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Mississauga's Growth Outpaces Ontario and Canada

Feb 08, 2012

Numbers just released from the 2011 Census show that Mississauga's population is continuing to grow. More than 713,443 people now call Mississauga home, an increase of 44,844 people from the last Census count in 2006. Mississauga's actual population is higher than the Census shows after taking into account people who did not file a Census form or were missed in the count.

The new population figure is consistent with the numbers the City expected to see in the 2011 Census. The Census, which reports on population across the country every five years, is important for city planners who keep track of how communities are growing. Identifying trends helps to make sure that the City is planning for the population of the future.

"These numbers really make the difference when we look ahead," said John Calvert, Director of Policy Planning at the City's Planning and Building Department. "The Mississauga Official Plan, for example, maps out what we need to do to achieve the goals outlined in our City's Strategic Plan. The growth we are seeing through the Census confirms that our new Official Plan is the right plan for the future."

Key Facts:
- Mississauga retains its status as the sixth largest city in Canada
- the 2011 population according to the Census was 713,443
- the increase in Mississauga's population from 2006 to 2011 was 44,844
- the increase in Mississauga's population as a percentage was 6.7 per cent
- the overall increase in Ontario was 5.7 per cent, and
- the overall increase in Canada was 5.9 per cent.

For more information visit or contact the City at 905-615-3200, extension 5556.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

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Media contact:

Ann Lehman-Allison
Public Affairs Specialist, City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 3940
TTY 905-896-5151