Oct 14, 2017
Today, the City of Mississauga hosted its second annual Mississauga Welcome Day. The event helped newcomers and their families, including students, learn about the many City services, programs and community resources that are available to help them settle into their new life in Mississauga.
"We are enriched by the fact that so many people from all over the world continue to choose Mississauga to live, raise a family, earn an education, start a business and achieve their dreams," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. "Our diverse and vibrant city has so many great programs, services and resources available for families to grow, students to learn and businesses to thrive."
During the welcome ceremony, participants had a meet and greet with Members of Council. Mississauga’s Poet Laureate, Wali Shah, also spoke about his own experiences of moving to Mississauga. An information fair in the Great Hall provided attendees with information about City programs and services including registering for swim classes, getting a Library card and purchasing a MiWay bus pass.
“As Acting Mayor, I am pleased to welcome new residents to Mississauga. Mississauga is home. It’s a modern, vibrant and beautiful world class city with a lot going for it,” said Ron Starr, Ward 6 Councillor. “The City of Mississauga has many programs and services to help newcomers live, work and play, from settlement and citizenship information sessions to great programs for young and old.”
During the event, there was an opportunity for new residents to learn about how local government works; receiving an orientation on civic engagement opportunities and learning how to volunteer with municipal agencies or committees, boards and commissions.
For pre-registered participants, the event concluded with a free city bus tour stopping at Central Library, Fire Station 122 and the Benares Historic House.
“This is a good chance to share information about our city and local government. Newcomers can learn more about how they can get involved in their community and local government,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “We’re excited to be able to help new residents as they begin their new life in Mississauga.”
To learn more about City services and programs for newcomers, visit mississauga.ca/newcomers.
To learn more about how the City of Mississauga runs, visit mississauga.ca/localgovernment.
For more information about Welcome Day, visit mississauga.ca/welcomeday.
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5334