Mississauga is a thriving city situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, only 27 kilometres from Toronto. Approximately 713,445 people call Mississauga home, and it is also home to over 60 Fortune 500 Canadian company head offices as well as the Lester B. Pearson airport, the busiest airport in Canada. Being the sixth most populous city in Canada, Mississauga was originally developed as a suburban bedroom community for Toronto. Mississauga was named the "Mid-Size City of the Future" by financial publication fDi Magazine in 2013, and is often noted as one of the best places to live in Canada for its business-friendly atmosphere, its infrastructure, and economic potential. Mississauga's focus has turned inward to building up its downtown, and continues to gain a unique identity separate from that of nearby Toronto.
Many of the secondary and post-secondary schools in this region are among Canada's most highly rated. Mississauga's secular Anglophone and Francophone youth are served by the Peel District School Board, which operates more than 230 schools in the Region of Peel. Catholic students are served in both English and French by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, which operates more than 148 schools throughout Peel Region. In addition to grade schools, Mississauga is home to one of only two University of Toronto satellite campuses, as well as Sheridan College, a post-secondary institute that focuses on business education and programs for new Canadian residents.
Because of its close proximity to Toronto, Mississauga enjoys a bustling array of shopping choices. From big box stores and bargain outlet malls, to high-end boutiques and ethnically diverse street markets, this is heaven on earth for shoppers of varying budgets and styles. Lovers of the outdoor will love living in Mississauga: with over 500 parks and 225 kilometres of trails and woodlands, Mississauga already provides great outdoor recreation opportunities. Recently, Mississauga has also launched a 20-year "Cycling Master Plan" that will give cyclists over 900 kilometres of on- and off-road bike routes to explore!