 – 2001 Census) is found at the mouth of the Credit River on the north shore of Lake Ontario, within the southcentral area of the city of Mississauga. Port Credit’s boundaries are the Queen Elizabeth Way to the north, Seneca Avenue and the western edge of the Adamson Estate (Royal Conservatory School, Misissauga site) to the east and Godfrey’s Lane and the townhouse complex located on the west side of Shawnmarr Road to the west.
Life in Port Credit has always focused on community. One enduring example is Port Credit Arena built by community activists. The Port Credit arena was constructed between September 10, 1958 and the official opening on October 4, 1959. Built for $360,000, it is the second covered arena in the current city of Mississauga, the first public arena built, and is the oldest surviving arena in the city. The Arena has been home to countless sporting and social events, a well loved landmark and symbol of community spirit. It is the home of the Port Credit Storm hockey teams.
Another example of the community spirit is the replica of Port Credit’s lighthouse. Built by the Lions Club of Credit Valley atop a sewage pumping station, it now acts a symbol of Port Credit, is the home of the local BIA and Tourist Bureau and the logo for many local organizations.
Erin Mills is a planned community in the city of Mississauga, located approximately 32 km (20 mi) west of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Erin Mills was conceived, planned and developed by the Cadillac Fairview Corporation on 8,000 acres (32 km2) of farmland in Mississauga. Erin Mills is an integrated residential, industrial and commercial community, with commercial uses concentrated in the centre and industrial uses on the periphery.
Based on census and political boundaries, the 2001 population is estimated at 105,000 residents, making it the most populous area in Mississauga (but not the most densely populated) and one of the fastest growing. Geographically, the area is by far the largest in Mississauga, occupying much of the western section of the city. There is a number of managed creek courses that traverse the area and eventually drain to the Credit River, and then Lake Ontario, but Erin Mills does not adjoin either.
Lorne Park Estates is a community of about 77 acres (310,000 m2), located in the City of Mississauga and bordered by Lake Ontario on the south, Lakeshore Road on the north, Jack Darling Park on the west and Richard’s Memorial Park on the East.
Homeowners are not only responsible for municipal taxes and upkeep on their land, but they are also co-operately responsible for the upkeep and taxes on 37 acres (150,000 m2) of the area including residential roads, forests, walking trails, a cottage, the small park area and a beach.
The two roads into Lorne Park Estates are marked as “private” not just because they are privately maintained, but because they are not conducive to traffic. The privately maintained roads in the community are extremely narrow with no sidewalks, few through-fares and with many dead ends.
Clarkson Village is a community in the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The community is located in the southwest corner of Mississauga, along the banks of Lake Ontario. It is bordered by Lake Ontario to the south, Oakville to the west, Erindale and Erin Mills to the north, and Lorne Park to the east.
Rockwood Village is a mature community in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Our community is close to the 401 and 427 highways, with boundaries of Eglinton on the North, Burhamthorpe on the South, Dixie on the West and the Etobicoke Creek on the East. Rockwood Mall and Kingsbury Mall provide good local shopping. Square One is a few minutes away by car or by Mississauga Transit.
Many contend that our “Rockwood Village” neighbourhood is quite unique among Mississauga’s varied local communities, which alone may offer ample reason for it’s residents to organize as advocates for continuing it’s betterment. After all, together with Fleetwood Village immediately south of “Rockwood Village”, we are situated at the sole gateway to Mississauga for an over ten kilometer stretch along it’s eastern boundary, from Lakeshore Boulevard on the south to the 401 highway on the north. We provide visitors entering our city with an initial positive impression of a well-kept, family-oriented neighbourhood. A perception further enhanced by our expansive green spaces and the adjacent Etobicoke Creek ravine. Bough Beecheds, Rathburn, Fieldgate, Ponytrail, Kingsbury Mall, Rockwood Mall, Garnetwood Park, Rockwood Glen Park, and Beechwood Park are all familiar names within our “Rockwood Village” community.
Streetsville is an established community located in the northwestern corner of the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on the Credit River. Although Streetsville occupies both the west and east banks of the river, the majority is located on the west bank of the river.
Although the former village is surrounded by modern suburban development, it seeks to keep a “small town” charm by retaining a variety of historical buildings and streetscapes. As part of this attempt to maintain a separate identity from the larger city, the names of several main Mississauga roads, as they pass through Streetsville, revert to what they were called when Streetsville was an independent village. These include Mississauga Road and Bristol Road, which revert to Queen Street and Main Street respectively. Other main thoroughfares that cross Streetsville include Creditview Road, Eglinton Avenue, and Britannia Road.
Lakeview is one of the communities in Mississauga (formerly Toronto Township), in the Region of Peel, just east of Port Credit, which amalgamated into the Town of Mississauga in 1968. It is located in the extreme southeastern corner of the city. Currently best known for the 4 Sisters, the four smokestacks of the former Lakeview Generating Station of Ontario Power Generation. They were called the 4 Sisters because the generating plant actually had eight boilers and two boilers were ‘sistered’ to a common stack. The generating station was demolished in 2007, about a year after the 4 Sisters stacks were demolished, which occurred on the morning of June 12, 2006. At 493ft each they were easily the tallest structures in the area. Currently the tallest structure is a 25 story condominium building, Applewood Place, located on the northwest corner of Bloor Street and Dixie Road.
The area is also home to a Metro grocery store, a beer store (both on Lakeshore Rd.), the Lakeview Branch Library, and 3 high schools: Cawthra Park Secondary School, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, and St. Paul Secondary School. Many parks run along Lake Ontario, including well-lit baseball diamonds used by many junior leagues.
It runs along Dundas Street West, the centre of the old village is just to the east of the Credit River valley. A large campus of the University of Toronto, known as University of Toronto Mississauga, is located on the west bank of the river.