History of Mississauga
Mississauga’s growth over the last ten years has ranked the city as Canada’s 6th most populous municipality attracting a multicultural population. Mississauga can trace its roots back to over 200 years ago. In the early 1600s, French traders encountered Native people around the North Shore of Lake Huron called the Mississaugas. By the early 1700s, migration began south and settlements in the area around the Etobicoke Creek, Credit River and Burlington Bay.
“Mississauga” translates as “River of the North of Many Mouths”. Gradually, settlers began to take up lots in throughout the new and old surveys, and over time small settlements became established. The settlements developed into the villages of Clarkson, Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale, Malton, Meadowvale Village, Port Credit and Streetsville. The Town of Mississauga was created in 1968, and the City of Mississauga was incorporated in 1974.
Future Downtown Mississauga
One of the bigger projects that Mississauga will undergo is the “Downtown21 Master Plan”, with the goal of creating a more vibrant downtown; more widely known as the City Centre area. As the condo market continues to grow in Mississauga, with over 40 existing and over 15 proposed for the future, improvements to the infrastructure and design will be needed to sustain the population growth.
The plan is to provide a more pedestrian friendly environment with shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes. It will have great places like public squares, parks, outdoor markets, entertainment district and a range of venues to experience the arts and culture that our diverse city has to offer; getting downtown will be easier.